The Triple Crown Collection, built over 68 years by collector Charles Gould, was acquired by the Libraries in 2000. The collection includes virtually the complete published output of the Kelmscott, Doves, and Ashendene presses, which together represent the pinnacle of English Arts & Crafts bookmaking.
The Libraries’ 1998 acquisition of a copy of the Kelmscott Press’s magnificent Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (1896) complemented Special Collections’ substantial holdings of private press books and spurred the Department to further develop its collections related to the English Arts & Crafts movement.
What makes this collection especially valuable for researchers is that Gould also amassed hundreds of items relating to the history and production of each press. The collection includes business correspondence, proof pages, alternate bindings, preparatory sketches, and even original woodcut printing blocks.