A couple of weeks ago The Handy Book of Artistic Printing (a showcase of nineteenth century decorative printing of which I am co-author and -designer with Doug Clouse) was honored with a publication award from the Victorian Society in America. We were thrilled that it was recognized for content rather than just for design (though that's nice too...).
The evening ceremony was held at the glorious Eldridge Street Museum which was built in 1887 as the first synagogue by East European Jews in New York. An opulent jewel detailed with Moorish and Orientalist touches, it is plunked in the midst of dumpling shops and other Chinese storefronts deep in the Lower East Side, and was a complete surprise to me.
If you haven't already, please take a little tour of the book.
We were one of several award-winners that evening. One author I chatted with, David Freeland, was recognized for Automats, Taxi Dances, and Vaudeville: Excavating Manhattan's Lost Places of Leisure, a picaresque narrative of New York's forgotten amusements which I am thoroughly enjoying right now. A full post on it when I've finished!