The Private Presses of New Mexico

Between the Wars:

In the years following World War I, New Mexico attracted large numbers of artists and writers. They came from all parts of the country, drawn by an inspirational landscape, a unique blend of cultures and a healthy climate. Through exposure of their work they influenced others to join the ranks of a burgeoning art colony. The combination of literary and visual talents led to a period of private press artistry in which fine printers, typographers, painters, woodcut artists, poets and writers all came together to create exceptional examples of the handmade book. Focusing on topics of regional interest, these works reflected the newcomers’ romantic enthusiasm for the Southwest.

The Press of Gustave Baumann Clarks Studio
Ranchos Press Rydal Press
Laughing Horse Press Seton Village Press

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