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January 2010


Don Etherington, bookbinding, conservation, preservation, Florence Flood, Library of Congress, Ransom Center, Etherington Conservation Center


Archival Science | Art and Materials Conservation | Art Practice | Book and Paper | Library and Information Science


For those involved with bookbinding, book conservation, or with the Guild of Book Workers, Don Etherington needs no introduction – he has served as a teacher, mentor, and friend. Now, with Bookbinding & Conservation: A Sixty-year Odyssey of Art and Craft we can read about how he came to enter this field, was influenced by his teachers and mentors, and how he helped shape the world of bookbinding and conservation.

"Bookbinding & Conservation: A Sixty-year Odyssey of Art and Craft" contains a forward by Bernard Middleton, another leader in the field, and one who needs little introduction himself. It is divided into the five main sections of his life: The First 30 Years, Florence, Library of Congress, Ransom Center at the University of Texas, and Greensboro. The book concludes with an extensive “gallery” depicting 52 bindings.