Binding, Artists Books, Fine Printing, Private Presses

Title Summary
Artists' books Artists’ books (defined as: books or book-like objects over the final appearance of which an artist has had a high degree of control; where the book is intended as a work of art in itself) can be located using the Library catalogue. Search for the LC subject heading “artists’ books” for examples of those held in Special Collections & Archives. Authors include Palmer & Calvert, William Morris, and David Jones.
Blake, William Collection William Blake was heavily involved in the private press and artists’ books movement, being widely considered to have brought back the concept of the artists’ book with his “Song of Innocence and Experience.” Special Collections & Archives houses more than 200 titles of Blake’s works the majority of which are facsimiles or private press reprints. Highlights of the collection include the 1951 Trianon Press edition of Blake’s “Jerusalem.”
Fine bindings Many of the holdings of Special Collections & Archives represent fine bindings, unique bindings and the works of famous printers and binders. Examples include signed bindings, metal, velvet and papier-mache bindings, and bindings by well-known bookbinders such as Joseph Zaehnsdorf, and Sangorski & Sutcliffe.
Gill, Eric Eric Gill was a print maker, sculpture and printer of fine private press books. The Eric Gill collection includes original works by Gill, some of which were used by presses such as Golden Cockerel and Nonesuch, as well as materials relating to the presses that he founded including Hague and Gill and St. Dominic’s Press.
Hogarth Press and Virginia Woolf The Hogarth Press was a publishing house founded by Virginia and Leonard Woolf. The Hogarth press collection includes 25 first or early editions of the 35 titles by Virginia Woolf as well as 62 other titles from the press representing early printings of authors such as Robert Graves, Edith Sitwell and Gertrude Stein.  Highlights include first editions of Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas.
Lesbian Literature Collection 169 paperback, "pulp" fiction books featuring Lesbian themes, from the late 1940's to the 1960's.
Nichol, B.P. Library of science fiction The B.P. Nichol Library of Science Fiction consists of more than 500 "pulp" science fiction titles from the private library of the late Canadian writer, B.P. Nichol. Many well-known science fiction authors' first works were issued only in paperback, and this collection includes many key titles in the science fiction genre which are extremely scarce today as a result of the vulnerability of the paperback format to deterioration. The books in this collection feature many striking examples of cover art.
Private Press Collection The Private Press collection includes materials from six private presses of Canada, Ireland and England including Dolmen Press, Poetry Bookshop, Press Porcepic, Rampant Lions Press, Soft Press and Stanbrook Abbey Press. Present in the collection are samples of printing from the various presses, as well as lists of books in print and historical materials. Books printed by private presses can be found by searching in the library catalogue for the press.