American Trade Bindings and Beyond

November Binding of the Month Club

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:26:00 +0000

Welcome back club members!  And welcome to all new club members.

The selection for this month is a cover that's both seasonal and one of the more dramatic covers I've seen.  In addition, it's a fine example of the importance of condition in collecting and experiencing book cover art.  I've seen this book in less than good condition with dirty cloth and dulled gold and it makes no impression at all, other than the wish to see it as it was when issued.  Even seeing the spine of this copy gave me the feeling that something good was coming, but I wasn't prepared for the impression that a very nice copy would make.  Without further prelude, here is our November binding of the month, Elizabeth Freemantle's The One and I.

One enormous gold leaf to grab the potential reader's attention.  It works.
The book was published by George W. Jacobs of Philadelphia in 1908.  According to the book's entry in The Annual American Catalog, 1908:

"This story of a novel wooing in the Canadian northwest is told through the diary of an English girl. Her lover, who finally becomes her husband, 'the One with expectations,' is also English, a handsome, clever fellow running an adjacent ranch. They often meet, their conversations on books and music filling considerable space. The girl writes in her diary very elaborate accounts of the life and the nature around her home, which are rich in information."(1)

I haven't read the book, but the third sentence of the summary implies that a certain amount of judicious skimming might be in order.  The novel is set in the Qu'Appelle River Valley which runs through southeastern Saskatchewan and southwest Manitoba. 
From Hathi Trust, University of California copy (2)

I was delighted to learn that the river runs close to the wonderfully named Saskatchewan villages/city of Eyebrow, Elbow, and Moose Jaw

Image from Wikipedia, Moose Jaw

The leaf motif runs through the book, reappearing on the title page and as chapter heading decorations.

From Hathi Trust, University of California copy
From Hathi Trust, University of California copy

The author is a bit of a mystery.  All that I've been able to find out about her is that she was born in 1873 and that Freemantle is a pseudonym, her real name being Elizabeth Rockford Covey.  Furthermore, this is the only book she seems to have written, although I'm not absolutely certain about that either.  She is also credited with a book called Comrades Two (published in 1907 by the Musson Book Company of Toronto).  Some sources say that The One and I is actually the American title and edition of Comrades Two, but there is a significant difference in pagination (246 pages in the Musson edition, 319 in the Jacobs edition).  Both publications have 4 color plates (one is shown above).  A further complication is that the Musson edition does not appear to have a date of publication printed on it.  Cataloging records all have the date bracketed with a question mark.  So the two may be the same book, with the American edition using 70 plus more pages.  The American edition may be an expanded version of the Canadian, they might have been issued simultaneously using different settings of type, or they might be different books.  I have not seen a copy of the Canadian edition--either a physical copy or an online copy--so I can't compare the texts, or see if they use the same cover design.  The page layout of the Jacobs edition does use a lot of white space at the margins and the bottom of the pages, so it's possible that Comrades Two was stretched to 319 pages.

  On the other hand, the verso (back side) of the title page has an odd copyright statement in light of what it doesn't say:

If the book was previously published in Canada, there should be some acknowledgement of Musson if the Canadian edition was published by them in 1907.  If the book was expanded for the Jacobs edition, one would likewise expect some statement to that effect either on the title page verso, or in a preliminary note or preface.  My guess is that the two titles were published simultaneously and the uncertain date in the catalog records for the Musson title are incorrect, and they should be cautiously dated 1908.  The significant difference in pagination would lead me to suspect that the type for the book had been independently set by Musson and Jacobs for their respective editions.  If I want to get some closure on this problem it looks like a trip to Interlibrary Loan is inevitable.

On a personal note, contemplating this cover design has helped to restore me to some degree of equanimity on the subject of leaves.  Specifically, leaves on our property (you know who you are!)  Over the last several weeks the tulip poplars, oaks and sweetgums have been giving of their plenty and my attitude has progressed from wonder to irritation to a sense of the hopelessness of existence. But they are all raked, bagged and happily composting somewhere and, as happens every year, I'm now missing them.  But lest I get too mellow, there are still those spiky sweetgum balls...

