Our rare book of the month is technically multiple books published by The Golden Dog Press, a Canadian fine press founded by J. Kemp Waldie. The press published a small collection of works along with ephemera during the 1930s. Private press, or fine press printing, dedicated to producing handcrafted works had become popular in England with the Arts & Crafts movement in response to the commercialization of printing. When he began the Golden Dog Press, Kemp Waldie perceived Canada to be lagging behind in the creation of a similar print culture. And so, his intent behind creating the press was to introduce fine press printing here with its focus on high-quality paper, artistic layouts, type setting and design.
Titles published by Golden Dog Press in our collection
Hyde, Laurence, J. Kemp Waldie, and Golden Dog Press, eds. Første Jule. Toronto: Golden Dog Press, 1933.
Lutetia. Toronto: Golden Dog Press, 1933.
Tremaine, Marie. Early Printing in Canada. Toronto: The Golden Dog Press, 1934.
Hyde, Laurence, Laurence Hyde, and Douglas Duncan. Engravings for Macbeth. Toronto: Golden Dog Press, 1939.
Upcoming Canadian Fine Press Exhibit
Later this month we are launching a new exhibit on The Golden Dog Press and J. Kemp Waldie as part of a collaborative, multi-library exhibit that will highlight the Canadian fine press items held by Kelly Library (St. Michael’s College), Pratt Library (Victoria College), Massey Library (Massey College and Fisher Library.