Guild of Book Workers Newsletter
Number 96
October 1994



An original lithograph, ca. 1860, 15" x 11 ", showing the interior of a handbindery with different stages of work done, is in preparation to be printed by hand from the original stone, by the Custom Bindery in Los Angeles. For fellow Guild members these are being offered by Charles Mohr at production cost. Contact The Custom Bindery, 1650 South Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025; (310) 473-5874.


Morocco Bound, the journal of Craft Bookbinders in New South Wales, Australia, is now being received by the Guild of Book Workers Library. The Guild of Craft Bookbinders has kindly sent us all back issues beginning with Vol. 10, No. 1, March 1989. Due to a mix-up in addresses, neither Guild had been receiving the publications of the other organization.

Morocco Bound is an interesting quarterly publication, containing not only news of the activities going on in Australia, but each issue features how-to articles, handy hints, workshop write-ups, articles on the history of bookbinding and related topics, and more. It, and other publications, are available by mail from the Librarian: Pamela Spitzmueller, Guild of Book Workers Library, Conservation Dept., University of Iowa Library, Iowa City, IA 52242.


The University of Iowa Center for the Book is pleased to announce "Papermaking", a new series of five video tapes. Written by Director of Center Paper Facilities, Tim Barrett, the series differs from most available audio-visuals on the subject in its distinct "how-to" emphasis. The tapes cover all key steps in both Western- and Japanese-type papermaking. Slow motion and other video effects highlight crucial movements during sheetforming with a degree of clarity impossible in book format. The series is intended as a resource for papermakers, artists, teachers, conservators, or anyone with an interest in hand papermaking. Prices are $60 per tape or $250 for the five-tape set. A supplier list and a short bibliography are included with each tape. Foreign language versions are planned at additional cost. For information, or to order, contact: UICB Papermaking Video Tapes, 364 English Philosophy Bldg, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242; or call Tim Barrett at (319) 335-4410.

Booksellers Catalogs

This list is compiled by Sid Huttner and includes catalogs received by him which include books of interest to GBW members. Catalog number, address, phone number and Internet address are recorded.

AB Bookman's Weekly 94:2 (July 11, 1994) is the annual Special Fine Press/Book Arts Issue. It carries an article by Joel Silver, "Modern Private Press Books: A Reference Shelf" and contains a large number of display ads from booksellers who specialize in printing and the book arts.

David Batterham 167 (251 items). 36 Alexander Street, London W2 5NU. 011-44-171-229-3845. Books on the Applied Arts in Social, Political and Daily Life (with sections on illustrators, fine printing, ornament, etc).

The Bieler Press 2 (c50 items). PO Box 36c66, Los Angeles, CA 90036-1266. (310) 821-8269. In print and forthcoming titles.

Black Sun Books list 94S (152 items). 157 East 57 Street, New York, NY 10022. (212) 688-6622. Press books and fine printing.

The Book Block 30 (53 items). 8 Loughlin Avenue, Cos Cob CT 06807. (203) 629-2990. A group of books offered in previous catalogs including illustrated books, a fine copy of Nicholson's 1856 Manual, and a number of fine bindings, several illustrated.

Dawson's Book Shop 525 (211 items). 535 North Larchmont Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90004. (213) 469-2186. California printing (including several ephemera collections).

Oak Knoll Books 164 (902 items). 414 Delaware Stret, New Castle, DE 19720. (302) 328-7232. (put "For Oak Knoll" in subject header. Press of the Sea Turtle; books about books and bibliography (a large number of "less expensive books". 165 (509 items): books about books and bibliography.

Quarto Books 15 (318 items). 6623 Elwood NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107. (505) 344-2540. Bibliography; art, architecture and photography.

Wilsey Rare Books 29 (109 items). 23 Mill Road, Oliverbridge, NY 12461. (914) 657-7057. "New Acquisitions Etc." offers press and illustrated books.

John Windle List 23 (297 items). 1226 Johnson Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025. (414) 327-4821. Early books, press books, illustration (including a Kelmscott Chaucer leaf book in an edition of 100 priced from $175 (woodcut border on recto only) to $875 (two full-page woodcuts and borders). Resources

"Managing a Mold Invasion: Guidelines for Disaster Response," a new technical bulletin produced by the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, is the first in a series to be produced in coming years. $3.50 each, including postage, from the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA), 264 South 23rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103; (215) 545-0613.