Friday, October 13, 2006

Passions in Print

I am in Santa Fe for my semiannual (or so) visit. Today, I visited the exhibit entitled "Lasting Impressions: The Private Presses of New Mexico" at the Palace of the Governors. It is a very interesting exhibit and there is a nice section on the Seton Village Press. There are several books on exhibit, including The Indian Costume Book by Julia Seton, which is bound in wood and includes hand-colored plates (in a limited number of copies). What a beautiful book it is. A hand-colored copy is a prize part of our collection (it actually belongs to my wife).

The exhibit's guest curator is Pamela Smith, the former director of The Press of the palace of the Governors. She has also written a book entitled Passions in Print: Private Press Artistry in New Mexco 1834-Present. It has a chapter on the Seton Village Press. It is available from and the usual sources.

Another interesting book is Bulletin in Bold Letters A Bibliography of The Seton Village Press by Maurice Taylor The Press of the Palace of the Governors(1990). Taylor operated the Seton Village Press along with his wife, Marceil.

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