To accompany the multi-venue exhibit “Text Support: A Library Exhibit About Paper,” a small exhibit in the lobby of Memorial Library recently offered a small sampler of output from some of Wisconsin’s innovative private presses, ranging from the early years of the 20th century to the early years of the 21st.
•Black Mesa Press, Madison, Wisconsin
•Centennial Press, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
•Juniper Press, La Crosse, Wisconsin
•Juniper Press, Madison, Wisconsin
•Midnight Paper Sales, Stockholm, Wisconsin
•Northeast/Juniper Books, La Crosse, Wisconsin
•Perishable Press, Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin
•Philosopher Press, Wausau, Wisconsin
•Quixote Press, Madison, Wisconsin
•Red Ozier Press, founded in Madison, Wisconsin
•Salient Seedling Press, Madison, Wisconsin
•Silver Buckle Press, Madison, Wisconsin
•Sutton Hoo Press, La Crosse, Wisconsin
All the works that were included in this display hail from the holdings of Special Collections. Susan Barribeau and Robin Rider, who curated the Wisconsin private press display, invite you to examine other examples of fine printing in the Special Collections reading room.
In this, the first in a series of posts about our private press holdings, we highlight the Black Mesa Press, founded in Madison in 1981 by poet Charles Alexander. The exhibit included three works from the Press:
Oppen, Mary. Mother and daughter and the sea: Poems. 1981. Our copy is no. 128 of 150.
Drachler, Rose, and Jacob Drachler. For witches. 1982. Our copy is no. 88.
Barrows, Anita, et al. The limits. 1982. The Libraries hold two copies: one in Special Collections, the other in the Kohler Art Library.
The Libraries’ holdings of Black Mesa Press run from 1981 to 1984. In that year Charles Alexander moved to Tucson, Arizona, where he established the Chax Press.