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The Books and Prints of Anaïs Nin and her Gemor Press

Julie Mellby, Graphic Arts Curator; Andrew Berman, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

September 25, 2020 · 2:00 pm-3:00 pm · Online

Princeton University Library

Princeton University Library’s Special Collections Highlights Series

Recently we acquired most of the rare, letterpress editions printed by Anaïs Nin (French-Cuban, 1903-1977). Best known for her diaries, Nin also wrote fiction with themes of history, feminism, and multiculturalism. Together with Gonzalo More, one of her many lovers, Nin ran a private printing press in Greenwich Village where she taught herself to set type, stood for hours pumping a treadle press, and distributed her books with the help of Frances Steloff at Gotham Book Mart. Many were illustrated with original etchings by her husband, Hugh Parker Guiler, a banker who used the pseudonym Ian Hugo, so his colleagues would not discover he was also an artist.

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