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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

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    New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s work has situated itself as a hybrid of painting, sculpture, and installation over a career spanning 30 plus years. Exploring the intricacies of color, Apfelbaum weaves her way, both literally and conceptually, through ideas of Minimalism, Pop aesthetics, and Color Field painting to blur the lines between two and three dimensional art making.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with Connie Butler, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • Renee Gladman

    Oct 19| Lectures
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    Renee Gladman is the author of eight books of prose and poetry, including the Ravicka triology, published by Dorothy (Event Factory, The Ravickians, and Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge). Other titles include Arlem, Not Right Now, Juice The Activist, A Picture Feeling, and Newcomer Can't Swim. Since 2004, she has been the publisher of Leon Works, a perfect bound series of books of experimental prose, and also has edited the Leroy chapbook series.

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History of Graphic Design

A Sampling of Materials of Interest

Arranged in chronological order. Most of these items are located in Special Collections.

Two Winchester Bibles

The Two Winchester Bibles by Walter Oakeshott (12th century)
A scholarly study of 12th-century illumination. Clarendon Press, 1981.

Location: Special Collections


Codex Tro-Cortesianus

Codex Tro-Cortesianus
The Maya wrote their beliefs, history, and astronomy in special books that are now known as codices. We have facsimiles edition of some.

Location: Special Collections F 1435 C653


Göttingen Model Book

Göttingen Model Book (ca. 1450)
This book provides instructions for how to illumniate the Gutenberg Bible. Our copy is a facsimile and includes a translation.

Location: ND 2980 G6


Caxton & the Polychronicon of 1482

Caxton & the Polychronicon of 1482
The book, beautifully designed and letterpress printed in 1938 by the Grabhorn Press, contains an an actual original page from the Caxton's Polychronicon.

Location: Special Collections Z 232 C38 K87


Astronomicum Caesareum

Astronomicum Caesareum by Peter Apian and Michael Ostendorfer (1540)
A Renaissance astronomy manual from 1540 containing rotating paper wheels which demonstrate planetary motion and movements of the stars. Ours is the facsimile edition published in 1967.

Location: Special Collections Oversize QB41 A64 1540ab

 


Arrighi's Operina by John Benson and Juan de Yciar's Arte Subtilissima

Arrighi's Operina by John Benson and Juan de Yciar's Arte Subtilissima (mid-1500s)
Facsimiles of illustrated writing manuals typical of the mid-1500s.

Location: Z 43 A3 L8333
Location: Z 43 A3 I3 1960


L'Apocalypse Figurée by Jean Duvet

L'Apocalypse Figurée by Jean Duvet (1561)
Illustrations for Jean de Tournes printing of the 22 chapters of the Book of Revelation from 1561. Ours is a facsimile edition by Eugrammia Press, published in 1962.

Location: Special Collections


Type Specimen of J.F. Rosart (1768)

The Type Specimen of J.F. Rosart (1768)
Rosart was one of the two main typefounders in Brussels in the late 18th century. This book is a facsimile of the 1768 edition.

Location: Z 250 R78


 

The Pencil of Nature by William Henry Fox Talbot (1844)
Facsimile of book of early photography

Location: Special Collections TR 144 T2 1969


Harper's Bazaar

Harper's Bazaar (1867- )
The Library owns several samples of women's magazines, which were especially popular during the 19th Century.

Location: Special Collections


La Fontaine's Fables

La Fontaine's Fables (1868)
Translated into English verse by Walter Thornbury. Profusely illustrated by Gustave Doré.

Location: Special Collections PQ 1811 E3 T4


 

Caricature and Other Comic Art (1875)

Location: Special Collections NC 1325 P3 1877


 

The Dictionary of Needlework (1882)

Location: Special Collections TT 750 C372 1882


 

The Growth of Industrial Arts (1886)

Location: Special Collections


 

Figure Drawing for Children (1893)

Location: Special Collections NC 765 R57 1893


Kelmscott Chaucer

The Kelmscott Chaucer (1896)
Willam Morris produced what is considered one of the great books in the history of printing. Ours is the facsimile edition published in 1958.

Location: Z 232 M87 C52 1958


 

Phil May’s Gutter-Snipes (1896)
Cartoons

Location: Special Collections NC 1479 M38 1896


 

Moko/Maori Tattooing (1896)
Ours is the facsimile edition published in 1969.

