Book Illustration and Fine Presses
The Eric Gill collection is the largest and single most prominent collection of his art in the world, with over 3,000 drawings, prints, and stone carvings by the English artist and calligrapher.
The George Macy Limited Editions Club collection comprises over 6,000 pieces of art prepared for the club's deluxe editions by more than 100 internationally known artists. This collection consists of original watercolors, drawings, prints, colored overlays, and proofs by such artists as Miguel Covarrubias, André Derain, and Roger Duvoisin.
The Limited Editions Club collection comprises signed artists' portfolios of prints by American, French, and Italian artists. Current owner Sidney Shiff purchased the Limited Editions Club in 1979 and transformed it by concentrating on livres d'artiste. He has purposefully commissioned renowned artists—including many African Americans—master printers, and fine presses to oversee book design.
Materials relating to the Golden Cockerel Press during the period of 1924-29 include nearly 1,000 wood blocks, intaglio plates, prints, and drawings by artists such as John Farleigh, John Nash, and Eric Gill.
The art collection's other related works include watercolors from The House at Pooh Corner by the London-born illustrator, E. H. Shepard, as well as his ink drawings for Georgette Agnew's Let's Pretend; drawings, color lithographs, and watercolors of children's literature author and illustrator Kate Greenaway; Eric Kennington's original illustrations for the works of T. E. Lawrence, including the Seven Pillars of Wisdom; and Arthur Rackham's original illustrations and proofs for Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination.
The Ransom Center books and periodicals collection also houses a complete set of the productions of William Morris's Kelmscott Press, as well as a significant collection of the work of T. J. Cobden-Sanderson, both as a master of fine binding and as the Doves Press founder and designer. To locate these materials, see the UT library catalog.
See the web exhibition William Morris and His Circle for selections from the collections.