Guild of Book Workers Newsletter
Number 102
October 1995


Call for Papers

The fourth annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing will take place July 18-21, 1996, in Worcester, Mass, under the auspices of the American Antiquarian Society and its program in the History of the Book in American Culture. SHARP welcomes proposals for papers dealing with the creation, diffusion, or reception of the written or printed word in any historical period. Conference proceedings will be in English, but papers may deal with any national literature. There are no limitations on topics, but they may organize special panels on comparative histories of the book; the book in the Americas; the collection and description of archival material and statistical information on printing, publishing, and reading; and future agendas for the field.

Submissions are encouraged from cademics, graduate students, librarians, professionals in the book trades, and others with a special angle of vision on the field. Proposals for either individual papers or full panels may be submitted.

Proposals (one page maximum per paper) and inquiries about the conference itself should be sent to: SHARP 1996, AAS, 185 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609-1634, USA; FAX: 508/754-9069; e-mail: Although submissions by e-mail and fax will be accepted, original hard copy is greatly preferred. The deadline for submission of proposals is November 20, 1995.

For information about AAS and its Program in the History of the book in American Culture, contact John B. Hench, the Societys director of research and publication, or Caroline F. Sloat, as above. For information about SHARP and subscribing to the SHARP newsletter, write Jonathan Rose, History Dept., Drew University, Madison, NJ 07940, USA.

The Instituto Centrale per la Patologia del Libro is organizing a 6-day meeting on the conservation and restoration of books & documents to by held at International Centre of Scientific Culture in Erice, Italy. Papers must be unpublished works based on original research. Deadline for submission December 1995. Contact: C. Federici, ICPL, Via Milano 76, 00184 Rome, Italy. 011-39-6-48291235, fax: 6-4814968.

The Fourth Annual Conference of the Society for the History ofAuthorship, Reading & Publishing will take place July 18-21, 1996 in Worcester, MA. SHARP welcomes proposals for papers dealing with the creation, diffusion, or reception of the written or printed word in any historical period. Deadline Nov 20, 1995. Contact: SHARP 1996, American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury St, Worchester, MA 01609-1634. Fax: (508) 754-9069, e-mail:

Call for Entries

"The Bridwell Library of the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University is pleased to announce a major git and and important new program. The heirs of Mrs. Helen Warren DeGolyer (1926-1995) have established a generous endowment which will support the Helen Warren DeGolyer Triennial Exhibition and Award for American Bookbinding at the Bridwell Library. The idea is fitting because Mrs. DeGolyer was a fine bookbinder and a patron of the arts. Although such awards exist in England, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and elsewhere in Europe, there is no regular prestigious award for American Bookbinding. The DeGolyer Triennial celebrates Mrs. DeGolyers deep appreciation and knowledge of the art of book making through this on-going and important contribution to the book arts." Interested binders should look for the flyer inserted into this issue of the Newsletter for more information.

Book Ends: Individual Perspectives. The North Redwoods Book Arts Conference will be held during June 1996 with workshops, lectures, vendors and 20 to 30 exhibition sites in the immediate area. This is an open call to artists for displays and sales consideration in shops and galleries. They are looking for all aspects of the book arts: books, pamphlets, ephemera, marbling, decorative papers, calligraphy, broadsides, book plates, typography, book related collections, etc.

Site curator will choose artists from slide portfolios and will make direct arrangements for featured displays and sales agreements. Local promotion and Conference promotion will provde wide coverage. Slides due by February 1, 1996. Contact D. Swendeman, 1440 B Street, Eureka, CA 95501, 707/443-8119.

The Oregon Book Arts Guild announces the fourth Oregon Book Biennial, May 10 - June 28, 1996, a juried show of handmade books. Open to all types of handmade books -- letterpress, calligraphic, or artists books. The theme of this years show is "Endangered". What do you think is endangered -- the spotted owl, timber workers, family values, individual freedoms, and on and on -- make a book! Submission deadline: March 18, 1996. For more information and entry form, send SASE to : Oregon Book Arts Guild, 13620 NW Eberly Road, Banks, OR 97106, ph: 503/ 357-7263 or 503/324-8081.

