Fine Art: Artists' books

A library guide to support studio practice in the fine arts of drawing, painting, sculpture and related disciplines

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Artists' books in the Monash Library

Monash University Library holds a collection of artists' books - a small but growing collection at the Caulfield Library and a larger collection in the Rare Books Collection at Clayton.

Books about artists' books are generally shelved at 702.81 on level 4 of Caulfield Library.

However, actual artists' books are part of the Caulfield Library Rare Collection (contact your Subject Librarian for MADA for access).


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Browse the shelves

You will find books on level 4 of the Caulfield Library. Browse the shelves at these numbers:

686 book design

686.224 typography

686.3 book making

686.3 bookbinding

702.81 artists' books

745.54 paper work


What are artists' books?

  • Vehicles for ideas, not monuments to crafts
  • Not necessarily about appearance, but about the aesthetic issues they raise
  • Usually self-published
  • Sometimes only use text
  • Not necessarily "one-offs" but usually small editions

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Individual journal articles are not usually searchable in the library catalogue. To find articles on a topic you will need to search an electronic database.

Some databases will provide the full text of articles, others will provide only the abstract or summary.

Bibliography - book making

Ambrose, Gavin, and Paul Harris. Format : N. The Shape and Size of a Book Etc Basics Design. Lausanne, Switzerland: AVA Publishing SA, 2005.

Bettley, James, National Art Library (Great Britain), and Victoria and Albert Museum. The Art of the Book : From Medieval Manuscript to Graphic Novel. London: V&A Publications, 2001.

Blumenthal, Joseph. Art of the Printed Book, 1455-1955 : Masterpieces of Typography through Five Centuries from the Collections of the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York. London: Bodley Head, 1974.

Cambras, Josep. Bookbinding : Techniques and Projects Decorative Techniques. Hauppauge, NY: Barron's, 2007.

D'Alton, Martina, David Revere McFadden, Holly Hotchner, and Museum of Arts and Design (New York N.Y.). Slash : Paper under the Knife Materials and Process ; New York: 5 Continents, 2009.

Fawcett-Tang, Roger. Experimental Formats. 2 : Books, Brochures, Catalogues. Mies ; Hove: RotoVision, 2005.

Fawcett-Tang, Roger, and David Jury. New Typographic Design. London: Laurence King, 2007.

Golden, Alisa J. Expressive Handmade Books. New YorkLewes: Sterling, 2005.

Haslam, Andrew. Bookdesign Abrams Studio. New York: Abrams, 2006.

Heller, Steven, and Gail Anderson. New Vintage Type : Classic Fonts for the Digital Age. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2007.

LaFerla, Jane, and Veronika Alice Gunter. The Penland Book of Handmade Books : Master Classes in Bookmaking Techniques. 1st ed. New York: Lark Books, 2004.

Maravelas, Paul. Letterpress Printing : A Manual for Modern Fine Press Printers. London: Oak Knoll Press ;The British Library, 2005.

Paper : Tear, Fold, Rip, Crease, Cut. London: Black Dog, 2009.

Stein, Jeannine. Re-Bound : Creating Handmade Books from Recycled and Repurposed Materials. Beverly: Quarry Books, 2009.

Smith, Keith A. Structure of the Visual Book. Expanded 4th ed. Rochester, N.Y.: K. Smith Books, 2003.

Wallace, Eileen. Masters: book arts. New York: Lark Crafts, 2011

Bibliography - books about artists' books

Arts Council of England. "Artist's Book Yearbook." v. Stanmore [England]: Magpie Press, 1995.

Benjamin, Walter, and Rolf Tiedemann. The Arcades Project. Cambridge, Mass. ; London: Belknap Press, 1999.

Bodman, Sarah. Creating Artists' Books Printmaking Handbooks. London: A. & C. Black, 2005.

Bury, Stephen. Artists' Books : The Book as a Work of Art, 1963-1995. Aldershot, Hants, England ; Brookfield, Vt., USA: Scolar Press, 1995.

Bury, Stephen, and British Library. Breaking the Rules : The Printed Face of the European Avant Garde, 1900-1937. London: British Library, 2007.

Castleman, Riva, and Museum of Modern Art (New York N.Y.). A Century of Artists Books. New York: Museum of Modern Art : distributed by Harry N. Abrams, 1994.

Cowley, Des, and Clare Williamson. The World of the Book Second Numbered Series of the Miegunyah Volumes, No. 93. Carlton, Vic.: Miegunyah Press, 2007.

Dobke, Dirk, and Thomas Kellein. Dieter Roth : Books + Multiples : Catalogue Raisonné. London, New York: Edition Hansjörg Mayer, 2004.

Dobke, Dirk, Dieter Roth, Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art., and Josée Bienvenu Gallery. Dieter Roth in Print : Artists' Books = Künstlerbücher. New York: Zucker Art Books, 2006.

Dodd, Robin. From Gutenberg to Opentype : An Illustrated History of Type from the Earliest Letterforms to the Latest Digital Fonts. Lewes: Ilex, 2006.

Drucker, Johanna. The Visible Word : Experimental Typography and Modern Art, 1909-1923. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.

