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Michael J. Spinelli, Jr. Center for University Archives and Special Collections

Fine Press & Artists' Books

What are fine press and artists’ books?

The debate continues on this seemingly simple question. Artists’ books come in all shapes and sizes and may employ a wide variety of media and techniques including painting, photography, printmaking, paper making, mixed media, and typography. They may contain poems, stories, or no words at all. Many artists’ books push the boundaries of what is considered a book.

An artist’s book is itself is a work of art. The artist has control of all aspects of the book: choices about page layout, typography and binding are made by the artist, rather than by an editor or publisher. Typically artists’ books are one of a kind or published in small numbers.

More information on artists’ books is available at

Our Books

The Michael J. Spinelli, Jr. Center for University Archives and Special Collections houses a growing collection of limited edition fine press and artists’ books representing a variety of techniques and processes, including handmade papers, woodcut and linoleum prints, hand sewn bindings, original art and hand lettered text. Many books are individually numbered and signed. David A. Beronä, Dean of Library and Academic Support Services, established this collection in 2006 to promote an interest in Artists’ Books across the curriculum.

To view PSU’s collection of fine press and artists’ books schedule an appointment or contact Alissa Helms ( To the right is a list of books available in special collections. Hyperlinks on authors’ or publishers’ names will take you to their home pages.


PSU Artists Books Collection

Abracadabra by Werner Pfeiffer
Pear Whistle Press

The Bear Went Over the Mountain by Dinh Viet Luc & Charles Jones
LaNana Creek Press

Bird, String, Cricket by Rebecca Goodale

The Book of Craving by Janet Rodney
Grey Spider Press

Brownfields by Laura Nash
Ugly Duckling Presse

Calling Down the Birds by C. Christopher Stern
Grey Spider Press

The Candide Portfolio text by Voltaire, images by William Arscott
LaNana Creek Press

Colored People by Blake J. Nolan
C & C Press

Cry Uncle by Frances Jetter

Dearly Beloved story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, graphics by Byron Burford
Windhover Press of the University of Iowa

Eight Clones by Rebecca Goodale

Excerpts From a Family Medical Dictionary by Rebecca Brown, designed, printed, and handbound by Jules R. Faye & C. Christopher Stern
Grey Spider Press

Fallen Angels wood and linoleum cuts by twenty artists accompanied by a tale as told to Jules R. Faye
Street of Crocodiles

Falling Leaves by Jill Timm
Mystical Places Press

Figures Made Visible in the Sadness of Time by Peter Everwine, etchings by Bill Kelly
Brighton Press

Flying Flags by Jill Timm
Mystical Places Press

Forest Song by Art Hazelwood
Epigone Press
For more information, read Art Hazelwood: A Graphic Witness of America by David Berona

The House the Poet Built poem by W. D. Snodgrass, etchings by DeLoss McGraw, Brighton Press

How We Lost the Mermaid’s Song original text and images by Frances Watson, cover and binding by Jace Graf
Cloverleaf Studio

In the Face of it by Gary Young
C & C Press

Into Iraq by Art Hazelwood
Epigone Press

Meadow Rock by Jill Timm
Mystical Places Press

The Mechanical Dreamer by Jules R. Faye
Street of Crocodiles

The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson by George A Walker

Objects Stein by Barbara Mauriello, Barbara Henry
Granden Press

Ocean Dunes photography by Jill Timm
Mystical Places Press

On the Avenue of Eternal Peace by Liz Ahl
Lyra Press

The Only Time We Have by Samuel Green
Grey Spider Press

2010 Original Print Calendar by Washington Area Printmakers

An Outline of Reparation by Bill Kelly, woodcuts by James Renner
Brighton Press

Over Horizon by David Kim

Pictorial Websters by John Carrera
Quercus Press
Watch the video of the Making of Pictorial Websters

Promenade by Art Hazelwood
Epigone Press

Schiffsweiß by Marie Luise Kaschnitz, hand painted lithographs by Michele Burgess
Brighton Press

Second Fruit by Johanne Renbeck

The Smallest Violin in the World  by John M. Carrera
Quercus Press

States of Grace: A Keening by Jody Aliesan
Grey Spider Press

Summer Grape by Rebecca Goodale

A Tale of Life by Peter R. Thomas, illustrated by Donna Thomas
The Good Book Press

Talking With Raven by Clifford Burke
Grey Spider Press

The Train Game written by Heidi Hanson, photographs by Jill Timm
Mystical Places Press

Tribute is a visual tribute to David Berona's passionate research and support of artists based on his text, "Imagining Lynd Ward"

The Twenty One Gun Salute by David Lee
Grey Spider Press

Two Luso Lyrics by Tom Braga, illustrated by Diane Fine
Moonkosh Press and Mario Laplante

Two or Three Friends by Rebecca Goodale

Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction, Vermont : Portfolio of Prints 

Venus and Adonis Shakespeare, wood-engraved illustrations by Andy English
Barbarian Press

We’re Making Progress by Art Hazelwood

Winter Elk by Jill Timm
Mystical Places Press

Winter White by Jill Timm
Mystical Places Press

The Wolf’s Carol written and illustrated with engravings by Nancy Ruth Jackson
Barbarian Press

Artists' Book Images



Calling Down the Birds


Second Fruit


The Mechanical Dreamer




Objects Stein




The Wolf's Carol


How We Lost the Mermaid's Song


An Outline of Reparation