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The Legacy Press


Books about the Printing, Paper, and Bookbinding Arts


Essay Series


In 2013, The Legacy Press published the first volume in the series, Suave Mechanicals: Essays on the History of Bookbinding. This project came about after discussions between Cathy Baker, the publisher, and Julia Miller, bookbinding historian, about the need for a journal-style publication that would not only feature published scholars, but would also provide a forum for those who have not been published. The goal for Suave Mechanicals was to encourage authors to explore areas of the history of bookbinding that had not been addressed previously, and to add to the body of established scholarship on some of the more well-known binding structures. And since 2013 three more volumes of Suave Mechanicals have appeared to critical acclaim.


A few years ago Cathy decided to publish two new series, Papermaker s Tears: Essays on the Art and Craft of Paper and Impression: Essays on the Art of Printing. Editors for these new series are working on their first volumes, and more information about each of The Legacy Press series is described below.


Suave Mechanicals

Essays on the History of Bookbinding


Julia Miller, editor

Vol. 1 (2013)

Vol. 2 (2015)

Vol. 3 (2016)

Vol. 4 (2017)

Volumes 5 and 6 are in preparation:


Topics for Volume 5:

•  history and structure of tintype albums in America

•  a follow-up pictorial essay on Samaritan bindings from selected special collections

•  a study of a 12th-century limp tawed binding

•  exposed structures in the Michigan State University Criminology Collection

•  the continuing evolution of parchment binding over boards

•  endband varieties in the Islamic world

•  physical evidence of curtains added to medieval manuscripts

•  adhered-board bindings

•  research/testing on the cloths used on a group of 18th- and 19th-century “canvas bindings”


Topics for Volume 6:

•  tacketed account books

•  Anabaptist bookbindings

•  the origins and future of the University of Iowa bookbinding model collection

•  increasing visibility and access to historical binding collections

•  a late-Coptic binding with bridled leather boards

•  18th- and 19th-century Indian bindings in the Library of Congress’ collection

•  publishers’ square back case bindings, late 20th century


Volume 7: Proposals are being accepted; email the editor:


Editor: Julia Miller has written extensively about the history of bookbinding. Her background is in book conservation and in teaching historical structures.


If you have an essay in preparation or if you would like more information about Suave Mechanicals, please email Julia:


Papermaker s Tears

Essays on the Art and Craft of Paper


Tatiana Ginsberg, editor

The first volume of Papermaker s Tears: Essays on the Art and Craft of Paper is expected by the end of 2018.


Topics for Volume 1:

•  papermaking in India (Radha Pandey)

•  papermaking experiments to replicate the first western wove paper (Cathleen Baker)

•  interviews with people who make equipment and tools for papermakers (Aimee Lee)

•  Western European papermills (Peter Thomas)

•  history of Dieu Donné papermill (Susan Gosin)

•  tracing the history of gampi paper (Kyoko Ibe)

•  Part I of 2-part essay about Douglass Morse Howell (Nicole Donnelly)


Editor: Tatiana Ginsberg is Studio Collaborator and Production Manager of the Dieu Donné papermill in New York City. Her background is in Japanese and Western papermaking, printing, teaching, and collaborating with artists.


If you have an essay in preparation or if you would like more information about Papermaker s Tears, please email Tatiana:



Essays on the Art of Printing


Rebecca M. Chung, editor

Impressions encompasses all the printing arts, including relief, intaglio, lithography, and serigraphy, as well as related arts, such as stamping, stenciling, and pochoir.


Call for Essays: The first volume of Impressions will be devoted

to women and printing: historical and current. Click here for more information.


Editor: Rebecca M. Chung has been involved in the printing arts as a textual scholar, book historian, and archivist. She is a practical printer, bibliographer, and information specialist (preservation, archives). Rebecca is particularly interested in the materiality of printed texts and images, as well as their history of textual transmission (in all media including digital).


If you have an essay in preparation or if you would like more information about Impressions, please download the informational .pdf (April 2018) or email Rebecca:

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