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Book Arts Collection

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

Artists' Books by Media


Many of the artists' books in our Book Arts Collection celebrate printmaking in all its varied forms. This art form is particularly useful in the production of books when the artist intends to edition their work. Woodblock, lino-cut, collagraph, engraving, etching, aquatint, drypoint, lithography, serigraphy, letterpress, pressure printing, monoprinting, embossing, photography, digital printing, pochoir, even the ubiquitous Xerox printing can be found in our Book Arts Collection.


In combination with printmaking, the library also collects books where handmade paper plays a prominent role. Some of these works create shaped paper so the illustrations can extend off the page; some utilize pulp painting in a printerly manner via stencils and masks, or more painterly in an abstract illustrative manner; and some works use paper casting to add a sculptural approach.


Artists employ a range of photography methods and we collect those artists' books, too! Photo-gravure, archival inkjet, and non-silver photo processes such as cyanotype and palladium prints, and even collaged snapshot photo prints can be found in our Book Arts Collection.


Use the menu to explore artists' books that employ different printmaking processes, handmade paper, and non-printed methods like papecut and collage.

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