Resources (in progress)

Book Art

Abt, Jeffrey. The Book Made Art: A Selection of Contemporary Artists’ Books Exhibited in Joseph Regenstein Library – University of Chicago, February Through April 1986. Chicago: University of Chicago Library, 1986.  Exhibition catalog.

Allingham, Philip V. “The Technologies of Nineteenth-Century Illustration: Woodblock Engraving, Steel Engraving, and Other Processes.” The Victorian Web.

Antaya, Christine and Sloman, Paul. Book Art: Iconic Sculptures and Installations Made from Books.  Gestalten (May 26, 2011). Documents current art, installation, and design created with and from books. “The fascinating range of examples in Book Art is eloquent proof that–despite or because of digital media’s inroads as sources of text information–the book’s legacy as an object and a carrier of ideas and communication is being expanded today in the creative realm.” Book jacket. See interview with Antaya and some of the artists here.

Arnar, Anna SigridurThe Book as Instrument: Stéphane Mallarmé, the Artist’s Book, and the Transformation of Print Culture.  Study of the literary and cultural seedbed of book art; an account of Stéphane Mallarmé’s influence and that of the cultural, aesthetic and political factors at play.

Arts & Crafts Museum Virtual Library

Bleus, GuyArt Is Books: Kunstenaarsboeken/Livres D’Artistes/Artist’s Books/Künstlerbücher.  Catalog of a travelling exhibition in 1991. See also Artists’ Books on Tour edited by Kristina Pokorny-Nagel.

Bodman, Sarah, ed. Books By Artists. Bristol: University of the West of England, in association with Impact Press, 1999. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “Books by Artists” shown at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

Bodman, Sarah. Artists’ Books Creative Production and Marketing. Bristol, UK: Impact Press, 2007. Also from Impact Press: Blue NotebookThe Artist Book Yearbook, and the The Book Arts Newsletter.

Bright, Betty. No Longer Innocent: Book Art In America 1960-1980. New York: Granary Books, 2005. A history of this important period in book art. Like Drucker (below), Bright categorizes book art, places it within the movements of the period and profiles its individual and institutional supporters.

Bringhurst, Robert. The Elements of Typographic Style.

Brodsky, Judith K., and Edward H. Hutchins, eds. Beyond the Fold: Artist’s Books, Traditional to Cutting Edge. South Orange, NJ: Gallery of South Orange, 1999. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “Beyond the Fold: Artist’s Books, Traditional to Cutting Edge” shown at the Gallery of South Orange.

Bury, Stephen. Artists’ Books: The Book As a Work of Art, 1963-1995. Brookfield, VT: Scolar Press, 1995.

Carrión, Ulises. Quant aux livres/ On Books. Translated by Thierry Dubois. Geneva, Switzerland: Héros-Limite, 1997.

Castleman, Riva. A Century of Artists Books .  New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1994. A catalog of an exhibition held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The selection tends toward the livre d’artiste but does address the impact of the digital shift on artists’ books.

Cave, Roderick. The Private Press. New York: Bowker, 1983.

Celant, Germano. Book as Artwork 1960–1972. Brooklyn, NY: 6 Decades Books, 2011. 

Chapon, François. Le Peintre et le Livre: l’Age d’Or du Livre Illustré en France 1870–1970. Paris: Flammarion, 1987. NAL pressmark: 507.C.172

Clay, Steve and Jerome Rothenberg, eds. When Will The Book Be Done? New York: Granary Books, in association with Distributed Art Publishers, 2001.

Cody, David. “Morris and the Kelmscott Press.” The Victorian Web.

Compton, Susan. The World Backwards: Russian Futurist Books 1912–16. London: British Museum Publications, 1978.

Compton, Susan. Russian Avant-Garde Books 1917–34. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1993.

Courtney, Cathy. Speaking of Book Art: Interviews with British and American Book Artists. Los Altos Hills: Anderson-Lovelace, 1999.

Cyr, Gabe. New Directions in Altered Books.  A book of projects and techniques by a book artist.

Danto, Arthur Coleman. Unnatural Wonders: Essays From the Gap Between Art and Life. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2005.

De Vinne, Theodore Low. The practice of typography: . . . plain printing types. 2nd edn. New York: The Century Co., 1902.

Desjardin, Arnaud. The Book on Books on Artists Books. London: The Everyday Press, 2013.

Drucker, Johanna. The Century of Artists’ Books. Second, revised edition. New York, NY: Granary Books, 2004. One of the first full-length studies available of artists’ books.

Fendrick, Daniel, ed. The Book As Art. Washington, DC: Fendrick Gallery, 1976. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “The Book As Art” shown at the Fendrick Gallery, Washington, DC.

Franklin, Colin. Printing and the Mind of Morris. Cambridge: Rampant Lions Press, 1986.

Freeman, Brad, ed. Offset: Artists’ Books and Prints. New York: Interplanetary Productions, in association with Granary Books, 1993. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “Offset: Artists’ Books and Prints” shown at Granary Books, New York, The Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, and Pyramid Atlantic, Riverdale, MD.

Goldstein, Ann, and Anne Rorimer, eds. Reconsidering the Object of Art: 1965-1975. Los Angeles: The Museum of Contemporary Art, in association with MIT Press, 1995. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “Reconsidering the Object of Art: 1965-1975” shown at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Goodson, Laurie. #5168 Altered Book – Special Effects (Design Originals). One of a series of booklets on book-alteration techniques. Other authors include Beth Cote and Cindy Pestka.

