Guild of Book Workers Newsletter
Number 117
April 1998


Note: John Neal, Bookseller have had their area code changed. The new area code is 336. Their toll-free number (USA & Canada) has not changed and is still: 800 369-9598.

To receive a copy of their new 1998 32-page catalog of books, tools, and materials for calligraphers and bookbinders, contact John Neal, Bookseller, PO Box 9986, Greensboro, NC 27429. tel: 336 272-6139; fax: 336 272-9015; Web page:

Books In Sheets

Papermaking in Seventeenth Century England (1990), by Peter & Donna Thomas. The diary entries of John Evelyn and Celia Fiennes, recording their visits to paper mills during the late 1600's, preceded by short biographies, and accompanied by commentary on the authors' observations. 6 I x 5, 42 pp., 200 copies. $165 bound, $95 in sheets. Peter & Donna Thomas, 260 Fifteenth Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4824; 408 475-1455.

John Ruskin, William Morris and "The Nature of Gothic", by Dr. Adela Spindler Roatcap. This new work tells the story of Ruskin's writing of "The Nature of Gothic", in 1853, of Morris's discovery and promulgation of the text, and of the relationship between these two men who set the direction of the Arts and Crafts movement. It is designed and letterpress printed by The Arts and Crafts Press and hand-bound by Pettingill's bindery, both in Berkeley, Calif. Includes facsimile reproductions of the preface Morris wrote for his edition and of Morris's extensive notes to Ruskin's text. 205 mm by 144 mm, the size of the Kelmscott edition. 350 copies of the regular edition will be for sale, $65 bound in blue boards; 30 copies, numbered & signed, printed on mold-made paper and bound on vellum for sale by advanced order only, $175. Available in sheets for advance price of $45, after publication (August 1998), $60, California residents add sales tax. To order, please contact The Arts & Crafts Press, P.O. Box 5217, Berkeley, CA 94705; tel: 510 595-1490; fax: 510 595-1488.


The Dooley Poems, by John Gilgun, includes a monoprint illustration on the front cover by Robin Price. Quarter cloth bound in a sturdy paper wrapper, 25 pp., 12 x 9, 150 copies, $90. From Robin Price, Printer and Publisher, Starr Mill, Beverly Hts., Middletown, CT 06457, 860 344-8644.

With the Night Mail, Rudyard Kipling's futuristic tale of 1905, predicting aeronautics in the year 2000 to be primarily dirigible. Arion Press' fifty-fourth publication. Letterpress printing for the text, photo-offset for the illustrations. Hardcover full cloth binding. 250 numbered & signed copies, $285 each. Contact Arion Press, 460 Bryant St., San Francisco, CA 94107, 415 777-9651, e-mail:

Register of Artists, Engravers, Booksellers, Bookbinders, Printers & Publishers in New York City, 1821-42, by Sidney F. Huttner and Elizabeth Stege Huttner. This register collects almost 5,000 names and 50,000 addresses of individuals and firms working in New York in the book trades, graphic arts, and more than 125 interconnected trades and professions during the period 1821-42. Distributed for The Bibliographical Society of America. Available from Oak Knoll Books, (Hardcover: Order # 40525-C1 / $50 + shipping) 414 Delaware St., New Castle, DE 19720. tel: 302 328-7232, 1 800 996-2556, fax: 302 328-7274, or email at oakknoll@

Handmade Paper in Nepal, Tradition and Change, a new limited edition portfolio, being published by Hand Papermaking. The specimens for this edition have come from a single source, papermaker and paper historian Dorothy Field. Between 1984 and 1996, she traveled to Nepal four times. She sought out those who have preserved Nepalese papermaking and she visited new mills, meeting with papermakers, discerning their methods, and collecting their papers. Samples she assembled, - block-printed and colored sheets, and many made using lokta fiber - make up the specimens in the portfolio.

