Rebecca Barry on Rare Books Uncovered

Ticknor Society event this Thursday …

Rebecca Rego Barry on Rare Books Uncovered
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
First Church Boston, 66 Marlborough St. Boston

No doubt we’ve all dreamed about finding a Tamerlane in our attic, and many of us have our own tales of best book “finds” that we enjoy sharing with fellow bibliophiles. We’ll talk about more recent discoveries and put to rest the notion that the Internet has made scouting extinct, with examples such as a first edition of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird purchased at a Philadelphia flea market for a few dollars in 2014 and a first edition of Jorge Luis Borges’ El Aleph bought for 50 cents at an estate sale in Louisiana in 2011.

Rebecca’s book received a glowing review in Library Review and will be available for purchase and signing by the author at Thursday’s meeting. This could be a great Valentines Gift for Book Lovers!

Single Section Staple Binding in Stone Workshop

Single Section Staple Binding in Stone
Coleen Curry
April 1-3, 2016

Workshop Description:
This three-day class will explore binding structures using real stone veneer in the techniques created by Sün Evrard. Students will construct a modified historical structure with conservation principles in mind, using the stone veneer. This single-section staple binding is simple but is executed with a lot of care and attention to detail. The pamphlet binding is sewn and then attached to the boards using copper wire as secondary sewing. We will decorate the bindings by cutting into the stone and painting with acrylic. Students will create one binding, and if time allows, we will explore uses of the stone as a decorative element for bindings or boxes.

The stone veneer product used in this workshop is the result of advancements of laser cutting techniques. The veneer is a .2 mm thick slice of stone mounted on a thin fabric that can be folded, imprinted, cut and tooled.

Third Year Studio
369 Congress Street, Floor 6
Boston, MA 02210

$275 – Members
$325 – Non-members

Material Fee: $40 (paid directly to Coleen Curry at beginning of workshop)

Here is the link for registration:

Space is limited – please register early.

Questions can be directed to:

Ticknor Society Event: Katherine McCanless Ruffin

Katherine McCanless Ruffin on Carl Purinton Rollins
Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
First Church Boston, 66 Marlborough St., Boston

The history of the Bibliographical Press at Yale University, which was established by Carl Purington Rollins (1880-1960), provides an important historical context for the inclusion of hands-on processes in book studies today. In 1927, Rollins established the Bibliographical Press in affiliation with the Yale University Library in order to teach the traditional practices of book production. Between 1928 and 1939, Rollins taught a course called “18th Century Printing Office Practice” to graduate students, librarians, and undergraduates. Rollins taught his students the practices of paper-making, composition of type, and printing on the hand press.

January Author Talk: Michael Blanding

The Map Thief by Michael Blanding
Thursday, January 21, 2016—Noon to 1:00 pm
State Library of Massachusetts—Room 341, Massachusetts State House

Please join us at the State Library at noon on Thursday, January 21, for an Author Talk with award-winning investigative journalist and best-selling author Michael Blanding, who will be speaking about his recent book The Map Thief.

In this engrossing book, Blanding delves into the world of the antique map trade and tells the story of E. Forbes Smiley III, a map dealer who stole countless rare maps from libraries and universities around the world. In addition to detailing the downfall of this once esteemed map dealer, The Map Thief also reveals the history of the explorers and mapmakers who created the priceless maps that Smiley stole, giving the reader an even better understanding of the great loss to society when such cultural heritage items go missing.

Mr. Blanding’s talk is free and open to the public, and copies of the book The Map Thief will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Please register online and join us on January 21st at the State Library.

Joseph Newman Bookbinding Exhibit Reception

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
6:00 – 8:30 pm
Windgate Gallery
North Bennet Street School

Join President Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, NBSS instructors, alumni and friends for the opening reception for the Joseph Newman Bookbinding Exhibit.

The exhibit includes a range of materials that represent Joe Newman’s work as a master bookbinder, book conservator, and collector. Alongside examples and images of his own work will be bindings Joe collected for reference or enjoyment. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres provided.

RSVP to Christine Murphy, / 617-227-0155 x170.

Support the Joseph Newman Scholarship Fund
Donations to the exhibit will go towards the Joseph Newman Bookbinding Scholarship in memory of Joe and in support of aspiring bookbinders at NBSS. Through the generosity of a donor, the first $5,000 raised will be matched. Make a gift today to make twice the impact!

Lecture on Traditional Ethiopian Bookbinding

Traditional Ethiopian Bookbindinng (or “What’s the difference between Coptic and Ethiopian bookbinding anyways?”)
By Bill Hanscom

Wednesday, November 18th at 6:00pm
Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Schlesinger Library
3 James Street Cambridge, MA
(enter library from west side of Radcliffe Yard off Brattle Street)

Bookbinding in Ethiopia is arguably one of the oldest continuously-practiced material traditions in the world. Despite its steady decline during the last century, little has changed in the production of an Ethiopian bound manuscript for more than a millennium. Please join us on November 18th to hear Bill Hanscom talk about his research into these bindings. He will describe processes involved in the creation of a traditional Ethiopian manuscript from parchment manufacture through binding, decoration, and storage.

Bill Hanscom is a special collections conservation technician for Harvard Library at the Weissman Preservation Center in Cambridge, MA; coordinator and adjunct instructor for the Book Arts BFA program at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA; and an independent workshop insttructor. He is a 2008 graduate of the Book Arts/Printmaking MFA program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His essay on traditional Ethiopian book satchels will be included in Volume 3 of theSuave Mechanicals: Essays on the History of Bookbinding series to be published by The Legacy Press in 2016, followed by a larger essay on Ethiopian bookbinding practices and techniques in Volume 4 of the same series.

Daniel Kelm Lecture at Smith College

Please join us for the annual McGrath Lecture, sponsored by the Mortimer Rare Book Room at Smith College. Daniel Kelm will speak on “Getting Physical: the Significance of Making Books by Hand.”

The lecture on October 28–in Neilson Library Browsing Room–will begin at 4 pm and will be followed by a reception in the third floor Book Arts Gallery from approximately 5:30 until 7 pm.

The McGrath Lecture is presented to honor the memory of local master printer Harold P. McGrath.

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