Boston Antiquarian Book Fair

As you almost certainly are aware, The 34th annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair takes place the weekend of November 12-14, 2010.  We would like to make sure you are aware of a few of the events taking place during the fair at the Hynes Convention Center, which include a few members.  For more information about the fair, directions and tickets please see

Member organization North Bennet Street School will have a table on cultural row displaying the work of the bookbinding students.  Drop by the booth and meet the next generation of book workers!

Chapter member Todd Pattison is one of the panelists for the Ticknor Society:

Ticknor Society Collectors Roundtable
Saturday, November 13, 2010 3:00 PM

Todd Pattison, discussing his collection of bindings by Benjamin Bradley.
Todd collects books bound by Benjamin Bradley, a pioneering book binder who established one of the first cloth binderies in Boston in 1832. He bound many of the publications of Ticknor & Fields, and also did binding for numerous other publishers. At one point, he employed upwards of 80 people and the bindery was able to turn out 3000 bound volumes in a day. Todd owns about 400 signed bindings by Bradley.

Todd worked as a book conservator at the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, Massachusetts for twenty years. This September, he begins work at the Widener Library as the Harvard College Library Collections Conservator. He studied bookbinding with Fred Jordan in western New York state in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and later studied with Hugo Peller and Edwin Heim in Ascona, Switzerland. He has an undergraduate degree in Art History from Nazareth College and an MLS from the University of Alabama.

And don’t miss a special opportunity to see Michael Suarez, director of Rare Book School, on Sunday:

The Ecosystems of Book History: Acting Locally, Thinking Globally
Sunday, November 14 – 1:00 PM

Michael Suarez is University Professor and Director of Rare Book School at the University of Virginia.  The holder of research fellowships from The American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Michael’s most recent publication is The Oxford Companion to the Book (2010), a million-word reference work on the history of books and manuscripts from the invention of writing to the present day.  The Sunday Telegraph in London called it “colossal” and “a paradise for book lovers;” while The Wall Street Journal praised it as “a fount of knowledge where the Internet is but a slot machine.”  Michael is co-General Editor of The Collected Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins (8 volumes, Oxford University Press, 2005–13).  His current project is Bibliography for Book Historians.

Marking Time in New England

Thanks to the generous support of Dartmouth College Library and the Dartmouth Book Arts Program, New Hampshire is the next stop on the national tour of The Guild of Book Workers member exhibition, Marking Time.

Marking Time
Baker-Berry Library, Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH
November 5, 2010 – March 20, 2011

Opening Reception
Friday, November 12, 2010, 4-6 PM
Berry Library Main Street

Sponsored by The New England Chapter of the GBW

Please join us for the opening reception when you will have the opportunity to see an additional special exhibition in the Baker Library Main Hall– The Book Unbound & The Book Arts at Dartmouth (this exhibition runs until November 29, 2010).  Tours of the Conservation Lab and the Book Arts Workshop will also be offered.  This event is free and open to the public.  For directions see

The Guild of Book Workers organizes national exhibitions of member work every three years.  Marking Time opened at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in May of 2009 and concludes it’s tour at Dartmouth College this winter.  For more information about the exhibition please see

Other Exhibit News

We apologize for the delay in publishing more information about the upcoming New England Chapter exhibition.  The most desired news seems to be the exact due date for entries… February 1, 2011.  Complete entry details are nearly ready and will be posted on the chapter blog as soon as possible.  Thank you for your patience… please get to work on those bindings!

GBW Membership

The Guild of Book Workers has just added online membership application and renewal!  Now it is easier than ever to join and renew– no more excuses!


This blog is open to everyone interested in the book arts in New England, and most of the events sponsored by the New England Chapter of GBW are free and open to the public.  This is in keeping with the chapter committee’s our understanding of the mission and goals of the Guild of Book Workers. 

The Guild of Book Workers was founded in 1906 “… to establish and maintain a feeling of kinship and mutual interest among workers in the several hand book crafts.” 

The Guild still believes, as did its founders, that there is a responsibility among civilized people to sustain the crafts involved with the production of fine books. Its members hope to broaden public awareness of the hand book arts, to stimulate commissions of fine bindings, and to stress the need for sound book conservation and restoration. 

However, please bear in mind that our chapter budget is based on member dues.  We welcome all interested to join us at our events… and we welcome you to join our organization to support the events we sponsor which you have come to expect and enjoy in New England.  Your annual dues supports a wide range of national and regional activities; Membership in regional chapters is an optional addition to your Guild of Book Workers membership. 

Please join or renew today!

Reminder of Dominic Riley Artist Talk

Design Matters: the creation of contemporary fine leather bindings
An Artist Talk by Dominic Riley
North Bennet Street School, Boston
Thursday, October 21, 2010
6:00-8:00 pm

With the advent of the Arts and Crafts movement bookbindings became works of art in themselves.  Dominic is one of a small number of bookbinders working today who create unique Design Bindings for collectors.  This lecture shows a range of these contemporary bindings, explaining how each design grew from a response to the text and illustrations of the printed book. 

Dominic’s design bindings are in collections worldwide. He is a Felow of Designer Bookbinders, and in 2008 he won both first prizes and the Mansfield Medal in the DB competition.

This lecture is free and open to the public, but please email to reserve a seat.

This event is co-sponsored by North Bennet Street School and the New England Chapter of GBW.