The third in their series (decorated handmade papers [1994] and letterpress printing on handmade papers [1996] ), this edition echoes the look and format of its predecessors. Limited to 150 copies, housed in a cloth-covered, drop-spine box - designed by Steve Miller and constructed by BookLab, Inc. - with a booklet containing an essay, descriptions of the papers, and resource information, with separate folders for the specimen.

Available soon for $195 ($15 postage outside US). Contact: Hand Papermaking, PO Box 77027, Washington, dc 20013; 800 821-6604, 301 220-2393, fax: 301 220-2394;;

Hopewell Haiku by Paul Muldoon. Designed, illustrated with four colored line drawings, letterpress printed, and handbound by Carol J. Blinn at Warwick Press in Easthampton, Mass. The type is Optima and the paper is Hahnemühle's Biblio. The decorated printed papers used for binding were made by Carol. 150 copies, 90 haiku, 39 pp., 5 x 7 H high, signed by the poet & the printer. $200 postpaid (Mass. residents add sales tax). Warwick Press, One Cottage Street, Eashampton, MA 01027-1672, tel & fax: 413 527-5456.

The Book of Summer by Frances Mayes is a book of poetry celebrating Tuscan summers. Illustrated with five drawings by Corinne Okada, printed on Barcham Green Camber Sand with 16 pt. Centaur and Arrighi type. Edition of 90 bound in marbled silk , 13 H x 9 H. Slipcase. $295 from The Heyeck Press, 25 Patrol Court, Woodside, CA 94062.

Let the Games Begin, a new miniature, by Linda R. Geenan. Observations of a professional dealer, printed in Eurostile and Zapf types on Neenah Classic Crest paper by Pat Baldwin at Pequeño Press. Illus. are "painted " on the computer from a collection of antique playing cards. 2H x 2M. Felt covered boards with silk screened symbols (poker chip on front, facsimile $1000 bill on back). Bound at Waterleaf Mill & Bindery by Pat Baldwin & staff. Signed and numbered edition of 50. $80 + $2 p&h.


Exhibition Catalogs

Crossed Structure Bindings/Reliures à Structure Croisée, catalogue and bookbinding manual of the International Exhibition. bilingual (French/English) and illustrated, many in color. Mail orders: Librairie de la BHVP, 22 rue Mahler, 75004 Paris, France. Price (postage include.) 255.-FF for EEC, 270.-FF other countries.

Liures et Reliures, the fully illustrated catalogue of Sün Evrard's solo exhibition has been reprinted. It is available by mail order from: Librairie de la Bibliothèque de la Ville de Paris, 22 rue Mahler, 75004 Paris, France. 140.-FF, postage included.

Ganiaris Bookbinding, Adam Editions, Athens, 1997. The work of Andreas Ganiaris, Member of the Greek ARA. A copy of this catalogue is in the GBW Library. No information was given as to price and availability. It is in full color. Contact: Andreas Ganiaris, 73, Trifyllis St., 115 24 Athens, Greece. tel: 301-69.26.052; fax: 301-64.96.489.


The following publications are available for borrowing from the Guild Library.

Abbey Newsletter, Vol. 21 #4 November 1997.

Abbey Newsletter, Vol. 21 #5-6 1997.

Association of Book Crafts (New Zealand), Nov/Dec 1997.

Biblio Vol. 3, # 1, January 1998.

Biblio Vol. 3, # 2, February 1998.

Biblio Vol. 3, # 3, March 1998.

Binders' Guild Newsletter, Vol. XX, No. 8, December 1997.

Binders' Guild Newsletter, Vol. XXI, No. 1, January 1998.

The Book Club of California, Quarterly Newsletter, Vol. LXIII, No. 1, Winter 1997.

Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild Newsletter, Vol. 15 #4 Winter 1997.

Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild Newsletter, Vol. 16 #1 Spring 1998.

Designer Bookbinders Newsletter, No. 100, Autumn 1995.

The New Bookbinder, Journal of Designer Bookbinders, Vol. 17, 1997.

Paper Conservation News, Number 84, December 1997.

The Paper Conservator, Vol. 21, 1997.

The Society of Bookbinders Newsletter, December 1997.