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May 9, 2005

Bibliophiles To Tour Anthony Exhibit At UI Art Museum

The Iowa Bibliophiles will tour an exhibit of work by bookbinder Bill Anthony at the University of Iowa Museum of Art when the group meets on Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m. The tour will be led by bibliophiles member Larry Yerkes, who helped assemble the exhibit.

The exhibit, "Bill Anthony: Fine Binder," is an exhibition of 63 bindings by the late university conservator, focusing on his design and conservation bindings. Born in Ireland and trained in England, Anthony came to Chicago in 1965 and then established the UI Libraries' conservation program in 1984.

The exhibition also includes examples of edition bindings that Anthony completed for fine presses, as well as conservation bindings and models of historic book structures. Two of Anthony's edition bindings, which are featured in the exhibition, were among 100 bindings selected as the most beautiful fine press books of the 20th-century.

The work is on exhibit in the museum's Hoover-Paul Gallery until July 31.

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