Title and statement of responsibility area
Private Press Book Collection.
General material designation
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Title statements of responsibility
Level of description
Edition statement of responsibility
Class of material specific details area
Statement of scale (cartographic)
Statement of projection (cartographic)
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Statement of scale (architectural)
Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)
Dates of creation area
- Private Press Collection
Physical description area
Publisher's series area
Title proper of publisher's series
Parallel titles of publisher's series
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Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series
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Archival description area
Name of creator
The private press movement was begun by William Morris with the Klemscott Press in 1891. The development of the press came out of Morris' interests in Medieval literature and craftsman workshops. The Klemscott press printed 53 books in 18,000 copies over seven years, the most important of which being The Klemscott Chaucer. The Klemscott Press lead to a renewed interest in book design and high quality book production, as well as typography. The movement tappered off in the 1930's with the Great Depression. A resurgence began in the 1950's, especially with artists and "artists books" and other experimental printing.
The history of the presses found in this collection are described at the series level.
Scope and content
The Private Press book collection includes items from more than 1,000 presses in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. This collection has been developed as a representative collection, with intensive coverage of selected presses, such as Hague & Gill, St. Dominic's Press, Nonesuch Press, and Golden Cockerel Press, to provide scope for in-depth study of the history and development of these particular presses. A sample selection from a wide range of other private presses gives an overview of the private press movement in the twentieth century.