30th Anniversary Benefit Auction: Emily Martin

Emily MartinAbout the Binding:

The binding of the catalog is a long stitch sewing of the text block with a soft cover attached using Saltire and transverse twisted tackets. The corners of the covers also have twisted tackets. The cover paper is natural UICB flax case paper. The original covers of the printed catalog are inserted as end sheets and anchored by the corner tackets. A window is cut in the front cover to reveal the catalog title. Cover case paper was joined at the spine to create a reinforced double thickness and to make a sheet long enough to form the cover as one piece. The binding itself is completely non-adhesive.

Estimated Value: $150

Emily Martin 2About the Artist:

Emily Martin has been making movable and/or sculptural artists books since the late 1970’s. Her books are narrative sometimes autobiographical and make use of format as a metaphor for content. Currently she is exploring Shakespeare’s tragedies. Emily Martin lives in Iowa City, Iowa, USA where she has her studio and also teaches at the University of Iowa Center for the Book. Her work is in public and private collections throughout the United States and internationally, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago; The Marvin and Ruth Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Miami Beach, Florida; The Library of Congress and others.

To bid on any of the bindings, please email us at lib-prescons@uiowa.edu. Bids will be accepted until the end of the silent auction, 7 pm CST on Thursday November 13th.

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30th Anniversary Benefit Auction: Larry Yerkes


About the Bindings:

When Bill Anthony died in 1989, he left me well prepared to do conservation work, but we had not yet undertaken design bindings, though we had discussed them. So, when asked to take part in this project, I decided that, rather than do one full-leather design binding, I would do three quarter-leather bindings with a cumulative value similar to that of a single design binding.

Bill and I had discussed the problem that he had faced in binding an artist’s book (was it Picasso?). He felt that a binder was obligated to use the artist’s work in some way in the design. I didn’t feel I could find a design from Bill’s work that would “stand for” him. However, I could represent some of Bill’s favorite elements for fine bindings.

Bill loved quarter-leather bindings. He loved paste papers. He loved hidden corners. He loved leather hinges. Now he also—at the end of his career—loved small endbands and their consequent small squares, which I decided not to emulate. Rather, I chose to honor the beautiful, if large, endbands he had made on his earlier bindings.

The three bindings vary most obviously in the spine treatment. The leather is the same, but the titling varies. The paste papers—which I made with the same brush Bill used when he made paste papers—are subtly different. The color is always black, but over three different colors of paper and with different brush strokes. The corners are either vellum or leather, with the paper cut slightly differently in each case. One endband is on a velum core, the other two on glued cord—one with single-color silk (like Bill’s later endbands), the other with two-color silk.

Estimated Value: $350 per binding

Larry Yerkes 2About the Artist:

I was trained at the Conservation Department of The University of Iowa Libraries under Bill Anthony and Pam Spitzmuller. Since 1991 I have worked on my own as a conservation binder and fine binder, first in Iowa City and, beginning in 2013, in Portland, Oregon.

To bid on any of the bindings, please email us at lib-prescons@uiowa.edu. Bids will be accepted until the end of the silent auction, 7 pm CST on Thursday November 13th.

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Tom Keegan Named Head of Digital Research & Publishing

The University of Iowa Libraries has hired Tom Keegan as Head of Digital Research & Publishing. A Rhetoric faculty member and co-director of the IDEAL (Iowa Digital Engagement & Learning) initiative, Keegan has a partial appointment with the Libraries until January, when he will assume full-time duties leading DRP.

In this position Keegan will build on the Libraries’ work leveraging digital collections, resources, and expertise to support faculty and student Tom Keeganscholars. Founded in 2006, Digital Research & Publishing coordinates and maintains the Iowa Digital Library, a million-object database of digitized special collections and archival materials, plus digital content from campus and community partners such as the UI Museum of Art, the Office of the State Archaeologist, and the Writing University. DRP also offers hosting and management of the University’s scholarly output via its institutional repository, Iowa Research Online, and journal publishing services for the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review and other titles. Additional projects include DIY History, a participatory archives initiative, and University of Iowa Press Digital Editions, a collaboration between the Libraries and the Press to provide free online access to select UIP books.

