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A closeup of sandcasting type at the Inaugural Meeting of the International Association of
Printing Museums, held from August 31st to September 5th in Cheongju, Korea.
Photo by Stan Nelson | see story


Oak Knoll Fest XIX / website
New Castle, Delaware
September 30 – October 2

To kick things off on Friday, we will have an educational symposium, free of charge and open to librarians, private press printers, and any other interested parties. Led by panelists from a variety of backgrounds, the symposium will be part presentation and part discussion.

This year’s theme is “The Texts of Private Press Books – Should it Come from the Past or the Present?,” and will focus on the study of how and why a Press chooses a Text.

Speakers will include Mark Dimunation of the Rare Book & Special Collections of the Library of Congress, Ron Patkus, head of Special Collections at Vassar, and a speech by a press from the Fine Book Association (TBD).

The symposium is free, but limited to 75 attendees. Registration is now open. Email to be added to the list. Any requests after the initial 75 will be added to the wait list and considered for inclusion.

Symposium location
Immanuel Parish Hall

 Schedule on Friday 9/30

1 – 2 / Discussion of the role of illustration, copyright, physical book size / Ray Nichols, Carolee Campbell, and Robert McCamant

2:15 – 3 / Library / Panel composed of Mark Dimunation, Chief of Rare Books and Special Collections at the Library of Congress; Ron Patkus, Head of Special Collections at Vassar College; and Tim Murray, Head of Special Collections at the University of Delaware

3 – 3:45 / Private / Panel composed of Mark Samuels Lasner, Jean Francois Villain, and Mark Batty

3:45 – 4 / Comments, questions, etc.

 Schedule on Saturday 10/1

9:30am / Mark Dimunation Presents

10:30 am: A press from the Fine Press Book Association presents

12:30 – 5:30 / Fine press exhibition & sale

 Sunday 10/2

10 am: Ron Patkus presents

12:30 – 3:30 / Fine press exhibition & sale

 A social evening with Pyramid Atlantic / website
Thursday, October 6, 2016, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
4318 Gallatin Street
Hyattsville, Maryland

Pyramid Atlantic will be hosting an evening book, print and paper gathering of five DC area print and book related groups at their new location at 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD. The groups include APHA / Chesapeake Chapter, GW Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, Potomac Chapter of
the Guild of Book Workers, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, and the Washington Rare Book Group.

Come for this gathering of artisans and artists, book lovers, and type geeks for an evening of networking and fun. Enjoy a tour of Pyramid Atlantic’s new home.

Light refreshments will be served.

Chespeake Chapter Wayzgoose
and annual business meeting
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Time and place to be set

The annual APHA Chesapeake Chapter Wayzgoose is set for Saturday, October 29th. This includes an annual meeting, potluck refreshments, and an opportunity for members to show items they have produced and/or acquired.

2016 Denker Fellows Presentations
Thursday, November 17, 2016
The 2016 Denker Fellows symposium will be
held on Thursday, November 17th, in the
Rosenwald Room (LJ205) of the Library of

The Denker Fellowship Program was established as a memorial to former Chesapeake Chapter president Mike Denker.


Fellows do a presentation on a topic of their choosing having to do with printing or the book arts. The presentations are much anticipated with an impressive range of interesting topics being presented in the past.

Denker Fellows are offered a 1-year membership for their involvement.

Iron handpress for sale
by Greg Robison

Greg Robison, a member of the APHA / Chesapeake Chapter is interested in selling his iron handpress

Press details:
A.B. Taylor iron hand press
Platen: 19″ x 25″
Bed: 22.5″ x 29.75″

Asking price: $5,000 FOB Bethesda (i.e., I will help you load it into your truck or onto your trailer)

Includes a Chase (ID): 19.5″ x 23.5″, tympan, frisket & all operational parts.

The press was manufactured in NYC before 1865 (when company is known to have moved to Chicago and castings changed to “A.B. Taylor & Son”).  A.B. Taylors are relatively rare.  History of press is documented from mid-1880s, when it was owned by I.P. Kieffer and used to published an 8pp German-language Democratic weekly in Remson, Iowa (“Die Glocke”) for the Luxembourger community there.

Greg is principally interested in selling the press but will include in the price other accoutrements as may be necessary to complement destination shop (quoins, furniture & rack, imposing stone on small cabinet, a same-period 16 in. Challenge paper cutter, samples of printing from the press, some printable curiosities, etc.). Photos of most of the major additional pieces are available on request.

Greg can be contacted directly about this equipment at