Guild of Book Workers Newsletter
Powell, Lawrence Clark. The Work of Ward Ritchie, Designer
Printer, Poet: His alter ego and his muses, with remarks by his
friend. Truepenny Books, (2509 North Campbell Avenue, Tucson az
85719), 1997. 96 pp., smyth-sewn & bound into Gainsborough
Cypress 80# Cover-stock. Limited to 300 copies. $25 + $4 s&h.
tel: 520 881-4822; fax: 520 323-6401.
Owen, Claire. Honey from the Mouth of a Wolf. Turtle Island
Press, Phila., 1997. 20 pp., 9 photo-etchings, text composed by
Golgonooza Letter Foundry. Bound in a red, silk blend, with printed
inset label. Edition of 30 with two Artist's Proofs, A.P. I or A.P
II. Turtle Island Press, 28 West Haines St., Philadelphia pa 19144,
tel: 215 849-7863; fax: 215 849-0168.
Shakespeare, William, Queen Mab, a miniature box/book
designed and produced at Waterleaf Mill & Bindery by Pat Baldwin.
Illustrations by Graham Barrett Roye. The box is a 2 1/4" cube with
25 pp. text. Edition of 60. $85 + $2 p&h. Available from
PequeÒo Press, PO Box 1711, Bisbee az 85603. 520 432-5924; fax
520 432-3065; email: patbooks@ primenet.com
Doizy, Marie-Ange, De la Dominoterie a la Marbrure: Histoire
des techniques traditionnelles de la dÈcoration du papier.
Published by Art & Metiers du Livre. Illus. in color and b/w. 490
FF. Available from Art & Metiers du Livre/Editions, 55 bis, rue
de Lyon, 75012 Paris. tel: 01 43 40 10 88; fax: 01 43 40 10 89.
Middleton, Bernard C., History of English Craft Bookbinding
Technique. Oak Knoll Press, 1996. 368 pp., hardcover, illus. $55
+ shipping. Order # 44862. Available outside the U.K. from Oak Knoll
Books (414 Delaware St., New Castle de 19720, usa. 302 328-7232;
fax:302 328-7274, 1-800-996-2556; e-mail:
www.oakknoll.com); within the
U.K. from The British Library. This updated and expanded edition,
containing additional illustrations and for the first-time, a
comprehensive index revised by Dr. Marianne Tidcombe, brings up to
date this classic work in the subject of bookmaking, bookbinding and
Roger Powell: The Compleat Binder, Bibliologia, Vol. 14. J.
Sharpe, Ed., isbn 2-503-50434. 341 pp. £86.00. Brepols
Publishers, Steenweg op Tielen 68, B-2300 Turnhout, Belgium. Contents
include articles by A. Donnelly and Peter Waters, Guy Petherbridge,
Christopher Clarkson, Anthony Cains, Don Etherington, Gary Frost,
Paul Banks, J. Sharpe, Mirjam Foot, Robert Espinosa and others .
The Utrecht Psalter in Medieval Art, edited by Koert van
der Horst, William Noel and Wilhelmina W¸stetfeld. HES
Publishers with Universiteit Utrecht and Museum Catharinjneconvent,
Utrecht. ISBN 9-0619-4318-3. 270 pp. £75. Hardback. Available in
CD-Rom for £25. The catalog of an exhibition held in 1996 in the
National Museum of Religious Art in Utrecht, which concentrated
entirely on the inXuence this most important book had on western
medieval book illumination and production at a time when the
illustrated codex was used to proclaim power, patronage and wealth.
It was displayed alongside other examples of Carolingian artistic
heritage. The manuscript dates from between 816 and 833. It was
produced in the monastery of Hautvillers, then under the patronage of
Archbishop Ebbo, abbot of the monastery of St. Remy in Rheims, and
Librarian to the Emperor Louis the Pious. It has only been publicly
displayed twice in recent times.
Edge Gilding, a documentary made during a New York Chapter
visit to the edge gilders R. Marchetti & Bro., Inc. a year ago in
their former Soho location in New York City, is ready for sale. The
75 minute video, made by Liza Bear and Coleen Fitzgibbon, documents
the edge gilding of Nick Marchetti, the proprietor of the company
started by his father and uncle at the beginning of this century.
