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250th Bookplate Design Winner Announced

  • Saba Maheen's winning entry for Dartmouth’s 250th anniversary bookplate competition.

Congratulations to Saba Maheen ’20 who designed the winning entry for Dartmouth’s 250th anniversary bookplate competition for the celebratory publication, Dartmouth Undying.  Saba received a $250 cash prize from the sponsoring Sphinx Foundation.

The goal of the contest was to invite as many experienced students, as well as beginning student printers/designers as possible, to celebrate the 250th and to introduce more young people to the world of printing and design.

Saba designed the commemorative bookplate using hand-set type, ornaments, and engravings available in the Book Arts Workshop’s letterpress studio.  Sarah Smith, Books Arts Workshop  Program Manager, printed by hand the 500 bookplates on a 1880s Golding Pearl platen press to accompany the slipcased edition of Dartmouth Undying.

The selected design evoked Dartmouth’s rich heritage by combining both traditional and contemporary approaches.  Saba worked with the newly designed Lone Pine image as an engraving, wood type and she even type set on a curve—a very ambitious feat! The judges, local experts in either design, Dartmouth history, or printing were: Peter Carini, Dartmouth College Archivist; Richard Sheaf ’66, Vice President of the Ephemera Society of America; and Eric Brooks, Assistant Director for Design and Production at UPNE.

The Dartmouth Library thanks the judges for their careful consideration of the entries and their time; Jim Collins '84, Dartmouth Undying editor, for approaching us with the idea and working through all the intricacies of the project; and finally to the Sphinx Foundation for their generous financial support.

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