The Book Arts and Private Press Collections help to illustrate the art and science of fine printing and bookmaking. The Book Arts Collection brings together the work of famous printers, type designers, book designers, book artists, and illustrators. The Private Press Collection is a growing collection of material issued by private presses, particularly in the Midwest.
The Private Press Collection is a growing collection of material issued by private presses, particularly in the Midwest. As part of the Art and History of the Book subject holdings, the works held in the collection demonstrate examples of fine printing, fine binding, creative book making, artists' books, or literary works selected for private publication. Our holdings range from renowned presses such as Walter Hamady's Perishable Press and John Martin's Black Sparrow Press, to sculptural books from Flying Fish Press, to fine printing produced for the Limited Editions Club. A master list of all of the presses that we collect can be found below. We also hold the archives of the John Cumming Private Press.
NB: These are presses that we seek out examples from. We don't have comprehensive collections of most of them, and in some cases may only have an example or two, or none at all.