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Dr. Jerry Schulman of Chicago was, some years ago, a student in William A. Anthony's bookbinding classes. Told to bring a book to bind, he appeared with a first edition Lady Chatterley, number 546 of 1000 copies privately printed for Lawrence in Italy, 1928.
"No way a student works on this," said Anthony; and he bound the book himself in paper boards with an onlay image suggested by the phoenix printed on the original paper wrappers. He also constructed a felt-lined, dropspine protective box for the binding, and presented it back to Schulman.
Bill Anthony later established the conservation laboratory for the University of Iowa Libraries and served as Conservator, 1984-1989. After his death, to create the William Anthony Memorial Collection of Bookbindings, the Libraries acquired from his family 30 books he had bound. His work is also represented of course throughout the rare book collection.
Jerry Schulman and his wife Joan have now presented their Lady C. to the Libraries in Anthony's memory.
Cover of Lady Chatterley's Lover. The spine has author's name and the book's title stamped in gold.
Front board of Anthony's binding for his own copy of The Charm: Robert Creeley early and uncollected poems (Perishable Press, 1967). The boards have been covered in black goatskin with onlays of feathered gray goatskin and lines tooled in gold. The handsewn endbands, not visible here, are worked in black and crimson silk.