Monuments of Printing: from Caslon through the Book Arts Revival

Monuments of Printing: from  Caslon through the Book Arts Revival

Don't miss the exhibit on the second floor of Green Library's Bing Wing: Monuments of Printing: from Caslon through the Book Arts Revival.

From the exhibition website:

Monuments of Printing: from Caslon through the Book Arts Revival is the second of two exhibitions spanning five-hundred years of printing history. It explores typography and printing in Europe from the early 1700s through the 1930s as seen in works selected from the collections of the Stanford University Libraries by Curator of Rare Books John Mustain.

On display are some of the great typographic cornerstones of the eighteenth century: typographer and printer John Baskerville's first book, the works of Virgil (1757), the fine edition of Homer's Iliad printed by the brothers Foulis, printers to the University of Glasgow (1756), and Giambattista Bodoni's Manuale tipografico, published by his widow in 1818.

An embossed white-pigskin-bound copy of The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, printed by Arts and Crafts Movement proponent William Morris at his Kelmscott Press (1896), The Four Gospels , printed on vellum by the Golden Cockerel Press with striking black-and-white illustrated initials by Eric Gill (1931), and Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass , printed by the Grabhorn Press in San Francisco in 1930 are among the highlights of the volumes representing the Book Arts Revival of the early twentieth century.

Monuments of Printing: from Caslon through the Book Arts Revival will be on display from December 5, 2011 through March 18, 2012.