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New acquisitions 2023

tammikuu 6, 1:31 pm

New year, new thread, new stuff!

Starting the year here with acquisitions from two new (to me) presses. Both very kindly added in extra titles, which was a nice surprise. Most are chapbooks, and a few have offset printed interiors, though the majority are full letterpress.

The first batch is from St Brigid Press, a press I've not seen mentioned often here so I created a thread for them. You can see my haul there as well.

The other batch is from The Hardscrabble Press. From them I picked up their only full letterpress title currently available, The Mink Coat. It's an attractive chapbook written by the press owner Keagan Hawthorne. I also ordered three of the Notes on the Craft volumes and Keagan kindly threw in the fourth. He also included A Lullaby, the 2022 Christmas Keepsake.

Feels like a good start to the year's collecting.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 6, 3:06 pm

>1 Shadekeep: They are some good items to start the year with, Shadekeep. I can't fault Emily's St Brigid Press output, and the other Press looks interesting too. I need to get my backside in gear and take some photos of the recent additions to my shelves so as to shared them here. I've some lovely items from Chad at The Sutton Hoo / The Last Press, a beautiful volume from Evergreen Press and a handsome short collection of Robert Bringhurst poems from Peter Koch's side project press, The Real Lead Saloon. I am still waiting on the arrival of a couple more bits, so there will be some proper entries from me on this thread before too long.

tammikuu 6, 7:20 pm

My first purchase of the year arrived today: The Book of the Golden Asse of Lucius Apuleius from The Ashendene Press (1924). A book from this esteemed publisher has been on my wish list for quite some time.

tammikuu 6, 7:35 pm

Committed/expected so far:

1. Butcher, David - Pages from Presses 2 - Whittington Press, 2022. Edition B, one of 40 copies.
2. Delp, Michael - The Mad Angler Poems - Deep Woods Press, 2014. Custom binding, one of 71 copies (holdover from my 2022 list).
3. FitzGerald, John - Haiku na Feirme - Salvage Press, 2022. Bound in full altered goat, one of 100 copies.
4. Gonzales, Griffin (tr) - Enuma Elis - No Reply Press, 2022. One of 26 copies bound in quarter gold-tooled vellum with hand-marbled boards.
5. Kafka, Franz - In the Penal Colony - Deep Woods Press, 2018. Custom binding, one of 39 copies (holdover from my 2022 list).
6. Macgregor, Miriam - Midwinter - Whittington Press, 2012. One of 25 specially bound copies out of 265 total copies.
7. Poe, Edgar Allen - A Descent into the Maelstrom - Nawakum Press, 2022. One of 26 copies in quarter leather binding out of 60 total copies.
8. Sayenko, Dmitry - Myths About Witches - Dmitry Sayenko, 2017. One of 12 copies.
9. Schulz, Bruno - The Republic of Dreams - Nawakum Press, 2019. One of 36 copies.

tammikuu 6, 7:35 pm

>3 kdweber: Fantastic book! You are very fortunate.

tammikuu 6, 8:41 pm

>4 Sport1963: That's quite the exciting list! I hope you share your thoughts on the Dmitry Sayenko book when you receive it - I've had his Nikodim Press on my radar for a while now, but have yet to order any.

tammikuu 7, 1:39 am

>3 kdweber: That's a fine way to start the year!!

tammikuu 7, 1:43 am

>4 Sport1963: A magnificent list with some serious gems on there. I'm also waiting on a special of Haiku na Feirme, which is in the queue at the bindery. The goatskin looks great, though!

tammikuu 7, 9:34 am

>4 Sport1963: Good stuff! Just checked out the work of Dmitry Sayenko, very much inspires booklust. Does he have a site for direct purchase, or is it a matter of hunting down the titles through booksellers?

tammikuu 7, 3:49 pm

>9 Shadekeep: If you are in the USA, you will have to hunt down his titles via a bookseller. Swan's Fine Books (full disclosure - I am a loyal customer of Laurelle Swan) has several of Sayenko's titles. His books have very low limitations, and many are acquired by institutions, so they do not often come on the market or up for auction.

tammikuu 7, 3:54 pm

>8 ChestnutPress: Thank you Chestnut, that's good to know. Jaime emailed me back in October that he wasn't happy with the initial dye runs, and he wanted to get it "just right". I'm sure the book will be worth the wait.

tammikuu 7, 4:01 pm

>10 Sport1963: Thanks for the info. I had assumed as much given some of the limitation sizes. Cheers!

