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Men of Printing
Editor: John J. Walsdorf
Printer: Pennyroyal Press, North Hatfield, Massachusetts, 1976
Illustrator: Barry Moser
Description: Obituaries of men famous in the history of printing, with a very fine woodcut portrait of each. The cover lettering lists the men’s names with the title spelled out vertically in gold using letters from those names. Reprinted from The Times of London, The New York Times, and Publishers Weekly. Printed by hand.
Materials: Full red goatskin with tan calfskin onlay, laced on boards, gold and blind (carbonized) tooling, sewn on 4 flattened cords, full leather inner hinges, hand sewn silk end bands, marbled end papers by Cheryl MacKrell.

Remarkable Shipwrecks
Author: various
Printer: Andrus and Starr, Hartford, 1813
Printer: John Russel Jr.
Description: This is a restoration of a book about shipwrecks and disasters at sea. The book has gone through a number of conservation steps including washing, internal repair and rebinding. The design of the binding is typical of “extra” (specially crafted to the owner’s taste) bindings produced in the 17th and 18th centuries and is called a Cambridge panel.
Materials: Period style rebinding in full tan calfskin, Cambridge panel design with speckled inner panel, raised bands, blind decorative tooling and blind (carbonized) lines and title, sewn on 5 raised cords, laced on boards, period style marbled endpapers, hand sewn silk end bands.
Lender: Cheryl and John MacKrell
Special Note: A copy of the same book in preparation for binding is displayed so that the sewing structure is exposed. The next steps for this book are to prepare and lace on the boards, sew the endbands, cover in calf, and decorate the covers and spine.

On Bookbindings Ancient and Modern
Editor: Joseph Cundall
Publisher: George Bell and Sons, London, 1881
Description: This rebinding of an older book on bookbinding is done in a style that would have been seen in the 15th century—similar to some of the “ancient” bindings illustrated in the book. Special books would have had more or less decoration than this fairly austere sample but they rarely had any gold tooling, such as that on this modern adaptation. This style of binding decoration with shaped boards is typical of bibles as well as other books of the period. The original cloth binding has been saved and will be boxed along with the book.
Materials: Full alum tawed goatskin, sewn on 5 split alum tawed slips in a herringbone pattern, laced on built up and shaped boards, gold and blind tooling, full alum tawed inner hinges, hand sewn cotton German Primary endbands that are laced into the covering boards, Cockerell marbled end papers.

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