SATURDAY, JULY 26, 2014
Noon – 5PM
Join us for an afternoon in Claremont for a bit of print history and conversation. We will be touring the Honnold/Mudd Special Collections and The First-Floor Press at the Claremont Colleges Library. We are truly in for a treat, as Honnold/Mudd holds a broad array of close to a millennia’s worth of primary source material including art, literature, and, of course, fine printing. Their most hospitable staff will graciously guide us through their current exhibition, “Staying Alive: What’s New in Special Collections,” highlighting their latest acquisitions. We will also have a chance to view some examples from their Fine Press and Californiana collections.
This will be followed by a tour and talk of The First-Floor Press with Professor Jeffrey D. Groves of Harvey Mudd College. The First-Floor Press in Honnold/Mudd Library has some terrific examples of original, rebuilt, and restored presses, brought back to life by the hard work and dedication of Professor Groves. Highlights include his 1850 R. Ritchie & Son Columbian press, a restored 1907 Chandler & Price Jobbing Platen press, a 20th Century Reliance “Washington-style press,” and, most impressively, a Replica 18th Century Common Press that was built by Dr. Jeffrey Groves himself. The First-Floor Press was born out of a legacy which began in the early 1980s with the initial loan of a 19th century Columbian press to Claremont Colleges Library by that of one Dr. Edward Petko.
Following the tour, we will adjourn to The Press Restaurant, located in what was once the printing press building for The Claremont Courier, for optional libations and conversation.
Please RSVP by July 25th for time and location details. This event is free and open to all, though an RSVP is required. RSVP HERE