Greenfield, Jane. ABC of Bookbinding. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, in association with The Lyons Press, 1998.

Guest, Tim, ed. Books by Artists. Toronto: Art Metropole, 1982. 

Gurianova, Nina. The Russian Avant-Garde Book 1910–34. New York: MoMA, 2002.

Hampton, Michael. Unshelfmarked: Reconceiving the Artists’ Book. Axminster, Devon: Uniformbooks, 2015). Fifty explicated examples of book art underpinning the author’s centerpiece essay “Exposé” challenging some of the orthodoxies and pigeon-holing of artist/artist’s/artists’ books, book art, bookwork and livres d’artiste. Includes an extensive

Harrison, Holly. Altered Books, Collaborative Journals, and Other Adventures in Bookmaking. A showcase of book art with an emphasis on multi-artist collaborations.

Hart, James. Fine Printing: The San Francisco Tradition . Washington: Library of Congress, 1985.

Harthan, John. The History of the Illustrated Book. London: Thames and Hudson, 1981.

Hersh, Jacob. “Goudy– In All His Glory.” Pointless Art.

Hillier, Jack. The Art of the Japanese Book. London: Sotheby’s Publications, 1987.

Hoffberg, Judith, and Joan Hugo, eds. Artwords and Bookworks. Los Angeles: Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art (LAICA), 1978. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “Artwords and bookworks” shown at LAICA.

Hricik, David. Roycroft.com: Elbert Hubbard and the Roycroft Shops. Accessed 19 May 2018.

Hubert, Judd D., and Renee Riese Hubert. The Cutting Edge Of Reading: Artists’ Books. New York: Granary Books, 1999. See web annotation here.

Hubert, Renée Riese and Judd Hubert. Surrealism and the Book. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988.

Jacobs, Michael. Books Unbound –  A book of projects by a book artist.

Johnson, Robert Flynn. Artists Books in the Modern Era 1870–2000: the Reva and David Logan Collection of Illustrated Books. London: Thames & Hudson, 2002. NAL pressmark: AB.2001.0002

Keyes, Roger. Ehon: The Artist and the Book in Japan. New York: New York Public Library, 2006.

Klima, Stefan. Artists Books: A Critical Survey Of The Literature. New York: Granary Books, 1998. A monograph summarizing the debates over the artists’ book.

Krause, Dorothy Simpson. Book + Art: Handcrafting Artists’ Books. A book of projects by a book artist; covers mixed-media techniques as well as bookbinding.

LaFerla, Jane (ed.); Alice Gunter (Editor); Lark Books Staff. The Penland Book of Handmade Books – Tutorials, inspiration and reflective essays by book artists.

Lauf, Cornelia, and Clive Phillpot, eds. Artist/Author: Contemporary Artists’ Books. New York: Distributed Art Publishers, in association with The American Federation of Arts, 1998. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “Artist/Author: Contemporary Artists’ Books” shown at the Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC, The Emerson Gallery, Clinton, NY, The Museum Of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL, Western Gallery, Bellingham, WA, and University Art Gallery, Amherst, MA.

Lindsay, Martin S. Will H. Bradley: A Chronology. Website: WillBradley.com. Accessed 19 May 2018.

Linotype.com. “Font Designer – Frederic W. Goudy.” Accessed 19 May 2018.

Lyons, Joan, ed. Artists’ Books: A Critical Anthology and Sourcebook. Rochester, New York: Visual Studies Press, 1991.

Melby, Julie, ed. Splendid Pages. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 2003.

Miller, Steve. 500 Handmade Books –  A highly illustrated, wide-ranging coffee table book.

Milman, Estera, ed. Art Networks and Information Systems at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, April 13-14, 1989. Iowa City, Iowa: University of Iowa, 1990.

Moeglin-Delcroix, Anne, and Giorgio Maffei, eds. Looking, Telling, Thinking, Collecting: Four Directions of the Artists’ Book, from the Sixties to the Present. Mantua, Italy: Casa del Mantegna, in association with Corraini Press, 2004. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “Guardare, raccontare, pensare, conservare: quattro percorsi del libro d’artista dagli anni ’60 ad oggi” shown at the Casa del Mantegna, Mantua.

Morris, William. “The Ideal Book”, delivered 19 June 1893 at the Bibliographical Society, London. Accessed 20 May 2018. Marxist Internet Archive.

Munroe, Alexandra, ed. YES YOKO ONO. New York: Japan Society Gallery, in association with Harry N. Abrams, 2000. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “YES YOKO ONO” shown at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houtson, MIT-List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Japan Society Gallery, New York.

Ono, Yoko. Instruction Paintings. New York: Weatherhill, 1995.

Perloff, Marjorie. “Cubist Collaboration/Abstract Assemlage: The Avant-Garde Artist’s Book.”

Perrée, Rob, ed. Cover To Cover: The Artist’s Book in Perspective. Rotterdam: NAi Publishers, 2002. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “Cover to Cover, Artists’ Books from The Becht Collection” shown at De Beyerd Breda.

Peterson, William S. The Kelmscott Press. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991.

Phillpot, Clive. Booktrek. Zurich: JRP|Ringier, 2013.

