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Trianon Press Archive
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This collection documents the publications and operations of the Trianon Press from the late 1940s through the early 1980s. The collection contains production materials, manuscripts, correspondence, publicity, and business records pertaining to both published and unpublished works of the Trianon Press, general organizational records of the Trianon Press and of the William Blake Trust, planning materials for exhibitions mounted to publicize the work of the Press, and personal papers of Trianon Press founder Arnold Fawcus.
Trianon Press was a Paris-based publisher of fine art books founded in 1947 by Arnold Fawcus, who directed its activities until his death in 1979, after which his wife and longtime colleague Julie Fawcus saw several projects through to completion and closed the Press in 1983. The first Trianon Press book, produced at the behest of the Louvre Museum, was Les Baigneuses (1947) on the work of Paul Cezanne, facsimiles for which were made by a unique combination of collotype and pochoir techniques developed by Daniel Jacomet, whose workshop would be responsible for producing much of the most admired work of the Press. Upon encountering Les Baigneuses while investigating adequate means of reproducing illuminations from William Blake's Jerusalem, Blake scholar Sir Geoffrey Keynes established the William Blake Trust, under the auspices of which the Trianon Press would produce facsimiles, via the Jacomet process, of 26 of Blake's illustrated works over a span of 30 years, from 1951 to 1982. In 1955, a second enduring collaboration began between the Trianon Press and the Abbé Henri Breuil and his assistant Miss Mary Boyle, resulting in several books reproducing the eminent archaeologist's original hand-colored tracings of prehistoric cave paintings from Southern Africa. The Trianon Press also produced seminal works of Marcel Duchamp, Ben Shahn, Fra Angelico, Gislebertus, Robert Graves, and Aldous Huxley, and contracted with various clients to produce commercial works.
576 Linear Feet 482 boxes, 1 map-case folder
Property rights for this collection reside with the University of California. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. The publication or use of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use for research or educational purposes requires written permission from the copyright owner. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user. For more information on copyright or to order a reproduction, please visit guides.library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/reproduction-publication.
Collection is open for research.