Monday, August 10, 2009

A Man's Reach -- A Transforming Life, 68: Whittington Press

Whittington Press broadside, from an essay by Elmer, with engraving by Gaylord Schanilec, 1989

"Excellence in book publication is not confined to the nineteenth century. Through a dealer named Jim Sitter, I became acquainted with the work of the Whittington Press in England. Whittington is operated by John and Rosalind Randle, a husband-wife team. I became their eager customer." Later, in order to raise money for the press, the Randles offered their archival collection for sale. "The archival collection included not only a copy of every book Whittington had published but a copy of every variation in binding and paper quality produced. The collection also included manuscript material and correspondence with authors….I bought the collection and gave it to the University of Minnesota."

Courtesy Elmer L. and Eleanor J. Andersen Family

"A Man's Reach -- A Transforming Life" is on display through August 15 in the Exhibit Gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus.

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