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Call for 2016 Program Ideas

We are looking for ideas for events, speakers, discussion groups, and tours that the Chesapeake Chapter can organize and sponsor during 2016. Propose something you would like to experience. It doesn’t need to be specific. Just give us an idea we can see about making happen. If you have any ideas you would like to pursue or suggest please send them to the Chapter email address,

An exhibition of interest

St. John’s Bible
Biggs Museum
406 Federal Street, Dover, Delaware
Through April 24

70 pages from the first manuscript Bible in at least several centuries. Beautifully designed and illustrated with stunning typography.

Manhattan Book Fair

Saturday, April 9, 10am – 6pm
Church of St. Vincent Ferrer
869 Lexington Avenue at E. 66th Street

A little out of our geographical comfort zone, but worth putting in the queue.

Lead Graffiti will be participating along with a number of other APHA and Fine Press Book Association members.

You are invited to celebrate the thesis work of our Art and the Book Graduate Students at the:

Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at the George Washington University
NEXT Thesis Exhibition
Opening Reception
​April 20, 6:30pm – 9pm

This annual exhibition showcases work by the graduating students of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at the George Washington University. NEXT includes the thesis work of undergraduate and graduate students. Visitors to NEXT are invited to engage with the next generation of catalysts, visionaries, and provocateurs as they deliver thesis presentations and participate in gallery talks.

Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.​
Guests will receive two complimentary drink tickets.​

The NEXT Thesis Exhibition runs April 6 – May 15

Wednesdays 10am – 9pm
Thursdays – Sundays 10am – 5pm

*Please register for the opening (before April 12th) at this Everbrite link so your name will be on the guest list at the door for entry. We look forward to seeing you on April 20th!

Click here for more information about NEXT.

 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): 19-5/5 x 23-1/2, 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 8 pp 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