Our first visit in Philadelphia was Temple University’s Special Collections Research Center with Josue Hurtado, Librarian and Coordinator of Public Services, and Kimberly Tuley, Curator of Rare Books. Kimberly had a wide selection of work for us to view including the Kelmscott Chaucer, which was bound in white goatskin. William Morris’ work really set a new standard for how publishers and artists approached books.
Kelmscott Chaucer (Hammersmith Kelmscott Press 1896)
Jim Horton looks through a catalog of Robert Gibbings’ engravings with Melville’s Moby Dick with engraved illustrations by Rockwell Kent. In the background, a large group gathers around Barry Moser’s portfolio of wood engravings.
“Pigs & Eagles” by Avon Neal with wood engravings by Fritz Eichenberg (1978).
R.P. Hale carefully studies and admires a Thomas Bewick dog block “A General History of Quadrupeds”.
An engraving by Eric Gill for the “Four Gospels”, a 1931 edition by the Golden Cockerel Press.
One of Simon Brett’s illustration for “A Long Story” by Andrew Motion, printed by The Old School Press.
“Icarus Gonistes” by Barry Moser
Wood engraving and calligraphy by David Moyer from “Insectum Lingua” by Moyer’s Red Howler Press.
Our second visit was with Danielle Canter, Margaret R. Mainwaring Curatorial Fellow, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Prints, Drawings and Photographs Study Room, presided over a splendid portfolio, The Wood Engravings of Leonard Baskin.
There were about 60 Goya prints in the museum, this being “Linda maestra” or “Pretty Teacher” from his series “Los Caprichos”
A gorgeous day in Philadelphia