Rescheduled: An Evening with Julia Miller: Meeting by Accident


Julia Miller lecture & book signing 

We regret the cancellation of this long awaited event but we are working on a new date. Look for an update soon! Our appreciation goes out to Julia Miller and to Dr. Paul Theerman, Library Director, New York Academy of Medicine for working with us to reschedule.


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Julia Miller returns to NYC for a lecture and signing of her latest book Meeting by Accident published by The Legacy Press. During her talk hosted by the New York Academy of Medicine a number of examples will be available for the audience to examine closely. Stay for the opportunity to speak with Julia and purchase her new book at discount in either bound or sheet format.

“Julia Miller’s second book grew out of the experience of writing Books Will Speak Plain: A Handbook for Identifying and Describing Historical Bindings…The bindings described in Meeting by Accident all had their initial fascination for Julia as she was researching Books Will Speak Plain, and though she wrote briefly about some of the binding types in that book, she continued to study them and decided to write more about them…There is still a great deal of research and writing yet to do to identify and describe other binding types, but there is also the need to revisit and perhaps add to past research, as we piece together binding history, and answer more of the “what” and “why” and “how” questions concerning historical bindings.” – The Legacy Press

Julia Miller is a highly regarded conservator who studies, writes, lectures and instructs about historical binding structures. She is the author of Books Will Speak Plain: A Handbook for Identifying and Describing Historical Bindings, now in a revised second edition, published in 2010 and 2014 by The Legacy Press. She authored a typology of American scaleboard bindings in Volume I of Suave Mechanicals – Essays on the History of Bookbinding published in 2013, and serves as editor for the series now on its fourth volume.

Julia Miller photo by Erin Allison


Special Tour of The Codex and Craft in Late Antiquity

Curator, Dr. Georgios Boudalis, will lead a tour for The New York Chapter during his visit to New York City of his exhibition The Codex and Craft in Late Antiquity, Bard Graduate Center Gallery. Exhibition information here.

Thursday, March 1st, 2018 @ 6-7pm.  Space is limited!   

The tour has been divided into two groups. There will be a 6pm tour and a 7pm tour given by Dr. Boudalis.  We understand that many people will be traveling a distance or in groups so we will accommodate everyone the best we can.  We ask everyone who can be flexible to join the 7pm tour. Thank you

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Italian Tacketed Stationary Bindings with Katherine Beaty

Lecture:  Friday,  March 9th  @ 6pm – 8pm  

Class: Saturday, March 10th & Sunday, March 11th @ 10 am -4 pm

Lecture and class held at The New York Academy of Medicine

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For further information about Katherine Beaty’s class visit our events page here:

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New in 2018: The Legacy Press

The Guild of Bookworkers New York Chapter announces a partnership with The Legacy Press, publisher of books on printing, paper and bookbinding arts.  Ms. Cathleen Baker, owner of The Legacy Press, releases on average four titles a year including Suave Mechanicals edited by Julia Miller.  Upon publication The New York Chapter will host The Legacy Press’s authors with a book sale and signing given in conjunction with a presentation or class when applicable.  Many of our membership already know Ms. Baker by her own work and research as well as the commitment she has made to produce quality books in our field.  

Dr. Pablo Alvarez

Lecture & Book Signing by Dr. Pablo Alvarez   


Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 6-9pm @ New York Academy of Medicine

The Art & Science of Healing: From Antiquity to the Renaissance.   This lecture is based on Dr. Alvarez’ s curated exhibition held at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology & the University of Michigan Library. The exhibition catalog is published by Legacy Press and will be available for purchase.  

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Mark Cockram lecture has been cancelled. Stay tuned for new date!

Lecture by Mark Cockram: 

 Learning & Teaching For Tomorrow 

DATE:   Thursday,  November 16th,  2017  6-9pm

WHERE:  Judith Ivry Bookbinding  @ 25 East 4th Street  NYC  NY 10003

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Mr. Cockram received The Society of Bookbinders’ Maureen Duke Educational Award allowing him to research bookbinding, restoration and conservation in tropical and subtropical climates at the conservation laboratory of the Ortigas Foundation Library, Manila, the Philippines in March 2016. In this talk Mr. Cockram will give a detailed account of his experience and learned outcomes.

“Our climate is changing more and more quickly. Book people have to anticipate the impact on our practice. The irony is that many students from Asia and other parts of the world come to the UK and USA to study. Much of what we teach as standard practice may be of little or no use to them when they return to their own countries to contend with circumstances specific to more extreme climates and a scarcity of resources. It is we who should go to those countries to learn. It could be that, even in my lifetime, the skills and knowledge of bookbinders, restorers and conservators in these countries today are the skills and knowledge practitioners in the USA and UK will need tomorrow.” – Mark Cockram

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Islamic Papermaking Lecture & Demonstration by Radha Pandey

This NYBGW event will be held on June 12th, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Fashion Institute of Technology. 227 West 27th Street, Dubinsky Building, 8th floor alcove.  This event will be open to the public and guests are welcome. For rsvp or more information contact

Radha Pandey visits New York for an in depth presentation on Islamic Papermaking.  Radha’s lecture features traditional Islamic-world papermaking history and technique with a focus on contemporary practices in India.  She uses the Kagzi family as a case study to illuminate the introduction of papermaking in India and how it changed under the British rule.  The talk will briefly cover how papermaking affected printing, publishing and literacy and why it is relevant today.  There will be time for Q&A with hands-on samples of traditional Islamic papers from India, dye-stuffs and tools used for burnishing and sheetforming.

There will also be a demonstration which entails traditional Islamic world papermaking including, sheetforming, couching, and vat set-up using Islamic papermaking equipment. This demonstration covers traditional fiber preparation in Islamic papermaking. 

Radha Pandey is a papermaker and letterpress printer. She earned her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book where she studied Letterpress printing, Bookbinding, and Papermaking. Her studies focused on Western, Eastern and Islamic Papermaking techniques. Her artist’s books are held in 35 public collections including the Library of Congress and Yale University. Currently,  Ms. Pandey is working on an artist book about erosion and sedimentation, using natural dyes titled Deep Time.