Before joining the Libraries, Keegan taught at the University beginning in 2003, most recently as a lecturer for the Department of Rhetoric. His teaching and research address the use of digital humanities and publicly engaged pedagogies across a variety of curriculums. With Matt Gilchrist, he co-directs IDEAL, which encourages assignment innovation and fosters expanded access to TILE learning spaces. One such assignment, Archives Alive!, incorporates DIY History to engage undergraduate students with digital scholarship practices in learning research, writing, and presentation skills. Keegan received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Iowa, and his undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Bioethics from the University of Virginia.

The new position in the Libraries allows Keegan to remain connected to the innovative teaching and curriculum projects he’s developed in partnership with the Rhetoric Department, Tippie College of Business, the UI Honors Program, the College of Education, the UI Graduate School, ITS and SITA, the Studio, the Center for Teaching, the English Department, Hancher, the Iowa City Downtown District, Public Space One, and a variety of other people and units within the UI and Iowa City communities. He is also continuing his humanities scholarship by collaborating with Libraries’ staff to develop a digital project based on spatial rhetoric in the works of James Joyce.

“I’m thrilled to be working with such innovative and talented people,” says Keegan. “Digital Research & Publishing plays a crucial role in bringing together a variety of audiences for research and learning in the 21st century.”

30th Anniversary Benefit Auction: Mark Esser

Mark Esser

About the Binding:

William Anthony’s work and, particularly, his fine bindings were both a model and an inspiration for me. The bindings illustrated in this exhibition catalog represented my personal horizons as an apprentice and an aspiring craftsman.

The design is meant to suggest the curved fore edges of text blocks tamed by the bone folders entering from around the edges. Bill loved chess and the checkerboard pattern recalls that, as well as his brilliant and creative mind. This is a traditional laced board, full leather binding with full gilt edges, double core silk endbands, leather onlays and inlays, blind and gold tooling and blind tooled edge to edge leather doublures.

Estimated Value: $5,000

Mark Esser

About the Artist:

Mark Esser began his training in bookbinding in 1979 at the Harcourt Bindery in Boston. He then worked in the Conservation Bindery at the Newberry Library in Chicago while studying privately with David Brock. Esser apprenticed with William Anthony from 1982 to 1986, first at Anthony & Associates in Chicago and then at the Conservation Department of the University of Iowa Libraries. He developed the curriculum and was the first instructor for the hand bookbinding program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, remaining there until 1994. He was the Rare Book Conservator at the John J. Burns Library at Boston College until 2008 and now works privately.

To bid on any of the bindings, please email us at lib-prescons@uiowa.edu. Bids will be accepted until the end of the silent auction, 7 pm CST on Thursday November 13th.

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30th Anniversary Benefit Auction: William Minter

William Minter

About the Binding:

Everyone who knew Bill Anthony would say he was a gentle Irishman with a love of his country. Since the BOOK OF KELLS is one of the beloved treasures of Ireland, Bill bound his own facsimile copy during my apprenticeship. That binding is one of my favorites, so I followed his example in the binding of his catalog. At the same time, I had observed Bill bind in vellum-over-boards, a style that he used at F.G. Marshalls in England. I had always been reluctant to bind in this manner. With the help of a recent workshop, this book is covered in vellum, in memory of Bill and his wonderful leadership.

The signatures are sewn on four vellum thongs that are exposed through the green leather spine; the sides are covered in vellum-over-boards. The title is gold stamped and the green leather lacework design – inspired from the BOOK OF KELLS – is blind stamped. The head has been colored with acrylic paint; hand-sewn silk endbands; marbled paper endsheets.

Estimated Value: $5,000

Bill Minter

About the Artist:

William “Bill” Minter was recently named senior book conservator by Penn State University in a newly created position. Prior to that appointment Bill was in private practice.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from Stout State University, Menomonie, Wisconsin and completed a seven-year book conservation apprenticeship under William Anthony in Chicago, Illinois.  In 1978, he opened his book conservation practice in Chicago and in 1994 relocated it to Woodbury, Pennsylvania. In addition to his work at the conservation bench, he has served the field through (1) leadership in professional organizations including the AIC Book and Paper Group (Chair 1984-86) and Conservators in Private Practice (Chair 1989-91); (2) development of technologies for book and paper conservation, including the ultrasonic welder for polyester film encapsulation with over 200 installations worldwide; (3) participation in academic research as Senior Project Conservator in the Heritage Science for Conservation program, Department of Conservation and Preservation, Johns Hopkins University (2009-2012).

