David Esslemont, British-born printer and former director of the Gregynog Press at the University of Wales was the King Library Press Book Arts Event lecturer this past Wednesday in the Great Hall of Special Collections.
Esslemont has been Artist-in-Residence at Grasmere in the English Lake District to prepare illustrations for an edition of William Wordsworth's "The Prelude" and also Artist-in-Residence at the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts. He is now active as a printer, printmaker, and bookbinder in Iowa.
The King Library Press, founded in 1956, is devoted to the tradition of fine printing and produces books and broadsides. Typesetting, printing, and binding are all done at the Press and there are opportunities for apprentices. The Press is located in Special Collections in the Margaret I. King Building.