William Morris, Art and the Beauty of the Earth, 1899
Sewn on five raised cords, top edge colored; silk endbands. Covered in darkgreen Oasis goat skin; grape leaf design from William Morris blind stamped on light orange-brown leather onlays; gold stamped title from die prepared with title page type; gold and blind tooled lines added. 15 x 21 x 10 centimeters. Created 1981.
William Minter began his binding career when he started working for The Cuneo Press, Inc. in Chicago, where he met William Anthony, a noted ﬁne bookbinder and book conservator. After assisting Anthony on a number of projects, he was advised to make a commitment to the ﬁeld of book conservation. Following a seven year apprenticeship with Anthony, Minter opened his own Chicago studio in 1978 where he specialized in bookbinding and the conservation of rare books and manuscripts for university libraries, museums, rare book dealers, and private collectors. Occasionally, he completes a design binding for commission or exhibition. In 1994, the business was moved to rural Pennsylvania where the same services are offered. He has exhibited his work widely with the Guild, Chicago Hand Bookbinders and other groups. Minter is also an accomplished instructor and has contributed much to the ﬁeld through his writings and conference presentations. He also pioneered the development of the ultrasonic welder for the encapsulation of brittle and otherwise endangered documents and other ﬂat materials.