Please feel free to send your own suggestions on a cover design you'd like to see featured.  Our collection can be seen at American Publishers' Trade Bindings, and we'd love to hear from you.
Until next month.

(1) Annual American Catalog, 1908: Full Title Entries, p. 124.
(2) All images except cover are from the Hathi Trust Digital Library scan of a copy from the University of California, Davis.$b798901
Image of sweetgum "balls" are from the Garden Naturally blog at:

Books Are Fun

Learning the Craft of Bookbinding

Mon, 16 Nov 2015 15:48:00 +0000

During the fall semester, Preservation Services had the pleasure of hosting Ms. Carmen Palacios-Aguirre. Ms. Palacios-Aguirre is a senior at Eastern Guilford High School.  To meet the requirements of the Senior Project, Carmen asked to spend some time in Preservation Services.  The Senior Project requires a student to select a topic and explore a work environment that involves a field for which they have no experience and is outside their field of study. 

Carmen is interested in bookbinding and proposed spending time with us in our worklab to learn more about the craft.  So far in her time with us, she has mended paper, sewn a textblock and cased it into a new beautiful blue cover.  She has removed an older textblock from its worn cover and created a new binding for it.  She has performed a spine repair for a worn volume from our bookstacks and designed and created a four-flap enclosure for a scrapbook from Special Collections and University Archives.

Carmen is very enthusiastic about bookbinding and the craft of book conservation and restoration, and hopes to someday own her own bookstore that will offer new and used books. In her short time with us she has demonstrated exceptional skills in precision, design and construction of bookbinding.  She is a very attentive pupil and it has been wonderful to see the interest grow for a new generation of bookbinders.

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Straight Outta Africa

Mon, 09 Nov 2015 19:02:00 +0000

The African Student Union presents Straight Outta Africa at 7pm on Saturday, November 14th. The event will include a fashion and talent show. Held in the EUC Auditorium, doors open at 6:30 pm. $5 for UNCG students, $7 for non-UNCG students.

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Reservations Now Open for Friends of the UNCG Libraries Dinner with Chris Bohjalian on March 22, 2016

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:59:00 +0000

The Friends of the UNCG Libraries are pleased to announce that best-selling author Chris Bohjalian will be the guest speaker at their Annual Dinner in Cone Ballroom in the Elliott University Center on the night of March 22, 2016.  Reservations may now be made through Triad Stage (see below) and make a nice holiday gift.

Chris Bohjalian is the author of 18 books, most of which were New York Times bestsellers. His work has been translated into over 30 languages and three books also became movies. He may be best known for his novel, Midwives, a number one New York Times bestseller, a selection of Oprah’s Book Club, and a New England Booksellers Association Discovery pick. The Sandcastle Girls examined the Armenian Genocide, and he speaks frequently about that topic and the need for the history of it to be better known. His awards include the ANCA Freedom Award for his work educating Americans about the Armenian Genocide; the ANCA Arts and Letters Award for The Sandcastle Girls, as well as the Saint Mesrob Mashdots Medal and Russia’s Soglasie (Concord) Award.
His latest novel, The Guest Room, is a story of a human trafficking, a party gone horribly wrong, and a marriage in crisis. The paperback of his most recent novel, Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, was published in May 2015.

His books have been chosen as Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Hartford Courant, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Bookpage, and Salon. His awards also include the New England Society Book Award for The Night Strangers; the New England Book Award; a Boston Public Library Literary Light; a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Trans-Sister Radio; and the Anahid Literary Award. He is a Fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Chris graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Amherst College, and lives in Vermont with his wife, the photographer Victoria Blewer. Their daughter, Grace Experience, is a young actor in New York City.

The dinner is a fundraiser to support the University Libraries at UNCG.  Reservations are required and may be purchased through the Triad Stage Box Office by calling 336-272-0160 or on the web at  Friends members will receive invitations by mail after the first of the year.

