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The Legacy Press

 

The Legacy Press

 

Books about the Printing, Paper, and Bookbinding Arts

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Essay Series

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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 about some of the more well-known binding structures. And since 2013 five 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, and more information about them appears below.

 

Suave Mechanicals: Essays on the History of Bookbinding

 

Julia Miller, editor

 

Vol. 1 (2013)

Vol. 2 (2015)

Vol. 3 (2016)

Vol. 4 (2017)

Vol. 5 (2019)

Vol. 6 is expected in early 2020, and essay topics include:

 

•  tacketed account books

•  Anabaptist bookbindings

•  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

•  physical evidence of curtains added to medieval manuscripts

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

•  traditional use of plough and trindles for trimming book edges

 

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

 

Julia is taking essays for Vol. 7, and if you have an essay in preparation or if you would like more information, please email her:

juliammiller2@gmail.com

 

Papermaker's Tears: Essays on the Art and Craft of Paper

 

Tatiana Ginsberg, editor

 

for more information about Vol. 1, click here.

 

Vol. 1 (2019)

 

Impressions: Essays on the Art of Printing

 

Rebecca M. Chung, editor

 

for more information about Vol. 1, click here.

 

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).

 

Rebecca is taking essays for Vol. 2, which is open to any Impressions topic, and if you have an essay in preparation or if you would like more information, please email her:

 

chung.rm@gmail.com

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