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a road trip...

  Books and Boston, okay.  In addition to Bromer's in Copley Sq. DO
visit the Boston Public libaray,also at Copley Sq., with the Sargent
murals and the most incredibly baroque interior of any library around,
except maybe the public library in Providence.  I don't know if the
Boston Athenaeum just up from Boston Common allows visitors to peer into
its reading room, but if possible, do it.  For book supplies, wander
down to Rugg Road on Charles St. and look at decorative papers and books
on bookbinding and the book arts.  There is also Paper Source near
Porter Sq. in Cambridge if you like rubber stamp stuff.  The Cambridge
Artist's Co-op on Church St. near Harvard Sq. sometimes sells blank
books by local book artists.  They had a very nice little show earlier
this year, but it isn't up now.  The local book artists studios are
scattered around in Boston, there were some at the Brickbottom building
in Cambridge, some more in Back Bay and along Magazine St. off Central
Sq. Pearl Art Supply in Central Sq. might be able to direct you to some
local book artists.  Do drop by North Bennet St. School and see if
anyone is around working in the bookbinding area if you are in the North
End on Saturday NBSS is two doors down from Old North Church so if you
are doing the Freedom Trail hike you'll walk right by it. Bookbinding is
in the basement (where else?) and the instructor is Mark Anderson.  It
is almost the end of term so I guarantee you there will be busy people
around trying to finish projects.  The school is on a corner, front door
is on the Salem St. side.  If you get to Boston on Friday, you might
want to check out Harcourt Bindery on Melchior (not sure of the
spelling) St. near South Station. It is one of the last of the old time
19c binderies still in operation and just to look at that equipment is
like time travel.  My favorite is the one used to ink the lines in
ledger books, a huge iron frame work decorated with swirls and spirals
with pots of ink and trailing wicks to fed the pens as the paper passes
by under them.  Enjoy.
 Dorothy Africa

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