Pokorny-Nagel, Kathrin. Artists’ Books on Tour –  Catalog of a traveling exhibition organized and sponsored by MAK (Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna), MGLC (Llubljana’s International Centre of Graphic Arts) and UPM (Museum of Decorative Arts) in 2011.

Randle, John. “Morris and Cobden-Sanderson.” The Journal of the William Morris Society III, no. 1 (Spring 1974): 22–26.

Richman, Gary, ed. Offset: A Survey of Artists Books. Cambridge: New England Foundation for the Arts, 1984. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “Offset: A Survey of Artists’ Books” shown at the Hera Art Foundation.

Rolo, Jane and Ian Hunt, eds. Book Works: A Partial History and Sourcebook. London: Book Works, 1996.

Roth, Dieter. Roth Time: A Dieter Roth Retrospective, 12 March – & June 2004. MoMa online exhibit. Accessed 19 May 2018.

The Russian Avant-Garde Book, 1910–1934.” MoMa online exhibit.

Salamony, Sandra. 1,000 Artists’ Books: Exploring the Book as Art –  External and internal views of works, descriptions at the end of the book.

Schraenen, Guy, ed. Ulises Carrión: We Have Won! Haven’t We? Amsterdam: Museum Fodor, 1992. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “We Have Won, Haven’t We?” shown at Museum Fodor, Amsterdam, and Neues Museum Weserberg, Bremen.

Schwartzburg, Mary Alden. “Reading In Four Dimensions : The Poetics of the Contemporary Experimental Book.” PhD diss., Stanford University, 2004.

Smith, Keith. Structure of the Visual Book. Rochester, NY: Keith Smith BOOKS, 2003.

Smith, Keith. Text in the Book Format. Fairport, NY: The Sigma Foundation, Inc., 1991. 

Spector, Buzz. The Book Maker’s Desire. Pasadena: Umbrella Editions, 1995.

Stewart, Garrett. Bookwork: Medium to Object to Concept to Art. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.

Strachan, William. The Artist and the Book in France. New York: George Wittenborn, 1968.

Tashjian, Dickran and Leppanen-Guerra Analisa (editors). Joseph Cornell’s Manual of Marvels: How Joseph Cornell reinvented a French agricultural manual to create an American masterpiece –  A part-facsimile, part-DVD, part-boxed-presentation that gives some idea of the artwork by Joseph Cornell held in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The artwork is Cornell’s alteration of the Journal d’Agriculture Practique (Volume 21, 1911), a handbook of advice for farmers.

Taylor, John Russell. The Art Nouveau Book in Britain. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1966.

Thompson, Jason. Playing with Books: The Art of Upcycling, Deconstructing, and Reimagining the Book Techniques-driven; covers bookbinding, woodworking, paper crafting, origami, and textile and decorative arts techniques.

Thompson, Susan. American Book Design and William Morris. New York: R.R. Bowker, 1977.

University of Alabama,University Libraries, and University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries. Publisher’ Bindings Online, 1815–1930: The Art of Books. Accessed 19 May 2018. A digital collection of decorative bindings, along with a comprehensive glossary and guide to the elements of these objects, created by The University of Alabama, University Libraries, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries.

Vanderlip, Dianne Perry, ed. Artists’ Books. Philadelphia: Moore College of Art, in association with Falcon Press, 1973. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “Artists’ Books” shown at Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, and University Art Museum, Berkeley.

Wakeman, Geoffrey. Victorian Book Illustration: The Technical Revolution. Detroit: Gale Research, 1973.

Wallace, Eileen. Masters: Book Arts: Major Works by Leading Artists.  Illustrated selection of work from 43 master book artists with brief comments from the artists about their work, careers, and philosophies.

Wasserman, Krystyna, ed. The Book as Art: Artist’s Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts. New York, NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2007. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “The Book as Art: Twenty Years of Artists’ Books From NMWA” shown at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. An illustrated volume covering over 100 artists books held in the permanent collection of the Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.

White, Maria, Patrick Perratt, and Liz Lawes, eds. Artists’ Books: A Cataloguer’s Manual. London: ARLIS/ UK & Ireland, in association with the Cataloguing and Classification Committee, 2006.

Woo, Constance, ed. Made in Bookland. Brooklyn, NY: Long Island University Library, 2000. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “Working in Brooklyn: Artists Books” shown at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and Long Island University, Brooklyn.

Youngs, Claire. Book Art: Creative Ideas to Transform Your Books, Decorations, Stationary, Display Scenes and More. A crafts book of 35 projects.

 

Book Art: Articles, Blogs, Essays and Lectures

Altshuler, Bruce. “Instructions for a World of Stickiness: The Early Conceptual Work of Yoko Ono.” In YES YOKO ONO, edited by Alexandra Munroe, 65-71. New York: Japan Society, in association with Harry N. Abrams, 2000. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “YES YOKO ONO” shown at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houtson, MIT-List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Japan Society Gallery, New York.

———, and Midori Yoshimoto. “Grapefruit, 1964.” In YES YOKO ONO, edited by Alexandra Munroe, 82-83. New York: Japan Society, in association with Harry N. Abrams, 2000. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “YES YOKO ONO” shown at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houtson, MIT-List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Japan Society Gallery, New York.

Baranik, Rudolph, comp. “Is the Alternative Space a True Alternative?” Studio International 195, 990 (1980): 69-74.

Beidler, Anne. “Artists’ Statement.” The Journal of Artists’ Books 15 (Spring 2001): 24.

