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The library’s collection of rare handmade books is the only one of its kind in the Southern Adirondack Library System. More than sixty books in the non-circulating collection are available for browsing in the library. Just ask a librarian for help or contact our curator, Robert Walp, for a guided tour of the collection for yourself or a group.

Selected Work from the Collection

Ephemerus Ephemerus
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Justinian and Theodora is a book printed in 1906 at the Roycroft colony in East Aurora, New york. Elbert Hubbard was inspired to start the Roycroft community of jewelers, woodworkers, printers and other crafts people after being inspired by the success of the Arts and Crafts movement in Great Britian. In particular he found inspiration in William Morris’ Kelmscott Press, which is credited with a revival in fine book design and printing that spread through Europe and to the United States in the early 1900’s. At one point there were nearly 500 people at work on the Roycroft

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campus. Sadly, Elbert and his wife Alice died in the sinking of the Lucetania in 1915, an event which eventually led the United States to join World War I.
Justinian and Theodora is a story of the emperor and empress of the Eastern Roman Empire who ruled from about 527–565 CE. The book is printed on hand made paper with elaborate woodcut illustrations and

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chapter titles designed by the fa-mous American papermaker Dard Hunter. The binding is a soft suede limp binding with a gold colored hot stamp-ed title. Only 106 copies of the book were printed.

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Updated 4/2/2019

Blue Wagon Book - 2008
Margaret Cogswell

While most of the books in the collection are printed in multiple copies, Blue Wagon Book is a one of a kind construction made from found objects and watercolor drawings.

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