Guild of Book Workers Newsletter
Number 101
August 1995



Climb the Mountains, a new book by Peter and Donna Thomas. Text is a quote by John Muir. The seventeen accordion folded pages of lettering and illustration are printed from linoleum blocks cut by Donna. The unique paper was handmade by Peter and Donna. Colored pulps were painted onto the surface to create the background for the earth and skies and trees. The book measures 1 7/8" wide by 2 5/8" tall and is bound in a unique handmade paper binding which has the front, back and spine covered with wooden veneer from trees which grow in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. 100 copies. $32.00, $2 post, CA sales tax 8 % for residents. Peter & Donna Thomas, 260 Fifteenth Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062, ph: 408/475-1455.


Art & Metiers du Livre, a bi-monthly international magazine in French, with English summaries of the main articles, is available in stock from The Bookbinders Warehouse. Single copies, $16.75, shipping included. Subscriptions (6 per year, plus newsletter) $104.00, shipping included.

The Abbey Newsletter, Vol. 19, #2, May 1995, (Abbey Publications, 7105 Geneva Drive, Austin, TX 78723), includes a report on th annual meeting of NIC (National Institute for Conservation of Cultural Materials) in Washington, DC in October which focused on "Selling Collections Care to Funders"; an obituary of Paul Foulger, conservator and historian in Utah; Part 1 of Maria Grandinette and Randy Silvermans presentation at the AIC General session in Nashville in 1994 on "New Book Repair Methods in Research Libraries" includes a section on Innovative Advances in Book Repair Techniques, with illustrations of several of the methods; a Bibliography to Accompany L. Bellardos article in the ANL April 1995 issue, "Low Energy, Low Technology, Low Toxicity Approaches to Conservation and Preservation"; and 8 pages of current literature abstracts.

Association of Book Crafts (New Zealand) Inc. Newsletter, Jan/Feb 1995 (Ed. Martin Mare, 11 Rendcomb Pl., Hillsborough, Auckland) reports that the group (ABC) has been offered a workshop venue on the North Shore where they hope to hold regular Open Workshops. It includes also articles on Paper contributed by Paul Johnson, Nipping Press by John Sansom, and New Horizons conference bySheila Coltman.

Association of Book Crafts (New Zealand) Newsletter, March/April 1995 asks for thoughts on the possibility of starting a program of bookbinding by correspondence for binders unable to attend workshops and Paper, Part 2 by Arthur Johnson covering four classifications of paper: printing, writing, wrapping and drawing. He discusses the methods of producing and the qualities of each. This issue includes application form for a conference at the University of New Zealand at the end of August on "The History of the Book in New Zealand". Association of Book Crafts (New Zealand), May/June 1995 concludes Paper by Arthur Johnson with Part 3 covering Blotting paper, handmade papers and special papers. All issues cover local activities, report on their library and list supplies and equipment for sale.

Hand Papermaking, (published semi-annually by Hand Papermaking, P.O. Box 77027, Washington, DC 20013-7027. Subscription $35 per year U.S., $40 Canada & Mexico, $45 outside No. America) is a handsome publication, 9" x 12", containing articles on paper and papermaking with illustrations in b/w, sometimes with paper samples, reviews of books, videos, exhibition and conferences and occasional Question & Answer columns. (For some unknown reason, the exchange of publications between the Guild and Hand Papermaking was disrupted for several years. We have now corrected all records and are receiving their publication on a regular basis. Michael Durgin, Editor of Hand Papermaking, has sent us the issues of the last three years, and we are catching them up in the same way. The following is a brief description of these missing issues, all of which will be sent on to the Guild of Book Workers Library in the University of Iowa Libraries, and will be available for members to borrow.)

Hand Papermaking, Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring 1992, includes a major article, "An Interview with Diane Katsiaficas" by Mary Hark; "An Evolution of Embossed Paper" by Margaret Ahrens Sahlstrand; "Book Arts at the University of Alabama" by Steve Miller; "Book Arts & the Library" by Sandra Kroupa; and reviews of a video series on hand papermaking, the Center for Book Arts Book Arts in the USA: A VHS Video Catalog made in 1990, and Nance OBanions Domestic Science published by Flying Fish Press, 1990.

Vol. 7, No. 2, Winter 1992 is chiefly devoted to papermaking in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and the Himalayas, with a short article on the "Edible Drawings of John Cage".

