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.

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