Beube, Douglas. “JAB: An Identity Crisis.” The Journal of Artists’ Books 3 (Spring 1995): 30.

Carrión, Ulises. “The New Art of Making Books.” In Quant Aux Livres/ On Books, edited by Guy Schraenen, 128-149. Geneva: Heros-Limite, 1997.

Chris, Cynthia. “Is the Personal Political?” In Printed Matter Catalog, 22-23. New York: Printed Matter, 1986.

Danto, Arthur Coleman. “Yoko Ono.” In Unnatural Wonders: Essays From the Gap Between Art and Life, 69-76. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2005.

Drucker, Johanna. “Experimental Narrative and Artists’ Books.” The Journal of Artists’ Books 12 (Fall 1999): 3-25.

———. “Intimate Authority: Women, Books, and the Pubic-Private Paradox.” In The Book as Art, edited by Krystyna Wasserman, 14-17. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2007. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “The Book as Art: Twenty Years of Artists’ Books From NMWA” shown at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.

———. “The Artists’ Book as a Democratic Multiple.” In The Century of Artists’ Books, 69-91. New York, NY: Granary Books, 2004.

———. “The Artists’ Book as Idea and Form.” In The Century of Artists’ Books, 1-19. New York, NY: Granary Books, 2004.

———. “The Artists’ Book as Rare and/or Auratic Object.” In The Century of Artists’

Books, 93-120. New York, NY: Granary Books, 2004.

———. “The Poetic Spaces of the Book.” Keynote presented at Metaphor Taking Shape conference at Yale University, New Haven, CT, March 14th, 2008.

———. “The Public Life of Artists’ Books: Questions of Identity.” The Journal of Artists’ Books 2 (Fall 1994): 1-2, 4, 6, 10-11.

Drucker, Johanna, and Brad Freeman. “Artist’s Statement.” The Journal of Artists’ Books 15 (Spring 2001): 26-27.

Freeman, Brad. “Artists’ Books/ Book-like Objects.” The Journal of Artists’ Books 1 (Spring 1994): 1-2, 4, 6 8.

———. “Introduction.” The Journal of Artists’ Books 15 (Spring 2001): 2-3.

Hershman, Lynn Lester. “Slices of Silence, Parcels of Time: The Book as a Portable Sculpture.” In Artists’ Books, edited by Dianne Perry Vanderlip, 8-14. Philadelphia: Moore College of Art, in association with Falcon Press, 1973. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “Artists’ Books” shown at Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, and University Art Museum, Berkeley.

Hobson, Charles. “Artist’s Statement.” The Journal of Artists’ Books 15 (Spring 2001): 20.

Hubert, Renée Riese, and Judd David Hubert, eds. “Introduction: The Protean Artist Book.” In The Cutting Edge of Reading, 7-14. New York: Granary Press, 1999.

Hugenin, James, ed. “Introduction.” Dumb Ox issue 4 (Spring 1977): 3.

Hugo, Joan. “Museum Without Walls.” In Artwords and Bookworks, edited by Hugo and Judith Hoffberg, 2-4. Los Angeles: Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art (LAICA), 1978. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “Artwords and Bookworks” shown at LAICA.

Huntley, Joan S., and Michael Partridge. “Fluxbase: A Virtual Exhibition.” Paper presented at Art Networks & Information Systems, University of Iowa, Iowa City, April 13-14, 1989. Reprinted by Estera Milman, ed. in Art Networks and Information Systems at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, April 13-14, 1989. Iowa City, Iowa: University of Iowa, 1990.

Lacy, Suzanne. “The Name of the Game.” Art Journal vol. 50 (Summer 1991): 64-8.

———. “Saving the World: A Dialogue Between Suzanne Lacy and Rachel Rosenthal.” Artweek vol. 22, no. 29 (September 12, 1991):10-14.

Lauf, Cornelia. “Cracked Spines and Slipped Disks.” In Artist/Author: Contemporary Artists’ Books, edited by Clive Phillpot and Cornelia Lauf, 66-79. New York: Distributed Art Publishers in association with the American Federation of Arts, 1998. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “Artist/Author: Contemporary Artists’ Books” shown at the Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC, The Emerson Gallery, Clinton, NY, The Museum Of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL, Western Gallery, Bellingham, WA, and University Art Gallery, Amherst, MA.

Linker, Kate. “The Artist’s Book as Alternative Space.” Studio International vol. 195, no. 990 (1980): 75-79.

Lippard, Lucy R. “Give and Take: Ideology in the Art of Suzanne Lacy and Jerry Kearns.” In Art and Ideology, edited by Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, Donald Kuspit, Lucy Lippard, et al. New York: New Museum of Contemporary Art, 1984. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “Art and Ideology” shown at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.

———. “The Artist’s Book Goes Public.” Art in America 65, no. 1 (January-February 1977): 40-41.

———. “Conspicuous Consumption: New Artists’ Books.” In Artists’ Books: A Critical Anthology and Sourcebook, 3rd edition, edited by Joan Lyons, 49-57. Rochester, New York: Visual Studies Press, 1991.

———. “Escape Attempts.” In Reconsidering the Object of Art: 1965-1975, edited by Ann Goldstein and Anne Rorimer, 296-307. Los Angeles: The Museum of Contemporary Art, in association with The MIT Press, 1995. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “Reconsidering the Object of Art: 1965-1975” shown at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

———. “Lacy: Some of Her own Medicine.” TDR vol. 32 no. 1 (Spring 1988): 71-76.