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 7, 4:27 pm

I acquired this signed copy of Peter Everwine's "What a Word Dreamt" from Sutton Hoo Press via the web site. The design and execution of the book are impressive, but I'm doubly impressed with how accessible Everwine makes Aztec poetry. I studied some pre-Colombian history and art in grad school and always found it fascinating, but often inaccessible or opaque. This beautiful book changes that. The translations go right to the images and consequently the context.

tammikuu 7, 6:30 pm

>13 vangalder: Nice pick-up. I got 6 books from Sutton Hoo Press (Chad), including What a Word Dreamt, in December and have one more on order. All are interesting, well designed, on great paper and well valued.

tammikuu 8, 3:55 am

So far this year I've picked up:

Red from Incline Press
A piece of Fleece Press ephemera (second-hand)
(Slightly fine press adjacent): A Century for the Century. Fine Printed Books 1900-1999 (second-hand)

From the looks of Roger Grech's Instagram, An Albion in the Antarctic (St. James Park Press) doesn't look too far away now, and I'm looking forward to getting that.

If money allows I'm hoping to:

Continue building my Fleece Press collection.
Pick up 2020 Vision (which is currently still available from Nomad Letterpress)
Buy Coastline (again Nomad Letterpress, but out of stock there. This one could be trickier).

I also want to get:

Roland Gant's Steps to the River and also Mountains in the Mind (both Whittington Press). Possibly the special editions which would mean I would also have to upgrade my standard copy of Stubble Burning!

But I'm easily distracted so I could end up buying anything that takes my fancy!

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 9, 1:00 am

The Song of Solomon, illustrated by Wharton Esherick, Centaur Press (1927). Unpaginated. 25 double-folded leaves. 3/4 orange buckram over tan paper boards, with debossed gilt-accented illustrated roundel on the front cover. Gilt decorated motif on the back cover. Interior covers in gilt. Yellow ribbon marker. One of a limited edition of 525 copies printed by the Pynson Printers.

A gorgeous edition of the the biblical Song of Solomon (aka The Song of Songs), illustrated throughout with striking woodcuts in black from American artist Wharton Esherick (1887 - 1970). Although Esherick is best known as a sculptor, furniture designer and craftsman, this one of a handful of illustrations he produced. The images include larger full-page illustrations as well as historiated initials and head and tailpieces which are often sensual, romantic, erotic and/or pastoral in theme, tying into the content of the biblical text. Text throughout printed with beautiful typography in black and yellow. The colophon contains another woodcut and a facsimile signature of the artist.

tammikuu 11, 4:04 am

I have all manner of goodies, small and large, either ordered or turning up. First up for sharing (which I'll do as and when I get them up on my Instagram page) is a little beauty from Chad Oness' Sutton Hoo Press. It is my first piece of his work and it is gorgeous in all respects. I shall certainly be getting more!

tammikuu 11, 7:16 am

>17 ChestnutPress: Good choice for an entry point! I've been very pleased with everything so far from Chad, and had some titles on the wishlist. Enjoy expanding your collection!

tammikuu 11, 7:33 am

>18 Shadekeep: I shall enjoy expanding it. Chad kindly included a handful of smaller items that he'd printed, including a couple of Quires and another gorgeous little booklet. I have a small stack of items put by for me. They will have to wait a few weeks until I can pay for them as all my spare funds have been well and truly spent on all manner of books that are due in the next two months. I love throwing money at books until I'm reduced to living on bread and water!! 🤣

tammikuu 11, 12:08 pm

>19 ChestnutPress: I love throwing money at books until I'm reduced to living on bread and water!!

A sure sign of bibliomania!

tammikuu 11, 4:17 pm

>20 Glacierman: Absolutely! I have been this feverish for two decades, and I am happy as a pig in mud!!

tammikuu 12, 6:27 am

The year is young but started with a bang!
My first two Tallones: the "Quinze Joies de Mariage" and Pablo Neruda's "Summary, the book where the rain was born".
Both superlative examples of handset typography. Quinze Joies is especially enriched by the very lovely woodcuts by René ben Sussan, while the paper of Summary is a tactile dream.
These two will certainly be hard to top.
Can post pictures if there is interest!

tammikuu 12, 7:36 am

>22 thfrgi: Pictures would be nice, I've been considering adding a Tallone to the collection!

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 12, 8:52 am

>23 Shadekeep:

You really do not need any pictures because nearly all Alberto Tallone books look identical. There have stiff paper wrapper bindings, use the finest Italian hand-made papers, feature flawless handset letterpress printing, pages with wide margins around the text, and no illustrations. They are austere in the extreme, similar to the Doves Press, and are pure typography. The extensive article on Books and Vines (with photos) will tell you all you need to know. Remember to left-click once, then a 2nd time, over each photo to enlarge the photos.

tammikuu 12, 9:12 am

I agree that the typography is more or less uniform within categories (prose, theater, poetry), although you contradict yourself, dlphcoracl, on the point of there being no illustrations by linking to a post with copious pictures of the woodcuts in the Perrault edition :)

I will post pictures of the woodcuts from the Quinze Joies this evening, as these are a bit harder to get a hold of online and I have yet to have found a full set of them, so it can be a sort of service.

