#ColorOurCollections 2016!

The craze for coloring books continues to grow! If you (or people you know, of any age) enjoy coloring, as I do, then you’re in for a real treat. This week, the New York Academy of Medicine is sponsoring a special collections coloring fest on social media!

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Visiting the ABM before, during, and after the Superbowl

There’s a lot of excitement in our neighborhood this week and next, but for those not Superbowl-inclined, the thought of venturing downtown to visit the Bookbinders Museum may be daunting. Fear not (but remember: public transportation is your friend!).

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box by box, the ABM library is being built!

While the museum itself is of course up and running, the library and archives here at the museum are still in process. I find myself confronted with a particular question often these days: In general, what is the difference between libraries and archives? The simple distinction is that a library

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New Day for the Bookbinders Museum

The ABM is pleased to announce Saturday hours! The museum will be open from 10am – 4pm Tuesday through Saturday.  Docent tours are offered at 10am, 1pm, and 3pm; admission is $10 for a one-hour tour.  Admission to the exhibition space and bookstore is free. We hope to see you soon.

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SF in SF at ABM

On January 17, please join the American Bookbinders Museum as we host SF in SF and authors Kim Stanley Robinson and Cecelia Holland, who will read from current work, then participate in an interview hosted by Terry Bisson.  Doors open at 5:30; the program begins at 6pm.

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Who Wrote the Book of Trades?

One of our favorite illustrations at the American Bookbinders Museum is an engraving from 1694 done by the Dutch artist Jan Luyken (or Luiken). Seen at left, “De Boeckbinder” (The Bookbinder), is one of a hundred trades detailed in Luyken’s Het Menslyk Bedryft (The Book of Trades).

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For All Time: The Victorian Gift Book

“Jo was the first to wake in the gray dawn of Christmas morning. No stockings hung at the fireplace and for a moment she felt as much disappointed as she did long ago, when her little sock fell down because it was crammed so full of goodies. Then she remembered

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Time Honored Techniques: Bookbinding Manuals from 1650-1880

“Time Honored Techniques: Bookbinding Manuals from 1650-1880”, an exhibition of bookbinding manuals from the museum’s collection, reflecting changes in culture and technology, is open at the ABM through January 15, 2015. Exhibition curator Tom Conroy reflects on the use and purpose of the manuals.

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The Ruler, a Bookbinders Poem

The Ruler by Samuel O. Spaeth Down by dot Hiccough ruling machine Der bindery ruler stands. Mit six days’ viskers on his face Und ink all ofer his hands.

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How Would They Look if They Weren’t Well Bound? – A Bookbinders Song

The Bookbinder’s Song “Be man’s peculiar work his sole delight.”–Minstrel, Book 1 Air: “Johnny Lump’s Visit to Somerset House” Ere Printing began the dark ages to mend, On volumes of parchment their writings were penned. Now fine printed books in abundance are found, But how would they look if they

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