They are the only practicing trade gilders in New York. They have
moved from their Soho location to Brooklyn. The tape is available
from The Bookbinder's Warehouse, 31 Division St., Keyport nj
07735-1522 (tel: 908 264-0306; fax: 908 264-8266). $35 + $3 s&h.
Checks made out to The Guild of Book Workers. Two copies are
available for loan from the GBW Library.
N.B.: R. Marchetti & Bro., Inc. are now at: 87 Richardson St.,
Brooklyn ny 11211, 718 387-4772.
Fine Hand Bookbinding, Vol. 1, by M. Leroy Chrisman. The 90
minute video, vol. 1 covers numerous repair and restoration
techniques. They are discussed and demonstrated and include the
"virtually invisible" rebacking technique, making new inner and outer
hinges, proper installation of endpapers, and the repair of torn
pages. Vol. 2, due out soon, will treat (in great depth) the subject
of binding in "Period Style"; touching on such things as proper
leathers, papers, headbands and tooling to use on books of different
Price: $79.95 + $4 s&h each. Both volumes for $136.95. Vol. 1
shipped immediately, vol. 2 by Feb. 14. (Should be ready now.)
Michael L. Chrisman, Bookbinder and Historian, email:
These publications are available on loan from the Guild
The Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild Newsletter
Vol. 14, No 4/Winter 1996
- Review of Bookbinding & Other Bibliophily, edited by
Dennis E. Rhodes, Edizioni Valdonega, Verona, Italy 1994. 365 pp.
Distributed in North America by Oak Knoll Books Dedicated to
Anthony (A.R.A.) Hobson with a biography & bibliography of his
publications. - - Articles on book history, bookbinding history,
private book-collecting, great libraries, identification of
printers & publishers, aspects of provenance.
- Fine Printing: The Private Press in Canada, by Alan Horne.
- A report on CBBAG's first conference, The Book Arts Towards
Century's End, by Susan V. Corrigan.
- Parchment Making: an introduction to the Basic Procedure, by
Rick Cavasin, illustrated and with bibliography.
Vol 15, No 1/Spring 1997
- Monique Lallier's paper given at 1996 CBBAG Book Arts
Conference: The History of Bookbinding in Quebec
- Marbling: Fad or Passion by Shelagh Smith
- Arthur W. Johnson on Leather
- Review of important book on Marbling: De la Dominoterie a la
Marbrure, Histoire des techniques traditionnelles de la decoration
du papier by Marie-Ange Doizy, Publisher: Art & Metiers du
- Introducing new column on papermaking: Cranberry Corner, E.H.
The Society of Bookbinders Newsletter
Number 1/96 (April 1996)
- Reviews of Modern Bookbinding by Alex J. Vaughan and the Video
Cassette interview with Edgar Mansfield & James Brockman (who
executed Mansfield's designs after his vision failed) on the
subject of design in bookbinding on Binder Vision, Programme 4.
- Summary of Toby Raphael & Ellen McCrady's 1984 Abbey
Newsletter on "Leather Dressing: A Misguided Tradition?"
- Keith Clayton writes about the fungicide Cetrimide BP
(cetyl-trimethyl-ammonium-bromide) which he finds very impressive
against mould growth on pastes and glairs.
- Jeff Clements reviews the catalog of European Bookbindings in
the Year 1995, an exhibition held in the Netherlands Open
Handbookbinding Competition 1995.
Number 2/96 (August 1996)
- J.S. Alabaster writes in to describe his method for replacing
tapes in restoring books.
- Knots: The "Ascona knot" discussed with diagrams; then Jim
Dorsey on many other knots.
Number 3/96 (December 1996)
- Reports on Paper Marbling with Carragheen Moss; Maureen Duke:
"Covering Albums with Velvet..." and other coverings;
"Introduction to Paper Conservation" by Alan Parker.
