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Found Treasures, Spring 2014 @ Pitt Special Collections: Eragny Press

This library guide is an overview of the Special Collection's exhibit, "Found Treasures," a selection of works that represent major fine and private presses held by Special Collections.

Stunning Examples

Les Ballades. By Francois Villon. London: Hacon & Ricketts, 1900.

The Queen of the Fishes. By Margaret Rust. London: C. Ricketts, 1894.

About Eragny Press

  • Started in London by Frenchman Lucien Pissarro in 1895 and functioned until 1914.
  • Eldest son of Impressionist painter, Camille Pissarro.
  • Press named for town in Normandy where Pissarro and family lived.
  • Produced a total of 32 handcrafted books.
  • The press was joint venture with his wife Esther.
  • Lucien acted as designer and wood engraver, while Esther became the technical skill behind the press.  
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Founder, Lucien Pissarro

Founder of the Eragny Press, Lucien Pissarro, c. 1937 from the Tate Museum.

Additional Resources

The Descent of Ishtar

The Descent of Ishtar. [Translated] by Diana White. [London, Eragny Press; sold by J. Lane, New York, 1903]