Gibbings Collection

Robert Gibbings (1889-1958) was a wood-engraver, artist and author.  He founded the Society of Wood Engravers in 1919 and took over the Golden Cockerel Press at Waltham St. Lawrence, Berkshire from 1924 to 1933.  In 1936 he became Senior Lecturer in Typography at the University of Reading.

The collection comprises around 300 books, written and/or illustrated by, or about, Robert Gibbings. There are also books printed under his supervision at the Golden Cockerel Press, and at the University of Reading, School of Art, 1936-1941; plus manuscripts, letters, photographs, wood-engravings and blocks, paintings.

Much of the material was presented by Patience Empson or was included in the Agnes Mary Kirkus bequest. In 1993 further books, prints and miscellaneous materials were received from Mrs Dorothy Cooper, widow of Albert C. Cooper, pressman at the Golden Cockerel Press from 1922 to 1933.

Additions are made as a matter of policy.

More information

  • Printed items are catalogued and appear on Enterprise
  • There are handlists available at the Special Collections Service of archival materials and of the books from Robert Gibbings' studio at Long Wittenham (not held by the Library)
  • M Bott, 'The Robert Gibbings Collection in Reading University Library', Matrix, 9 (1989), p55-62
  • Manuscript numbers MSS 15, 1749-1750, 2471, 4625, 4995
art, book history, University of Reading, printing history printed books (post-1850), correspondence, personal papers, other archives/mss, art works, ephemera Y gibbings collection

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