To bid on any of the bindings, please email us at lib-prescons@uiowa.edu. Bids will be accepted until the end of the silent auction, 7 pm CST on Thursday November 13th.

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Japan Chronicle Online – Trial ends 2 December 2014

The English-language Japan Chronicle Weekly (1902 – 1940) is the newspaper of record for Japan’s engagement with modernity and its emergence, through war, political and social upheaval and seismic social change in East Asia, onto the world stage in the first half of the twentieth century. Historians of East Asia have long seen the Japan Chronicle as a uniquely valuable resource.

Please send additional comments to Chiaki Sakai.


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I have to day obtained the note held against you by Dr Jonson

Joseph Culver Letter, November 3, 1864, Page 1Hd Qrs Co “A”. 129th Ills
Chattahochie River GA Nov the 3rd /64
Capt J F Culver
Dear Sir

I have to day obtained the note held against you by Dr Jonson which I will forward in this letter I See also in looking over my papers that through Some mistake I have kept one of the notes that T J Wilson gave me. I thot I had Sent both of them. I will inclose it in this I hope no damage will result from the mistake, for it was all my fault if Chilcoth was not Some to blame for hurring me so. We are under orders to be ready to move at an hours notice after the 4th tomorow we turn everything over to day. It is now believed that the expedition is to be another of Sherman’s Raids you will likly know more about it by the time this reaches you we are having verry cold and wet weather here now rather a disagreeable time to Start out.

Lieut Fitch has Command of the Co yet his detail came from the Hospital but the Col Sent It back Fitch wants the position and has gone to Atlanta to day, I think to See Something about it Cook and Kelly have been Sent to the Rear the Docter wants BB Allen to go

I do not know that I will get to write again Soon if this moove prooves to be a raid of cours we will not get any mail. With regard to the getting of those clothing for me, you will have to be guided by your own Judgment. It would probably be as well not to get them but get the boots & gloves. I will write again if we Should remain here many days

Yours &c [T?]
Chris C. Yetter

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30th Anniversary Benefit Auction: Bill Voss

Bill VossAbout the Binding:

Red leather onlays with gold foil tooling on full green goatskin, with leather hinges and endbands tooled in red and gold.  The design is modeled on a pattern used by Bill Anthony on Hollinshed’s Irish Cronicle.

Estimated Value: $1,000

Bill Voss

About the Artist:

Bill Voss is a Conservation Techncian at the University of Iowa Libraries, where he has worked since 1999.  He has an BA in Russian from Lawrence University, a MA in Slavic Linguistics from The University of Washington and a Certificate in Book Studies from the University of Iowa’s Center for the Book.

To bid on any of the bindings, please email us at lib-prescons@uiowa.edu. Bids will be accepted until the end of the silent auction, 7 pm CST on Thursday November 13th.

30th Anniversary Benefit Auction: Caitlin Moore

Caitlin MooreAbout the Binding:

This binding is a paper case made from Zaansch bord, a heavy weight dutch windmill paper. The design was hand stenciled in watercolor using the pochoir technique.

I chose the paper case because it is the book structure I most associate with my time in the UI conservation lab. The design I chose because corn is such an iconic part of the landscape and my favorite view in Iowa.

Estimated Value: $250

Caitlin Moore

About the Artist:

Caitlin Moore holds an undergraduate degree in studio art and art history from Albion College in Albion, MI. She graduated from the UICB program in 2008. She worked at the University of Iowa conservation lab from 2006-2011. She is currently a bookbinder in the conservation lab at Cornell University. She is also the owner/operator of the Black Finch Bindery in Ithaca, NY.

To bid on any of the bindings, please email us at lib-prescons@uiowa.edu. Bids will be accepted until the end of the silent auction, 7 pm CST on Thursday November 13th.

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