Printing Collection

The collection contains over 1500 items relevant to the study of printing, typography and book design, primarily from an artefactual point of view, formed to facilitate teaching the history of graphic design.

There are books, journals and collections, including the Schmoller Collection of Type Specimens. The collection also contains ten incunables, including the Library's oldest book Ruralia commoda by Petrus de Crescentius (1471).

The Isotype Collection of material relating to the Isotype movement (c. 1925-70), which pioneered methods for disseminating information through pictorial means, has mostly been transferred to the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication.

The collection is hugely augmented by items in other rare book collections, especially the Overstone Library, the Cole Library and the Reserve collection. There are also separate collections of books printed by the Golden Head Press and the Two Rivers Press.

Items from the Printing Collection are featured in our exhibition of book cover designs by Talwin Morris.

Ruralia commoda by Petrus de Crescentius (1471) from the collection was our featured item in April 2005.

More information

  • The collection is fully catalogued and appears on Enterprise
publishing history, book history, printing history printed books (pre-1850), printed books (post-1850) Y printing collection

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