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The Legacy Press



Books about the Printing, Paper, and Bookbinding Arts


Essay Series


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 seven volumes of Suave Mechanicals have appeared to critical acclaim, and the eighth is at the printer. Volume 9, expected in 2025, will be the last in the series.


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. 8 is in preparation, and publication is expected in Fall 2023. Vol. 9 will be the last in the series. If you would like more information, please email Julia at:


Papermaker's Tears: Essays on the Art and Craft of Paper


Tatiana Ginsberg, editor


for more information about Vol. 1 (published), click here.


Series 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.


Vol. 2 of Papermaker's Tears will be available soon, and it is the last volume in this series.

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