________. The Alphabetic Labyrinth : The Letters in History and Imagination. London: Thames & Hudson, 1995.

________. The Century of Artists' Books. New York: Granary Books, 1995.

________. Figuring the Word : Essays on Books, Writing and Visual Poetics. New York, N.Y.: Granary Books, 1998.

Dubansky, Mindell, and Monica Strauss. Crossing Borders : The Kaldewey Press, New York. Ostfilden-Ruit: Cantz, 1997.

Enwezor, Okwui, and International Center of Photography. Archive Fever : Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art. 1st ed. New York, N.Y.: International Center of Photography ; Göttingen : Steidl Publishers, 2008.

Godfrey, Mark. "Photography Found and Lost: On Tacita Dean's Floh*." October - (2005): 90-119.

Grishin, Sasha. Bruno Leti: Six Memos on the Art of Bruno Leti. Sydney: The Beagle Press, 2002.

Hatch, Kevin. "Something Else: Ed Ruscha's Photographic Books." October - (2005): 107-126.

Hubert, Renée Riese, and Judd David Hubert. The Cutting Edge of Reading : Artists' Books. New York: Granary Books, 1999.

Johnson, Robert Flynn, Donna Stein, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco., and California Palace of the Legion of Honor. Artists Books in the Modern Era 1870-2000 : The Reva and David Logan Collection of Illustrated Books. San Francisco, London: Thames & Hudson, 2001.

Jury, David. Letterpress : The Allure of the Handmade. Mies ; Hove: RotoVision SA, 2004.

Jury, David, and Peter Rutledge Koch. Book Art Object. Berkeley: Codex Foundation, 2008.

Klima, Stefan. Artists Books : A Critical Survey of the Literature. New York: Granary books, 1998.

Leti, Bruno. Bruno Leti : Artists Books, 2003-2008 : Catalogue. Carlton South, [Vic.]: B. Leti, 2008.

Leti, Bruno, Brian Hubber, and Geelong Gallery (Geelong Vic.). Bruno Leti : Survey, Artists, Books, 1982-2003. Geelong, Vic.: Geelong Gallery, 2003.

Lupton, Ellen, and Maryland Institute College of Art. Indie Publishing : How to Design and Produce Your Own Book. 1st ed. Design Briefs. New York, Baltimore: Princeton Architectural Press ;Maryland Institute College of Art, 2008.

Lyons, Joan. Artists' Books : A Critical Anthology and Sourcebook. Rochester, N.Y.Layton, Utah: Visual Studies Workshop Press ;Distributed by G.M. Smith Peregrine Smith Books, 1985.

Marshall, Richard, and Edward Ruscha. Ed Ruscha. London: Phaidon, 2003.

Moeglin-Delcroix, Anne, and Casa del Mantegna. Guardare, Raccontare, Pensare, Conservare : Quattro Percorsi Del Libro D'artista Dagli Anni '60 Ad Oggi. [Mantua]: Casa del Mantegna : Corraini, 2004.

Perrée, Rob, and De Beyerd (Art center). Cover to Cover : The Artist's Book in Perspective Fascinations. Rotterdam: NAi Publishers, 2002.

Roth, Dieter, Graphische Sammlung Albertina., and Goldie Paley Gallery. Dieter Roth : Druckgrafik Und Bücher = Prints and Books, 1949-1979. Köln: Oktagon, 1998.

Ruscha, Edward, and Alexandra Schwartz. Leave Any Information at the Signal : Writings, Interviews, Bits, Pages. Cambridge, Mass. ; London: MIT Press, 2002.

Selenitsch, Alex, and National Gallery of Australia. Australian Artists Books The Printed Image. Australia, Asia, Pacific. Parkes, A.C.T.: National Gallery of Australia, 2008.

Spoerri, Daniel, Robert Filliou, Emmett Williams, and Dieter Roth. An Anecdoted Topography of Chance Atlas Arkhive. London: Atlas Press, 1995.

Stewart, Susan. On Longing : Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection. 1st paperback ed. Durham: Duke University Press, 1993.

Stilinovic, Mladen. Mladen Stilinovic : Artist's Books 1972-2006. Istanbul, Eindhoven: Platform Garanti ; van Abbemuseum, 2007.

Stocks, Bronwyn, Nigel Morgan, and State Library of Victoria. The Medieval Imagination : Illuminated Manuscripts from Cambridge, Australia and New Zealand. South Yarra, Vic.: Macmillan Art Pub., 2008.

Thomas, Peter, and Donna Thomas. More Making Books by Hand : Exploring Miniature Books, Alternative Structures, and Found Objects. Gloucester, Mass.: Quarry Books, 2004.

Turner, Silvie, and Ian Tyson. Facing the Page : British Artists' Books : A Survey 1983-1993. London: estamp, 1993.

Turner, Silvie, Ian Tyson, Atlantis Gallery (London England), and Wingfield College (Suffolk). British Artists' Books, 1970-1983 : An Exhibition Organised for Atlantis Gallery. London: Atlantis Paper Co., 1984.

Wasserman, Krystyna, and Johanna Drucker. The Book as Art : Artists' Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts. New York, Enfield: Princeton Architectural, 2007.