Thomas W. Patterson

Crafton, Pennsylvania

Lord Chesterfield, Letters Written to his Natural Son on Manners & Morals, 1936

Bound in full dark brick red goat skin; sewn on five single raised cords; rust colored paper endleaves; top edge gilt; green and dark red handsewn silk endband; décor tooled in blind; gold tooled title. 24 x 16.5 x 2 centimeters. Created n.d. Lent by Hope Weil Levene.

Thomas Patterson was for eleven years Master Bookbinder for the Hunt Botanical Library in Pittsburgh, PA, having been hired by its founder, Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt, who had admired his free-lance work for many years. He first developed an interest in arts and crafts in general as a young man in Pittsburgh, and studied binding and calligraphy at night at the Carnegie Institute of Technology. Over the years he developed extraordinary skills in all areas of bookmaking, including printing. He was a member of the Guild for 35 years, serving as Vice-President at Large from 1960 to 1965. He died in 1972.