I had wanted some Tallones for a while, not least because of the connection of that particular press to Dijon (through Darantiere), where I went to highschool (being at that time blissfully ignorant of all printing matters).

tammikuu 12, 9:32 am

>25 thfrgi: Thanks! The books I am most drawn to from Tallone at the moment are The Nocturnal Train, A discussion about printing, and Manuel des Amphitryons. Some of their typeface catalogues interest me as well. But always instructive to see what others have gone for.

As you point out, they do seem to have a fair selection of books containing artwork. Quite gorgeous ones, in fact!

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 12, 9:54 am

>25 thfrgi:
>26 Shadekeep:

Woodcut or wood-engraved illustrations in Alberto Tallone books are the exception rather than the rule. The vast majority are sans illustrations, along the lines of the Dove Press and Bremer Presse.

tammikuu 12, 10:43 am

>22 thfrgi: I have two Tallones as well: Emily Dickinson Poems, and Neruda: Summary. I love their work. As someone else above mentioned, very austere with the emphasis entirely on typography/printing quality, which is second to none. I hope to see more of the occasional English language publications in the future. My only criticism so far is that I would have liked for Summary to have included the original Spanish text on the facing page, but actually that’s more of a preference than a criticism.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 12, 11:03 am

>26 Shadekeep: If I had that many euros, I would get one of those!

tammikuu 12, 11:18 am

>28 Nightcrawl: I would like to have the Dickinson as well, but so far it's proven too expensive, especially for poetry which I am generally more resistant to...
The Perrault I will definitely get, as it's generally very affordable. I wish they'd do something in German, so that I could have all of my three languages represented.

By the by, does anyone have or know where to find a link to a complete list of the Tallone catalogue? Their own webpage does not seem to include one, only what is available for sale, and the link in the above booksandvines article is defunct.

tammikuu 12, 12:05 pm

>29 SuttonHooPress: Aye! Alas, I fear €5,000 for a single book is quite outside my range, barring an exceptional encounter.

tammikuu 12, 12:09 pm

>31 Shadekeep: Mega Millions up to 1.3 billion of late. . . . .

tammikuu 12, 12:15 pm

>32 SuttonHooPress: Ah, nice! I guess this will be the one I go ahead and win, then. Was just waiting for it to be worthwhile. 😉

tammikuu 12, 12:43 pm

I actually acquired this one in December, just now getting around to mentioning it:

Marilyn Taylor. The Seven Very Liberal Arts. Aralia Press, 2006. 1/120 copies in blue cloth. This copy unsigned. My first from this press.

tammikuu 12, 12:51 pm

My first (fine press) book this year is Hésiode, Pandora, Les pharmaciens bibliophiles, retold and illustrated by Maria Clouzot, followed by the original Greek text and a French translation; a beautiful production! I will add an entry and some pictures to the Ancient Myths Bibliography thread, when I have the time.

tammikuu 12, 12:58 pm

My Stone Wall Book of Short Fictions, Coover, ed. is due any minute now. Got myself positioned to where I can see when the mail lady is coming down my road. Always wanted a copy of this book.

tammikuu 12, 1:05 pm

>34 Glacierman: Nice acquisition! I'm quite pleased with the Aralia titles I've picked up. Oak Knoll is a good source for them, with a decent quantity of original stock on hand straight from the press. They had a 50%-off sale on some of these titles not too long ago, too.

tammikuu 12, 2:03 pm

>23 Shadekeep: Chose promise, chose due: Here the 15 joies de mariage by Ben Sussan, in the order in which they appear in the book, along with a single page showcasing the generous 20pt Caslon.
(please excuse the poor quality of the images)

In my opinion these fit in wonderfully with the ironic, tongue-in-cheek tone of the text and manage to evoke medieval woodcuts while retaining a distinctly modern look.

tammikuu 12, 2:26 pm

>38 thfrgi: Absolute agreement here. Love those.

tammikuu 12, 2:35 pm

>38 thfrgi: Holy cats, I think I have to have this book! I remember it was on my list at one point and then I lost track of it. Thanks for the metaphorical kick in the trousers!

tammikuu 12, 3:03 pm

>40 Shadekeep: Consider yourself enabled, sir!
Though if you don't have much facility for old French you'll be limited to admiring the woodcuts, which is surely not the worst thing in the world but still something to consider.

tammikuu 12, 3:12 pm

>41 thfrgi: I'm a dabbler in tongues (I wanted to grow up to be a philologist), so I understand just enough to get it wrong. I've already ordered an English version of the text to help me out. It even has the same illustrations!

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 12, 4:15 pm

Some more photos of the Tallone book. I also own a copy and hope one day AI will be able to translate that old French well.

"The hand colouring of the wood cuts was performed by Edmond Vairel, one of the very best when it comes to pochoir. Among other books coloured by him you will find Henri Matisse's Jazz".

