Artists' Books and Fine Press Books
The area of book arts and history of the book is a particular strength of the collection. Special Collections has hundreds of artists’ books as well as a large collection of fine press work, including over 400 titles produced by the Limited Editions Club and around 400 miniature books. The collection also has extensive materials related to typography and graphic design. For the field of book history, the collection includes 15 medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, 25 incunables in complete codices, 250 medieval manuscript leaves, and 100 incunable leaves. Important printers and typographers from throughout the hand press period are well-represented in the collection.
- Books and ephemera produced by hundreds of private presses, from the Kelmscott Press to the current day
A growing collection of contemporary artists’s books, including works from the Janus Press, the Women’s Studio Workshop, and others
How to Use the Collection
The collection is available to all users in the Special Collections Reading Room (room 401) during regular hours. Materials do not circulate. Rare books may be used in the Special Collections Reading Room during service hours or by appointment.
Users are encouraged to contact staff regarding availability of the manuscript and art collections; however, no advance notice is required for use. Photocopies and scans are permitted subject to the condition of the material and copyright regulations.
Finding Aids for Book Arts and Book History
Scope and Content A fine press is a printing establishment that adheres to particularly high standards in terms of the skill of the workers, the…
Helen Montgomery Jenkins (1913-2013) was born in Topeka, Kansas, and graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.A. in Journalism in 1935. She…
Ulysses / by James Joyce ; with an introduction by Stuart Gilbert and illustrations by Henri Matisse.
King Lear : the text of the First Folio, with Quarto insertions / edited and amended where obscure by Herbert Farjeon ; illustrated from drawings by Boardman Robinson.
A manual of dates : a dictionary of reference to the most important events in the history of mankind to be found in authentic records.
Gilt edges with fore-edge painting of Abraham Lincoln.
Life on the Mississippi / Mark Twain ; illustrated by Thomas Hart Benton, with an introduction by Edward Wagenknecht and a number of previously suppressed passages, now printed for the first time, and edited with a note by Willis Wager.
edition of twelve hundred numbered copies
MU: Library has no. 1022, signed by the illustrator.
Moriae encomium : or, The praise of folly / translated from the Latin text by Harry Carter, with an introduction by Hendrik Willem Van Loon, illustrated with woodcuts by Franz Masereel.
xv, 125 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm