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Looking over some of the Victor Hammer pieces on exhibit for our April 2018 talk.



Tour of Folger Library’s exhibition
Beyond Words: Book Illustration in the Age of Shakespeare
Thursday, May 31st, 12:00 noon

We are pleased to announce that chapter member Caroline Duroselle-Melish has graciously agreed to lead a tour of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s current exhibit Beyond Words: Book Illustration in the Age of Shakespeare. Caroline is the Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Early Modern Books and Prints at the Folger, and curator of this exhibit.

From the exhibit website: “The printed images in early modern books are a visual delight, but many also add key information and a different or unique perspective.… Beyond Words includes more than 80 illustrated books and prints from the Folger collection from the 15th to 18th centuries—many of which have rarely been displayed before.… [ The exhibit] even includes the woodcut and copper plate from which two of the prints were produced … [and] also has two works by the Flemish engraver Martin Droeshout, including his portrait of Shakespeare in the 1623 First Folio—one of the best-known book illustrations of the early modern age.

“The richly varied illustrations open a window on the early modern age, from contemporary events and observations of daily life to allegorical figures, guides to dancing and sewing and other how-to books, and much more. Among several insightful portraits is a print of an Ethiopian abbot—a rare image of an African scholar of the time.”

It is anticipated that after the hungry attendees will gather for lunch after the tour. While reservations are not required, we would appreciate having a sense of how many are coming. Please email George Barnum if you plan to attend. 


 Save the Date
Stan Nelson Birthday Picnic
Saturday, July 14th

Longtime APHA Chesapeake Chapter member Stan Nelson is planning to celebrate his 70th birthday this summer by having a picnic and open house. Stan writes: “I expect my shops [Atelier Press & Letterfoundry] to be fully developed by then and we’ll do something typographical.”

Over the years Stan has significantly furthered the study and teaching of printing history, working with the Graphic Arts Collection, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, for 31 years. Among his various activities, Stan has taught at Rare Book School, authored many publications, and been in the BBC production, The Machine That Made Us, hosted by actor Stephen Fry. Stan was presented the American Printing History Association’s 25th annual Laureate Award.

Additional information will be announced as it becomes available. 


 Call for Conference Exhibition Entries

APHA and the Friends of Dard Hunter (FDH) are seeking entries for a members’ exhibition that will be a part of their 2018 joint conference, Matrices:  TheSocial Life of Paper, Print, and Art, at the University of Iowa Center for the Book, Iowa City, Iowa from October 25 to 27, 2018.

“As the array of definitions applied to matrix implies, a wealth of approaches beckon; a framework, a housing, a social construct — matrices in art, in the making, in research, invention and innovation. We seek made objects of all sorts; artworks, craftworks, or other means of making such as innovative tools.”

Submissions are due August 1, 2018. Complete information and submission details are included in the PDF flyer attached to the cover email for these Notes or visit the APHA web site. 


 Lancaster Heritage Press Museum
and the .918 Club
Lancaster, PA

Our friends at the Lancaster Heritage Press Museum and the .918 Club are raising funds to finish the Heritage Press Education Center for the preservation and promotion of letterpress printing and the book arts.

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology generously offered The .918 Club the use of the Naval Reserve Training Center building at its Orange Street campus. This 70-year old, 3,000-square-foot building needs to be restored to bring its systems up to code and be ADA compliant. The updated facility will greatly expand the classroom, studio and exhibition space available for workshops in letterpress printing, paper making, bookbinding and other educational experiences. The construction work has already begun and continues as quickly as material and labor costs are funded by generous businesses and individuals.

Simply visit the campaign page and click donate. Even a small donation increases the number of supporters, helping trend the project upward on the website. An anonymous donor has offered to donate $1 for every $2 raised on Fundly this week. As an enticement, rewards are available, starting at just $10, with special rewards at $250 and $500 for workshops from Typothecary Letterpress Studio in Lancaster, PA and Lead Graffiti Studio in Newark, DE.