Location: Special Collections GN 667 N947


Aubrey Beardsley

Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898)
Described as the most original genius of British art in the 1890s, the Library owns many books with reproductions of Aubrey Beardsley's book designs, including Salome and Le morte d'Arthur:

Location: Special Collections Oversize NC 1115 B395
Location: NC 978.5 M34 B42


 

Cosmopolitan and Scribner’s (individual issues 1897/1898)
Fashion magazines

Location: Special Collections


 

The Rossettis (1900)

Location: Special Collections ND 497 R8 C3 1990


 

Fashion in Paris (1898)

Location: Special Collections GT 887 U8 1898


 

Two Centuries of Costume in America (1903)

Location: Special Collections GT 605 E2


 

The Gibson Book: A Collection of the Published Works of Charles Dana Gibson, Volume 2 (1907)

Location: Special Collections Oversize NC 139 G42 G4 1907


 

Die Traumenden Knaben (1907)
Ours is the facsimile edition published in 1968.

Location: Special Collections


 

Alphabets Old and New (ca. 1910)

Location: Special Collections NK 3600 D22


 

Raemaekers’ Cartoons (1916)

Location: Special Collections NC 1429 R33 R4 1916


 

Boyhood Photos of J.-h. Lartigue
Facsimile of photos from the 1910s and 1920s published in 1966.

Location: Special Collections TR 140 L375 L37 1966


 

The Delineator (1917-1927)
Fashion Magazine

Location: Special Collections


 

America in the War (1918)

Location: Special Collections NC 1429 R33 A43 1918


Liberty Loan

The Liberty Loan Poster: A Textbook for Amateurs (1918)
Joseph Pennell.

Location: Special Collections


 

War Posters  (1920)

Location: Special Collections NC 1810 H3 1920


 

Red Cartoons from the Daily Worker (2 copies; 1926-1929)

Location: Special Collections NC 1763 C6 D3 1926
Location: Special Collections NC 1763 C6 D3 1928


Art-Gout-Beaute

Art-Goût-Beauté (1920-1933)
Luxurious fashion magazine published from 1920 to 1933. Unpaginated (29pp.), illustrated with 16 hand-colored pochoir designs (incl. cover, shown above, cropped to emphasise cover image) and 5 full page advertisements as well as color endpapers reproducing a design available on crepe de chine fabric. Text in French.

Location: Special Collections


 

Commercial Art Magazine (loose issues 1930s)

Location: Special Collections


Advertising Arts

Advertising Arts (14 issues from the early 1930s)
"An important historical document in defining the evolution from work-a-day commercial art to sophisticated graphic design."

Location: Special Collections


 

Specimens of Type in use at the Kynoch Press (1934)

Location: Special Collections Z 250 K96 1934


 

Fashions Art, Volume 1, No. 1 (1934)

Location: Special Collections TT 500 F27 1934


 

Printing Types: Their History (2 Volumes, 1937)

Location: Special Collections Z 250 A2 U6 1937


 

Modern Publicity (3 volumes from the 1930s and 1940s)
Annual of Art and Industry, a london-based association. Show examples of posters, illustrations, packaging, letterheads, etc. from the period.

Location: Special Collections NC 997 A1 M6


Print: America's Graphic Design Magazine

Print: America's Graphic Design Magazine (1942- )
Library has a complete run from 1942 to the present.

Location: Magazine Stacks (alphabetically arranged)


 

Alphabet and Image, Volumes 1-4; 5-8  (1946-1948)

Location: Special Collections


 

Tschichold (1949)

Location: Special Collections Z 43 S36 1949
 


 

Printing and Graphic Arts (2 volumes, 1953-1954)

Location: Special Collections AP 2 P75


Portfolio Magazine

Portfolio Magazine (1950s)
Art director: Alexey Brodovitch
The Library owns 3 issues from the early 1950s.

Location: Special Collections


Great Ideas of Western Men

Great Ideas of Western Man (1950-1975)
Portfolio of booklets about famous thinkers created by well known designers for the Container Corportion of America.

Location: Special Collections


Best of Flair

Best of Flair (1950s)
Extravagantly produced magazine created by socialite Fleur Cowles.

Location: Special Collections AC 2 F585 1996


 

Collagious Material (issues 1-6; 1965)

Location: Special Collections


 

TM (1968)
Exhibition catalog of a retrospective of American trademarks from 1945-1963.

Location: Special Collections T 223 V2 T5 1968


 

On Seven Shakespearean Tragedies (1969)

Location: Special Collections PR 2983 K47 1969


 

Peter Max Paints America (1973)

Location: Special Collections NC 1850 M38 A25


 

Please request Special Collections materials from the Library Director or Circulation Manager.