The Oleander Press, 17 Stansgate Avenue, Cambridge CB2 2QZ, England, propose to publish a supplementary volume to the directory published in 1995, "Contemporary Designer Bookbinders: An Illustrated Directory, (Relieurs DArt Contemporains - un repertoire illustré ). Philip Ward, Editor, writes that contributions continue to arrive past the deadline for vol. I and it may be possible to publish a second volume uniform with the first [i.e. a double page for each binder], to describe and illustrate the work of another hundred or so binders. Francophone binders entries will, as before, appear in the original French.

There is no obligation to buy the book, but if you do wish to own a copy of Vol. I, please send 30 (+ 3 inland, or 4.50 overseas, p&h) to the address above.

We cannot guarantee inclusion, which will be at the discretion of one or more leading binders, but if you wish your work to be considered, please supply:

I look forward to co-operating with you on this important reference source for artist bookbinders, which is being assisted by, and bought by, collectors, connoisseurs, librarians, booksellers, colleges teaching binding, and curators of museums and galleries worldwide. One aim is to raise awareness of the significance of bookbinding and the book arts in countries without a long tradition."

Traveling Exhibitions

The Hand Bookbinders of California 24th Annual Members Exhibition;

October 3 - November 30: San Francisco, CA.
San Francisco Public Library, Special collections, 3rd fl.
> Contact: Molly West, 510/653-2830, FAX: 510/653-2840.

December 10-February 5, 1996 : Claremont, CA. The Honnold Library, Claremont Colleges. Contact: Kitty Maryatt, 818/703-0257.

New England Chapter Members Exhibition; Until October 15: Syracuse, NY "Created Space", in the Syracuse University Library.

November 13 - December 12: Philadelphia, PA. In the Albert M. Greenfield Library of the University of the Arts.

Contact: Dorothy Africa, Exhibition Chairman, 617/923-7756.


May 17 - Dec 22: Philadelphia, PA: "Making a Case for Cloth: Publishers Cloth Case Binding, 1830-1900," tells the revolutionary story of the development of the hard bound, cloth case book. On exhibit at The Library Company, 1314 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Contact: Eileen Shapiro or Andrea Krupp (215) 546-3181.

Sep 4 - Dec 22: Austin, TX: "The Company They Kept: Blanche and Alfred Knopf, Publishers (Part II)" at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, Univ of TX (512) 471-8944.

Sep 8 - Dec 31: Washington, DC: "Creating French Culture," an exhibition of the treasures of the Bibliothèque Nationale displayed at the Library of Congress Jefferson Bldg. Contact: Craig DOoge (202) 707-1989.

Sep 14 - Oct 19: Greenwich, CT: "Honoring Words: The Art of Book Design," an exhibition which celebrates the centennial of the Greenwich Library. GBW members Jenny Hille and Mary Schlosser assisted in organizing the exhibit. Opening reception Oct 14 from 6 to 8 pm. Also: a talk by Martin Antonetti "From Kelmscott to Pennyroyal" on Oct 5, and a slide lecture by Deborah Evetts on bindings on Oct 12. Contact: Pam Koob, Greenwich Library, 101 W Putnam Ave, Greenwich, CT 06830. (203) 622-7900.

Sep 15 - Oct 30: Tuscaloosa, AL: "Decade: An Exhibition Celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of the MFA Program in the Book Arts." Contact: Paula Marie Gourley, University of Alabama, 5th Fl Book Arts Gallery, Gorgas Library. (205) 348-4990.

Sep 19 - Nov 22: New York, NY: "Keats Bicentenary," an exhibition at the Grolier Club, 47 East 60th St, NY, NY 10022. Contact: Nancy Houghton (212) 838-6690.

Oct 9 - Nov 3: Long Beach, CA: "Western Books Exhibition" organized by the CA State University, in the Long Beach Library. Contact: Mike Sutherland (213) 259-2852.

Oct 20 - Dec 9: Sun Valley, ID: The Sun Valley Center for the Arts & Humanities is sponsoring an event, "The Uncommon Book - Structure Space Language," which features an exhibit exploring the book as an object of art, several workshops and lectures and performance by book artist Susan Share. Contact: Sally Brock, (208) 726-9491.

Nov 13 - Dec 8: Santa Barbara, CA: The above exhibition moves to the Santa Barbara Library. Same contact.

