The Print Collector's Quarterly

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The Print Collector’s Quarterly (initially hyphenated as The Print-Collector’s Quarterly), was a quarterly periodical begun in 1911 and continued under various publishers until 1950.

The Print Collector’s Newsletter 1978 vol 9, p. 22 stated, “The Print Collector’s Quarterly summed up the taste and concerns of many American and British print collectors of the first four decades of our (ie the 20th) century.”

The publication is described as “A profusely illustrated journal containing catalogue raisonné and articles by recognized authorities on individual artists.” in A Guide to the Literature of Art History by Arntzen, E. & Rainwater, R. Publisher: American Library Association, Chicago, 1980 (Chamberlin 2315; Arntzen/Rainwater Q 281.)

Hyphenated Name

  • Up until Volume 8 (1921) the periodical was published with a hyphenated name (The Print-Collector’s Quarterly) on the title page.
  • In the introduction to Volume 8, Fitzroy Carrington advised that Campbell Dodgson had become editor. Of note, Carrington used the unhyphenated title in his introduction even though the title page of the volume was hyphenated.
  • Volume 9 (1922) listed Dodgson as editor and Carrington as American editor - it had the title page hyphenated but an interior title page without the hyphen.
  • Volume 10 (1923) no longer listed Carrington and all further volumes were titled without the hyphen.

Publication history

Based on The Print Collector’s Newsletter 1978 vol 9, p. 22 as well as information in the various volumes.

  • 1911-1912 (Vol 1, No. 1 to Vol 2, No. 3) A publication of Frederick Keppel & Co. Owned by Frederick Paul Keppel's family and Fitzroy Carrington,[1] the shop in Manhattan has been selling etchings, drawings and other artworks. It published artist catalogues, occasionally under the title The print-collector's bulletin, since circa 1900.[2] The new publication was edited Carrington. The first volume consisted of lists of art for sale by the company. He also edited a collection of essays from the Quarterly, which appeared in 1912 as Prints and their makers.[3][4]
  • 1912-1917 (Vol 2, No. 4 to Vol 7 No. 4) Publication of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Carrington left to become Curator of Prints and Drawings at the museum, and took the publication with him to Boston. According to the museum, the Quarterly was only publication in the United States dedicated to prints at the time.[1]
  • 1918–1921, suspended due to the war
  • 1921–1936 London, England publication by J. Dent & Sons. Campbell Dodgson, keeper of the British Museum print room as editor and Carrington listed as American editor.[5][6]
    • Quarterly Notes published in Vol 23, No. 4 October 1936 indicate that the magazine had not recovered from the world wide financial crisis of 1931 and will be ending.
  • 1937–1942 purchased by Kansas City, MO dealer, J. H. Bender
    • Vol 24, No. 1 February 1937 cover shows, the editor is Alfred Fowler and J. H. Bender of Kansas City, MO as director.
  • 1942 – 1948, suspended due to war with Vol 29, No. 2 Apr 1942
  • 1946 purchased by USA publisher, William Edwin Rudge.[7]
  • 1948 – Vol 29, #3 Nov 1948 restarted publication in a slightly larger format under William Edwin Rudge, Publisher, Woodstock, Vermont.
  • 1951 – Vol 30, #3 merged with Print V6, #4 and Vol 30, #4 merged with Print Vol 7 #1 August 1951. After that The Print Collector's Quarterly ceased to exist.

Anthology edition

  • The Print Collector's Quarterly. An Anthology of Essays on Eminent Printmakers of the World; Mason, Lauris and Ludman, Joan, eds; Millwood, New York: KTO Press, 1977. The editors recast the original edition of this publication and placed the articles in alphabetical order of subject reproducing 6,600 of the original 13,800 pages. ISBN 9780527622053


  1. 1.0 1.1 "NEWS AND NOTES OF THE ART WORLD". The New York Times. 1912-10-20. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2014-01-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Finding Aid: Frederick Paul Keppel Papers. Subseries VII.3: Art Catalogs and Artist Biographies". Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book & Manuscript Library Collections. Retrieved 20 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> These are mostly available at the Internet Archive.
  3. Carrington, Fitzroy (1912). Prints and their makers; essays on engravers and etchers old and modern. New York: The Century Co. Retrieved 2014-01-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "New-York tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, November 03, 1912, Image 22". 1912-11-03. p. 6. ISSN 1941-0646. Retrieved 2014-01-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "The Print Collector's Quarterly..." The Spectator. 1921-04-29. Retrieved 2014-01-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Books and Authors". The New York Times. 1921-01-16. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2014-01-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Announcement in Print, A Quarterly Journal of the Graphic Arts, Vol. IV, No. 2 Spring 1946 (erroneously giving 1927 as the date the journal returned to the USA)
    suspended in April, 1942 — another war casualty — has been purchased by the publisher of PRINT. Publication
    will be resumed in October, 1946
    This world-famous journal was established in America in 1911, was published in London 1921-1926, in America again 1927-1942; and at one time had more than 5,000 subscribers,
    including almost every important library and art gallery in the world. There are copies of back issues available: prices on application. Subscription prices will be announced
    later. We will be glad to hear from all our readers who will wish to subscribe.

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