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The Boston Public Library is hosting “Bound for Success: Designer Bookbinders International Bookbinding Exhibition”, showcasing a selection of the entries in the 2009 competition:

The 117 bindings on display [first exhibited at the Bodleian Library] show remarkable ingenuity, technical skill, and sophistication. With its impressive range of cultural and geographical differences in the contemporary art of bookbinding, this exhibition offers a fascinating and beautiful overview of the work of 21st-century designer binders.

[from the BPL website] 

book cover bound for success

The exhibition catalogue, Bound for Success: Catalogue for Designer Bookbinders International Competition 2009, which presents nearly 400 of the contemporary bindings entered, is available for purchase at the  University of Chicago Press and through Amazon.com.

The exhibit runs through December 13, 2009 at the Boston Public Library.  Exhibition dates:

12 June – 1 August 2009                    Bodleian Library, Oxford
18 September – 13 December 2009   Boston Public Library
12 February – 6 March 2010              Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco
19 May – 31 July 2010                       The Grolier Club of New York

For more information, see the Designer Bookbinders website and click here for information on the 2009 international competition.