The Legacy Press and The Colophon Book Shop

In February the Colophon Book Shop ( in Exeter, New Hampshire, issued the following in an email announcement:


“Established in 1997 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, by Dr. Cathleen A. Baker, The Legacy Press is now located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2010 Julia Miller’s Books Will Speak Plain: A Handbook for Identifying and Describing Historical Bindings was issued a few months after Cathleen Baker’s book was published: From the Hand to the Machine. Nineteenth-Century American Paper and Mediums: Technologies, Materials, and Conservation. The latter work is based on knowledge accumulated over her forty+ years as a conservator and book-arts practitioner. Since their publication, both of these books have secured several national awards. In 2014 after two printings, the 2nd edition of Books Will Speak Plain was issued, and From the Hand to the Machine is in its 2nd printing. Other award-winning books include Aimee Lee’s Hanji Unfurled: One Journey into Korean Papermaking (2012) and is in its 2nd printing. A Song of Praise for Shifu by Susan Byrd is a much decorated title (2013). Among other honors, it was named the Best Micro-Press Book 2014 by the Eric Hoffer Book Awards. Sheila Waters’ poignant and revealing book Waters Rising: Letters from Florence was published in 2016, exactly 50 years after the devastating flood in Florence from which emerged the origins of library and archives conservation education. The Volume 1 in the series, Suave Mechanicals: Essays on the History of Bookbinding, edited by Julia Miller, was published in early 2013, Vol. 2 in March 2015 and Vol. 3 in September 2016. Volumes 4 and 5 are already underway.”

The Colophon Book Shop then provided images and descriptions of these and other The Legacy Press titles “offered by this highly regarded publisher.”

The Legacy Press extends its sincere gratitude for this shout-out. Thank you!!


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