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Book Arts: Resources for Artists' Books & Bookmaking: Introduction

This LibGuide will explore Book Arts from two perspectives: the history of the book and artists' book as innovations upon the traditional book.


What are Book Arts?

This guide was created to help students explore book arts, or any practice that treats the book as an art object.

Resources for the study of both artists' books and bookmaking can be found on the following pages so students can explore book arts through the lenses of history, scholarship, and craft. Visual examples of bookmaking and artists' books can be found throughout. 

About Our Title Illustration

Karen Hardy
Beckoning, 2014
abaca, flax, and denim handmade paper, sand, hair, linen thread and plexiglass
12.25" x 18.25" x 0.25"
variable edition of three

Guide Contents


Artists' Books
Find definitions, reference books and examples of well-known artists' books

Find information about the history of books, book binding, papermaking, illustration, and typography

Find searching strategies for the Pratt Libraries Catalog

  Database resources
Explore Pratt Databases to find magazine and journal articles

    Online resources
        Find open access websites

Image Collections 
Browse artists' books online and view them in person at Pratt 

Events, Environments, & Enrichment

Find information about book fairs, conferences, classes and workshops


About Us


              Chelsea Cates                            Gina Elbert                            Joey Vincennie
              MSLIS  Student                        MSLIS  Student                   MSLIS/MA History of Art
                             and Design Student



This LibGuide was created as part of a project for a Reference and Instruction course at the Pratt Institute School of Information.