Accession GA240 - Private Press collection.

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Private Press collection.

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  • Source of title proper: From content of collection.

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SCA241-GA240

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  • [19--]-1973 (Creation)
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    Private Press Collection

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Physical description

91 cm of graphic materials

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Biographical history

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.

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Scope and content

Collection consists of ephemeral materials created and accumulated by various private presses including Dolmen Press, Rampant Lions Press, Poetry Bookshop, Press Porcepic, Soft Press, Stanbrook Abbey Press.

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Physical condition

To be stored flat.
Extent is measured in linear metres of shelf space as occupied by the collection.

Immediate source of acquisition

Purchased over a variety of years from various book sellers, Dolmen Press materials donated by Colin Smythe.

Arrangement

Arranged in series as follows:

1. Dolmen Press;
2. Poetry Bookshop;
3. Press Porcepic;
4. Rampant Lions Press;
5. Soft Press;
6. Stanbrook Abbey Press.

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Described by Jessica Blackwell, winter 2013.

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