Written by Annie Tremmel Wilcox
“In A Degree of Mastery, Annie Tremmel Wilcox displays a passion for the craft of bookbinding and a deep respect for her notable mentor, Bill Anthony. Over the years I have seen this passion take hold of countless people. For bookbinders there is nothing more emotionally, sensually, and sometimes even spiritually fulfilling than repairing books, using the materials and methods that have come down to us through the generations. Wilcox was fortunate in having Bill Anthony as a teacher, for in addition to his unique talent, impressive self-discipline, and willingness to interpret and teach bookbinding to his apprentices, Anthony possessed patience, kindness, a warm Irish charm, and an unrelenting commitment to his craft. I applaud Annie Wilcox for her memoir, which captures the heart and embodies the values of a true [craftsperson.]”
–Mindy Dubansky, Associate Museum Librarian, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.