Lorenz, Angela. “Archives: Soap Story.” http://www.angelalorenzartistsbooks.com/archive (accessed March 12, 2008).

———. “Artist’s Books – For Lack of a Better Name,” 2002, http://www.angelalorenzartistsbooks.com/whatis.htm (accessed March 12, 2008).

MacPhail, Miranda. “Many Buttons For A Single Buttonhole: Reflections on Angela Lorenz’s Work,” http://www.angelalorenzartistsbooks.com/macphail.htm (accessed March 14, 2008).

Meador, Clifton. “Artist’s Statement.” The Journal of Artists’ Books 12 (Fall 1999): 15.

———. “Small Pond.” The Journal of Artists’ Books 21 (Fall 2007): 35-39.

Moeglin-Delcroix, Anne. “A Mass Produced Product of High Order.” The Journal of Artists’ Books 4: 18-20.

———. “1962 and After: Another Idea About Art.” In Looking, Telling, Thinking, Collecting: Four Directions of the Artists’ Book, from the Sixties to the Present, edited by Moeglin-Delcroix and Giorgio Maffei, 27-36. Mantua, Italy: Casa del Mantegna, in association with Corraini Press, 2004. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “Guardare, raccontare, pensare, conservare: quattro percorsi del libro d’artista dagli anni ’60 ad oggi” shown at the Casa del Mantegna, Mantua.

National Museum of Women in the Arts. “Press Release Archive – The Book As Art: Twenty Years of Artists’ Books From NMWA,” http://www.nmwa.org/news/news.asp?newsid=251 (accessed March 2nd, 2008).

O’Donnell, Sue. “Conversations with Miranda Maher.” The Journal of Artists’ Books 14 (Fall 2000): 12-15.

Ono, Yoko. “To the Wesleyan People.” Reprinted in Grapefruit. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000: n.p.

———. “Paintings to be Constructed in Your Head.” In Instruction Paintings, 2-6. New York: Weatherhill, 1995.

Parraman, Carinna. “If It Hasn’t Got A Spine—Is It A Book?” In Books by Artists, edited by Sarah Bodman, 19-22. Bristol: University of the West of England in association with Impact Press, 1999. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “Books by Artists” shown at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

Perreault, John. “Some Thoughts on Books as Art.” In Artists’ Books, edited by Dianne Perry Vanderlip, 15-21. Philadelphia: Moore College of Art, in association with Falcon Press, 1973. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “Artists’ Books” shown at Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, and University Art Museum, Berkeley.

Perrée, Rob. “Controversial: The Unique Artists’ Book.” In Cover to Cover: the Artists’ Book in Perspective, 98-134. Rotterdam: NAi Publishers, 2002.

Phillips, Deborah C. “Definitely Not Suitable for Framing.” ArtNews vol. 80 no. 10 (December 1981): 62-67.

Phillpot, Clive. “Books Bookworks Book Objects Artists’ Books.” Artforum 20, no. 9 (May 1982): 77-79.

———. “Books by Artists and Books as Art.” In Artist/Author: Contemporary Artists’ Books, edited by Clive Phillpot and Cornelia Lauf, 30-55. New York: Distributed Art Publishers, in association with the American Federation of Arts, 1998. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “Artist/Author: Contemporary Artists’ Books” shown at the Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC, The Emerson Gallery, Clinton, NY, The Museum Of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL, Western Gallery, Bellingham, WA, and University Art Gallery, Amherst, MA.

Preacher’s Biscuit Books. “God Bless This Circuitry.” http://www.preachersbiscuitbooks.com (accessed March 2, 2008).

Printed Matter, Inc. “About Printed Matter,” http://printedmatter.org/about/index.cfm (accessed on February 13th, 2008).

———. “More About Printed Matter” and “Distribution of Artists’ Books,” http://printedmatter.org/about/more.cfm (accessed on February 13th, 2008).

Rathermel, Jeff. “Situations: What Makes A Book A Book.” Minnesota Center For Book Arts, http://www.mnbookarts.org/events/situations.html (accessed January 12, 2008).

Reese, Harry. Art 112: Artists’ Books, Everything in the World, A Book Arts Reader, http://www.arts.ucsb.edu/faculty/reese/artists_books2.php (essays by Carrion, Higgins, Kostelanetz)

Ruthfuss, Joan. “Somewhere for the Dust to Cling: Yoko Ono’s Paintings and Early Objects.” In YES YOKO ONO, edited by Alexandra Munroe, 93-99. New York: Japan Society, in association with Harry N. Abrams, 2000.

Shauf, Michele. “Artist’s Statement.” The Journal of Artists’ Books 15 (Spring 2001): 11.

Shaw, Tate. “God Bless This Circuitry.” Afterimage vol. 35 no. 3 (November/ December 2007): 22-3.

Sifford, Harlan L. “Artist Book Collecting and Other Myths of Art Librarianship.” Art Documentation: Bulletin of the Art Libraries Society of North America vol. 1 no. 6 (December 1982): 174-175.

Spector, Buzz. “The Fetishism of the Book Object.” In The Book Maker’s Desire, 15-21. Pasadena, CA: Umbrella Editions, 1995.

Stokes, Telfer. “Artists’ Statement: The Why & How I Make Books.” The Journal of Artists’ Books 3 (Spring 1995): 8-13.

