Founded in 1892, the Bibliographical Society is concerned with the study of the book and its history. The objectives of the Society include promoting study and research in the fields of bibliography as well as the history of printing, publishing, bookselling, bookbinding and collecting.
The Bibliographical Society of America (BSA) is the oldest scholarly society in North America dedicated to the study of books and manuscripts as physical objects and its principal objectives are promoting bibliographical research and issuing bibliographical publications.
The Bibliographical Society of Canada/La Société bibliographique du Canada is a bilingual organization that has as its goal the scholarly study of the history, description, and transmission of texts in all media and formats, with a primary emphasis on Canada. Their Marie Tremaine Fellowship is awarded approximately every two years for outstanding service to Canadian bibliography and for distinguished publication in either English or French in that field.
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Budreau Publishing and Design [Member] | Map | Tel: 250-377-0169
Custom design of all genres of books, marketing materials and ideas plus on-line bookstore. Contact Mairi Budreau, Owner.
J. King, Bookseller, ABAC/ILAB [Member] | Tel: 604-883-2544
For over 10 years, J. King has sold books over the Internet, by mail, and at book fairs. J. King specializes in books on the Military, Books about Books, Fine Press Books, Travel & Exploration, Western Canadiana and Western Americana, Manuscripts, Medieval Vellum Documents, and Print. General inquiries: John King, Owner.
Rasmussen Bindery | Map | Tel: 604-985-1912
Rasmussen Bindery was established in 1978 by Holger Rasmussen, a master European bookbinder. Serving clients throughout British Columbia and across Canada, the United States and Europe. In September 2010, Centennial Book Binding became a division of Rasmussen Bindery.
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Founded in 1993 the American Academy of Bookbinding holds intensive courses in the fine art of leather binding and related subjects for professional and amateur bookbinders.
In the virtual exhibition Artists’ Books: Bound in Art, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) presents for the first time a unique collection of artists’ books dating from the early 20th century to today.
The Book Arts Web features links to a large selection of book arts related sites on the web, including educational opportunities, professional organizations, tutorials, reference materials, and galleries with images.
The Book Club of California has been publishing significant books on California and the West during its nearly one hundred-year history and it has hosted numerous book-related exhibitions, lectures and demonstrations.
This website is designed to introduce the reader to the unique story of private press printing in Canada and to showcase a selection of presses, both historical and contemporary.
CWILL BC is a lively group of published writers and illustrators for children. With close to 150 members across British Columbia, we exchange information about creating literary works for young people, we support one another and we help promote our books. CWILL BC also feature their own blog.
Designer Bookbinders of America is a new online organization aiming to promote work of American Designer Bookbinders. They have a website displaying the work and bios of 23 designer bookbinders working in North, Central, and South America.
The Devil’s Artisan (DA) was founded “for the purpose of presenting to Canadian readers information on the craft of printing and bookmaking, on bibliographic and historic matters, and on communicative, sociological, and technical subjects related to printing.” The Porcupine’s Quill purchased the magazine in the spring of 1995 and has published two issues a year, spring and fall, since that time.
The Saint-Armand paper mill established by David Carruthers in 1979 is located in Montreal, Canada. They manufacture the Saint-Armand handmade papers, the machine-made Canal papers, and the sanded paper Sabretooth for artists. Site in English and French.
A labour of love by Nigel Beale, this website offers literary destinations around the world, providing a home for ‘musings on the Book, Literature, Poetry, Literary Criticism, Collecting, Media, Life and the Arts, and Audio Interviews pertaining to same by Nigel Beale, writer, broadcaster, bibliophile.’
This web page presents a number of presses who are actively producing books in the UK by letterpress and generally with original illustrations to accompany new texts.
Publisher’s Bindings Online is a digital collection of decorative bookbindings that strengthens a growing interest in this “common” object – the book.
The Robert C. Williams Paper Museum is an internationally renowned resource on the history of paper and paper technology.
Each year The Society for the Promotion of Printmaking and Book Art at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig award the international ‘Walter Tiemann Prize’ to works of book art, i.e. books published in limited editions. Entries must contain typographically designed texts. The cash award is presented at the Leipzig Book Fair.
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Developed by a team of historians, literary scholars, librarians, and information specialists, a History of the Book in Canada/Histoire du livre et de l’imprimé au Canada defines Canada’s place within an international network of book history studies. The five-year project will publish six volumes (three in English, three in French) in conjunction with the University of Toronto Press and Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal.