Indeed, quality colours! Probably the best in my modest collection.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 12, 5:02 pm

Just purchased The Stand gift edition from Cemetery Dance press site. It took 5 minutes to sell out. I purchased it, went back to see it and it was already sold out. I guess they only had few copies left. It’s a 1300 page book. Does anyone here purchased it. Lettered editions sold out at $1500

tammikuu 13, 2:58 am

That certainly looks like a massive book!

This and the discussion about the Curious King editions has me wondering if there is any intersection between the more "classical" world of fine press printing and the "genre " (science fiction, fantasy etc.) world of "fancy" edition.
As a reader of that kind of literature I would very much like some editions of it that adhere to the principle of said "classical" printing rather than the more gaudy (for lack of a better word) style that prevails.

I guess it is the lot of any fine press aficionado to have a very long list of works they would like to see printed in their preferred style. Had I much capital at my disposal that would be grounds enough to start a press of my own...

tammikuu 13, 4:07 am

>45 thfrgi: This comment seems to overlook that fine press printing has encompassed every style and artistic movement for the past century and more. There is no "classical" printing. What would that be? Kelmscott? Doves?

tammikuu 13, 5:26 am

>46 edkennedy: I thought my referring to the above edition of The Stand and the Curious King press made clear what I meant.
And I suppose that by "classical" I meant a certain restraint and emphasis on typography, which you are absolutely right does not stand for all of fine press printing.
Put more plainly, here is the question: Is there any press out there printing genre fiction in the same way that more "canonical" literature is usually printed, for such boring people as me who don't enjoy weird fonts, gem-studded or purple bindings and digital illustrations but still would like those texts letterpress on nice paper?

tammikuu 13, 5:51 am

>47 thfrgi: For the fantastical Pegana Press maybe? up to each if the font qualifies.

tammikuu 13, 6:58 am

103 Not Out. David Gentleman's Stamps by Brian Webb has just arrived. One of 330 copies and "probably the last letterpress book printed at the Fleece Press". It has approximately 75 stamps tipped in. It's just lovely, and I'm so pleased to have it.

tammikuu 13, 7:36 am

>47 thfrgi: The standard leather and cloth editions of Parable of the Sower that Thornwillow put out were pretty restrained. In non-current presses I have been slowly reading through all of Cheap Street’s back catalog (thank you, library) and I find the typography pleasing, although some of their paper choices are weird.

tammikuu 13, 8:41 am

>49 TheTotalLibrarian: Wow, that's shipping already? I might pick that up at some point as well, still waiting on my large order from Fleece to post.

tammikuu 13, 11:02 am

You folks are a bad influence. I have 5 more books on order.

tammikuu 13, 1:09 pm

>47 thfrgi: Arete Editions and Lyra's Press fit your description. Gaudy can be a personal interpretation, but their books are highly regarded by many on this forum and elsewhere. The Night Circus by Books Illustrated is tasteful, even elegant. Check out Peter Pan by Conversation Tree Press for another example. Suntup Editions has several books- Hill House if you consider that genre (blasphemy!), the HG Wells set, I am Legend -that would fit into your category. I'm sure I'm forgetting many others.

I love genre fiction, but my desire to purchase a given work in a fine press production is limited to how often I'm likely to reread it and how deeply I will interact with it when I do read it.

tammikuu 13, 3:31 pm

>48 bacchus.: Thanks for the tip, the Dunsany stuff looks interesting (but pricey, ouch)

>53 SDB2012: Thank you for the Arete press tip, though they don't have much on offer yet (and also pricey, though certainly high quality). Will be watching in the future.
I was already aware of Lyra's, but the illustrations generally disagree with me and I am profoundly allergic to the rights system.

>50 ambyrglow: Yes, I also have high hopes for Thornwillow to yet publish more stuff I am interested in! I think so far they've done a very good job at printing some "wide interest" works in very attractive packages while avoiding most of what are, to me, design pitfalls.

tammikuu 13, 5:56 pm

>53 SDB2012: Those are all fine examples.

tammikuu 14, 1:53 pm

>54 thfrgi: Collectible Book Vault has an interview series- Minds of the Press -which has some pretty terrific interviews with the proprietors of some of the presses mentioned in the last few posts of this thread. Some of the people interviewed also post in the Fine Press Forum on a regular or semi-regulae basis and are quite open to talking about their work.

If you consider 1984 to be a genre novel, St James Park Press is about to publish what may be the greatest fine press version of any genre novel ever published. It's really special.

No Reply Press has a few science fiction offerings in the works- Azimov, Le Guin, and Vance. Their proprietor frequently posts here.

tammikuu 14, 7:19 pm

Finally added a couple of Limited Editions Club titles to the collection, both of them exquisite volumes from Oak Knoll - The Three-Cornered Hat and The Book of Ballads. The hand coloring in the latter is particularly crisp and delightful. I can see why this imprint is praised still.

tammikuu 14, 8:38 pm

Got a screaming deal on a copy of this typoghraphic feat!

tammikuu 14, 9:19 pm

>58 SuttonHooPress: An excellent example of Merker on top form!

tammikuu 18, 10:31 am

One of two recent new-to-me presses that have really caught my eye is Geert de Koning's Factotum Pers in the Netherlands. I have recently picked up three items from him and all are first rate. The typography is typical of the best of Dutch fine press, following on from the classic styles of Jan van Krimpen, Sem Hartz and Bram de Does, and the presswork is seriously superb. Below is a link to one of the three photo posts I put up on Instagram.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 18, 11:04 am

I picked up a very nice edition of In the House of Light (Stone Wall Press, 1970) thanks to a recommendation from Chad at Sutton Hoo. It's another book of Aztec poetry translations by Peter Everwine and could be considered a companion piece to Sutton Hoo's own What a Word Dreamt.

Also acquired The Fifteen Joys of Marriage (The Orion Press, 1959), translated by Elizabeth Abbott and with the same Rene Ben Sussan illustrations as the edition posted here. It's not fine press, but on the plus side I am able to read it without effort. 😊

tammikuu 18, 11:24 am

>60 ChestnutPress: Thanks for sharing this press, the work is exquisite. I am very tempted by Openbaring van Johannes, which to me compares favorably to Foolscap's Phisicke Against Fortune. I very likely will acquire Over de vijftig tafelmanieren, as it dovetails with my medievalist tendencies. Or at least I will once I figure out how to place an order!

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 18, 12:17 pm

>62 Shadekeep: Wow, that one's tempting just for the typography and illustration, even though I can't read a word of Dutch! (Though I do see it's "Bestel" for "Purchase")

I do wish their dual-language Italian / Dutch edition of Petrarch's Sonnets was still available, since that would be a great a companion to Phisicke as well.

tammikuu 18, 12:14 pm

>63 NathanOv: Yes, it does look like that sort of takes one to a purchase page, though it's more of a "fill out this form" deal. I'll need to step through it and translate it before I place an order.

Good point on the Sonnets. I rather wish they had kept the original Italian on Table Manners in parallel as well, as I'd be closer to understanding it then. But even in Dutch the books are tasty objets d'art.

tammikuu 18, 5:14 pm

>61 Shadekeep: So you're the one who took that out of my cart! Let me know how you find it — I'm sure another will pop up before too long.

tammikuu 18, 6:19 pm

>65 gmacaree: I think I saw that Oak Knoll had one. . .

tammikuu 18, 8:12 pm

>65 gmacaree: Which book? My idea of shopping is snatching items from other people's baskets, you know. I get punched so much at the grocery store.

tammikuu 19, 7:20 am

>65 gmacaree: I'm guessing you're referring to In the House of Light, since there are plenty of copies of Fifteen Joys out there. I did find one on Abebooks, and about the same price I paid:

I like the book, though I've only browsed it at the moment. Its construction reminds me of a No Reply or Clinker Press title, with a straightforward binding, good typesetting, and a pleasing paper choice. I think it's a worthy purchase.

tammikuu 19, 7:43 pm

>62 Shadekeep: I dealt with the printer directly on Instagram rather than trying to work out the Dutch website. Much easier! 😁👍🏻

tammikuu 19, 9:23 pm

>69 ChestnutPress: Oo, smart! He started following me on there as well, so I should try that first. Thanks!

tammikuu 20, 3:49 am

I received three Fleece Press books today, from the secondary market.
Mr Derrick Harris, First Friends and Leon Underwood. All three seem very impressive, but Leon Underwood looks special

tammikuu 20, 8:17 am

An Albion in the Antarctic arrived today from the St. James Park Press. It's a beauty!

tammikuu 20, 9:04 am

I took delivery of three new arrivals today:

1. A copy of 'Lohengrin' by The Tudor Black Press. A nice surprise was the attractive marbled papers used together with the quarter leather for the binding of this 'ordinary' edition.
2. A copy of 'The Agamemnon of Aeschylus' from the Rampant Lions Press (and with thanks to shadekeep for pointing out the availability of this version). I'm looking forward to reading this.
3. A copy of 'In Praise of Letterpress' from Rampant Lions Press. This is a real treasure for anyone interested in letterpress printing and/or broadside printing. A collection of 10 A4-size broadsides with quotes about letterpress printing, each printed in 2 colours and employing a different type and using a range of hand-made and machine-made papers. All contained in a well-made clamshell box. This won one of the first Judges’ Choice Awards at the Oxford Fine Book Fair in 2001 (which is not surprising). What is surprising is that, of the 140 copies that were made, copies are still available at the excellent price of £85.

tammikuu 20, 9:51 am

A few new acquisitions:

King Harald and the Icelanders (Penmaen Press, 1979). Some wonderful wood engravings by Michael McCurdy in this one. I picked up one of the 100 deluxe editions, primarily because I like the patterned paper-covered boards.

Pwyll, Prince of Dyved (Gwydir Press, 2013). This is a little gem, with lovely presswork on tactile Magnani paper. Thanks to Glacierman for bringing it to my attention.

The big acquisition this month has been Phisicke Against Fortune (Foolscap Press, 1993). The beauty of the typography, quality of the presswork and clarity of the woodcut illustrations are something of a revelation to me!

tammikuu 20, 10:20 am

A bountiful couple of months thanks to this forum.

Specific thanks first to ChestnutPress for starting the Ten Favourites thread, and including Howard Phipps's Ebble Valley. The valley - better known locally as the Chalke Valley - is not far down the road from me, I have an engraving by Phipps hanging by my desk, and it's a Whittington production of which I was previously unaware. A rapid buy.

I greatly like the 1980s Schiff LEC books, and had for a while been thinking about adding All the king's men to my collection of them, but was wondering if the appeal was too American. I was tipped into acquisition by praise and photos from a non-American source, originaux, further down the same thread.

Like >73 edgeworn: I picked up the super bargain The Agamemnon of Aeschylus thanks to shadekeep, but the link provided was to Sebastian Carter's remaining Rampart Lions stock. Who knew? I already had In praise of letterpress, but there was The Psalms of David fresh in the mind from the The Oracle's magisterial survey of the Psalms, and still fresh from the press. Another remarkable bargain. Then there was Balzac's The unknown masterpiece, unknown to me, and a promising looking read.

In a little further correspondence with Sebastian, I disclosed a wish for the Rampant Lions Four Quartets and lo! an o/s copy has headed my way, as wonderfully designed and printed as the Psalms.

So my thanks to the Fine Press Forum. I may have to look away for a while.

tammikuu 20, 10:27 am

>74 SyllicSpell: Pwyll! Just when I thought I could stop buying books for a while.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 20, 6:18 pm

>73 edgeworn: Received Lohengrin yesterday, finally got around to unwrapping it just now. It is gorgeous, perhaps the finest work yet from TBP. The binding is lovely with the marbled papers, and the interior is very striking, with engravings by Jenny Portlock and a bold typeface choice. I didn't request a specific number, so was surprised and pleased to see that Hugh had sent me #1. It's the first "first" in my collection, and I couldn't be happier about it.

Glad to see that you and >75 affle: were able to get The Agamemnon of Aeschylus. Waiting on my copy of In Praise of Letterpress as well. I also have The Unknown Masterpiece from them, it's a good one too.

tammikuu 20, 11:19 am

>76 SDB2012: You won't regret it. I hope to see similar works from Gwydir Press in the future.

And I've just received my Lohengrin. More great work from Hugh. I love the use of Octavian, and I'm a sucker for marbled boards.

>77 Shadekeep: What a bonus!

tammikuu 20, 11:27 am

>74 SyllicSpell: Pwyll, Prince of Dyved

Cripes, that's lovely! Another to go under the heading "things I didn't know existed but now must find the money for".

tammikuu 20, 12:36 pm

>74 SyllicSpell:

Foolscap never disappoints. I highly recommend Tower of the Wind. If anyone is hesitating due to the scroll thing, it's a lot easier to unroll and read than you might think.

tammikuu 20, 12:37 pm

Now the floodgates are open, as long-awaited books arrived today.

From No Reply Press I received Enūma Eliš (#16).

And from Fleece Press my accumulative order of Endeavours & Experiments, Today I worked well, My Brush is My Sword, Cut to Impress, and Thomas Turner’s Diary 1754-1763. Once again I am impressed by the craft of these books. The solander for Endeavours & Experiments is very nice as well.

tammikuu 20, 12:42 pm

>78 SyllicSpell: Do they still exist? Their website only shows three books published and the last one was in 2020.

tammikuu 20, 1:47 pm

I also received Enūma Eliš this week.

>72 TheTotalLibrarian: Thanks for reminding me to respond to James' e-mail.

tammikuu 20, 3:07 pm

>80 MobyRichard: is the text interesting? That’s been holding me back at least as much as the scroll layout

tammikuu 20, 5:13 pm

I have just received the masterpiece of the Bremer Presse: Biblia. Das ist: Die Gantze Heilige Schrifft Deudsch. D. Martin Luther.

5 volumes of Martin Lüther's Bible printed on the hand-press with splendid initials drawn by Anna Simons.

tammikuu 20, 5:23 pm

>75 affle: So many good books in your haul! The Four Quartets is one of my favourite RLP editions

tammikuu 20, 5:24 pm

>85 Lukas1990: That's a seriously fine purchase!

tammikuu 20, 5:35 pm

>85 Lukas1990:


It is the high point of the Bremer Presse and one of the most beautifully printed books of the twentieth century.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 20, 7:32 pm

>84 jsg1976:

I find it fascinating. One of those chimerical essays, part ethnography, astronomy, architectural detective story. Very well printed and some wonderful illustrations of the Tower's frieze depicting anthropomorphic figures representing the 8 winds.

The sheaf of papyrus attached to the scroll is also a beautiful touch.

At its published price, it's probably one of the best fine press bargains you can get. No way they could keep the cost that low in 2023.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 21, 12:51 pm

>73 edgeworn: Thank you for mentioning ‘In Praise of Letterpress’, I just managed to get the last one which I’m really pleased about.

My copy of Lohengrin also arrived today. I’m really very pleased with this. TBP’s work just keeps getting better and better.

tammikuu 21, 12:39 pm

>69 ChestnutPress: Put an order in today for Over de vijftig tafelmanieren with Geert at Factotum Press. Thanks again for bringing this press to our attention!

tammikuu 21, 1:07 pm

>91 Shadekeep: Great news. It's always a pleasure to spread the word on 'new' presses. There is much out there that a great many collectors miss because it very much goes under the radar. I sometimes like to think I have my finger on the pulse, but then loads of great presses that I've never heard of come to my attention! You'll have to let me know your thoughts. I can't see that you'll be anything other than pleased and impressed.

tammikuu 21, 1:12 pm

>90 Rabbitknitter: In Praise of Letterpress is a great publication. I'm always surprised that Sebastian still has copies of some of his books. But it's also good, as it allows us to get mint copies of great editions at the right price. The last time I visited him, I came away with a copy of 'A Printer’s Dozen'. I'd only gone there to take photos of it for an exhibition catalogue, but it was so gorgeous I couldn't leave without taking one!

tammikuu 21, 2:28 pm

>90 Rabbitknitter: "My copy of Lohengrin also arrived today. I’m really very pleased with this. TBP’s work just keeps getting better and better."

I second this. I'm looking forward to reading it.

tammikuu 23, 5:48 pm

‘Seven Poems with One Title’ by Robert Bringhurst.
The Real Lead Saloon, 2022
Edition of 100 copies

This is the third publication from Peter Koch's superb side project, The Real Lead Saloon, which sees him and a group of friends get together and leisurely work on some very fine booklets. This imprint may well not be on the radar of many collectors as there seems to be barely any information anywhere online. I find this a pity as the publications are really worth having, so I hope this mention might bring some further attention. This latest offering continues to hit the spot like the previous two have, with excellent text that's been finely designed and printed on beautiful papers. Typefaces are Pegasus and Libra, and the papers are a vintage Imago handmade for the text and Velké Losiny handmade paper for the cover.

tammikuu 24, 1:02 pm

Just arrived: Cut to Impress. Woodblocks once belonging to Philip Newbury, Thomas Carnan & John Newbery. One of 95 copies printed from the original blocks. The Fleece Press, 2021. The marbled paper covers by Louise Brockman are just beautiful. Bought direct from the press.

tammikuu 25, 1:35 pm

While not a fine press book, I am thrilled to have at last secured a fine condition hardback of The Voyage of Mael Duin by Patricia Aakhus McDowell. I have been on a quest for this one for a good while, with most copies on Abebooks being mediocre condition softcovers and/or outrageously priced. I finally lucked into a listing from Glenbower Books, appositely located in Ireland. The book was only $11.11, and even though the shipping was more than double at $24.81, I considered this a steal, given that the next cheapest offering of this edition goes for $339.35. The arrival of the book has proved what an absolute bargain it was, as it is a nice as I could have hoped for.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 25, 2:11 pm

Another Fleece Press arrival, this one from the second-hand market. Think of it as a Poster by Brian Webb. 2010. One of 250 copies with 17 postage stamps tipped in. This stands as a lovely companion to the 103 Not Out which the press has just released.

tammikuu 29, 8:09 pm

Another great new volume to my shelves from the Dutch Factotum Pers is a standard copy of ‘Er is een tijd’. This text from Ecclesiastes, with an introduction by Marcel Möring, is the most recent publication from Geert de Koning’s superb press. It was designed, printed and bound by Geert in his own version of Romanée, with initials also drawn by himself (loosely based on some by Jan van Krimpen), on Zerkall mould-made paper. Published in 2022 in an edition of 78 standard copies hardbound in mid grey paper over boards with a deep rust cloth spine, and 18 specials hardbound in dark grey paper over boards with a vellum spine. It is, as the last Factotum edition mentioned on here recently, a beautiful volume despite not being able to read Dutch, and one I can easily enjoy from visual and physical aesthetics alone.

tammikuu 29, 11:16 pm

I was happy to receive today a signed copy in good condition of Jun Fujita's Tanka: Poems in Exile, put out by Will Ransom's private press in 1923. It's a lovely small edition, and I am very happy to add it to my collection. The poems are truly a delight.

