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Special Collections

Artists / Fine Press Work

Special Collections holds a number of fine press and artists’ book titles in a variety of formats. A subset of the Rare Books Collection, this category consists of works which demonstrate the concept of “book art”. All manner of binding, illustration, typesetting, printing, and paper is represented. Many specimens in the collection feature unique structures and folding styles, such as concertina or accordion-fold formats. Vivid illustrations may be found, from traditional woodcuts to giclée digital images. Several works feature artistic photography, serigraph prints, linoleum cuts, Ink, works in graphite or colored pencil, or watercolors, as well as special embossings, letterpress work, and calligraphy.

You can search to find artists' books and fine press books in the Library’s the main catalog. Limit your search to Special Collections, and use the keyword search term Artists’ books. Other search terms will also retrieve Artists’ books, such as toy and movable books, and pop up books.

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