History of the Book @ Oxford (HoBo) aims to provide comprehensive coverage of all UK seminars, lectures and conferences related to the history of the book; it also includes some European and American events.
A late Victorian home in the heart of Vancouver’s West End was built for Gustav and Mathilda Roedde in 1893, Vancouver’s first bookbinder.
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This website features a collection of short films inspired by classic and contemporary literature, with short films dating from 2004-2008. The site also features a blog that carries the theme forward.
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This site from the University of Iowa Libraries depicts the spread of printing through Europe on an interactive map in the fifty years following the European refinement of the tools and process to make impressions from movable type cast in metal.
The Internet Library of Early Journals was a joint project by the Universities of Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Oxford, conducted under the auspices of the eLib (Electronic Libraries) Programme. It aimed to digitise substantial runs of 18th and 19th century journals, and make these images available on the Internet, together with their associated bibliographic data
David S. Rose of Five Roses Press created this introduction to the people, places, and online resources regarding letterpress activities. Included are links to other sites related to letterpress printing.
The Museum of Printing in North Andover (Massachusetts) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of the graphic arts, printing equipment and printing craftsmanship.
Located in Houston (Texas) the Museum of Printing History features printmaking and letterpress workshops, a papermaking shop, and a book bindery.
The Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp (Belgium) possesses a collection of typographical material including the two oldest surviving printing presses in the world as well as complete sets of dies and matrices.
The National Print Museum collects, documents, preserves, exhibits, interprets and makes accessible the material evidence and fosters the skills associated with the history, present state and future development of the printing craft in Ireland.
The aim of the SAPPHIRE Project is to record the social, economic and cultural history of the Scottish printing and publishing industry in the twentieth century.
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The objective of the American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers (ASBC&D) is to further the study and collecting of bookplates.
The Bookplate Society’s purpose is to encourage the production, use, collecting, and study of bookplates. The Society achieves this through publications, lectures, visits to collections, members’ auctions, social meetings, and exhibitions.
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The Center for Book Arts (CBA) is dedicated to preserving the traditional crafts of book-making, as well as exploring and encouraging contemporary interpretations of the book as an art object. CBA offers over 100 classes and workshops in bookbinding, letterpress printing, paper marbling, typography, and related fields.
The Center for the Book was established in 1977 to use the resources and prestige of the Library of Congress to promote books, reading, libraries, and literacy. The center works closely with other organizations to foster understanding of the vital role of books, reading, libraries and literacy in society.
The Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America in Madison, Wisconsin, is a joint program of the Wisconsin Historical Society and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Its objective is to help determine the historical sociology of print in modern America in all its culturally diverse manifestations.
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, an affiliate of the Library of Congress, provides leadership, resources and programs that promote books, reading and literacy throughout the state.
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Book History and Print Culture (BHPC) is an interdisciplinary graduate program at the University of Toronto which focuses on the multiple aspects of the creation, transmission, and reception of the written word.
Rare Book School (RBS) is an independent non-profit educational institute supporting the study of the history of books and printing and related subjects. Founded in 1983, it moved to its present home at the University of Virginia in 1992.
Now known as iSchool at The University of British Columbia, the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at UBC offers a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies and the master’s degree in Archival Studies. In addition, they sponsor a multidisciplinary Master of Arts in Children’s Literature with five other departments. Opportunities are also available for post-master’s study.
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The ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world. Their website includes association information, news, events, and advocacy resources for members.
The mission of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) is to promote ethical standards and professionalism in the antiquarian book trade, to encourage the collecting and preservation of antiquarian books and related materials, to support educational programs and research into the study of antiquarian books, and to facilitate collegial relations between booksellers, librarians, scholars, and collectors.
Established in 1966, the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Canada (ABAC) is the premier organization of professional antiquarian booksellers in Canada. ABAC promotes interest in rare books, and our members actively buy, sell, evaluate and appraise antiquarian and modern books and manuscripts.
Since 1983 the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild has worked to support the development of the book arts. Its goals include creating a spirit of community among hand workers in the book arts and with those who love books, promoting greater public awareness of the book arts, and increasing educational opportunities.
Founded in 1946, The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques was incorporated under the Companies Act on November 26, 1947. CLA/ACB is a national, not-for-profit, voluntary organization, governed by an elected Council and Board of Directors. The Association includes five constituents that represent the interests of academic libraries, public libraries, school libraries, special libraries, and library trustees. CLA/ACB is an advocate and public voice, educator and network. They seek to build the Canadian library and information community and advance its information professionals.