Nov: Washington, DC: "Science and the Artists Book" an exhibit pairing pioneering works in the history of Western science and artists books inspired by them, the latter created especially for this exhibit. Displayed at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries Exhibition Gallery, Natl Museum of American History (202) 357-1568.

May 10 - June 28, 1996; Banks, OR. The Fourth Oregon Book Biennial, a juried show of handmade books. Oregon Book Arts Guild, 13620 NW Eberly Rd., Banks, OR 97106, 503/357-7263.

Workshops, Lectures and Other Events

Continuing: Baltimore, MD: A series of ongoing (until February 1996) conservation workshops presented by Johns Hopkins Library, and funded by NEH: Basic Workshop, Advanced Enclosures, Advanced Book Repair, Treatment of Older Collections, Disaster Recovery, Exhibits Preparation. Fee: $100-200. Contact: Stuart Ittner (410) 516-8326.

The City Lit, London: Bookbinding, Restoration and Calligraphy classes and studio space available. Contact: 6 Bolt Court,London EC4A 3DQ. (0171) 405-2949.

Roehampton Institute, London: Bookbinding and Calligraphy classes available. Contact: Jen Lindsay (0181) 392-3658.

Sep 8 - Nov 3: Kentucky: "The Art of the Book," a series of workshops, exhibitions and related activites organized by the Kentucky Art & Craft Foundation. Contact: Brian Clinkingbeard or Eva McGee at The Foundation, 609 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202. (502) 589-0102.

Sep 15 - Oct 15: Santa Fe, NM: "LIBROS 95," a city-wide celebration of the book, featuring a trade fair, symposium, "The Book as Art" exhibition, workshops, lectures, readings etc.

Oct 1 - Dec 3: Ann Arbor, MI: Jean Buescher will teach a series of book making classes on Sundays 1-6 pm. Contact: Hollanders, 407 North Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. (313) 741-7531.

Oct 3 - Mar 5, 1996: London: Designer Bookbinders Tuesday Lecture Series at The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Sq, London WC1. Contact: Nesta Davies (0181) 365-1274.

Oct 12 - 15: Austin, TX: Annual meeting of the Friends of Dard Hunter. Contact: Peter Sowiski, 155 Dorchester Ave, Buffalo, NY 14213. (716) 878-6014.

Oct 20-22: Charlottesville, VA: APHA 1995 conference at the University of Virginia. Program chairs are Terry Belanger and Evan Moore.

Oct 21 - 22: Philadelphia, PA: "Leather Onlay & Inlay," a workshop with Daniel Kelm at Hedi Kyles Studio, 204 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA. Contact: Claire Owen, (215) 849-7863.

Oct 21 - 22: Denver, CO: Robert Espinosa will teach a workshop on his modified limp vellum binding, the chemise/vellum binding, at Bookworks Conservation & Design. Contact: Laura Wait (303) 480-0172.

Oct 21 - 22: Brookfield, CT: "Japanese Bookbinding" workshop taught by Jean Buescher. Contact: Brookfield Craft Center, PO Box 122, Route 25, Brookfield, CT 06804. (203) 775-4526.

Oct 22: Pasadena, CA: "Wealth of Imagination," lecture by Karlgeorg Hoefer, world renowned calligrapher and type designer. Pasadena City College, 1570 Colorado Blvd, Harbeson Hall, 2 pm.

Oct 23 - 25: Sun Valley, ID: Don Guyot will be offering two workshops, "Turkish Marbling" on Oct 23, and "Suminagashi" on Oct25. Contact: Sandy Brock, Sun Valley Center for the Arts & Humanities, Sun Valley, ID 83201. (208) 726-9491.

Oct 28 - 29: Brookfield, CT: "Non-adhesive Bookbinding" workshop taught by Jean Buescher. For info see Oct 21 entry.

Oct 28 - 29: Santa Fe, NM: "Book Craft" a workshop taught by Pam Smith at the Santa Fe Community College (505) 438-1251.

November 4 - 5: Portland, OR. Don Guyot conducts a two-day workshop on marbling at the Oregon School of Arts & Crafts, 8245 SW Barnes Rd., Ph: 503/297-5544, FAX: 297-9651.