Vol. 8, No. 1, Summer 1993 includes Tim Barretts Interview with Rick Hungerford; Paper Alchemy at Pyramid Atlantic; an article on Katie MacGregor and Bernie Vinzani and their handmade conservation paper; reviews of the 1992 Annual Meeting of theFriends of Dard Hunter and Silvie Turners book Which Paper? published by Design Press in 1991.

Vol. 8, No. 2, Winter 1993 includes articles on Papermaking in Ahmedabad and Pune in India; "Watermarks: Making Use of the Evidence" by Brett Charbeneau, Journeyman Printer at Williamsburg; instructions for making DYLUX exposures of watermarks; and "Oregon Seaweed Paper", with sample.

Vol. 9, No. 1, Summe 1994 includes articles on "The Cartiere Enrico Magnani and Its Chiaroscuro Watermarks" by Linda Samson; "An Interview with Neal Bonham" at Sea Pen Press & Paper Mill; Neals short article on Decorated Paper; Ken Grabowskis Rice Paper Caper; "Papermaking Moulds" by Simon Barcham Green; "In Memoriam, Douglas Morse Howell" ; John Krills review of three books from Peter and Donna Thomas, Bikupan, 1992, Beer Will Help Your Shake, 1990, and You Cant Make Paper from a Loofa, 1991.

Vol. 9, No. 2, Winter 1994 includes an article on a collaboration in handmade papermaking at MCBA between Gudrun Gudmundsdottir of Iceland and Mary Hark of St. Paul, Minn., working together for two weeks; "Karen Stahleckers Paper Reveries", a review of her installation, "Vortices and Reveries" in 1993 (the site of this unusual exhibition of a virtual forest of paper trees is not given); Timothy Barretts essay on "Katsu Tadahiko, 1947-1987" ; Michael Durgins article on "Paper in Chicago", the first in a series of articles which will look at papermaking in various geographical locations. He writes about Paper Source, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts (CCCCBA), formerly Paper Press and Artists Book Works, and Aikos Art Materials Imports; an article on Amate Papermaking; a Q&A section; reviews of two exhibitions: WSW XX Years - A Retrospective at SUNY New Paltz, NY, July 1994 and Paper Books at MCBA July/Aug 1994; and a review by Sidney Berger of the Peter and Donna Thomas book, "A Collection of Paper Samples from Hand Papermills in the United States of America" which is the set book for the next GBW traveling exhibition opening in Fall 1996.

Binders Guild Newsletter , Vol.XVIII, No.3, April 1995 (BGN, Jim Dorsey, Ed., 9229 Dukes Lake Rd., Zebulon, NC 27597, (919)269-6381) is chiefly taken up with the in-depth report on Frank Mowerys presentation at the Dallas Standards Seminar in October 1994 on "Parchment: Historical Overview and Conservation of Books and Documents" and a long letter from Mother Agnes Shaw on the work of getting a bindery built in the Abbey in San Vincenzo, Italy.

Binders Guild Newsletter, Vol. XVIII, No. 4, June 1995 includes Jim Dorseys problems with Pamela Richmonds technique of oversewing groups of single sheets before sewing them as sections to tapes, as she has outlined in her "Bookbinding: A Manual of Techniques". She offers this as a stronger alternative to "perfect binding". Jim found particular difficulty with kettlestitches and asked for other comments on the method.

The Society of Bookbinders Newsletter, April 1995. (Editor, Frank Hippman, Windrush, Wiston, Haverfordwest, Dyfed, Wales SA62 4PS, U.K.). This issue includes the usual reports from the various regional groups ( there are eight regional goups in England, Scotland and Wales) and a report from the National Board. Elsi Hamilton writes on her visit to the British Museum to see the work by Fellows of Designer Bookbinders, the 1994 Booker Bindings , Members Set Book (Jane Austen - History of England) and Open Exhibition. She thinks this exhibition will surely become the annual event and Mecca of the London season, but wishes for a catalogue. Regional reports and letters include visits to Wells Cathedral Library and Griffin Paper Mill, a solution to the problem of removing photographs from a 1920s album which were stuck to paper leaves, and research done in six dictionaries and encyclopedias in French and English on the definition of parchment, vellum, parchemin, vélin.


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.

