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Alessandro Colizzi—In the Footsteps of Nebiolo’s Art Studio: Reading the Evidence

Sara T. Sauers

A composite from the Nebiolo General Catalogue of 1939.

Sun, Nov. 8 |  Alessandro Colizzi, design faculty at Politechnic University in Milan, Italy, presented his research into the history of the Nebiolo Foundry, particularly the origins and development of their art studio. Founded in Turin, Italy, in 1852, Nebiolo was a small business launched in a newly united Italy.  [Read more]

Erik Spiekermann—Keynote Presentation

Sara T. Sauers

Erik Spiekermann at his Spiekermann’s Precision Table in his P98a Studio in Berlin (Screenshot from his presentation)

Sat., Nov. 7 | Type designer and printer Erik Spiekermann joined us from the entrance of p98a, his letterpress workshop in Berlin, Germany. He’s wearing a neat white lab coat, like that of a German engineer—or, as he deadpans, of a mad scientist—and invites us in for a tour. [Read more]

Call for Entries: FDH/APHA Members’ Exhibition

Sara T. Sauers

This exhibition is a Friends of Dard Hunter tradition, but will be open to members of APHA for this conference. 

Submission Requirements and Important Details (pdf)

Call for Proposals 2018

Sara T. Sauers

The Friends of Dard Hunter (FDH) and the American Printing History Association (APHA) welcome proposals for their joint conference “Matrices: The Social Life of Paper, Print, and Art,” at the University of Iowa Center for the Book Iowa City, Iowa, October 25–27, 2018. Proposals are due March 31, 2018. FDH and APHA invite proposals for presentations, demonstrations, and workshops that explore the technological and cultural matrices of art printed on or made from handmade paper. PDF. [Read more]

Transatlantic Connections

Sara T. Sauers

Michael Knies presenting (Robert McCamant)

Saturday, October 7, 3:30-5:15 pm ★ Baird Jarman, “Beaten to the Punch: Fake News Illustrations of the 1860 Boxing Championship” ★ Michael Knies, “‘American Novelties are Foolishness!’: British Judgements on the American Typeface and Printing Invasion, 1878–1890″ ★ Mathieu Lommen, “Lettering From Neo-Gothic to Art Nouveau: 19th Century American and European Lettering Manuals” ★ Rose Roberto, “(Re)Assembling Reference Books & Recycling Images: The Wood Engravings of the W. & R. Chambers Firm” [Read more]

Conference Registration is Open

Sara T. Sauers

Registration is open! The American Printing History Association’s 42nd annual conference will be held jointly with the Center for Historic American Visual Culture at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, October 6–7, 2017, with a post-conference event on October 8 at the Museum of Printing in Haverhill, Massachusetts. 

Please join us amidst a colorful New England autumn at the institution founded in 1812 by Revolutionary War patriot and printer Isaiah Thomas for exploration of the production, distribution, reception, and survival of printed words and images in America to 1900. 

Full Conference information here.

Call for Proposals 2017

Sara T. Sauers

The American Printing History Association (APHA) and the Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC) at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) welcome proposals for their joint conference2017confheader

APHA and CHAViC invite proposals that explore the production, distribution, reception, and survival of printed words and images in America to 1900. In an era in which the process of design had not been separated from production, the purpose of the conference is to explore the inter-relation between composition, design, and printing processes. PDF  [Read more]

Conference Registration is Open

Sara T. Sauers

Depicting Alchemical Process Claudio de Domenico Celentano (Neapolitan, fl. early 17th cen) Gouache on paper  [Book of alchemical formulas] (Naples, 1606), pp. 6-7 950053.123

APHA’s 41st Annual Conference, The Black Art and Printers’ Devils: The Magic, Mysticism, and Wonders of Printing History is now open for registration. The Huntington Library’s new Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center in San Marino, California, will be the main venue. Our Southern California wizards have put together what promises to be a spellbinding program: a keynote featuring the book-collecting sleight-of-hand artist Ricky Jay, enchanting tours, a wonder-full book fair, and captivating presentations that explore printing history through the lens of magic, mysticism, secrecy, spiritualism, animism and alchemy Please join us!

Printing as Pragmatic Choice

Sara T. Sauers


Printing room at Dun Emer Press ca. 1904. (Courtesy Trinity College)


Kathleen Walkup: “Pulling the Devil by the Tail: Elizabeth Corbet Yeats’ Cuala Press”  ¶ Richard Mathews: “Frederic Goudy and the American Hands-on Hand Press Tradition”

3 pm saturday, october 24 ⋅ track 1

Kathy Walkup began by showing an iconic photograph in the history of printing. Taken in Ireland at the Dun Emer Press in 1903, it shows Elizabeth Corbet “Lolly” Yeats, dressed in a full-length smock, at work at an Albion hand press. Two other similarly dressed women share the print shop, one preparing ink and the other sitting at a table in the foreground, checking proofs. Walkup pointed out that while this image is often seen as an example of genteel ladies keeping themselves occupied with a “suitable” art, this interpretation is far from the truth. Elizabeth Yeats was no hobby printer. She and her siblings W.B., Jack, and Susan Mary “Lily” Yeats, were called upon to support themselves and their father, the Irish painter John Butler Yeats, who failed to provide for his family adequately with his portrait painting.  [Read more]

Conference Registration is Open

Sara T. Sauers

APHA’s 40th Annual Conference, Printing on the Handpress & Beyond, hosted by the RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection is now open for registration. Workshops, tours, demonstrations, lectures, famous printing presses, excursions in Rochester and Upstate New York, a vendor fair, and great camaraderie all await you! Printing on the Handpress & Beyond will examine and show you the creative ways these earliest printing machines are employed today by printers, artists, scholars, and educators. Program information and registration are now available