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P.A.H. Brown. Modern British and American Private Presses (1850–1965). London: British Library, 1976.

Stephen Bury. Artists’ Books: The Book as a Work of Art, 1963–1995. Aldershot, Hants: Scolar Press, 1995.

Roderick Cave. The Private Press. New York: R.R. Bowker Co., 1983.

Johanna Drucker. The Century of Artists’ Books. New York: Granary Books, 1985.

Colin Franklin. The Private Presses. Brookfield, VT: Scolar Press, 1991.

Alan Horne and Guy Upjohn. Fine Printing: The Private Press in Canada. Toronto, The Canadian Book Binders and Book Artists Guild, 1995.

Martin Hutner and Jerry Kelly. A Century for the Century: Fine Printed Books from 1900 to 1999. New York: The Grolier Club, 1999.

David Jury. book art object. Berkeley, The Codex Foundation, 2009.

Paul W. Nash, Margaret Lock & Asa Peavy, eds. Private Press Books. An annual bibliography. Pinner, Middlesex: The Private Libraries Association.

Thomas Rae & Geoffrey Handley-Taylor. The Book of the Private Press. Greenock, The Signet Press, 1958.

Will Ransom. Selective Check Lists of Press Books: A Compilation of All Important & Significant Private Presses, or Press Books Which Are Collected. New York, Philip C. Duschnes, 1945–1950. 12 parts in 9 vols.

G.S. Tomkinson. A Select Bibliography of the Principal Modern Presses Public and Private in Great Britain and Ireland. Alan Wofsy Fine Arts. San Francisco, 1975.


Bertram Rota Ltd. The Printer and the Artist: A Catalogue of Private Press Books & Illustrated Books from the United Kingdom, Europe & America. London: Bertram Rota Ltd. (catalogue 192 from Bertram Rota Ltd., 1974)

Brandeis University. Printing as an Art Form: An Exhibition of Fine Press Books Selected from the Collections of Brandeis University Library. Waltham, MA: Brandeis University, 1969.

Bromer Booksellers. Boston, Massachusetts. Various catalogues.

Joshua Heller Rare Books, Inc. Washington, D.C. Various catalogues but Catalogue 2 (1986–7) is particularly fine.

Granary Books, New York City, New York. Various catalogues, e.g. No. 26, 1989.

Dorothy Harrop. Catalogue of the William Ridler Collection of Fine Printing. Birmingham: Birmingham Public Libraries, 1989.

P.J.W. Kilpatrick. Catalogue of the Edward Clark Library. With Typographical Notes by Harry Carter and an Essay on the Printing of Illustrations by Frank P. Restall. 2 volumes. Edinburgh: Napier College, 1976. Includes a good deal of private press books.

Loughborough Technical College. The Private Press: Handbook to an Exhibition Held in the School of Librarianship 6–11 May, 1968. Loughborough: Loughborough Technical College, 1968.

Monk Bretton Books. Finely Printed Books from the Private Presses and Other Publishers. Toronto, Ontario: Monk Bretton Books. Catalogue One, 1974.

Oak Knoll Books. Fine Printing & Private Press in 20th Century Great Britain. New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Books. Catalogue 260. nd.

Oak Knoll Books. Fine Printing & Private Press in 20th Century North America. New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Books. Catalogue 255. nd.

Oak Knoll Books. Private Press Books and Books About Private Press Books. New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Books. Catalogue 194. nd.

William Ridler. British Modern Press Books: A Descriptive Checklist of Unrecorded Items. New edition. Folkestone: Dawson, 1975.

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. The Black Art: An Exhibition of British Private Press Books. Toronto: Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, 1983.