Book arts, artists’ books

garden-scene-from-hypnerotomachia-poliphili-attributed-to-francesco-colonnaBook arts, artists’ books; a list of websites


Artists’ Books
The Book, vellum & parchment, paper making, calligraphy, typography, letterpress printing, bookbinding, book conservation, bibliography. From the Canadian Bookbinders and Artists Guild.

The Artists’ Books Collection at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design
Recent books by artists that combine visual and textual matter in innovative and visually imaginative ways.

Artists’ Books. John Deumans selection of artists’ books. 
Documents, publishers of artists’ books, limited editions, portfolios, reference, periodicals, art fairs, prints.

Artists books, rare books and manuscripts.
A directory of galleries.

Art Metropole
Art Metropole has been publishing, distributing and retailing artists’ books for over 30 years. they published one of the first authoritative documents (“books by artists” 1976) and continue to showcase artists’ books in their store and gallery. They have published works by Lawrence Weiner, Yoko Ono, Michael Snow and many others.

Art Review
Groups, discussion, comments on artists’ books.


Beyond the Picket Fence
Artists’ books by Australian women. National Library Collection

Book arts, blogs, magazines *

The Book Arts Web

Designers and Books
Designers & Books is an advocate for books as an important source of inspiration for creativity, innovation, and invention. The main they we do this is by publishing lists of books that esteemed members of the international design community identify as important, meaningful, and formative.

The Photo Book Club

The PhotoBook

Harvey Benge
Photography and book art.

Indie Photobook Library

Ivory Press

JM Colberg

Accent on Images
Online exhibition showcasing illustrated books in modern foreign languages from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries selected from the collections of the Libraries of The Claremont Colleges.

5b4 Photography and Books

Institut fur Buchkunst, Leipzig

Book binding *

Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology 

Michel Gourdelier Bookbinding are based in Le Mans, France.
They undertake restoration of antique books, archival conservation and craft snf design binding. They work with private individuals, professionals, french and foreign administrations and institutions and send their work all over the world.

Bookplates *

University of Nortre Dame bookplate collection.

Yale Arts of the Book Collection

Bookworks, UK. Book Works: 
a commissioning & publishing organization for artists’ books and text-based projects. 


Caxton Club of Chicago
An organization of authors, binders, collectors, conservators, dealers, designers, editors, librarians, publishers, and scholars who share a common interest in the arts pertaining to the production of books.

The Centre for Book Arts
The Center for Book Arts offers over 100 classes and workshops in bookbinding, letterpress printing, paper marbling, typography, and related fields. The Center has mounted over 175 exhibitions during the last 33 years.

Conservation Online. CoOL, 
a project of the Preservation Department of Stanford University Libraries, is a full text library of conservation information, covering a wide spectrum of topics of interest to those involved with the conservation of library, archives and museum materials.


Elizabeth Avedon Book Design
Prominent designers of art books (on Diana Vreeland, Avedon, Clemente, etc).

Ergo Pers Artists’ Books
Ergo Pers is primarily a publisher of artists books, first editions of Dutch poetry and editions of French or English poetry in translation. Since its founding in 1995 Ergo Pers has brought together writers and artists to explore verbal and visual relations, such as Pierre Alechinsky, Jürgen Partenheimer, Francis Ponge, Jan Voss, Jacques Dupin, Lucassen, Dan Van Severen, André du Bouchet, Yves Bonnefoy, Pierre Reverdy and Jerome Rothenberg.

Ex Libris

An online image gallery of Ex Libris labels, from Wikimedia Commons.


Granary Books. Publisher of artist books.


Harvard University Library Preservation Center
This site represents the work of the Weissman Preservation Center in the Harvard University Library and the Preservation & Imaging Department in the Harvard College Library on behalf of the libraries at Harvard.


L M N O P Shop
L M N O P shop sells all things paper and print-based, from self published books to fantastic prints. All things typographic, illustrative, funny and beautiful. An outlet for work that they feel does not get enough exposure, l m n o p shop is a place to collect both unique and affordable work.


Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Minsky, Richard. The book art of Richard Minsky.


Picasso E-Book Project
An online project running throughout 2001 and featuring image and text works from around the world on the theme: The Face: One you know/One you created.

Printed Matter
An an independent non-profit organization founded in 1976 by artists and artworkers with the mission to foster the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of artists’ books and other artists’ publications. Printed Matter has received support, in part, through grants from organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts.


Rare books

Rare Book School, University of Virginia.

Renaissance manuscripts.
Examining a Renaissance Italian Manuscript in the Computer Age


San Francisco Center for the Book
Through workshops, exhibitions and public events, the SFCB promotes both knowledge of traditional book arts and exploration of experimental book forms.

Sylph Editions
Sylph Editions publishes limited-edition art and photography books, monographs, theoretical essays and different forms of experimental writing. The emphasis is on works in which image and text coexist, conceived as one. Every work is meticulously produced, care given equally both to content and to form.


An online journal dealing with Mail Art and Artist Books.


Yale Library Book Arts collection. 

Book Artists *

Irma Boom

Irma Boom
Irma Boom is a Dutch graphic designer who specializes in book making.

Irma Boom, Wikipedia entry.

Under Cover. Irma Boom.  Amsterdam Art

Irma Boom: The Architecture of the Book on Vimeo

10 Books Designed by Irma Boom. Designers & Books

Irma Boom’s Library, Where Pure Experimentalism Is on the Shelf. NY Times

Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha. Biography and links.

Edward Ruscha
Works by Edward Ruscha in art galleries and art museums.

Binding of a Divan of Hafiz, April 5 1842, Iran. “Original lacquer “gul-u-bulbul” (flower-nightingale) motif with gold, red, and black decorative frame. The metaphorical relationship of the nightingale (active lover) and flower (passive beloved) frequently utilized in Persian poetry, especially by Hafiz, thus serves as an appropriate theme for the binding covering this manuscript.