2018 DeGolyer Bookbinding Competition

2018 DeGolyer Bookbinding Competition


Announcing the 2018 Helen Warren DeGolyer Bookbinding Competition at Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University:

American bookbinders are invited to propose a design binding for volume IV of The English Bible, the Apocrypha, printed by the Doves Press in 1904, and to submit a completed binding of any work as an example of techniques they propose to use. Competition winners will be announced at the opening of the Helen Warren DeGolyer Exhibition for American Bookbinding on June 8, 2018.

Apocrypha, volume IV, from The English Bible Containing the Old Testament & the New.
Hammersmith: Doves Press, 1903–1905.
Originally issued in five volumes, this set is lacking volume I.

Volume II, Second Samuel through Song of Solomon. Bound by Hugo Peller, 1986.
Volume III, Isaiah through Malachai. Bound by Don Etherington, 1988.
Volume V, The New Testament. Bound by Courtney Sheehan, 1986.

The Doves Press, founded in 1900 by Emery Walker (1851–1933) and Thomas J. Cobden-Sanderson (1840–1922), was a leading producer of fine press books. Conceived as a revival of the craftsmanship of the pre-industrial age, the Doves Press Bible is considered the firm's finest publication, combining exquisite typography and clarity of design. 

The Bridwell Library collection includes two complete sets of the Doves Press Bible printed on paper in addition to this incomplete set, and one of only two sets ever printed on vellum. The vellum set was once owned by Sir Emery Walker, and is bound by Katharine Adams.

Additional images and information about the Doves Press Bible, Volume IV, Apocrypha, the Helen Warren DeGolyer commission book, 2018 available here.

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Detail image from Apocrypha, volume IV, from The English Bible Containing the Old Testament & the New.
Hammersmith: Doves Press, 1903–1905. Helen Warren DeGolyer commission book, 2018.

Peller

Volume II, Second Samuel through Song of Solomon. Bound by Hugo Peller, 1986.

Etherington

Volume III, Isaiah through Malachai. Bound by Don Etherington, 1988.

Sheehan

Volume V, The New Testament. Bound by Courtney Sheehan, 1986.

2018 Jurors

Tish Brewer
Paper Conservator
The Center for Art Conservation

Bexx Caswell-Olson
Special Collections Conservator
Michigan State University Libraries

R. Arvid Nelsen
Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarian
Bridwell Library, SMU

Ellen Buie Niewyk
Curator of Bywaters Special Collections
Hamon Library, SMU

Priscilla Spitler
Bookbinder
Hands on Bookbinding

2018 Awards

Helen Warren DeGolyer Award for American Bookbinding
Awarded to a binder whose entry demonstrates the ability to create an exceptional binding for the Doves Press Bible Apocrypha.

  • $6000 commission

Award for Excellence in Fine Binding
Recognizes a completed binding distinguished by its structure, technique, and use of materials.

  • $2000 prize

Award for Design
Recognizes a design distinguished as an inventive, effective, and appropriate representation of the Doves Press Bible Apocrypha.

  • $1000 prize