A Degree of Mastery: A Journey Through Book Arts Apprenticeship

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New Rivers Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 210 pages
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A richly detailed memoir of an apprenticeship in bookbinding and book preservation. The careful description of the craft is interwoven with the telling of a special relationship -- mentor to student. William Anthony, the mentor in this book, was an internationally known book preservationist. The University of Iowa created its Center for the Book so that Anthony and others could teach the skills of bookbinding to students like Annie Tremmel Wilcox. Two-thirds of the way through her apprenticeship, Anthony died unexpectedly. This is a moving and intense story of Anthony's life and death, as well as a tribute to his art.

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User Review  - Fawn - Goodreads

Read the entire thing on a four hour drive today. Interesting, educational. Had me rather wishing I'd chosen different majors in college; I'd really enjoy this profession. (I did some mild conservation as my student job while in university, and loved that, but was majoring in theology.) Read full review

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User Review  - Shelton TRL - Goodreads

A richly detailed memoir of an apprenticeship in bookbinding and book preservation. The careful description of the craft is interwoven with the telling of a special relationship -- mentor to student ... Read full review

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Wilcox earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of Iowa in 1994

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