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Book Arts Collection

A guide to discovering artists' books in the Book Arts Collection at Hill Memorial Library.

About This Gallery

We joke in printshops about how much printmakers love to depict birds in their artwork. Louisianians love birds too! So it only seemed fitting that we create a Bird themed gallery.

Printmakers love birds.

Gamebirds & Waterfowl: 10 Etchings Hand Water-Colored

Robinson, Alan James. Gamebirds & Waterfowl: 10 Etchings Hand Water-Colored. (Easthampton, Mass.: Cheloniidae Press), 1980.
QL674 .R63 OVER, McIlhenny Natural History Collection


Accordion book unfolded to pages showing pelicans and parrots


Sayenko, Dmitry. Orinthology. St. Petersburg [Russia] : [Nikodim], 2014.
N7433.4 .S294 O76 2014, McIlhenny Natural History Collection

Sayenko usually creates the paper, prints and binding for his artists' books. In this spread, Sayenko discusses cannibalistic behavior in birds with pelican and parrot examples.

Bible Birds

Tournour, Margaret. Bible Birds. Durham: Black Cygnet Press, 1996.
NE1147.6 .T68 A4 1996, Rare

Collection of wood engravings and Bible quotations.

Birdsongs: Eleven New Poems

Olson, Toby. Birdsongs: Eleven New Poems. [Mount Horeb, Wis.] : Perishable Press, 1980.
PS3565 .L84 B5 1980, Rare

Fine press chapbook printed in blue, black, brown-black, and red. The 96th book of the Perishable Press, printed and bound by Walter Hamady.

Lac Des Pleurs: Report from Lake Pepin

Schanilec, Gaylord. Lac Des Pleurs: Report from Lake Pepin. [Stockholm, Wisconsin] : Midnight Paper Sales, 2015.
N7433.4 .S328 L33 2015 FLAT, Rare

The text consists of commentary on passage through Lake Pepin by several authors including Henry David Thoreau and Mark Twain, for example, and is printed letterpress with hand set lead type. All of the images were printed from end-grain maple blocks with the exception of the key block for Pelicanus erythrohynchos, for which han extra piece of Corian countertop material was used.

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