Recent Publications | May 19, 2015

<i>Artists&#8217; books: the book as a work of art</i> Published


From Mallarméto the Piece of Paper Press via Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Fluxus and conceptual art. The history of artists’ involvement with the book format between 1963 and 2000 includes a fascinating range of artists and movements.

Bernard Quaritch Ltd have today published Stephen Bury’s beautifully illustrated account of the book as a work of art. This second edition includes updated text with new descriptions of 600 key artists’ books and over 130 new, full-page, colour illustrations taken from the internationally renowned Chelsea College of Art & Design Library collection.

The book is an indispensable resource for the definition and classification of artists’ books by a renowned scholar in the field. Stephen Bury is the Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian, Frick Art Reference Library, New York. Previous publications include Artists’ Multiples (2001) and Breaking the Rules (2007).

At the launch Stephen Bury said: "This is the story of how artists took control of the book format and the relationship with the reader."

Artists’ books: the book as a work of art, 1963-2000 by Stephen Bury can be purchased online at Publication date: 19 May 2015 - ISBN 978-0-9563012-9-1 - Price: £60 - 258 pages. Hardback.

Founded in London in 1847, Bernard Quaritch Ltd sells rare books, manuscripts and photographs to private and institutional clients across the globe. Specialisms include photography, the history of ideas, science, travel, the fine arts, English and international literature, Islamic and European manuscripts, and early printed books. Further information: