Dr. Ad Stijnman: Coloured printed illustrations in medical publications 1500- 1850

Please join us for Dr. Stijnman’s presentation of his current research.

October 18, 2018  Thursday 6pm – 8pm

New York Academy of Medicine, Room 440 – 1216 5th Avenue 








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Colour in illustrations is rarely recorded in library catalogues or by book historians; art historical studies focus on single-sheet colour prints; and studies in the history of medicine rarely consider the implication of colour in illustrations. In these years, the same producers of printed materials used the same colour processes for artistic prints and medical illustrations. Thus, this growing corpus can be identified and understood only using an interdisciplinary approach encompassing printmaking processes, art history, the history of the book and the history of medicine.

This talk represents Dr. Stijnman’s preliminary findings of systematic page-by-page analysis of tens of thousands of early modern (1450–1850) scientific publications. Concentrating on material produced in middle and Western Europe enables the exploration of how changing technologies determined the application of colour. It traces the development of the role of colour in medical illustrations from mere decorative use in sixteenth-century woodcuts to the identification of diseases by naturalistic colouring. Standardized uses of colour emerged in eighteenth-century etchings and mezzotints, for example the depiction of arteries in red and veins in blue, but also that there were alternative colour codes. In doing so, it lays out a new methodology for object-based, interdisciplinary research into book illustrations.

Dr Ad Stijnman (PhD University of Amsterdam, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in London) is a scholar for historical printmaking processes, specializing in manual intaglio printmaking techniques. He has lectured and published widely on the subject, including his seminal Engraving and Etching 1400–2000: A History of the Development of Manual Intaglio Printmaking Processes (2012), for which he was awarded the Karel van Manderprijs 2015 for outstanding Dutch art historical publications. Together with Elizabeth Savage he co-edited Printing Colour 1400–1700: History, Techniques, Functions and Receptions (2015), which was awarded an honourable mention for best books on prints by the IFPDA in 2016. His curatorial activities include exhibitions on medieval prints, early modern colour prints and Rembrandt etchings on Japanese paper. Dr. Stijnman is currently in NYC working with the Columbia University Making and Knowing Project. Visit Dr. Stijnman’s website at https://tulip88x.wixsite.com/ad–stijnman






This event is co-hosted by the New York Academy of Medicine Library & The Guild of Bookworkers, New York Chapter. The Guild Chapter wishes to thank Dr. Ad Stijnman, Arlene Shaner, Historical Collections Librarian of the NYAM Library and Dr. Paul Theerman, Library Director, NYAM.

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We look forward to seeing you there!


Swap Meet 2018!

Join us for this year’s Swap Meet!
Sept 29th, 2018 – Saturday  11 am – 4 pm
@ Judith Ivry’s studio 
25 E 4th St, fifth floor
NY, NY 10003
Updated Info!
Claire Maziarczyk will be bringing her paste papers — some standard patterns, some customs patterns, and base sheets (useful for conservation)  —  contact her directly pastepaper@aol.com if you have any special requests — we also are looking for someone to host her if you have a spare bed for Saturday night.
There will be offerings from long time Guild members:  Nelly Balloffet, Jenny Hille, Susan Martin, and Cara Schlesinger. 
And we’ve been curious what Test Fabrics has to offer book conservators, so we’ve invited them to bring samples to show. Normandy Klaas will be available for questions.
Talas will bring an interesting selection of remnants and miscellany.  Pergamena is sending us skins. 
If you have items you would like to bring to sell, let us know!  The more on offer, the better!
Looking forward to seeing you all!
Please note: 
Don’t forget to place your paper order with Jenny Hille 
She has 40 sheets of Dover and Edinburgh Barcham Green (watermarked 1976 and 1983) – color is sort of oatmeal/natural – very useful for  17th,18th and 19th c. endsheets.  As well as some large sheets (28 x 38) of Fabriano Ingres in various colors – great for endsheets. Since it’s cumbersome to transport, she’d like to know ahead of the meet if anyone is interested. Please email Jenny directly: jenny.hille@gmail.com

Radha Pandey Lecture and Demo Video

View: Islamic World Papermaking Lecture and Demonstration

New Date: An Evening with Julia Miller: Meeting by Accident

 November 8th, 2018 

 Thursday, 6pm – 8pm

 New York Academy of Medicine

Julia Miller lecture & book signing 

New registration link:

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As anticipated:

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 http://www.thelegacypress.com

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

Please RSVP invitation or Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-codex-and-crafts-in-late-antiquity-special-tour-with-georgios-boudalis-tickets-42888360240

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

To register for this free lecture visit our eventbrite page here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/italian-tacketed-stationery-bindings-lecture-with-katherine-beaty-tickets-42159612536

For further information about Katherine Beaty’s class visit our events page here: https://gbwny.wordpress.com/events/

For class registration, questions or comments contact us at newyork@guildofbookworkers.org. Thank you!


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.