- Several instructional articles: "Restoration of Victorian
Cloth Bindings" by Felicity Hutton; "Vellum Binding" by
Helen-Golding-Miller with diagrams; "Simplified Slip-cases" with
- "The Knot," corrections to August SOB report
New, glossy bimonthly (now monthly) publication aimed at book
collectors with a wide range of articles on collectibles and
collectors, authors, access to libraries, auction advice & lore,
forgeries, et al.
BIBLIO Magazine encourages GBW members to submit articles for
publication. Contact Colleen Sell, Biblio Magazine, 845 Willamette
St., Eugene OR 97401. tel: 541 345-3800. Send manuscripts,
photographs, illustrations with SASE.
Volume 1, Number 1 July-August 1996
- "Warning: Paper Enemies at Large," on how to protect
collections. (Volume 1 Number 2 Sept. - October 1996 and Volume 1
Number 3 November - December 1996) Volume 2, Number 1 January 1997
- Dominic Riley writes "Of Style & Structure: Restoring Rare
Books" Detailed, color-illustrated article on restoration with
referrals to organizations who can recommend book restorers.
- Book Places: Cambridge Bookstores describes four antiquarian
bookstores to visit when in England.
Volume 2, Number 4 April 1997
- European Book Towns, Part Three: Scandinavia, the Fatherland
and Bonny Scotland.
- Postscript: Book Press Ink & Paper, the history of the
19th century letter-copying book process.
Binder's Guild Newsletter
Vol XIX No. 7 October, 1996
- Dialogue on standards in book repair and
preservation/conservation standards continues with proposed
principles enumerated by Philip Smith.
- Mother Agnes Shaw, O.S.B. updates conditions at the Abbey of
- Reprint of John Mitchell's "Restoration of Cloth Case
Bindings" (appeared in Bookbinders National Newsletter in March
and June, 1992), with diagrams.
- Alan Parker on the "Ascona Knot."
Vol. XIX - No. 8 December 1996
- Book review: Bookbinding for Amateurs by W.J. Eden, London
1885. 184 pp., illus. with 156 engravings (which Jim Dorsey finds
are fun and reproduces many in this detailed, 16 p. review).
Vol. XX No. 1 January 1997
- Detailed report on Jan Sobota's presentation on
Cuir-CiselÈ given at the Standards Seminar in Pasadena in
- More from Mother Agnes Shaw on progress in setting up a
bindery in the Italian Abbey of San Vincenzo. She has visited
Montecassino recently and gives a fascinating account of its
history and how the culture of the ancient Greco-Roman world was
saved and transmitted to the Christian West through the work of
the monastic scriptoria.
Vol. XX No. 2 March 1997
- Report on books in print or readily available: 1) Headbands:
How to Work Them by Jane Greenfield & Jenny Hille, 2nd rev.
ed., 1990. Oak Knoll Books. 2) A History of English Craft
Bookbinding Technique, by Bernard C. Middleton. 4th ed., 1996. Oak
Knoll Books & the British Library. 3) The Business of
Bookbinding, by Alexander J. Philip. Pt.2 of The History of
Bookbinding Technique and Design, Sidney F. Huttner, Ed.
University of Tulsa & Garland Publ., 1989.
- Discussion, with illus., of a line of wooden bookbinding
equipment from Gaylord's 1996 catalog.
- Question/Answer Column: Susan Lumas discusses leather paring
and paring knives.
Vol. XX No. 3 April 1997
- Mainly given over to Terry Buckley's presentation at the
Pasadena Standards Seminar in 1996 on Dyeing and Staining of
The New Bookbinder: Journal of the Designer Bookbinders
Volume 16 1996
- Priscilla Spitler's major article : Guild of Book Workers
1996: Vital at Ninety. Lots of color photos of Guild members'
work, along with the history of the Guild and its present active
- Ivor Robinson written about by Jeff Clements and Ivor
Robinson, interview with Tracey Rowledge.
- "The State of Artist's Books in Britain Today" by David
- "The 'temporary' Binding of Alexis Pierre Bradel" by Johann C.
Denninger with instructions and diagrams.
