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Fine Press and Artists' Books Collection


Fine Press and Artists' Books Collection


This collection highlights the beauty of the book-as-object with examples of fine press books that emphasize hand-printing techniques and artists' books that move beyond the traditional codex format to challenge our notions of the book. Whenever possible, we collect books that intersect with other special collections such as cookery and books on books. Within this collection are closely-related collections of miniature books, broadsides, and Shakespeariana.

Items in the Fine Press and Artists' Books Collection Collection

Drawings of lizards based on the pottery designs of southwest pueblo cultures spell out the alphabet.

29 unpaged booklets (8 p. ; 11 cm.) with text and illustrations, based on the Spanish alphabet. Every letter of the alphabet is represented with images created by linoleum cuts, featuring cultural (calavera clarinete) or political images…

Accordion-style folds reveal letters of the alphabet on one side, illustrations on the other.
Limited edition of 100 copies.
University of Denver Libraries is copy no. 6. Copy is signed by author.

"100 copies of this book were made in Santa Cruz, Ca. on Peter's handmade paper. Illustrations by Donna."--Colophon.
Printed on a continuous folded leaf.
University of Denver Libraries' copy is no. 98/100 in limited ed.

"A book in the form of a unique lantern structure Helen Hiebert developed for her book, Paper Illuminated. Each panel of the shadow lantern features an alphabet letter cutout that casts a shadow onto a second layer of paper. The letters are in the…