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ISO: Elizabeth Glover/Matthew Daye printing press

From the Contact Form:

I’m trying to physically locate the Elizabeth Glover/Matthew Daye printing press, brought to Cambridge, MA by Mrs Glover. Any suggestions? I have physically found the Franklin Press in Newport Historical society.
thanks for any leads

Virginia Curry


New Board Members for 2020

The American Printing History Association is pleased to introduce members who have agreed to serve as officers and Trustees on the APHA board. This dynamic group of talented people will grow our organization and keep APHA thriving. We’re excited they are joining us.

The Nominating Committee 
Ethan Lipton
Robert McCamant
Emily Martin
Nina Schneider, Chair

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2020 Annual Meeting Program

The Annual Meeting of the American Printing History Association

Trustees Room, New York Public Library
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, New York, NY
Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 2 pm


E. Haven Hawley, President


NYPL staff member

Reports of Officers

Charles Cuykendall Carter, Vice-President for Membership
— A moment of silence for members who passed away in the last year
Jesse Ryan Erickson, Vice-President for Programs
Katherine McCanless Ruffin, Vice-President for Publications
David Goodrich, Treasurer

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A Tour of University of Maryland Special Collections

Katherine M. Ruffin

Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave. Boston : Pub. at the Anti-slavery office, 1845

Fri., Oct. 25 | Conference participants toured the Special Collections and University Archives in Hornbake Library at the University of Maryland, College Park. Visitors were greeted by Douglas McElrath, Director, and Amber Kohl, Curator of Literature and Rare Books. In the entry to the reading room, an exhibition case full of bindings by Margaret Armstrong provided an opportunity to see a range of work by a female American binder. Another case was filled with striking artist’s books featuring the alphabet. One book had been made by Lauren Emeritz of Abstract Orange. Coincidentally, Lauren was part of the APHA group and she was delighted to see her work on display. [Read more]

Book Review: Savage Impressions—An Aesthetic Expedition Through the Archives of Independent Project Records & Press

Paul Moxon, Website Editor

Compiled by Bruce Licher and Karen Nielsen Licher. Rochester NY: P22 Type Foundry and P22 Analog, 2020. ISBN: 978-096310826-5 (Standard edition). Hardcover. 240 pp. Full color. Discography and Index. Order

Savage Impressions is a sumptuous book sure to delight designers, printers, record collectors, and graphic arts enthusiasts. The publisher notes that it is the first extensive monograph devoted to Independent Project Press, one of the most influential letterpress studios active today. The proprietor, musician, artist, and designer, Bruce Licher, has been producing innovative, limited edition letterpress printing since 1982. He was among the first to print on chipboard for music package design. But it is his virtuosity in hand composing vintage metal types and his restrained palette that elevates this work above its professed purpose.  [Read more]

Open Forum on Diversity in the Field with Jesse Erickson

Nelly Maciel

Fri., Oct. 25 | Jesse Erickson commenced the session by telling us why he came up with the idea to hold an open forum on issues of diversity that pertain to the study of printing history. When Jesse was at the SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing) conference, the subject came up multiple times and it was not a subject that was on the program. As a result, he wanted to address it directly and make it part of APHA’s annual conference schedule in order to address any thoughts on the issue of diversity. [Read more]

ISO: Coffee table book

From the Contact form:

We are looking for a coffee table book with the history of the printing press as a gift. Do you know of anything that can be of help?


Maryland Session, Panel Recap

Charles Cuykendall Carter

Edmonds, S. Emma. E. Unsexed; or, The Female Soldier: the thrilling adventures, experiences and escapes of a woman, as nurse, spy and scout, in hospitals, camps and battlefields. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Publishing Company, 1854. Stamp engraver unknown. From: “Publishers’ Bindings Online, 1815-1930: The Art of Books” University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Alabama.


Sat., Oct. 26 | Kadin Henningsen, “Biblionormativity and the Construction of Gender in Nineteenth-Century American Publishers’ Case Bindings”  ❉  Douglas P. McElrath, “Moses the News Vendor: Newspapers and African Americans in Ante-Bellum Baltimore” [Read more]

Labor and Identity Session II, Panel Recap

Nelly Maciel

George Cruikshank, “The New Union Club,” ca. 1819. Etching with engraving and publisher’s coloring. (National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Michael Graham-Stewart Slavery Collection. Acquired with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund)

Sat., Oct. 26  |  Robyn Phillips-Pendleton, “The Role of Illustrators, Engravers, and the Printing Press in the Discussion of Race in America” María Helena Barrera-Agarwal, “Lanuza, Mendia & Co.: A Spanish-language Publishing House in Early Nineteenth Century New York” Jordan Wingate, Special Mark Samuels Lasner Fellowship Paper: “The ‘Negro Press-hand’ of the Charleston Courier” [Read more]

Ands & Ampersands

Ray Czapkowski

Frederic W. Goudy’s many interpretations of the ampersand’s design through history. Original printing form, ca. 1946, with a modern print. (RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection)

“What in Sam Hill is an Ampersand?” asked Frederic W. Goudy in The Typophiles 1936 Christmas keepsake titled Diggings from Many Ampersandhogs. The Typophiles, founded in 1930, brought together typographers, designers, and printers. The organization published many important books on the history and practice of the typographic craft, some of them scholarly, some playful.  [Read more]