Laura Wait

Denver, Colorado 
Born in Canada, Laura Wait emigrated to the United States in 1955. She studied art history at Barnard College, and lithography, printmaking, and bookbinding at Croydon College of Art in England. She interned with Don Etherington at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center in Austin, Texas, and with Anthony Cains at the Book Conservation Institute in Ireland. She is owner of Bookworks Conservation & Design Studio in Denver and current co-president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers.

Example Binding: 
Robert Louis Stevenson. 
A Child's Garden of Verses
San Francisco: The Press in Tuscany Alley, 1978.

Full leather binding of black goatskin with gold, red, and blind tooling and red onlays. Top edge colored with graphite and gauffered.

Design Description: 
Full leather tightback binding of black goatskin with red onlays sewn on five raised bands. Gold, red, and blind tooling. Recessed copper clasps, metal latches and leather straps. Gold-tooled title on front cover; printer and date on back cover.


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Laura Wait