from the Press of 1 Books Appletree Alley
Some retired men spend their days in the garage, tinkering
with a classic car or motorcycle. When graphic designer
and public relations practitioner Barnard Taylor retired in
1979, he chose to tinker with a Vandercook No. 4 letterpress.
Taylor founded The Press of Appletree Alley, named for
the setting of his garage-turned-print-shop, to produce
beautifully printed limited editions of fine writings, poetry,
prose and letters from 1981 to 2002. He collaborated
with Bucknell writers, including Professor of English Jack
Wheatcroft ’49 and several poets-in-residence, to create
many of the press’ more than 30 titles, which were typeset
and bound by hand, and frequently illustrated with linoleum-cut prints. Bertrand Library owns a complete collection of
Appletree Alley limited editions, as well as a manuscript
collection detailing the business of making each fine edition.
2 The Burma-Bucknell What’s that silver bowl, so shiny and intricately carved,
sitting on a shelf in Special Collections/University Archives? It’s
a gift from Burma to Bucknell commemorating 100 years of
friendship. The bond between the nation now known as Myanmar
and the University began more than 150 years ago when Baptist
minister and Bucknell trustee Eugene Kincaid encouraged Maung
Shaw Loo, Class of 1864, to become the first international
student at what was then called the University at Lewisburg.
The silver bowl is embossed with motifs of contemplation, peace
and tranquility. And its hand-carved stained teakwood stand is
supported by three half-lion, half-dog “protectors” of the bowl.
Each spring the Burma-Bucknell Award is given to a community
member or organization for outstanding contributions to
intercultural and international understanding within the
University community. Recipients are given a replica of the
original bowl, which was presented to the University by the
president of Burma in 1958. This year’s recipients were Professor
Angèle Kingué, French & Francophone studies, and Mona
Mohammed ’ 16.