Samuel Ellenport

Boston, Massachusetts

Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, 1940

Bound in full green Morocco leather; sewn on five raised cords; marbled endleaves; top edge gilt; green and red machine-made endbands; titled and tooled in gold with leather onlays. 27.5 x 21 x 3 centimeters. Created 1998.

Samuel Ellenport was born in 1943, and was educated at Amherst, Brown University, and Oxford. A sometime teacher of history, he bought the Harcourt Bindery in 1971, and remains its owner. He is an active book collector, lecturer, and writer about the history of bookbinding. Among his writings is the Future of Hand Bookbinding published in 1993. He was instrumental in the establishment of the bookbinding program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, and was Chair of the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, helping formulate chapter development during the 1970s and 1980s. Website at