Robert Anderson worked in book and binding design at Houghton Mifflin Company in Boston from 1967 to 1970 before freelancing with the eminent R. L. Dothard from 1971 to 1981, in close association to the Stephen Greene Press of Brattleboro. Subsequently Anderson began publishing private limited-edition books. He has been a member of the Society of Printers in Boston since 1976 and the Club of Odd Volumes since 2001.