Table sponsorships are available for $650 and include 8 tickets, preferential seating, recognition in the printed program and in signage at the event, and public acknowledgement at the event.  Contact Barry Miller by email at or call 336-256-0112 to sponsors a table. Table sponsorships should be completed by March 1. 

Friends of the UNCG Libraries members pay $60 for individual reservations and non-members pay $70.  Program only tickets will be $22 each.  The deadline for buying dinner tickets is March 15.  Program only tickets will be sold until the event or as long as they are available.

For more information or to request  disability accommodations, please contact Barry Miller at 336-256-0112 or 

New DVDs at UNCG

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New DVDs

Mon, 16 Nov 2015 18:35:00 +0000

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New quiet study areas

Mon, 26 Oct 2015 09:30:00 +0000

You said:  We need more quiet study space!

We've added additional quiet study rooms on the 5th and 6th floors.  They may be reserved on the scheduler on the Libraries' home page.  And they're available 24/5!

North Carolina Literary Map Blog

2015 NC Writers' Network Fall Conference

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 16:25:00 +0000

The 2015 North Carolina Writers' Network Fall Conference will be held at The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel near Biltmore Estate in Asheville, November 20-22.  The conference attracts hundreds of writers from across the country.  Among them are New York Times bestselling author Lee Smith, who will give the keynote address.  Former NC Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer will be a featured guest.  This year also marks the thirtieth anniversary of the NC Writers' Network, so sign up now if you would like to attend!

Please visit here for more information.  Thank you!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:00:00 +0000

To help everyone get into a Thanksgiving mood, we wanted to give you a peek at one of the books in our rare books collection. This artist's book is Turkey Trot by Lois Morrison (Spec Coll General N7433.4 M680 T87 2007). It's #15 from a series of 25 signed and numbered copies, made in 2007. Materials used to construct the book include pink paper for wrapping tacos, plastic, Tyvek, and Frasier's passport paper. The book's cover is cloth over board with turkey feet from La Gurilla, Mexico City.

While the turkey foot shape of the book might be enough to charm you into a Thanksgiving mood, the turkey-themed lyrics to the Nancy Sinatra tune “These Boots Are Made for Walking” will definitely brighten your day. "These feet / were made / for trotting / and that's / just what / they'll do. / One of / these days / they'll just / trot away / from you." The book also features some wonderful interactive elements, like a sliding turkey that moves from bush to bush and a pop up turkey who appears from beneath a bush.

Happy Thanksgiving!

UNCG Special Collections & University Archives

Photos and other fun stuff from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives in the University Libraries. You can also follow us on Twitter: @UNCGArchives!

Happy birthday to Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti  (b Bergamo,...

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:01:12 -0500

Happy birthday to Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti  (b Bergamo, Nov 1797; d Bergamo, 8 April 1848)! This image is from the 1890 volume of “Opern-Typen: Heft 3.”   The scenes from this book depict “naive representations of scenes from the most popular operas,” including Donizetti’s “Der Liebestrank” (L’elisir d’amore)  Essentially, this is the 19th century version of the graphic novel adaptation of opera. From the Janos Scholz Cello Music Collection at UNCG:

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Up to $22,500 in Resources Available from Digital Partners Grants

Tue, 03 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000

Are you a UNCG faculty member working on a research project for which you would like to create a freely shared, open access digital component? If so, consider applying for a Digital Partners Grant of $22,500 worth of resources from the University Libraries, which will assist you in building an online scholarly product and making it broadly available for the long term

To apply, simply fill out a short one-page online form by January 12.  The Selection Committee will review submissions and announce recipients by the end of February. We are happy to help you with the form! All you need is a good idea and we'll guide you through the application process. The awards' funding period is March 2016 - February 2017.

Applicants must be UNCG faculty members. The digital project must be hosted on the Library's servers, and must be Open Access and freely shared.  The Faculty member must resolve any copyright or intellectual property issues (but we can help with that).
Selection of the funded project will be based on the following criteria:
  1. Projects that build on the strengths of the Libraries' extant digital projects
  2. Projects that develop a library of resources that support a range of scholarly activities in general rather than creating teaching applications or custom-designed web sites for a specific course. 
For more information including examples of previous projects and details, please review the Library/Faculty Digital Initiatives Partnerships website or contact Assistant Dean of the University Libraries Tim Bucknall ( for more information.

