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Private Press Collection
University of Waterloo, Library

Printing--Specimens; Private presses

The collection was developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s as a representative example of fine printing.

The collection consists of 6,500 titles representing approximately 1,000 presses in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. It has been developed as a representative collection with intensive coverage of selected presses, providing scope for in-depth study of the history and development of these particular presses. This is supplemented by a sample selection from a wide range of private presses, giving an overview of the private press movement in the twentieth century. Coverage of selected presses includes St. Dominic's, Hague and Gill, Hogarth (including many items from the period when Virginia Woolf was associated with the press), Trianon (including 23 William Blake facsimiles), Golden Cockerel, and Nonesuch. This collection provides support for other collections and subject areas such as the Eric Gill Collection, English literature, fine arts, women's studies, and dance. The chronological and geographic emphasis is on major British private presses between the wars, formative Canadian and American presses, and representative Irish, German, Italian, and French presses. Present acquisition plans are to acquire material for Hogarth, Golden Cockerel, and Nonesuch Press, as availability and funding allow.

English, French, and selected foreign language material.

6,500 monographs; 30 serials; 6 serials currently received; ephemera.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued in the general library catalogue. Uncatalogued material is accessible by author/title in the library's automated acquisition system. LC and NLC subject headings are used. The material is arranged according to rare book number. LC class numbers are assigned as alternate numbers for some material. The holdings are recorded in the University ofWaterloo Union Catalogue, the National Library Union Catalogue, and ESTC (where appropriate). A special file by private press name is available.

Physical Access
The collection is in the Doris Lewis Rare Book Room which is open to the public with identification. Additional hours are provided with prior appointment. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: Only to libraries on IUTS and as the condition of the material warrants. The material must be used in a rarebook room.

Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
None at present.