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Guide to the Charles Hobson Collection, 1985-2008 M1555
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  • Title: Charles Hobson collection: design and production materials for artist's books,
    Identifier/Call Number: M1555
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 25.5 Linear feet 21 boxes, 16 flat boxes, 1 oversize folder, 5 map folders
    Date (inclusive): 1985-2008
    Location note: Special Collections materials are stored offsite and must be paged in advance. For more information on paging collections, see the department's website: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html.
    Abstract: The Charles Hobson Collection contains correspondence, design notes, drawings, prints, prototypes, copper plates, etc. used in the creation and publication of artist books.
    creator: Collins, Billy
    creator: Hobson, Charles
    creator: Lopez, Barry
    creator: Mann, Charmetta
    creator: Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
    creator: Wilbur, Richard

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    The collection was given to Stanford University, Special Collections and University Archives Charles Hobson from January through September 2007, March through May 2008.

    Publication Rights:

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Access:

    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation note

    [Identification of item], Charles Hobson Collection, M1555, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California.

    Biography

    Charles Hobson is an artist who uses pastel, monotype and other printmaking variations to construct images for books and works on paper. He often works in series, follows a historical theme, and employs the monotype as an under painting for further work with pastel, acrylic and printed texts. He began creating artist's books after working on a tribute book for a friend, Bruce Nelson, after his death in 1984. The book contained Nelson's prose in a small letterpress edition. His first artist's book was Supper in Montmartre which came out in 1985.

    Chronological list of Hobson's artists' books:

    1985
    Supper in Montmartre
    1988
    Flaubert and Louise
    1990
    Leonardo Knows Baseball (trade edition, 1991)
    1991
    Degas Dancing
    1991
    Variations on the Word SLEEP
    1994
    Balzac's Coffee Pot
    1994
    Impromptu
    1994
    Parisian Encounters
    1995
    Breton's Dream
    1995
    Clouds and Dreams
    1995
    Magritte's Buckets
    1995
    Man Ray's Kiss
    1996
    Shipwreck Stories
    1997
    Fresnel's Tower
    1997
    Lighthouse Legends
    1998
    Andromeda Imagined
    1999
    Human Touch
    1999
    Writing on the Body
    2000
    Dancing with Amelia
    2001
    Anotaciones
    2001
    Seeing Stars
    2002
    Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothes
    2003
    Adam and Eve
    2003
    Three Kisses
    2004
    Poems from the Heart
    2004
    The Writer
    2005
    The Mappist
    2006
    The Near Woods
    2006
    R.O.W.
    2006
    red thread, two women

    Scope and Contents note

    The Charles Hobson Collection contains correspondence, design notes, drawings, prints, prototypes, copper plates, etc. used in the creation and publication of artist books.
    It is arranged alphabetically by title into twenty nine series. The design notes folder for each book usually contains a list created by the artist of archival material for that project.

    Related material:

    Hobson's artist's books are housed in Stanford University's Rare Book Collection.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Centolella, Tom
    Colet, Louise
    DeMerritt, John
    Earhart, Amelia
    Evans, Kathy
    Flaubert, Gustave
    Levy, Harriet Lane
    Muybridge, Eadweard, 1830-1904
    Shaw, Alice
    Artists' books
    Artists' books--United States
    Constellations--Artists' books
    Copperplates
    Longitude--Measurement-- Artists' books
    Monotypes
    Photogravure
    Shipwrecks-- Artists' books
    Typography