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[BKARTS] Book Arts activities in Austin



Some more info on Book Arts in Austin...

Here is an intro, culled from our website, to some of the book art
related collections at the Ransom Center.
Important printers especially well represented are the Aldines, Estiennes,
the Elseviers, Christopher Plantin, John Baskerville, Robert and Andrew
Foulis, and Giambattista Bodoni. European emblem books of the 16th and 17th
centuries are a particular strength. The Center's large holdings of
18th-century English books will be especially useful to scholars researching
the history of printing and publishing in this period.

The Center has extensive holdings of color-plate books from the early 19th
century and chromolithographic books of the Victorian period. All of the
major fine presses of the late 19th and 20th century are represented, with
nearly complete runs of several, including the Kelmscott, the Doves, the
Golden Cockerel (as well as its archive), the Grabhorn, and Nonesuch
presses. Among the most significant individual holdings are copies on vellum
of the Kelmscott Chaucer, the Doves Press Bible, and the Golden Cockerel
Four Gospels. Artwork, type designs, and wood engraving blocks of Eric Gill
are located in the Art Collection.

The Ransom Center has an excellent selection of 20th-century English,
American, and French artists' books, with particular strengths in the 1970s
and 1980s. Artists include Rufino Tamayo, Henri Matisse (most notably his
Jazz), Jim Dine, Pablo Picasso, and Buckminster Fuller. Related items, such
as Robert Rauschenberg's plexiglass book "Shades" may be found in the Art
Collection.

The Center also owns a nearly complete set of the Limited Editions Club
(LEC) publications, which is complemented by the archive of its publisher,
the George Macy Co., as well as the artwork for many of the LEC books. Other
noteworthy collections include reference works on printing and bookbinding,
historical works on book collecting and the antiquarian book trade, catalogs
of important libraries sold at auction, type specimen books, calligraphy
manuals from the 16th through 20th centuries, thousands of pictorial
dustjackets (1925-1960), and runs of dealer and auction catalogs from the
late 19th century to the present. A nearly complete run of the Armed
Services paperback editions provides insight into the reading habits of
servicemen during World War II, and the activities of a large and
influential 20th-century publisher are documented in the Alfred A. Knopf
Inc. Archive and Library.

You can search the online card catalog for specific titles, artists
or binders at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/

The Ransom Center has a Conservation Department with book, paper, and
photo labs.  We love to give tours when our schedule permits.
http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/about/conservation/

Currently Austin Book Workers (ABW) has an exhibit at the Unitarian Church.
Info about Austin Book Workers and the exhibit can be found at
http://members.tripod.com/~austinbookworkers/

This web page lists conservators and binders who live in the Austin
area http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/about/conservation/resources/directory/

Olivia Primanis,
Book Conservator
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
University of Texas at Austin

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