Middletown, CT: Wesleyan Art Laboratory, 1945-1966. A group of nine publications produced by the Wesleyan Art Laboratory. The Art Lab was Wesleyan's first studio art space, begun by Russell T. "Butch" Limbach, who arrived at the university in 1941 as an artist-in-residence. Limbach, whose work had been exhibited throughout the United States and who had been previously employed by the New York City WPA, was directed to create a curriculum offering hands-on artistic experience to students. Limbach acquired a printing press and some type in 1943, and the program thrived from the 1940s through the 1960s. The works in this collection well represent the Art Lab's full lifespan and artistic range.
Fague, William Robert. Thru These Eyes. 1945. Octavo. (24)pp. Inscribed by the author on the front flyleaf. Three woodcuts by Russell T. Limbach printed in blue-green. Bound in blue-gray paper wrappers, which show toning and a triangular tear to the top left corner of the upper cover. Near fine.
Carrott, Richard G. and Russell T. Limbach. The Graphic Arts: A Study in Prints and Printing, 1450-1950. 1950. Octavo. (29)ff. One of thirty copies. Includes a one-page printed and calligraphically decorated version of Psalm CXLIX, relief initials, two woodcuts, two intaglio prints, and one lithographic print. Quarter bound in buckram with paper over boards. Extremities toned as expected, near fine.
Swain, James B. The New Adam. 1953. Quarto. (17)ff. One of ten copies. Inscribed by the author/artist on the second blank recto. Four full-page woodcuts, plus one on the title page, all by Swain, and printed by him in rust brown. In marbled paper wrappers, which show minor wear to edges. Near fine.
Limbach, Russell T. Printmakers Chronology. 1957. Small quarto. (30)pp. One of twenty-five copies. Includes one relief, two intaglio, and one lithographic print. Bound in paper over boards with a printed label. Minor edgewear and some toning to spine. Near Fine.
Tenzer, Virginia. The Written Eye: Its Origins and Development in Ancient Egyptian and Chinese. 1958. 16mo. (14)pp. Inscribed by the author. Two tipped-in illustrations, along with example images. Bound in quarter buckram with printed paper. Water ring stain to upper cover, single stain to lower cover. Near fine.
Tenzer, Virginia. A Check List of Aldine Editions in the Olin Library. 1960. Octavo. (14)pp. One of 130 copies. Bound in tan wrappers with Aldus's device pasted on the front. Some annotations in pencil by former owner. Minor bumps to edges, else fine. Bookplate of E. Harold Hugo inside front cover.
Art Laboratory Impressions. 1960. Octavo. (32)pp. Roderick Cave's copy, with his signature on the title page. A richly illustrated catalog of highlights from the Art Lab's history. In purple marbled paper wrappers. Fine.
Horgan, Paul. The Serene Severities of Typography. 1966. Octavo. (10)pp. Inscribed by the author to E. Harold Hugo, with Hugo's bookplate on the front paste-down. Horgan was the two-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for History, and he had a long relationship with Wesleyan as a fellow, professor, and author-in-residence. Bound in quarter-cloth with green paper over boards. Fine.
Ruby, James. 5 Woodcutters. 1966. 16mo. (15)pp. Five engravings (four black, one white) that bear a strong resemblance to the work of Leonard Baskin. In pale blue paper wrappers with a printed label on the front. Spine is toned, else near fine. Gift inscriptioin on the front flyleaf. Item #27989