Alderbrink Press

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Alderbrink Press was a book publishing firm in Chicago run by Ralph Fletcher Seymour from 1897 until 1965.

The Alderbrink Press maintained the traditions of the Arts and Crafts Movement.[1][2] One early appreciation of its work said that it published "a variety of books in various styles, but all show great care in fitting together traits and materials which harmonize, and not a few deserve unreserved praise."[3]

Among the works that appeared under its imprint were Frank Lloyd Wright's The Japanese Print (1912) and Experimenting with Human Lives (1923), and Alice Corbin's Red Earth: Poems of New Mexico (1920). It published Henry Blake Fuller's Bertram Cope's Year (1919).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kathryn Mary Camp, Ralph Fletcher Seymour and his Alderbrink Press (Chicago, 1898–1965): A History and Checklist of His Publications (Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1979)
  2. ^ Susan O. Thompson, American Book Design and William Morris (NY: R. R. Bowker, 1977), 105-10, 128-9
  3. ^ J. Christian Bay, "Scarce and Beautiful Imprints of Chicago," in The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, vol. 14 (University of Chicago Press, 1920), 93, available online, accessed September 11, 2011

Further reading[edit]

  • Roderick Cave The Private Press (1983)
  • Paul F. Gehl, Susan F. Rossen, Inland Printers: The Fine Press Movement in Chicago, 1920-45 (2003)
  • Jan Poortenaar, Maurits Sabbe, The Art of the Book and its Illustration (1935)
  • Will Ransom, Private Presses and their Books (1929)