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The Douglas Collection of Fine Printing

The memory of Frederic Douglas is still fresh in the minds of many longtime Denver residents. This many-sided man knew the West, making its early Indian inhabitants and their artifacts a special area of knowledge. From 1930 to 1941 he served as Curator of Indian Arts at Chappell House, located in the handsome red sandstone town house at the corner of 13th and Pennsylvania Streets, which was previously the home of George Cranmer.

Douglas, and his brother Canon Winfred Douglas, were admirers and collectors of fine printing. The Denver Public Library's collection was started with the acquisition of the brothers' libraries. Representing the finest examples of craftsmanship in the art of bookmaking, the most important holding is a complete collection of books published by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press during the 1890s. Several examples are shown below, some with linked larger versions.

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Hand and Soul
by Dante Gabriel Rossetti Front Plate and 1st page

An Essay on Life and Works in The England of 1931 & Particularly Typography
by Eric Gill
Page of R's and cat with flaming tree

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English Marbled Papers: A Documentary History
by Geoffrey Wakeman

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A Douglas Collection book plate

 

 

 

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