Articles by Strachan on the livre d'artiste

Scope and Content

Strachan first encountered the French livre d'artiste (or artist's book) at an exhibition focusing on the genre which was held at the National Gallery in London in 1945. He developed a passion for these limited edition volumes, illustrated with original autographic prints, and during the 1950s he travelled to France, meeting many of the artists active in the field. He also worked enthusiastically to spread the word about the livre d'artiste, producing articles for numerous journals and magazines as well as his magnum opus, The artist and the book in France (1969). His articles are represented in this grouping of material, which spans a very wide period; it includes pieces he wrote for a range of publications, including collectors' magazines, art reviews, and journals of typography, including The Connoisseur (for which he wrote a series of twelve articles under the heading 'The contemporary Beau Livre'), The Studio, Typographica, Image, Motif and The Private Library. The material includes cuttings, photocopies of articles, entire issues of journals, offprints, and two sets of proofs. It includes two pieces which were not published until after Strachan's death.


Arrangement is chronological, and dates supplied for undated articles are taken from Geoffrey Strachan's inventory of the archive.