British Book Design & Production Awards 2016 winner revealed

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Author and former University Librarian Emeritus Professor Ian Rogerson’s book, Pen, paper & a box of paints: Albert Rutherston’s work in theatre design and book illustration, was announced as the Winner of the Limited Edition and Fine Binding category of the British Book Design & Production Awards 2016 in November.

Published by Simon Lawrence of Fleece Press in 2015, Simon presented a copy to the Library’s Special Collections at the book’s launch.

The Awards’ judge said: “The Fleece Press have produced a beautiful limited edition book. Bound in quarter cloth and printed on mould made paper, it features the attractive colour and black and white illustrations of Albert Rutherston. In a highly competitive category, Pen, paper & a box of paints stood out.”

Conceived and created by Simon Lawrence at his Fleece Press in Huddersfield and printed by Northend Creative Print Solutions in Sheffield, the images were made ready for publication by Ian Wright of Ian Wright Creative.

At the book’s launch, Director of Services, Paul Kingsmore, said: “The research that went into this book was possible due to the substantial collection of Rutherston’s books and printed ephemera in the Special Collections, and is a great example of how the Collections and the team not only support, but form the cornerstone of research into such a specialist subject.”

The Fleece Press Archive and publications are held within Special Collections, and this award-winning book is the latest by Ian Rogerson.

Professor Ian Rogerson said: “Creating books like this depends on teamwork and my thanks go to all of the many people involved. As with all Fleece Press books, this one is made with love and a profound respect for its subject.”

Albert Rutherston was well known as a distinctive book illustrator whose work benefited from the pochoir process employed by the Curwen Press. He illustrated many books and for a short period before the First World War had a profound influence on theatre and stage costume design. There has been no book on his work until now and Ian Rogerson has made a special study of Albert’s work, much of it based upon material held within the Special Collections. Rutherston’s three grandchildren also provided reference material and gave permission to quote from letters and reproduce images, which makes the book especially interesting.

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Special Collections, Manchester Metropolitan’s museum and archive, is situated on the third floor of All Saints Library. Admission is free to University staff and members of the public. Current exhibit Drawing the Wake: Reading Finnegans Wake through drawing runs from 5th December to 17th March 2017. For opening times and more information, visit