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[BKARTS] [GBW] Lecture in Boston, October 5

The Economics of Desire: The History of the Club Bindery
A lecture by Sam Ellenport
Club of Odd Volumes
October 5, 2004

The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers invites you to an historical lecture on the Club Bindery by Sam Ellenport. Doors will open at 5pm and the lecture will begin at 6pm. The lecture is free and open to the public. The Club of Odd Volumes is located at 77 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02108.

Sam Ellenport has been a bookbinder and businessman since 1970.  He now owns
and operates Harcourt Bindery, the largest for-profit hand bindery in the US
with a staff of 12.  He has taught bookbinding, and is now an overseer of
the North Bennet Street School's bookbinding program.   He attended Amherst
College and did advanced work in history at Brown University, Oxford
University, and Berkeley.


A Note on the Club Bindery from Etherington and Roberts, Bookbinding and the
Conservation of Books:

Club Bindery
A fine hand bindery founded in 1895 by Edwin Holden, Robert Hoe, and other
wealthy American bibliophiles, most of whom were members of the Grolier
Club. The purpose of the Club Bindery was to provide American bibliophiles
with bookbindings of a quality equal to those available in Europe, thus
avoiding the delays and other inconveniences of having to send books to
Europe to have them bound. William Matthews was given the responsibility of
organizing the shop, and he proceeded to hire the Clubs' first craftsmen,
Frank Mansell, finisher, and R. W. Smith, forwarder. Other craftsmen
employed by the bindery included Henri Hardy and Leon and Paul Maillard,
French finishers; Adolf Dehertog and Charles Micolci, a coverer and
assistant finisher, respectively; Mary Neill, sewer; Anna Berger, mender,
repairer, etc.; and others.

The Club Bindery exerted a considerable influence on fine binding in
America; unfortunately, however, not even the wealthiest of the stockholders
had the resources to supply sufficient work to keep the bindery going.
Efforts to transfer ownership of the club to the employees failed and the
Club Bindery went out of existence in April of 1909.


Peter D. Verheyen
Bookbinder & Conservator, PA - AIC
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