Stuart, Michelle. “Is the Alternative Space a True Alternative?” Compiled by Rudolf Baranik, Studio International 195 no. 990 (1980): 73.

Tietz, Ward. “Viewing and Reading Artists Books.” The Journal of Artists’ Books 21 (Fall 2007): 17-26.

Vanderlip, Dianne Perry, ed. Foreword to Artists’ Books. Philadelphia: Moore College of Art, in association with Falcon Press, 1973. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “Artists’ Books” shown at Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, and University Art Museum, Berkeley.

Vogler, Thomas A. “When Is a Book Not a Book.” In A Book of the Book, edited by Jerome Rothenberg and Steve Clay, 448-461. New York: Granary Press, 2000.

Victoria and Albert Museum. “Artists’ Books: Interviews With Book Artists – Angela Lorenz.” http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/prints_books/artists_books/book_artists/lorenz/index.html (accessed March 14, 2008).

Wallis, Brian. “The Artists’ Books and Postmodernism.” In Artist/Author: Contemporary Artists’ Books, edited by Clive Phillpot and Cornelia Lauf, 92-101. New York: Distributed Art Publishers, in association with the American Federation of Arts, 1998. Published in conjunction with the exhibition “Artist/Author: Contemporary Artists’ Books” shown at the Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC, The Emerson Gallery, Clinton, NY, The Museum Of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL, Western Gallery, Bellingham, WA, and University Art Gallery, Amherst, MA.

Willis, Peter. “Books On Books: The past and future of artist self-publishing: An exploration of the literature on artists’ self-publishing“, ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art), 13 September 2016. Accessed 3 February 2020.

Wirth, Karen. “In the Space of Blurred Boundaries.” The Journal of Artists’ Books 13 (Spring 2000): 12-13.

———. “Book as Installation/ Installation as Book.” Lecture presented at the Book Arts Roundtable, Minnesota Center For Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN, January 29, 2008.

Book History

A History of the Book in America series (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; Worcester: American Antiquarian Society, 2000; Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007–2009).

Alexander, Jonathan J. G. Medieval Illuminators and their Methods of Work. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992.

Brown, Michelle P. A Guide to Western Historical Scripts from Antiquity to 1600London: The British Library, 1990.

Brown, Michelle P. Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical TermsMalibu, CA: The J. Paul Getty Museum in association with The British Library, 1994.

Carter, John and Percy H. Muir, eds. Printing and the Mind of Man: A Descriptive Catalogue Illustrating the Impact of Print on the Evolution of Western Civilization during Five Centuries. 2nd edition, revised and enlarged. London, 1967. Survey of influential printed books. Compare with Cave’s The History of the Book in 500 Books.

Carter, John. ABC for Book Collectors. 8th edition, revised by Nicolas Barker. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2004.

Casper, Scott E., Joanne D. Chaison, and Jeffrey D. Groves, eds. Perspectives on American Book History: Artifacts and Commentary. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2002.

Cavallo, Guglielmo and Roger Chartier, eds. A History of Reading in the West. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1999.

Chappell, Warren. A Short History of the Printed Word. Second edition, revised and updated by Robert Bringhurst. London: Hartley & Marks, 1999. Bringhurst has updated Chappell’s classic history (first published in 1970) for the electronic era. Particularly strong on typographic developments and their effects on the shape and form of books.

Clemens, R. and T. Graham. Introduction to Manuscript Studies. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2007.

Coser, Lewis A.,  Charles Kadushin and  Walter W. Powell. Books: The Culture and Commerce of PublishingNew York: Basic Books, 1982.

Sociologists Coser, Kadushin and Powell delve into the organizational behavior of book publishing. Laying out the history and structure of the industry in Part I, they proceed in Part II to describe the interactions one with another of the people who make books within the publishing house.  Special chapters are devoted to the author’s “worm’s eye view” of the process, the qualified success story of women in publishing and “Books without Authors” (packaging, managed texts, etc.).  Part III turns to the middlemen in the book trade — literary agents, book reviewers and the channels of distribution. Even with the disruption and re-forming of the channels of distribution since the 1980s (the rise of Amazon, the superstores, Walmart, the demise of Borders, the advent of the ebook), this book sheds light on what book publishers bring to the making of books and for what they may still be needed in the next stage of the book’s evolution.

Darnton, Robert. “What is the History of the Book?” Daedalus, 111:3 (Summer 1982): 65–83.

Darnton, Robert. “’What Is the History of Books?’ Revisited.” Modern Intellectual History 4 (2007): 495–508.

De Hamel, Christopher.A History of Illuminated Manuscripts. London: Phaidon, 1994.

De Hamel, Christopher. The Book: A History of the Bible. London: Phaidon, 2001. Through his exploration of the history of the single most important title in Western history, de Hamel touches on nearly every aspect of book history.

De Hamel, Christopher. Scribes and Illuminators (Medieval Craftsmen Series). Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1992.

De Hamel, Christopher. Conversations with Manuscripts.

Di Bello, Patrizia, Colette Wilson, and Shamoon Zamir, eds.The Photobook: From Talbot to Ruscha and Beyond. London: I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2012.

