About the Canadian Fine Press Exhibit and A Tetrad

Exploring Mid-century Print Collections at Five U of T Libraries

Canadian Fine Press Exhibit: A Multi-library Exhibition of Artisanal Print Collections and the Launch of “A Tetrad”
Canadian Fine Press Exhibit

THE CANADIAN FINE PRESS EXHIBIT was launched at the University of St. Michael’s College with the release of the Kelly Library chapbook A Tetrad on January 22, 2019. The exhibit marked the beginning of the John M. Kelly Library’s 50th Anniversary. With exhibitions at five locations on the University of Toronto campus, the Canadian Fine Press Exhibit celebrated a wide range of letterpress publications, hand-printed ephemera, chapbooks, and other fine-press works to be found within the university’s special collections and libraries. The exhibition ran concurrently from January to May 2019 and included spotlights on poetry chapbooks, Toronto-area fine presses, individual printers and designers, and the career of the printer and designer Glenn Goluska.

Exhibit Opening

University of St. Michael’s College on January 22, 2019

Selections from the Exhibit

The Canadian Fine Press Exhibit took place across five institutions and ran concurrently from January to May 2019.

John M. Kelly Library, St. Michael’s College

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the John M. Kelly Library presented a major exhibition on Canadian fine presses, with a special focus on printers, design, and press work. The Kelly Library exhibition featured a display of hand-press processes and materials from the artisanal presses of the library’s Print Studio with a special showcase on the fine print and design work of St. Michael’s 1969 grad Glenn Goluska.


  • January 22 to April 19, 2019


  • 113 St. Joseph Street, Toronto

Curated by

Exhibit Design

  • Sheila Eaton

E.J. Pratt Library, Victoria College

“Canadian Poets and Fine Press”

The exhibition at the E.J. Pratt Library featured ephemera and books of poetry composed by individuals associated with Victoria University. These titles were published by various private presses in Canada between the 1950s and the early 2000s, including Aliquando, Blackfish, Dreadnaught, Frog Hollow, Gauntlet, Grand Union, Hawkshead, Salamander, Seizin, and Tortoise.


  • January 7 – April 30, 2019


  • 71 Queen’s Park Crescent East, Toronto

Curated by

  • Agatha Barc
  • Carmen Socknat
  • Gabrielle Fournier

John W. Graham Library, Trinity College

“Early Impressions and the Golden Dog Press”

The John W. Graham Library highlighted holdings from its rare and special collections related to Golden Dog Press and founder J. Kemp Waldie. Golden Dog Press is considered to have been one of the first private presses in Canada to print fine editions.


  • January – May 2019


  • 6 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto

Curated by

  • Kate MacDonald
  • Christopher Hogendoorn

Robertson Davies Library, Massey College

“Glenn Goluska’s Early Print Works”

The exhibition at the Robertson Davies Library, Massey College, concentrated on the early publishing career of typographer, book designer, and letterpress printer Glenn Goluska.

Digital Ephemera by robert reid

A Curatorial research initiative presented by CAUSA (Collective for Advanced and Unified Studies in the Visual Arts) as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the John M. Kelly Library.

“Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language.” — Samuel Johnson


January – April 2019


4 Devonshire Place, Toronto

Curated by

  • Chester Gryski
  • PJ MacDougal

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

“The Typographical World of Glenn Goluska and his Contemporaries”

Glenn Goluska has been called Canada’s finest letterpress designer and printer. Though he died too young in 2011, he left a lasting legacy for this country’s fine-press book makers and designers. The Fisher Library’s exhibition features Goluska’s work along with his typographic contemporaries. Much of the material on display showcases books using wood type, a specialty and favourite of Goluska’s. It  includes books from Dreadnaught, Aliqaundo Press, Barbarian Press and Andrew Steeves, along with Goluska’s imprint imprimerie dromadaire.


January 7 – 31, 2019


120 St. George Street, Toronto

Curated by

  • John Shoesmith

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Signed by Michael McLuhan • Limited editions • Letterpress printed on 100% cotton paper • Die-cut and hand-sewn

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One Chapbook. Two Numbered and Signed Editions.

Both sets of limited editions are signed by Michael McLuhan. Chapbooks are letterpress printed from plates on 100% cotton paper and are die-cut and hand-sewn.

Pamphlet-stitched: 125 copies


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Coptic-bound : 25 copies


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Thank You

Nelson Adams, Friends of the Kelly Library, Chester Gryski, Sheril Hook, Linda Joy, Natasa Krsmanovic, PJ MacDougall, Michael McLuhan, Sana Mohtadi, Maya Pasternak, John Papadopoulos, Sarah Sharma, Lisa Sherlock, Don Taylor, Joel Vaughan, and Teresa Wong.
Exhibit design and Kelly Library exhibit photos by Sheila Eaton.

Thank you.