A Peculiar and Private Press

Targ Editions on West 12th Street

On retirement, publisher William Targ spent a decade creating limited editions of works by famous writers and artists such as John Updike, Kate Millett, Edward Gorey and others.  This exhibit showcases some of those books and looks at the man behind them, what he sought by making them, and his place in Greenwich Village culture of the 1970s.  It also asks, do digital images successfully represent fine press books?

Note: I created this online exhibit for a 2011 class at NYU with different software. The class site that displayed my exhibit (along with several others) was not preserved. I have recreated my exhibit here because I still love this story and the images.

As you visit this exhibit, please bear in mind Targ's note to readers on the copyright page of his 1984 book, Abacus Now:

"Letter-perfect books virtually do not exist; we suspect there are a dozen or so typographical errors in the following pages, for which our apologies. In view of the recently disclosed 5,000 errors in James Joyce's novel, Ulysses, we feel humble. To our friends we can only say - To errr is human...."

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