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William Anthony Conservation Lecture—Mark Esser "Bookbinding Has Been Very Good to Me"

The William Anthony Conservation Lecture series is hosted by the Conservation Lab at the University of Iowa Libraries. With generous support from our William Anthony Conservation Fund, a talented conservator visits us each year to share their experience in the field with students, faculty, staff and our UI community. This year we are pleased to present Mark Esser.

Mark Esser was introduced to bookbinding at the Harcourt Bindery in Boston in 1979. He then worked in the Conservation Bindery at the Newberry Library in Chicago while studying bookbinding privately with David Brock. Esser served an apprenticeship with William Anthony, first in Chicago, then at the University of Iowa, from 1982 to 1986. He developed the curriculum and became the first instructor for the hand bookbinding program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, where he taught from 1986 to 1994. He was the Rare Book Conservator at the John J. Burns Library at Boston College from 1994 to 2008, and now works privately.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Giselle Simon in advance at or 319-335-5033.

Thursday, October 12, 2017 to 8:00pm

Adler Journalism and Mass Communication Building, E105
104 West Washington, Iowa City, Iowa

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