hellbox — a box for holding broken or worn type waiting to be melted down — but here a place for links, old news, notices once made and now hard to delete.

book arts

  • Book Arts Web
    very useful. its many virtues include an enormous, classified link directory, and also
    Bonefolder, an e-journal for the book binder and book artist. back issues are indexed and available.
  • book arts on the web : An introduction to selected resources
    College & Research Libraries News 65:4 (April 2004)
  • ABsOnline — Artists' Books Online
    "An online repository of facsimiles, metadata, and criticism"

    This project, overseen by Johanna Drucker, appears to use the Getty Art & Architecture thesaurus, and LC's TGM, classification schemes, described (among others) here.

  • JAB The Journal of Artists' Books
  • Arts of the Book, Digital Collection (Yale University)
    searchable scans of ephemeral materials used to advertise exhibitions, lectures, and new publications at Yale. "This database represents a small sample of our ephemeral holdings (14 linear feet and growing) for which we have received permission to post on the Internet."
  • The Museum of Printing (North Andover, Massachusetts)
  • Centre for Fine Print Research — School of Creative Arts, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK



digital presses

upcoming events
  • Contemporary Artists Books Conference
    New York City, October 23-26, 2008
  • Art, Fact, and Artifact: The Book in Time and Place
    College Book Art Association Biennial Conference
    University of Iowa Center for the Book, January 8-10, 2009
  • The Hybrid Book: Intersection and Intermedia
    International Book Arts Conference and Fair
    Philadelphia, June 6-8, 2009
    Hosted by the MFA Book Arts/Printmaking Program at The University of the Arts

    Topics include : the challenges of teaching an interdisciplinary medium, the collaborative nature of artists' books, artists as writers, the influence of developing digital technologies, the potential for social change through the medium and the expanding reach and development of the medium itself.

past events



  • Kyle Schlesinger


    Cuneiform Press

    Schlesinger, Kyle. Letterpress printing in the postmodern era: Poetry, media and typography. PhD dissertation, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2006. Proquest Publication Number: AAT 3213937.

    Abstract (Summary)
    Letterpress Printing in the Postmodern Era: Poetry, Media & Typography is a poetic treatise at the intersection of the burgeoning fields of print culture, media analysis and the aesthetics of visual representation. Building on the research of Jerome McGann, Johanna Drucker, Alastair Johnston and Marshall McLuhan, I argue that the aesthetic, material and typographic dimensions of poetry not only reveal how writing is made, but also how meaning is generated on the page. For the last 550 years, typography, the first form of industrial art, has been the primary mediating technology of poetry, the book, language, and culture at large. While pre-millennium New York Times bestseller Sven Birkerts' sentimental essays mourn the "fate of reading in an electronic age," this study takes a nod from Janus' split gaze, seeking to understand the futurity of print by looking through its history. I begin by discussing the American poets Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson and the emergence of the Arts and Crafts Movement in England — a movement that had a direct influence on modernists such as Ezra Pound and William Butler Yeats. Taking the work of William Morris as my point of departure, I claim that visible forms of communication are anything but arbitrary — aesthetic decisions have deep political and cultural dimensions. Writing makes history. By the end of WWII, commercial printers had replaced their letterpress equipment with offset presses. Young poets, publishers and book artists quickly acquired the obsolete presses and started a renaissance in fine printing and typographic innovation that rivaled that of the Dadaists, Russian Futurists and affiliates of the Bauhaus. Letterpress Printing in the Postmodern Era combines close readings of the works of Charles Reznikoff, Wallace Berman, Charles Olson, Jerome Rothenberg, Robert Creeley, Joe Brainard, Lyn Hejinian, Graham Mackintosh, Rosmarie Waldrop, Susan Howe, and others with extensive archival research, interviews and correspondence with poets, artists, publishers and artisans. This study includes over 100 color images, typographic demonstrations, a glossary of printer's jargon, and concludes with a bibliohistory of the Perishable Press Limited.

  • Morris Cox, Gogmagog Private Press

    The Whirligig, by Morris Cox : A 10,000 Word History of a Book No One has Heard Of or Cares About, by Bradford Haas

    Scroll down for links to virtual facsimiles, etc. Also —

    Morris Cox, A Way of Woman