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APHA Awards Related to University of Delaware Library   

    The University of Delaware Library was a significant presence at the Annual Meeting of the American Printing History Association (APHA) which was held on January 26, 2008 at The New York Public Library.  Following a business meeting and reports of officers, APHA’s distinguished Achievement Awards were given. 

    Henry Morris, whose Bird & Bull Press Archives are in the collection of the University of Delaware Library, was given the Individual Distinguished Achievement Award.  Mr. Morris founded the Bird & Bull Press in 1958 in Newtown, Pennsylvania.  Since that time, Morris has produced broadsides, books and other printed materials that are an important part of the contemporary American private press scene and are significant documents in the art, craft and history of hand papermaking.  Morris first made paper as a commercial venture in 1958 for Cheney Pulp and Paper Company, later for his own books, and for friends.  For further information, see www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/findaids/birdbull.htm.

    Oak Knoll Books/Oak Knoll Press of New Castle, Delaware, received the Institutional Distinguished Achievement Award, accepted by Robert D. Fleck, Jr., its President.  Mr. Fleck, a University of Delaware graduate, is a member of the University of Delaware Library Associates and has served on the Library Associates Board of Directors since 1978.  He also served as President of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) 1996-1998, the prestigious and juried by-invitation-only membership organization for antiquarian book dealers.  During his presidency he established the ABAA website.  He is immediate past President of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), where he served 2002-2006, a similar organization on the international level.  He holds an annual Oak Knoll Fest in October which draws a large attendance from throughout the United States and Europe including numerous fine press publishers and letterhead printers. 

    It was also announced at the APHA meeting that the APHA Fellowship Program has been renamed the “Mark Samuels Lasner Fellowship in Printing History” to honor the originator and first donor to the fellowship program.  Mark Samuels Lasner, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Delaware Library, is considered one of the premier authorities on nineteenth-century book history, and is responsible for the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection which has been assembled over the past thirty years.  The Collection of first editions, presentation copies, authors’ correspondence, and works of art and design is on loan to the University of Delaware Library.  The 2008 Mark Samuels Lasner Fellowship in Printing History was awarded jointly to Pablo Alvarez of the University of Rochester and Keli E. Rylance of Tulane University for their project involving La Institución y origen del arte de la imprenta, y reglas generales para los componedores (Institution and Origin of the Art of Printing, and General Rules for Compositors), a printing manual which pre-dates that of the “classic,” Joseph Moxon’s.


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