The Art and Craft of Private Press Books

July 26, 2007 at 12:22 pm | Posted in City Library, Free Event, Reed Gallery | Leave a comment

The Reed Gallery is proud to present ‘The Art and Craft of Private Press Books’, offering an overview of the private press books held by the Heritage Collections. This exhibition will give visitors the chance to see books that are not only beautifully crafted, but many deemed works of art in their own right. Items being exhibited range in date from the 1892 edition of de Voragine’s The Golden Legend, printed by William Morris, considered by many to be the private press movement’s founding figure, to a delightfully intriguing edition of Lewis Carroll’s Hunting of the Snark printed at the University of Otago’s Otaku Press in 2006.

While most of the books to be displayed were printed in England, New Zealand private presses are strongly represented with particular emphasis on books printed in Christchurch and right here in Dunedin. In addition to Morris’s Kelmscott Press, patrons familiar with private press books will be delighted to know that works by other famous presses, such as Doves, Golden Cockerel, and Rampant Lions will also be displayed. Click here to find out more…
If you feel yourself beginning to glaze over from staring at a computer screen or browsing books that look alike, take a break and visit the Reed Gallery’s next exhibition. Your eyes will thank you for the visual feast.
26 July – 18 November 2007
9:30am – 8:00pm Monday to Friday
11:00am – 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday
Reed Gallery – Floor 3,
Dunedin City Library
Admission Free

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