Volume 45 - Spring 2018


Dates for your Diary

*UK Fine Press Book Fair, Oxford
Saturday 24th-25th March 2018

The 2017 Fair has been postponed until March 2018. It will now be held in the Kassam Stadium Conference and Events Centre in Oxford, details of which can be found at www.thekassamstadium.com. We will be occupying the Exhibition Area on the ground floor and the Quadrangle Suite on the first floor. As before we plan to have stalls for presses, specialist book dealers, trade suppliers, and related organisations.

Further details can be found on the FPBA web site at

AIC symposium - Leather in Book Conservation, Houston, Texas
Tuesday 29th May 2018

AIC Annual Meeting

$99 including lunch
Be part of the first AIC symposium devoted to the use of leather in Book Conservation! Leather has long been used as a repair material for damaged leather bindings. The working properties of historic leathers can be very different than modern ones. In recent years, conservators have begun to employ other materials, such as paper or cast acrylic, as an alternative to leather in book conservation treatments. Tanned animal skins offer less long-term stability and may be more difficult to prepare than other materials, but may also provide better strength and flexibility in a functioning book. Should conservators continue to employ leather using traditional book repair techniques on leather bindings? Should we abandon the use of tanned skins in favor of more chemically stable materials? Do alternative book repair materials really stand up to the mechanical stresses of use? Be part of the debate and register for the symposium!

For more info and a list of speakers, please see the AIC Annual Meeting page
you don't have to register for the entire meeting to attend this symposium.

Questions? Contact the symposium chairs:
Marieka Kaye - marieka@umich.edu or Henry Hebert - henry.j.hebert@gmail.com

Art of the Book 2018

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Art of the Book 2018 is an international juried exhibition of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG) members' work, opening in Victoria, British Columbia in August 2018 and travelling for two years across Canada.

*The Society of Bookbinders Education and Training Seminar, Chester
30th August-1st September 2018


The 9th Education and Training Seminar will be held from Thursday 30th August to Saturday 1st September at the University of Chester, a modern, comfortable and extremely compact campus. In addition to the lectures, there will be an evening of informal demonstrations, a Suppliers' Fair and a fund-raising auction - www.chester.ac.uk.

Dieter Räder - Machine Edge Gilding
Dominic Riley - The Deluxe Box
Philippa Räder - Victorian Letter Folders in the Royal Archives
Alan Fitch - Tips, Wrinkles & a Little Controversy
Ann Tomalak - Paper Repairs for Non-Conservators (and when to leave well alone)
Arthur Green - Springback Bindings
Paul Broadbent - Bookbinding on the Edge
Thomas Schmitz - Vellum Binding

The Seminar will start on Thursday night beginning with the AGM, followed by Dinner and the Promenade. Delegates will be able to see all of the lectures/demonstrations for the day(s) booked.

All the lectures will be projected onto large screens so that close-up work can be clearly seen.

Accommodation is in new ensuite single study bedrooms. Delegates will not have to walk long distances on campus as all facilities are in close proximity.

Further details and registration information can be found on the Society's web site at

*Guild of Bookworkers Standards of Excellence Seminar, Minneapolis
17th-20th October 2018

The 2018 Standards of Excellence Seminar will be hosted in Minneapolis, MN. Please check back for more information in the coming months!

J. Hewit & Sons will have a stand at the event(s) marked '*'. If you would like us to bring specific items for you to purchase, please let us know at least 4 weeks in advance of the event.

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