Season’s Greetings from the Rare Book Room!

Julius John Lankes completed his first woodcut while working as a draftsman at a Buffalo rifle factory. From those beginnings, Lankes would become the first to take the woodcut from commercial illustration to art form. Over the course of his life, Lankes made more than 1300 woodcuts for various books and prints, including several for the poet Robert Frost during their friendship. The rare book room has a wide collection of J.J. Lankes’ work, including correspondence and many original sketches and prints, donated by his brother, Frank. These holiday cards, made between the 1920s and 1940s are a prized part of that collection.

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