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Goldyne (Joseph): Quartet archive
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  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Joseph Goldyne: Quartet archive
    creator: Goldyne, Joseph R.
    creator: Thomas, Lewis, 1913-1993
    Identifier/Call Number: M1233
    Physical Description: 5 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1985-1988
    Abstract: Preparatory and final prints by Joseph Goldyne from the limited edition publication QUARTET (four essays by Lewis Thomas, each illustrated by a color etching by Joseph Goldyne), printed by Arif Press and Pacific Editions in 1986. Includes all material in the exhibition (1987-1988) which celebrated the publication.

    Scope and Contents

    Quartet, a collaboration among artists, is a limited edition fine press book. It contains four essays from the collected works of Lewis Thomas; each essay is accompanied by an original water color etching by Joseph Goldyne commissioned especially for the edition.
    Lewis Thomas and Joseph Goldyne first met in 1985. Two men trained in the sciences as medical doctors discovered much in common in their respective accomplishments as author and artist. The profound respect they share for the connection between scientific and humanistic pursuits became the central theme from which Quartet was to develop.
    This archive shows the progression of images of each etching for Quartet from the first proofs to the final images. In some instances, preliminary monotypes and alternative impressions are present. The final images are mounted with the first page of each essay to reveal the refinement of design between text page and etching. Uniquely colored versions of the final images, done as monoprints after the book's completion, provide further insight into the book's creative process - Dr. Goldyne inspired Dr. Thomas' essays.
    Quartet, as its title intimates, evokes both music and poetry, reiterating to its readers the deep humanism and love of life that are a signature for Lewis Thomas' writings. Quartet was published in the Fall of 1986 by Charles Hobson, the founder of Pacific Editions, in an edition limited to 165 copies.
    --Exhibition caption

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    This collection was purchased by Stanford University, Special Collections in 2001.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Joseph Goldyne: Quartet archive (M1233). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Artists' books
    Goldyne, Joseph R.
    Thomas, Lewis, 1913-1993