Books on Bookbinding and Visualizing

200 Books: An Annotated Bibliography

6 x 9 inches, 336 pages, smyth-sewn hardcover
ISBN 0-9637682-7-1


Bound / softcover


Unbound / books in sheets*

*unbound sections that can be bound by hand
200 Books is an annotated bibliography of the first 200 books of Keith Smith’s oeuvre. Smith talks about how he makes images and why he makes books, placing them into context with his personal experiences. It describes the various printmaking techniques he uses for imaging the books and includes over 550 photographic illustrations.

Smith has been making books since 1967 that range from artist books, poetry and textbooks to dictionaries. He has made over 150 one-of-a-kind artists books, most of which are in his own collection and seen by only a handful of people. He has published over two dozen small edition artists books and book-length poems and compiled ten small dictionaries to aid the structure and vocabulary of his poetry. His eight books-on-books — Structure of the Visual Book, Text in the Book Format, Bookbinding for Book Artists and the five volumes of Non-Adhesive Binding (Books without Paste or Glue, 1- 2- & 3-Section Sewings, Exposed Spine Sewings, Smith's Sewing Single Sheets, and Quick Leather Bindings) have received wider distribution and are illustrated with some of his less known work.