Mackintosh Library Collections: Book Arts

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.


Poems by John Keats (1898) with binding by Ann Macbeth, London, George Bell & Sons

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. GSA Library holds examples of the work of important GSA figures such as Annie French and Ann Macbeth for example, along with examples of most of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s documented designs for the book. The collection also extends right up to contemporary practice, with example of books designed by Vivienne Westwood and others.