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The La Frontera books arrived in good order, the dust jacket was trimmed beautifully (THANK YOU!!), and I want to tell you again how easy, pleasurable, and rewarding the entire experience was of dealing with you and the HF Group. We were new to self-publishing, and you led us in a clear manner through our potential choices in the binding and printing of Gina’s book, and we are very, VERY happy with the finished result. We will recommend you to everyone we know who needs a great printing house!!! PLEASE pass this e-mail on to your supervisor so they will know how very much we appreciate all you did to help us. You give the HF Group a great name!

Kind regards and with great appreciation,
Rick Dehmel (publisher)
Gina Hitchman (author)

I was shopping around for “good” printers for my publishing company. After trying several, I was not satisfied with the quality of the print job and for some, I was not satisfied with their customer service. After a month long search, I came across HF Group where I received much more than quality and customer service, I received excellent print quality in all my books, superb customer service, and gained new friends!

Esquire Publications

As an author, I was looking for a printing company that would work with me budget wise and word of mouth led me to HF Group. They worked within my budget, provided great customer service, along with exceptional printing quality of my book. I definitely recommend this company to everyone for all your printing needs.

Esquire Publications

HF Group is great to work with! My rep, Stephanie, is always willing to answer any questions I have – no matter how strange. Their book quality is amazing and their prices are very competitive. All of my customers are extremely pleased with the books we’ve printed with HF Group, and I recommend their services to others every chance I get.

Robin Surface, President
Fideli Publishing, Inc.


Liberty Hall Library

Conservation Assessment

July 2014

Having worked with Etherington Conservation Services of the HF Group for nearly fifteen years as Conservation Coordinator for the Library of Virginia, there was no question in my mind to whom I would turn for conservation/preservation advice when I assumed my current position at Washington and Lee University in January 2013. More than 130 volumes of the original library of Liberty Hall Academy (now known as Washington and Lee University) had survived the ravages of time (including fire and theft). The library, purchased by W&L’s first rector in Philadelphia in March 1776 had taken on a significant intrinsic value and physical restoration of the entire collection became a top priority in my first few months here. In order to raise the necessary funds for the full restoration project, a conservation assessment was in order. Private funding from a Washington and Lee alum allowed us to bring Matt Johnson, Senior Conservator for Etherington Conservation Services, to Lexington in July, 2014 for a week to undertake the conservation assessment.

Working with Matt has always been a joy and even more so with this visit since he was on-site. He is painstakingly thorough with his assessment yet careful to patiently explain what his recommendations entail. Because of his years of experience, he exudes a quiet confidence which allows the client to feel he/she is getting the most practical solution. I trust Matt, implicitly, when he tells me what is required for treatment yet, if there is ever a question of budget issues or specific treatment requests by a donor, he is always prepared to offer appropriate alternatives, if possible. Customer satisfaction is certainly a motto that Matt lives by. Conservation services by a stellar group like Etherington are, by nature, not inexpensive. However, after years of working with these wonderful people, I can say without hesitation, that the quality of work and the satisfaction of interacting with wonderful professionals like Matt Johnson, makes the investment a priceless one.

Tom Camden ‘76
Associate Professor
Head, Special Collections & University Archives
Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA 24450

I have had time to go through the 1611 (King James) Bible since we got home, and I want to thank you for the great work you did on this Bible. I was very reluctant to spend the kind of money we did for this work, and I still have a hard time believing I did so, but the quality of your work was exceptional. We plan to keep this Bible in our family for generations to come…and we owe this fine piece in large part to your skill.

SM, Private Client

I just wanted to exclaim my awe at the very very beautiful bindings you sent back…. All are impressed. The Nuremberg is especially beautiful, my jaw dropped to see that you used alum tawed pigskin…and the tooling is beautiful.

MM, Collections Conservator

We so much appreciate your excellent care of the books, as well as your artistry and skill in restoring them to optimum condition. We will be featuring them in a class for 55 undergraduate nursing students on Friday, as they begin their study of the history of medicine. This will be the first of many future exhibits and displays of which they will be a very important part.

SSY, Historical Collections Specialist

Thank you so much for your extraordinary work! The binding of the Celsus is absolutely beautiful with its gorgeous tooling, and I love how the black leather complements the text and even the handwritten notations inside. The transformation of the plague book is something I did not know was possible-the quality of the paper and the repairs you made are amazing.

SY, Special Collections

Thank you very much for doing such a wonderful job on our tintype and crayon enlargement. They are great additions to our exhibit.

DM, Executive Director

Many thanks for the assistance. Not the biggest job you have done for someone, but still important for us little guys.

RK, Private Client

I had a wonderful time meeting everyone and touring your wonderful facilities that it made the day brighter than it was.

AP, Curator of Special Collections


As the elected Recorder of Floyd County, my first and foremost responsibility was to assure the citizens of my county that their most valuable investment, their property, was securely recorded and preserved in my office. I have utilized many vendors to accomplish this task. However, one vendor stands out; Rick Meader at RECORDSAVE. His company’s attention to detail and professionalism, along with timely service is the very best. My record books are now in pristine condition for years to come.

Lois N. Endris,
Floyd County, Recorder