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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 is 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 six volumes of Suave Mechanicals have appeared to critical acclaim, and the seventh is at the printer.
A few years ago, Cathy decided to publish a new series, Papermaker ’s Tears: Essays on the Art and Craft of Paper, and more information about it appears below. (Note the proposed series, Impressions, did not go ahead in favor of a stand-alone book, Making Impressions: Women in Printing and Publishing, click here for more information.)
Suave Mechanicals: Essays on the History of Bookbinding
Julia Miller, editor
Vol. 1 (2013)
Vol. 2 (2015)
Vol. 3 (2016)
Vol. 4 (2017)
Out of Print
Vol. 5 (2019)
Vol. 6 (2020)
Out of Print
Vol. 7 (2022)
Series Editor: Julia Miller has written extensively about the history of bookbinding. Her background is in book conservation and in teaching historical structures.
Suave Mechanicals, Vol. 7, is at the printer, and publication is expected in late January/early February 2022. Julia is taking essays for future volumes, but Vol. 9 will be the last in the series. If you have an essay in preparation or if you would like more information, please email her:
Papermaker's Tears: Essays on the Art and Craft of Paper
Tatiana Ginsberg, editor
for more information about Vol. 1 (published), click here.
Editor: Tatiana Ginsberg is Studio Collaborator and Production Manager of the Dieu Donné Papermill in New York City. Her background is in Japanese and Western papermaking, printing, teaching, and collaborating with artists.
Tatiana is preparing the essays for Vol. 2 Papermaker's Tears, and publication is expected in early 2023. Vol. 2 will be the last volume in this series.
Vol. 1 (2019)
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