Preface: Fine Press Books

The qualities of typography; the craftsmanship of printing letterpress; creating a dialogue between imagery and text; the choice of paper(s) and excellence in binding typify a fine press book. Here we find examples which move beyond excellence in craftsmanship and which display a particular intention, choice or manipulation on the part of the artist. Look for the dialogue between collaborators and note, particularly, the quality of printing.

Many of these books begin to move out of a static category towards the individuality of artists' books and we now encounter examples of artists' books in the cabinets.