Mackintosh Library Collections: Book Arts

Poems by John Keats (1898) with bookbinding by Ann Macbeth (GSA Mackintosh Library, Book Arts Collection)

GSA Library holds a large collection of titles representing the book arts in their widest sense, from illustration to cover design. The collection extends from the early nineteenth century right up to contemporary times, and documents how approaches to the book arts have changed during this period.

Many names associated with the early history of the Glasgow School of Art were active in the book arts, particularly women for whom freelance commissions from publishers represented an opportunity to circumvent the often male-dominated world of the art academies. These included Annie French, Jessie Newbery, Katharine Cameron and Jessie M. King. We also hold nearly all of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s documented designs for the book. The collection extends right up to contemporary practice, with example of books designed by Vivienne Westwood and others.

Digital Volumes

We have digitised a selection of volumes from this collection, which you can view online or download.