- "Open Joint Structure" by Romilly Saumarez Smith.
- "The Movable, Three-dimensional, Multi-experimental Book" by
- Jan Sobota on "One newest book object; One oldest book
project; One longest book sculpture."
- Sun Evrard on "Contemporary European Book Structures," with
diagrams and illustrations.
- "Recent Bindings," with colored and black and white
Paper Conservation News, The Institute of Paper
Number 80 December 1996
- Article by Catherine Rickman about her visit to the Library of
San Millan Monastery in Northern Spain, which houses a magnificent
collection of books of Gregorian chant.
- The controversy about leather dressing continues with letters
from Norway, Scotland, The Netherlands and U.S.
- "Freezing wood and parchment" for pest control, and related
consequences by Stefan Michalski.
- Report on the "conservation and restoration of archive and
library materials" meeting in Erice, Sicily in April 1996.
- Report on book and paper conservation conference, Ljubljana,
Slovenia, July 1996.
- Notices: Special paper offer for IPC members of "Bodelian"
second-quality paper. Barcham Green & Company Ltd, Hayle
Mille, Maidstone, Kent mei5 6xq. tel. (01622)692266, fax.
The Paper Conservator. The Journal of the Institute of
Volume 20 1996
- "17th to 19th Century Wafers and Wafer Seals: History,
Manufacture and Conservation" by Elissa O'Loughlin.
- Library of Congress' preservation program management is
discussed by Diane Nester Kresh.
- The Scanning Electron Microscope and some of its uses in paper
conservation are discussed in detail by Elzbvieta Polak and Juliet
The Abbey Newsletter
Nov. 1996 v. 20 #6
- Obituary: Susan Garretson Swartzburg
- Publications: How to Save Your Stuff from a Disaster: Complete
Instructions on How to Protect and Save your Family History,
Heirlooms and Collectibles by Scott Haskins. tel. 800 833-9226,
fax 805 568-1178. "...useful, easy-to-read manual, a wonderful
- Review: Mass Deacidification: An Update on Possibilities and
Limitations, by Henk J. Porck. European Commission on Preservation
& Access, Amsterdam, and Commission on Preservation and
Access, Washington, October 1996. reviewed by Ellen McCrady.
Dec. 1996 v. 20 #7
- "Part 2 of the Final Report to Congress on ...National Policy
on Permanent Papers."
- Paperbacks vs Hardbacks: Answers from the University of Kansas
Libraries' Condition Survey. - Publications:
- Disaster Consultants is LAPNet's select, nationwide listing of
individuals who can be contacted for advice after a disaster. List
of Disaster Supplies and Suppliers is also nationwide. Contact
Katharine Donahue, LAPNet Treas., c/o UCLA Biomedical Library, PO
Box 951798, Los Angeles ca 90095-1798.
- "Effect of Various Deacidification Solutions on the Stability
of Cellulose Pulps," by Jana Kolar and Gabrijela Novak.
Restaurator v. 17 #1, 1996, 25-31. ANL, Dec. 31, 1996 v. 20 #8
- Americans Who Helped in the Florence Flood Rescue Effort goes
back over the 1966 and 1967 issues of the IIC-AG Bulletin
(predecessor of the AIC Journal) and reprints stories, mentioning
GBW members Stella Patri, Carolyn Horton and Inez Pennybacker, all
present or former GBW members.
- The New York State Program for Conservation & Preservation
of Library Research Materials, by Joseph F. Schubert.
Somerset Studio Catalogue
January/February 1997 (Premiere Issue)
- Sumptuous color catalogue which appears to be the
reincarnation of PaperCrafters: supplies of all kinds for "art
stamping, paper arts, and letter arts"
- Short articles on: the Art of Japanese Paper; making
envelopes; papermaking in the Philippines; calligraphy; and stamp
WAAC Newsletter (Western Association for Art Conservation)
Vol. 19 Number 1 January 1997
- Short articles in Technical Exchange on "Tear Mending on the
Suction Table" and "Bleaching Twentieth Century Papers". Most
information is for museum conservators.