Volume 9, Number 1
Column Editor: Robert Espinosa
A Note From the Column Editor
It seems appropriate at this juncture to make a statement about
the guidelines used in selecting information for this column. The
following criteria are used to select, condense, or solicit
communications from suppliers.
A) News. Businesses starting up, changing location or ownership,
closing down, merging. New dealerships, lines of goods, catalogs,
hours, mode of operation, partnerships; even new employees, if they
are known outside the immediate area.
B) Summaries or background articles relating to current trends or
issues. This can include explanations of longstanding shortages,
discussions of whole new types of supplies made possible by recent
research, and so on.
C) Background information, test data, comparative studies, and
any scientific or consumer-oriented information about the products.
D) Replies to questions raised by other readers in the "Letters"
or "Queries" columns, or to comments on the supplier or his products
and field of expertise.
In addition, the column editor is very interested in reporting on
sources of supplies brought to his attention through the experience
of the readership or through his own experience. In these cases
emphasis is placed on supply sources (including equipment and
materials) according to the following criteria:
A) Items of demonstrated quality and value.
B) Items which are not widely known but potentially significant.
C) Items which are provided through prompt, reliable, and
D) Items which are economically competitive.
There is no attempt to be comprehensive, but rather we are
interested in providing a selective list of supplies and suppliers
judged to be of the greatest value to the readership.
For Sale by Owner
Martini Book Sewer, additionally set for four tapes, little used;
nipping press, 15" x 12" by 12" daylight; laying press and plough,
21" between wooden screws, 36" total length; laying press much
restored, 24" between wooden screws, 40" total length; Farley
proofing press, 18" x 20" with metal table; assorted brass finishing
tools. Contact Mr. Alan Winstanley, 213 Devizes Rd., Salisbury,
Wiltshire, 5P2 9LT England.
Assorted used brass finishing tools, including numerous gouges of
different sizes, a few very marrow palettes, a few decorative
stamps, a dotted-line fillet, and a decorative roll. Also several
small fonts of used lead type. Contact Irene Mitkus, 7211 5. Whipple
St., Chicago, IL 60629, (312) 778-7919.
- The Cannabis Press of Asao Shimura, 431 Fukuhara Kasamashi,
Ibaraki-ken 309-15, Japan, handles some Japanese handmade paper
(washi) and shifu (paper fabric) for conservation and
bookmaking. The stock of 1000 sheets of Sekishu kozo paper will be
made in January or February, 1985 by Japanese National Treasure
papermaker Mr. Kubota. Other papers available are: Honmino, 65 x
98.5 cm, $7.50/sht; Usumino, 63.5 x 93 cm, $3.30 per sht; Sekishu,
62 x 98 cm, $5.25/sht; Tengujo, 54 x 79 cm, $3.00/sht; Suruga
torinoko (gampi), 42 x 54 cm, $2.5O/sht. Air mail postage and
shipping are extra, minimum order is $75.
- Andrews/Nelson/Whitehead is marketing a new Japanese paper for
backing prints, maps and drawings. Hosokawa Ohban, a natural colored
sheet, is made by hand from 100% Kozo, and is of a slightly heavier
weight than most Japanese papers presently used. Free samples
available from A/N/W, 31-10 58th Ave., Long Island City, NY
- Aiko's will supply a sample booklet of 149 Japanese handmade
papers, 3f½" x 7", including a supplementary booklet
featuring more of their unusually patterned and designed papers, 3"
x 5", both for $15.00. They also have a catalog of Oriental Art
Supply, Books on Oriental Art and Culture, Fabric Dyes and Supply,
and Folk Art Calendar, all from Japan, for $15.00. Contact Aiko's
Art Materials Import, Inc., 714 N. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60611.
- Bookmakers announces they are now stocking buckram strips for
the simple repair of book spines. The strips are cut from Holliston
Record Buckram, Group U, in burgundy, blue, olive green, and gray
and come in 3" and 4" widths, priced at 30�/ 36" length in 3"
widths, and 40�/36" length in 4" widths, with a minimum order of 100
yds., alone or in combination. They have also reduced the price on
their first quality Harmatan leathers to $8.95/sq. ft. Contact
Bookmakers, 2025 Eye St., NW, Rm. 502, Washington, DC 20006, (202)
- Harcourt Bindery will have a new swatch book with a very
extensive selection of marbled papers for sale, available Feb. 15
for $5, all of which will be in inventory. They continue to have
firsts of the Harmatan leathers in all colors. They also carry the
Van Heek book cloths, with no price increase since 1983. Sample
books are available on request. Contact Harcourt Bindery, 9 and 11
Harcourt St., Boston, MA 02116, (617) 536-5755.
- Bridgeport National Bindery offers custom-made phase boxes made
to measurements supplied by the customer, in two versions: 1)
CONSERpHASE, which is a four-flapped enclosure of blue-gray .058"
barrier board, with buttons and ties, $6.95, and 2) CONSERpHASE II,
which is the box described above, mounted into a buckram-covered
case, at $9.95. Both are available on special order with tan
lignin-free stock in place of the barrier beard. They also offer a
measuring device, MEASURE pHASE, to accurately measure the length,
width and height of the books, at $29.95. Contact Bridgeport
National Bindery, Inc., P0 Box 289, 104 Ranch Circle South, Agawam,
MA 01001, (413) 789-1987.
- Fine-Cut Precision, manufacturers of engraved brass tools and
type, announces a move to larger promises at Marborough Road,
Churchill Industrial Estate, Lancing BN15 8UF, Sussex, England, tel.
(0903) 750888, Telex 877872 Styro C. Their range of brass engraved
type fonts includes CENTAUR, ARABIC, HEBREW, OLD ENGLISH (GOTHIC)
and SCRIPT. Catalogs available on request.
- Hand engraved brass stamps and type are also available from
Ditta Cosimo Tassinari, Piazza S. Maria, Novella 2r, Florence,
Italy. A catalog of designs and type fonts is available on
- Maroc Ltd. imports and distributes modern Egyptian papyrus which
has been made according to traditional techniques. Sheets are 12" x
16" at $18/sht. A discount price schedule is available for quantity
orders over 10 sheets. For brochure and further information contact
David Katzenstein, President, Maroc Ltd., 99 Commercial St.,
Brooklyn, NY 11222, (212) 383-8528.