Eisenstein, Elizabeth L. The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe. Cambridge, 1983; reprinted several times. A one-volume abridgement of Eisenstein’s two-volume The Printing Press as an Agent of Change (1979). Discusses the cultural changes enabled and facilitated by the development of printing. This is the foundation stone of 20th century analysis of the role of the invention of printing in the context of the three major cultural changes of the late 15th century to late 17th century:  the Italian Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation and the Scientific Revolution.  While the author’s primary concern is the importance of printing per se as an agent of religious, political, social, scientific, and intellectual change, the book shines as the pre-eminent artifact.

Eisenstein, Elizabeth L. Divine Art, Infernal Machine: The Reception of Printing in the West from First Impressions to the Sense of an Ending. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012.

Eliot, Simonand Jonathan Rose, eds. A Companion to the History of the Book. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2007.

Feather, John and David McKitterick. The History of Books and Libraries: Two Views. Washington DC: Library of Congress, 1986.

Febvre, Lucien and Henri-Jean Martin. The Coming of the Book: The Impact of Printing 1450–1800. London: Verso Books, 1984, most recently reprinted 1997.

Finkelstein, David and Alistair McCleery, eds. The Book History Reader. London: Routledge, 2002.

Gaskell, Philip. A New Introduction to Bibliography. Winchester & New Castle, DE: St. Paul’s Bibliographies & Oak Knoll Press, 1995.

Griffiths, Antony. Prints and PrintmakingBerkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1996

Hall, David D. Cultures of Print: Essays in the History of the Book. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1996.

Harthan, John. The History of the Illustrated Book: The Western TraditionLondon: Thames and Hudson, 1981; paperback edition, 1997.

Henry, Frank S. Printing:A textbook for printers’ apprentices. 1917. Revised edn as The essentials of printing: a text-book for beginners. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1924.

Hindman, Sandra and J.D. Farquhar, Pen to Press: Illustrated Manuscripts and Printed Books in the First Century of Printing. College Park, MD: University of Maryland, 1977.

Ivins, William M., Jr. How Prints Look. Boston: Beacon Press, 1987.

Johns, Adrian. The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.  “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.”  Sir Francis Bacon foretold this book among many with the last part of his statement.   He might have added that, of the latter few, some should be digested together to make a many-course meal replete.  “The Nature of the Book” can be profitably digested with the author’s second volume “Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates” as “afters” with the abridged version of Eisenstein’s “The Printing Press as an Agent of Change” and Pollard’s “Fine Books” preceding.

Johns, Adrian. Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.  The more readable sequel to the author’s “The Nature of the Book.”  The extraordinary similarities in rhetoric and behavior of authors, publishers, suppliers, government, and readers in the 1600s, 1700s, 1800s, 1900s and 2000s so far make you wonder if, as far as IP goes, we are condemned to repeat the past no matter what we learn of it. Well, not entirely true: booksellers and publishers are no longer engaged in pharmaceutics like Stoughton’s elixir.

Joyce, William L., et al., eds. Printing and Society in Early America. Worcester: American Antiquarian Society, 1983.

Kusukawa, Sachiko. Picturing the Book of Nature: Image, Text, and Argument in Sixteenth-Century Human Anatomy and Medical BotanyChicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.

Lawson, Alexander. Anatomy of a Typeface. Boston: David R. Godine, 2010.

Lehmann-Haupt, Hellmut, et al. The Book in America: A History of the Making and Selling of Books in the United States, rev. ed. New York: Bowker, 1951.

Levarie, Norma. The Art & History of Books. First published by Heinemann, 1968; reissued by Da Capo, 1982; reprinted by Oak Knoll and the British Library, 1998, with an introduction by Nicolas Barker.

Marks, P. J. M. The British Library Guide to Bookbinding: History and Techniques. British Library and University of Toronto Press, 1998.

McKitterick, David. Old Books, New Technologies: The Representation, Conservation, and Transformation of Books since 1700. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Mod, Craig. “Post-Artifact Books & Publishing: Digital’s Effect on How We Produce, Distribute and Consume Content“. Blog, June 2011.  Not a book (yet?) about books, but here is some of the more challenging and edgier (without being offensive) discussion and definition of systems behind the future of books, publishing and reading.  Like Bill Hill’s “Magic of Reading,” Craig Mod’s writing is sympathetic to the craft of the book, the book’s purpose in communication and the pressures on its identity and its readers.

Morison, Stanley. A Tally of Types.

Moxon, Joseph. Mechanick exercises on the whole art of printing, ed. Herbert Davis and Harry Carter. Rev edn. London: Oxford University Press, 1962 (pb rep Dover Books).

Myers, Robin and Michael Harris, eds. The Stationers’ Company and the Book Trade 1550–1990. Winchester: St Paul’s Bibliographies, 1997.

Pearson, David. Books as History: The Importance of Books beyond Their Text. Revised edition. London: British Library; New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll, 2012 (first published 2008). This heavily illustrated book touches on many of the course’s themes, succinctly and compellingly.

Pettegree, Andrew. Book History Online. BHO is the online continuation of the Annual Bibliography of the History of the Printed Book and Libraries (ABHB), edited by Hendrik D.L. Vervliet under the auspices of the Committee on Rare Books and Manuscripts of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

Pierpont Morgan Library. Art of the Printed Book, 1455–1955; Masterpieces of Typography Through Five Centuries from the Collections of the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York: Morgan Library, 1973. With an essay by Joseph Blumenthal.

Pollard, Alfred W. Fine Books.

