Our Woodring Collection of Shannon and Rickett’s rare books has so many visual treats we could showcase something from it every week.
This time let’s focus on Harry Quilter‘s Preferences in Art, Life, and Literature, 1892. Clocking in at 898 pages, this tome presents many of Quilter’s previously published art criticism (1872-1890), along with some new work. His aim was to review his own criticism and to see how it had stood up to time.
The Woodring Collection of Ricketts and Shannon Books is one of the Woodson’s rare books collections. According to the Rare Books page on Fondren Website:
Versatile British artists Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon were long-time partners in life and art. Both were members of the Royal Academy. They pursued independent careers as artists and often collaborated on creative projects. Shannon is best known for his painting and lithography, Ricketts for his contributions as book designer and illustrator and for designing costumes and sets for the theater.
While the collection’s focus is art history and literature, it includes many books on printing, binding, design, lithography, and illustration, as well as a rich collection of examples of Shannon and Ricketts’ work. Students and researchers interested in making books and printing can search the collection using the online catalog.