Guide to the Joseph Goldyne Quartet Archive M1233

Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064

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

box 1, folder 1

"About the Art" exhibit caption

box 1, folder 2

"On Probability & Possibility" trial image

box 1, folder 3

"On Probability & Possibility" 1st state

box 1, folder 4

"On Probability & Possibility" 4th & 5th state

box 1, folder 5

"On Probability & Possibility" final etching & text p.13-14

box 1, folder 6

"On Probability & Possibility" text p.13-16

box 1, folder 7

"On Probability & Possibility" text p.15-16

box 1, folder 8

"Tucson Zoo" progress proof, 1st & 2nd state

box 1, folder 9

"Tucson Zoo" final print & text p.19-20

box 1, folder 10

"Tucson Zoo" text p.19-21

box 1, folder 11

"Death in the Open" 1st state

box 1, folder 12

"Death in the Open" color trial (subsequent state)

box 1, folder 13

"Death in the Open" final etching & text p.25-26

box 1, folder 14

"Death in the Open" text p.25-27

box 1, folder 15

"On Matters of Doubt" monotype & monoprint (books in window)

box 1, folder 16

"On Matters of Doubt" 1st & 2nd state

box 1, folder 17

"On Matters of Doubt" final etching & text p.31-32

box 1, folder 18

"On Matters of Doubt" text p.21, 31-34

box 1, folder 19

"On Matters of Doubt" text p.33-36

box 1, folder 20

"On Matters of Doubt" text p.35-36

box 2, folder 1

"For Quartet" 1st & 2nd state

box 2, folder 2

"For Quartet" 4th & 5th state

box 2, folder 3

"For Quartet" 5th state with color ; final etching

box 2, folder 4

"On Probability & Possibility" monoprint

box 2, folder 5

"Tucson Zoo" monoprint

box 2, folder 6

"Death in the Open" monoprint

box 2, folder 7

["On Matters of Doubt"] "Books in the Window" abandoned plate monoprint

box 2, folder 8

"For Quartet" monoprint