There is little to add to Hellmut Lehmann-Haupt’s comment on this tome resting on my shelf and in the Project Gutenberg servers and recorded for free audio download: “There is no such thing as the ideal book, either in physical format or by virtue of contents.  But, if one had to recommend only a single volume on the subject of books and printing, Alfred Pollard’s fine and noble volume would be a safe choice.  It has stood the test of time.” (1949)

Reynolds, L. D. and N. G. Wilson. Scribes and Scholars: A Guide to the Transmission of Greek and Latin Literature. 3rd edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Rota, Anthony.Apart from the text.  New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 1998. A series of short essays on paper, printing, illustration, book binding, and the book trade, primarily nineteenth and twentieth-century developments.

Shailor, Barbara A. The Medieval Book Illustrated from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. New Haven, 1988. Reprinted several times, most recently by the University of Toronto Press for the Medieval Academy Teaching Reprint Series.

Smithsonian The Book of the Book.

Steinberg, S.H. Five Hundred Years of Printing. New edition, revised by John Trevitt. London & New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press & The British Library, 1996.

Suarez, S.J., Michael F.and H. R. Woudhuysen, eds. The Oxford Companion to the Book.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Suzuki Jun and Ellis Tinios. Understanding Japanese Woodblock-Printed Illustrated Books: A Short Introduction to their History, Bibliography and FormatLeiden & Boston: Brill, 2013.

Tanselle, G. Thomas. “The History of Books as a Field of Study.” Originally published as the Second Hanes Lecture (University of North Carolina, 1981). Subsequently reprinted in G. Thomas Tanselle, Literature and Artifacts, 41–55. Charlottesville: Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, 1998.

Twyman, Michael. The British Library Guide to Printing: History and Techniques. London: British Library, 1998; University of Toronto Press, 1999. Introductions to manuscript production and printing processes.

Updike, Daniel Berkeley. Printing Types: Their History, Forms, and Use.

Wroth, Lawrence C. The Colonial Printer. Portland: Southworth-Anthoensen Press, 1938.

Xiao, Dongfa, ed. From Oracle Bones to E-Publications. Beijing: Foreign Languages Press, 2009.

McDermott, Joseph. A Social History of the Chinese BookHong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2006.

Levy, Michelle and Tom Mole. The Broadview Reader in Book History. Tonawanda: Broadview Press, 2015.

Carter, Thomas and L. C. Goodrich. The Invention of Printing in China and its Spread Westward. Revised edition. New York: Ronald Press, 1955.

Twitchett, Denis. Printing and Publishing in Medieval China. London: Wynkyn de Worde Society and New York: Frederic Beil, 1983.

Tsien, Tsuen-Hsuin. Paper and Printing. Joseph Needham, Science and Civilisation in China, vol. 5, pt. 1. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985 (Third printing, revised 1987, and later printings).

Tsien, Tsuen-Hsuin. Written on Bamboo and Silk. 2nd edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004. Read pp. 1–206.

Reed, Christopher. Gutenberg in Shanghai: Chinese Print Capitalism, 1876–1937. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2004.

Kornicki, Peter. The Book in Japan. Leiden: Brill, 1998. Paperback edition, University of Hawaii Press, 2000.

Chibbett, David. The History of Japanese Printing and Book Illustration. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1977.

Howard, Nicole. The Book: The Life Story of a Technology. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.

Howsam, Leslie. Old Books and New Histories: An Orientation to Studies in Book and Print Culture. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006.

Hawkins, Ann R., ed. Teaching Bibliography, Textual Criticism and Book History. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2006.

Additional pedagogical web-essays at Pickering & Chatto.

McKenzie, D. F.Making Meaning: “Printers of the Mind” and Other Essays, edited by Peter D. McDonald and Michael F. Suarez, S.J. Amherst, MA: The University of Massachusetts Press, 2002.

McGann, Jerome J. The Textual Condition. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1991. Read “The Socialization of the Text” pp. 69–83.

McGann, Jerome J. Black Riders: The Visible Language of Modernism. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993.

Finkelstein, David, and Alistair McCleery. An Introduction to Book History. New York & London: Routledge, 2005. This text is best as a review than an introduction since it presupposes a knowledge of the conversation.

Shillingsburg, Peter. From Gutenberg to Google. Cambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Hume, Robert. “Aims and Uses of Textual Scholarship.” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 99:2 (June 2005): 197–230.

Cowley, Des, and Clare Williamson. The World of the Book. Victoria, Australia: The Miengunyah Press, 2010.

Kelemen, Erick. Textual Editing and Criticism. New York & London: W.W. Norton and Company, 2009.

Recommended Browsing as interest, time and money allows; Or, a list for the over-achiever

Gaskell, Philip. A New Introduction to Bibliography. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1972; corrected edition, 1974; several subsequent British and American reprintings with minor corrections; paperback edition published in 1995 by Oak Knoll Press.

Greetham, D. C. Textual Scholarship. New York & London: Garland, 1994.

de Hamel, Christopher. The Book: A History of the Bible. London & New York: Phaidon, 2001.

Eisenstein, Elizabeth. The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983.

Ezell, Margaret. Social Authorship and the Advent of Print. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999. Read pp. 1–40.

Jackson, H. J. Marginalia. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001.

Manguel, Alberto. A History of Reading. New York: Penguin, 1997.

Olmert, Michael. The Smithsonian Book of Books. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1992.

Sher, Richard B. The Enlightenment and the Book: Scottish Authors and Their Publishers in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Ireland, and America . Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2006.

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