Accession GA240 - Private Press collection.

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Private Press collection.

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  • [19--]-1973 (Creation)

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91 cm of graphic materials

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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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To be stored flat.

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


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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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 tapered off in the 1930s with the Great Depression. A resurgence began in the 1950s, especially with artists and "artists books" and other experimental printing.

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Described by Jessica Blackwell, winter 2013.

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