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. These three presses together represent the peak of English Arts & Crafts bookmaking.
The Libraries’ 1998 acquisition of a copy of the Kelmscott Press’ Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (1896). This purchase complemented Special Collections’ large holdings of private press books and pushed the Department to further develop its collections related to the English Arts & Crafts movement.
Gould also gathered hundreds of items relating to the history and production of each press, which makes this collection especially valuable for researchers. The collection includes business correspondence, proof pages, alternate bindings, preparatory sketches, and even original woodcut printing blocks.