Leeds University Library

Herbert Read and Artists' Books

Published 27 February 2013

Herbert Read

Artists, books, and artists' books in Sir Herbert Read's fascinating library

4 March -27 April 2013

To coincide with the Leeds International Artist Book Fair held at the University of Leeds, 8-9 March, the Gallery showcases a selection of Sir Herbert Read's artists' books from the Brotherton Library's Special Collections at the University of Leeds. These were acquired by Read through his connections with artists, such as Alberto Burri, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst and Man Ray.

The Library holds the 14,000-volume library of the poet, art historian, critic and anarchist Sir Herbert Read (1893-1968). The collection contains many published titles by Read himself, with volumes of his poetry including Naked Warriors, and first and later editions of his critical works, such as Modern Painting: A Concise History. The Library also has Read's archive, including artworks, photographs, extensive correspondence with artists and the original manuscript of his only novel The Green Child.


Associated events

Bookplate of Sir Herbert Read, Leeds University Library Special Collections
Herbert Read in his Books: Talk by Chris Sheppard, Brotherton Fellow at the Leeds University Library
Saturday 6 April 2013 15:00 - 16:00
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
Pile of books
Write Me a Picture: Creative Writing Workshop with Suzannah Evans
Saturday 13 April 2013 13:30 - 16:00
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery