ed.it Archive

Ref: Special Collection
Title: ed.it Archive

Scope: A collection of artists’ books, pamphlets and original artwork created by Ian Tyson for his press, ed.it. This archive also contains mock-ups and experimental versions of the finished works.

Dates: 1995-
Extent: 38 items
Name of creator: Ian Tyson

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Administrative/biographical history:
Ian Tyson closed his former press, Tetrad, after twenty-five years because he felt that he had gone as far as he could with it. He then began a new phase in his experimental artwork by creating ed.it, a press in which he could focus on producing computer-based works of art, doing away with using a printing press altogether. Amongst the important works represented in this collection is Vert(ical) (2003) where the images in the wordless ‘text’ are replicated as the three dimensional sculpture atop the lid of the box in which the book is kept.

Ian Tyson has also collaborated with other presses including Trigram and Granary, the latter of which co-published, with ed.it, Tyson’s A propos “Le livre” (d’après Stéphane Mallarmé) (2002) in an edition of thirty copies. He also produced a concertina-style artwork to accompany a CD of Brian Ferneyhough’s – Time and motion study II – published by Optic Nerve in 2001.

The bulk of the archive was acquired in 2016 following an earlier donation by Ian Tyson of some of the titles. The collection is still being developed.

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  • Related collections: Tetrad Press Collection; The Ron & Willow King Collection of Ian Tyson Editions and Artwork; Circle Press Collection; Seripress Collection; Small Press Poetry Collection; Private Presses Collection
  • Source: By donation and purchase
  • System of arrangement: Numerically
  • Subjects: Artists’ books; Poetry - 20th century; Poetry – 21st century
  • Names: Tyson, Ian, 1933-
  • Conditions of access: Available to all academic researchers, by appointment
  • Restrictions: No restrictions
  • Finding aids: Listed and catalogued