Founded in 2007 as Communication Designers of Toronto (CDOT), Communication Designers Association (CDA) is a non-profit organization that connects the world’s largest CD communities, with initial chapters in Berlin, London, New York, Toronto, and Zurich.
The Miniature Book Society is an international non-profit organization chartered in 1983 with the purpose to sustain an interest in all phases of miniature books, to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, and to serve as a clearing house for information about miniature books.
The National Book Foundation in America issues four awards each year in the following categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. Unlike the Alcuin Awards, these books are judged for their literature rather than their design. The foundation also awards a Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and a Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.
The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) was created in 1991 to provide a global network for book historians, who until then had usually worked in isolation. SHARP works in concert with a number of affiliated scholarly organizations around the world to encourage the study of book history.
The American Printing History Association encourages the study of printing history and its related arts and skills, including calligraphy, typefounding, typography, papermaking, bookbinding, illustration, and publishing.
The British Association of Paper Historians aims to bring together individuals, companies and institutions with a common interest in the following areas: paper in all its forms and diversity, papermaking by hand and machine, conservation, mill and company histories, papermakers, machinery manufacture and development, and watermarks.
Based in Chicago, the Caxton Club is an organization of authors, binders, collectors, conservators, dealers, designers, editors, librarians, publishers, and scholars who share a common interest in the arts pertaining to the production of books.
The Early Book Society was formed to bring together all those who are interested in any aspect of the study of manuscripts and early printed books.
The Fine Press Book Association (FPBA) is an international society promoting the appreciation of beautiful books, fine printing, and the book arts. Parenthesis is the Association’s journal and deals broadly in fine and private press printing as well as bookbinding, typography, collecting, publishing and related areas. Richly illustrated in full color, it is published twice a year and is available free to FPBA members.
Friends of Dard Hunter is an association organizing forums and educational activities promoting the continued and creative practice of hand papermaking, allied paper arts, the book arts, and other arts practiced by Dard Hunter (1883-1966).
Founded in 1884, the Grolier Club of New York is America’s oldest and largest society for bibliophiles and enthusiasts in the graphic arts.
The Guild of Book Workers aims to sustain the crafts involved with the production of fine books. Its members hope to broaden public awareness of the hand book arts, to stimulate commissions of fine bindings, and to stress the need for sound book conservation and restoration.
The International Association of Paper Historians (IPH) integrates professionals of different branches and all friends of paper within the field of paper history. It coordinates all interests and activities in paper history as an international specialist association co-operating with international, regional and local organisations.
The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers federates 20 National Associations of Antiquarian Booksellers. It speaks for 20 national associations, 30 countries, and 2000 leading booksellers throughout the world.
The McCune is a collection of rare book and art prints. There is a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible (ca. 1450), six other incunabula (books printed before 1501). William Morris’ Kelmscott Chaucer (1896) with illustrations by Edward Burne-Jones, the Baskerville Bible (1763), the Doves Bible (1903), and many other rare books. There are famous publisher/printers represented such as Ashendene Press, Baskerville Press, Doves Press, Kelmscott Press, Golden Cockerel Press, Eragny Press, Nonesuch Press, Bruce Rogers, John Henry Nash, and Grabhorn Press. Located in the JFK Library, 505 Santa Clara St, Vallejo, CA, the McCune Collection does not charge an admission fee and encourages people to actually sit down and read the rare books, if they are interested.
Founded in London in 1964, the Printing Historical Society now has individual and institutional members worldwide. The Society fosters interest in the history of printing and encourages both the study and the preservation of printing machinery, records, and equipment of historical value.
The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) is an organization of design professionals, educators, administrators, students and associates in communications, marketing, media and design related fields.
Founded in 1974, and based in New York City, the Society of Scribes is a non-profit educational organization which promotes the study, teaching and practice of calligraphy and related disciplines.
The Society of Scribes and Illuminators, based in the UK, is one of the most well-established and respected calligraphy societies in the world.
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The Vancouver International Writers Festival is one of North America’s premiere literary events, held annually over 6 days in late October.
Join us in the beautiful gardens of Rockwood Centre in the heart of Sechelt. Listen to your favourite authors in the Pavilion, stroll about the Rockwood gardens and at the evening reception, share a glass of wine with fellow readers and writers.