Primary Source: Wallace Conservation Lab, February 8, 2016
This recipe book has a fun wood cover with brass hinges and rawhide leather thong binding. Unfortunately, the acidic wood cover has irreversibly stained the first and last pages, creating a mirror image of the wood grain. I’ve never seen anything quite like this, and find it fascinating!
Want to see this book in person? Find it here.
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Before migrating to Michigan and beginning work at the MSU Libraries Wallace Conservation Lab, Bexx Caswell-Olson was employed as a bookbinder and book conservator in private practice in Iowa City, IA. Prior to running her own business, Bexx spent nearly a decade living in the Boston area where she worked in a variety of libraries and conservation labs, including those at Harvard and MIT. She is Vice President of the Guild of Book Workers, a national organization for those working in bookbinding, book conservation, and the book arts. Bexx holds a Certificate in Bookbinding from the North Bennet Street School and a Master’s of Library Science from Simmons College. In addition to her passion for bookbinding, Bexx also has an affinity for typography, bibliomysteries, seed bead weaving, and vegan baking.