Nov 4 - 5: San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Book Festival at Concourse Pavilion at 8th and Brannan. Bay area Book Arts demonstrations include an assembly line of area bookworkers producing a keepsake at this large, eclectic book fair. Contact: Mary Austin (415) 826-2627.

Nov 17 - 19: Pasadena, CA: Two classes, "Calligraphic Artists Books" & "A World Within Covers," offered at the Pasadena City College, 1570 Colorado Blvd, Robbins Bldg. Contact: Denise Kinsella (818) 913-6542.

Nov 18: Riverdale, MD: "Leather Cuir-Cisele" workshop taught by Jan and Jarmilla Sobota at Pyramid Atlantic. Contact: Bridget Lambert, 601 66th Ave, Suite 103, Riverdale, MD 20737. (301) 459-7154.

Nov 18: Santa Fe, NM: "Bookbinding - Creative Forms," a workshop taught by Martha Little at the Santa Fe Community College (505) 438-1251.

Dec 2 - 3 & 9 - 10: San Francisco, CA: The 17th Annual "Celebration of Craftswomen," SFs largest holiday crafts fair and juried womens crafts fair in America. Features include works by 300 artists, live entertainment, refreshments, and special display of works from mother/daughter teams. Fort Mason Center, Herbst Pavilion, Buchanan St & Marina Blvd. (415) 821-6480.

December 9 - 10: Boston, MA. "Tunnel Book", a workshop taught by Carol Barton, sponsored by the New England Chapter at the North Bennet Street School. Fee: $100, plus $10 materials. 50% deposit to Karl Eberth, Rt. 153, West Pawlett, VT 05775, by November 24. Checks to Guild of Book Workers/New England Chapter. Ph: 802/645-0222 for form and info.

Dec 10 - 12: San Francisco, CA: "Restoration 95," 3 day conference with commercial exhibitions and live demonstrations. Contact: RAI/EGI Exhibitions, Inc, 10 Tower Office Park, Suite419, Woburn, MA 01801. (617) 933-6663, fax: 933-8744.

Jan 19 - 25, 1996: San Antonio, TX: American Library Association midwinter meeting.

Mar 17 - 19, 1996: Baltimore, MD: "Restoration 96." For info see Dec 10-12 entry.

Apr 12 - 14, 1996: San Francisco, CA: "Preservation West" at Fort Mason will include booths on book and paper restoration and conservation organized by the Hand Bookbinders of CA and GBW. Displays and demonstrations. Contact: Dominic Riley (510) 525-5614.

Apr 22 - 29, 1996: Erice, Italy: "ERICE 96" international conference on conservation and restoration of library and archival materials. For information contact the Segreteria del Convegno, Instituto Centrale per la Patologia del Libro, Via Milano 76, I-10084 Rome, Italy. 6 4829 1235 48291304, fax: 4814968.

Apr 25 - 26, 1996: Boston, MA: Conference on environmental control guidelines, sponsored by NEDCC, at the Museum of Fine Arts. Contact NEDCC for information.

Jun 20 - 23, 1996: Arcata, CA: "Book Ends: Individual Perspectives," a conference at Humboldt State University, jam packed with workshops, exhibitions, & vendor booths. Contact: Kim Shank, 3310 Ribeiro Lane, Arcata, CA 95521. (707) 826-9165.

Jun - Jul, 1996: Telluride, CO: Summer classes at the American Academy of Bookbinding include: French Style Leather Binding, Gilding and Onlay. Contact: AAB, Box 1590, Telluride, CO 81435. (970) 728-3886.

July 18 - 21: Worcester, MA. Fourth annual conference of SHARP (Soc. for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing) under the auspices of AAS. Contact: SHARP 1996, American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609-1634, FAX: 508/754-9069, e-mail:

Aug 27 - Sep 1, 1996: San Diego, CA: SAA annual meeting.

Oct 1996: New York, NY: Dieu Donné will host the Annual Meeting of the Friends of Dard Hunter.

Apr 6 - 9, 1997: London: Institute of Paper Conservation 4th International Conference. Contact: Conference Secretariet, IPC Intl Conf, PO Box 79, Romsey Hampshire SO51 OZH.