Bibliophiles Meeting

September 12, 2012 - 7:00 pm

Special Collections Reading Room
3rd floor, Main Library

The Bibliophiles begin their academic year of meetings with a get-together Wednesday, September 12 at 7:00pm in the Special Collections Reading Room on the third floor of the University of Iowa Main Library.

Their guest will be Rick von Holdt of The Foolproof Press, speaking about “Collecting and Using Antique Wood Printing Type.” Rick will be bringing several cases of wood type as well as a selection of posters he has printed, so this will be an interactive meeting not-to-be-missed. In Rick’s words, “I have a BA in Graphic Design/Illustration but spent my entire professional career managing the production end of publication printing. To satisfy my creative yearnings, I started collecting old type and presses to play with as they quickly became commercially obsolete and I started the Foolproof Press in 1976. I was simply a fool with a proof press at that point. My dream at that time was to be able to acquire enough type to fill one old type cabinet. Three and a half decades later, I find myself with over 2,000 fonts of handset type and a couple of dozen presses.” Rick is also a director at Printers’ Hall in Mt. Pleasant, IA.

It promises to be a delightful and informative evening.