Spartan Stories

Tales from the University Archives at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

A History of Adult Students at UNCG

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000

When the doors of the State Normal and Industrial School (now UNCG) opened on October 5, 1892, for the first day of instruction, 176 women from across North Carolina arrived in Greensboro to attend. The number would grow to 223 by the year's end. Many of the students who arrived were non-traditional students with previous degrees from other institutions. One was 26-year-old Minnie Lou Jamison from Rowan County, NC. She had attended a local academy in her home county and worked for a number of years teaching in order to save money for her tuition. In 1896, after graduation from State Normal, she remained on campus in a faculty position in the Department of Home Economics.

Minnie Lou Jamison
Jamison reflected President Charles Duncan McIver's statement in the 1902 Annual Catalogue that the "State Normal and Industrial College stands for a public educational system that will educate all people." The institution attracted about one-third of its enrollment in the early years from local "town students," including one who commuted daily to class on horseback. A steady commitment to non-traditional students continued to grow.

This commitment can be seen in Margaret Rowlett (Class of 1925), who began working at the age of 14 in a North Carolina rag mill to earn money to support her education. She enrolled in the North Carolina College for Women (now UNCG) as a 25-year-old freshman. After graduation, she was able to pursue a career in writing and illustrating children's books and creating textiles and draperies aimed at children.

During World War II, the college's focus shifted to supporting the war effort. Spouses of many active military servicemen enrolled at Woman's College (now UNCG) after the institution shifted its previous policy banning married students. Following the war, the enactment of the G.I. Bill affected higher education throughout the country, and Woman's College was no exception. By 1946, 54 veterans of the women's branches of the armed forces had enrolled at WC on the G.I. Bill.

The first group of WWII veterans to enroll at WC
One of these returning veterans was Reva Fortune of Greensboro, who served with the Army Air Force while in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) from 1943 to 1948 and with the Women in the Air Force (WAF) from 1948 to 1952. In 1954 at the age of 37, she enrolled at Woman's College on the G.I. Bill. She had long wanted to attend college, but noted that "before the War [she] did not have the means." Fortune graduated in 1958 with a degree in biology and a minor in Spanish.

In the late 1950s, college administrators began to recognize a growing need for higher education for a group that was described as "special undergraduate students." In a 1958 report, Chancellor Gordon Blackwell projected a steady increase in the number of adult students at WC, "from 40 in 1957 to 230 by 1970." This growth did continue and, in the late 1960s, an Ad Hock Committee to Study Non-Traditional Students was formed. Following the committee's recommendation, the first Office of Adult Students was created in 1972 to "recruit, admit, and monitor non-traditional students at UNCG."

UNCG's support for non-traditional students continues, with the UNCG Campus and Activities Program (CAP) coordinating many events and activities aimed at assisting adult and commuter students. Through these types of programs, UNCG continues to provide opportunities for students to learn, grow, and be active on campus.

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Like watching the debates?

Mon, 16 Nov 2015 15:00:00 +0000

Check out polling data on the debates through the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research! The Center has moved to Cornell Univ and has a brand new look.

UNCG Digital Collections

Digital collections news from UNCG University Libraries

Digital collections by the numbers

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:15:00 +0000

Did you know that:

  • UNCG Digital Collections currently has approximately half a million page and photo images online? This total includes:
    • 8500 newspapers
    • 8086 photographs
    • 1914 pamphlets
    • 897 oral history interviews
    • 864 magazines and periodicals
    • 857 books
    • 487 scrapbooks
  • We have 31033 items in WorldCat and 33101 items in the Digital Public Library of America? (An "item" can be made up of any number of page images).
  • Our collections have had well over half a million page views over the past year.
  • We have digitized and placed online material from over 750 physical collections, about 125 of which were contributed by our community partners.
  • We have digitized material that is over 900 years old, though most of our material dates from 1800 or later.