The Book Beautiful: Selections from the Private Press Movement

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The Private Press Movement was an offshoot of the Arts and Crafts Movement and flourished around the turn of the 19th century. Led by William Morris, its adherents rejected modern, mechanized book production in favor of exquisitely crafted texts and bindings produced using traditional techniques. The Book Beautiful: Selections from the Private Press Movement explores this rich period in book design, highlighting fine examples from Pequot Library’s Special Collections.

Join us for the following companion programs:

Opening reception, June 22, 6:00-8:00 p.m; gallery tour led by Special Collections Librarian Cecily Dyer, 6:30 p.m. 

The Book Beautiful Today: The Resilience of Traditional Book and Letter Arts, June 24, 2:00 p.m.

Private Press: William Morris | Earthly Paradise, June 29, 6:00 p.m.

Private Press | William Morris: His Textiles and Designs, July 6, 6:00 p.m.


Children and teens are invited to their own companion programs, including the following:

Make a Zine Workshop, June 22 at 3:30 p.m. (grades 3-5)

Make a Zine for Teens Workshop, July 19 at 3:30 p.m. (grades 6-12)

Make Your Own Print, July 19 at 1:00 p.m. (ages 7+)



June 22, 2023
September 23, 2023


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