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From “Andrea Rescued,” story by Harry Kondoleon, linoleum cuts by Alison Seiffer, printed by Mark McMurray (St. Lawrence University Special Collections Librarian).

My friend Bob Walp, a bookmaker and proprietor of Chester Creek Press in Chestertown, emailed earlier this week with information about a remarkable exhibit:

“Thursday, February 7 at 7:00 pm in the Town of Chester Public Library: Handmade Books in a Digital Age. I’ll be talking about Book Arts in general and the Library’s Book Arts Collection in particular using books from the collection as examples. Afterwards the collection will be open for examination and handling (with cotton gloves provided). We just acquired about 15 books handprinted by the Chamberlain Press illustrated with exquisite wood engravings by Sarah Chamberlain that are particularly worth seeing. If you haven’t heard of the collection before it’s the only one of its kind in the Adirondacks and one of only a few in Northeastern New York. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library. You can see images of some of the books in the collection at http://www.chesterlibrary.org/bookarts/intro.html.”

You may not be able to make the talk, but do check out the collection via the link Bob provided.

Here’s another image Bob sent from the Town of Chester Library Collection:

“Mother Goose” and “Aesop’s Fables,” wood engravings by Sarah Chamberlain.


  1. Michael Greer says:

    Sorry to have missed it. Perhaps they could be lured to Potsdam of Canton.