Black Sun Books list 95-G (185 items). 157 East 57 Street, New York, NY 10022. 212-688-6622. First editions, press books and illustrated books.

AB Bookmans Weekly 96:2 (July 10, 1995) is the ninth Fine Press and Book Arts issue. It carries an article on the woodcut novels of Lynd Ward and contains a number of display ads for booksellers who specialize in fine press and book arts subjects.

The Bookpress Occasional Catalog 10 (236 items). P.O. Box KP, Williamsburg VA 23187. 804-229-1260. Varia, including fine printing, Bickhams UNIVERSAL PENMAN (1741).

Bromer Booksellers 89 (102 items), 90 (247 items), and 91 (101 items). 607 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116. 617-247-2818. 89, prepared for the VIIème Foire Internationale de Livre Ancien, with numerous illustrations including bindings; 90 includes runs of juvenile and miniature books; 91 is private press and illustrated books.

Buddenbrooks 37 (344 items). 31 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115. 617-636-4433. A variety from stock, including a Gutenberg leaf ($25,000) and five calligraphic books by Rose Folsom, each bound by John Hyltoft, each offered at $1350.

Claude Cox 109 (332 items + supplement of 60 items). College Gateway Bookshop, 3 & 5 Silent Street, Ipswich IP1 1TF, England. 011-44-0473-254776. Fine printing and book production; 18 type specimens; bibliography and typography.

Thomas A. Goldwasser 7 (386 items). 126 Post Street, Suite 407, San Francisco, CA 94108-4704. 415-981-4100. Offers, among others, bindings by Jill Oriane Tarlau and Joanne Sonnichsen.

Priscilla Juvelis Summer Miscellany 95-2 (138 items). 1166 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138. 617-497-7570. Books by women writers, two Barry Moser deluxe issues, a Sande Wascher- James quilt book, and other press book and bindings.

V.J. Moss 27 (405 items). 83 Chaigley Road, Longridge, Preston PR3 3TQ. 011-44-01772-782943. Bibliography, book-collecting, printing, bookselling, publishing, typography, bookbinding and illustration. Also List 3A, list of 164 books on the art, craft and history of bookbinding.

Oak Knoll Books 171 (473 items), 172 (717 items) and 173 (653 items). 414 Delaware Street, New Castle, DE 19720. 302-328-7232. <>. Books about books and bibliography. 171 offers 85 bookbinding items, including THE WHOLE ART OF BOOKBINDING (1811), $4500. 172 offers 27 bookbinding items and a run of books related to papermaking; 173 has 42 bookbinding items, 34 on papermaking.

Phillip J. Pirages 34 (575 items). P.O. Box 504, McMinnville, OR 97128. 503-472-0476. 66 manuscript leaves; books printed 15th through 18th century (including many bindings). 28 pages b&willustrations.

The Printers Shop 303 (254 items). 4546 El Camino Real, B10 #207, Los Altos, CA 94022. 415-941-0433. On Type: Type Specimens, Typography, Typecasting.

Sevin Seydi Books, "Novem" catalog (1240 items). 13 Shirlock Road, London NW3 2HR. 44-171-485-9801. "Victorian & Edwardian books," selected for illustration and binding and indexed.

The Veatchs Arts of the Book 27 (165 items). 20 Veronica Court Smithtown NY 11787-1323. 516-265-3357. Press books and book arts subjects; offers an 8x12 Gordon-style job press in good working order as gift to "any institution or individual who can make good use of it;" no type.

Wilsey Rare Books 31 (85 items). 23 Mill Road, Oliverbridge, NY 12461. 914657-7057. <>. Press and illustrated books, book arts subjects, several fine bindings.

John Windle List Summer Sale List (302 items). 49 Geary Street, Suite 233, San Francisco, CA 94108. 415-986-5826. Bibliography, press and illustrated books, and more than a dozen illuminated testimonials. Discounts up to 30% with purchase of five or more books.

Charles B. Wood III 87, part one: A-L. (323 items) and part two: M-Z. P.O. Box 2369, Cambridge MA 02238. 617-868-1711. Conservation: The Science of Art & Photography. Includes several books on gilding, Fichtenberg (1852), a number of books on color theory, Several receipt books and artists manuals, Bradey, A Manual of Illumination on Paper and Vellum (1861), number of items on textile printing. A list of previous catalogs still available laid in.