Thank you Glacierman for setting me on the hunt for it!

tammikuu 30, 12:54 am

>100 mnmcdwl: My pleasure!

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 30, 8:34 am

>72 TheTotalLibrarian: As it’s directly from the Press, I’m assuming that’s the new facsimile edition?

tammikuu 30, 9:14 am

>102 What_What: It is the facsimile. One of 92 copies.

tammikuu 30, 1:58 pm

Just ordered Dante's Divine Comedy (Nonesuch press). The spine is faded as usual but the price I paid was the lowest on the market so no regrets. Was there a prospectus of the book? If yes, can anyone share it?

Now I need an afordable copy of Nonesuch Herodotus!

tammikuu 30, 3:09 pm

>104 Lukas1990: That is a nice book. The spine on my copy isn't faded, but it does have warped boards, another common problem with that book. A delight to read, regardless.

tammikuu 30, 7:46 pm

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 31, 5:04 am

My acquisitions so far:

  • First, I bought a copy of Goat Green from The Golden Cockerel Press. In terms of physical make-up, it's similar to another book from the press, Mr Chambers and Persephone. But it has wood engravings by Gwenda Morgan that already attracted my attention right when I first started exploring GCP. I had the chance to buy a NF copy for £95, which I think it well below market rates, so am happy. I'm just frustrated that I passed on the chance to buy a couple of other GCP titles at similar prices at the same time.

I also bought two Whittington Press books of photographs. I did this with some apprehension because I had so far focused on their books with relief prints. Silly me! Of course the books are wonderful.

  • The first is A view of the Cotswolds. This is a book of photographs of Cotswold village life in the early 1950s, along with a commentary on the architectural and social history and how the places have changed since. I'd say the photographic reproduction is merely very good--nothing different to what you might expect from a well-produced modern coffee table book (they are tritones, which helps give them a bit more tonal depth). But the Bugra-Butten paper and letterpress printing are very nice. The book is also a nice bit of escapism for those who enjoy being in rural England but find themselves sat in an urban office for far too many days of the year. I got it in a January sale for £100 but it can generally be found for not a lot more than this. At that price, I think this book represents exceptional value for money.

  • The last book is a real hidden gem in my opinion. It is A Slow Ride to India, again from Whittington. This is a book of John Randle's photographs from an overland trip to India. If the reproduction in A View of the Cotswolds was very good, A Slow Ride is exceptional. Add in the usual nice paper, cool typography, attractive pochoir boards, and so on, and this book is an instant favourite of mine. There don't seem to be many copies floating around, but if you get a chance to buy one it would definitely be a recommend from me, so long as you are somewhat interested in the subject matter. I paid a little over £200.

tammikuu 31, 9:52 am

Brief Loves That Live Forever and The Story of the Fisherman both arrived yesterday. Both beautiful and completely different from each other. Peggy and Larry are both wonderful to deal with as well.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 31, 10:49 am

>108 CTPress-Tony: Great selections - the finest two books that are available from the press in my opinion!

While most of the other books remaining in print are less ambitious, though still wonderful, Journey to The Moon is every bit in the same league as those two if you ever consider adding a third to your collection.

tammikuu 31, 11:51 am

>108 CTPress-Tony: Enjoy!!! I got them both last year and they are two of my favourites ;)

tammikuu 31, 12:23 pm

>109 NathanOv: I’ve been curious about Journey to the Moon. Not one often mentioned here, but looks like a very impressive production. I guess the price is a barrier for many (myself included). Would love to see photos if you would like to share. The Foolscap website is a bit lacking in that regard. (Am I just oblivious or is there no way to enlarge the photos?)

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 31, 2:13 pm

>111 Nightcrawl: I actually do not have photos available of that one, but I believe a handful of other collectors on the forum have copies.

I hesitated for a long time myself due to the lack of quality photos and, of course, high price. However, I think the premium over Foolscap's other major editions such as Mandeville or Brief Loves is justified by the production methods and artwork. It utilizes direct gravure illustrations which goes beyond the colored letterpress in other editions, and has what I believe must be their most complex binding with the half-pages that open from either side. Like Mandeville, it is also a new adapted translation commissioned by the press.

Side note, it also uses the same translator as "Brief Loves," which is an interesting connection between he two very different texts.

tammikuu 31, 3:50 pm

Excited to add the Golden Cockerel Press four volume work of "The Canterbury Tales", illustrated by Eric Gill, to the collection.

tammikuu 31, 4:43 pm

>113 Sport1963: Oh, wow — that’s on my list of books I want very badly, but will likely never own. Congratulations!

tammikuu 31, 5:37 pm

>112 NathanOv: Thanks! Appreciate the insight.

tammikuu 31, 5:59 pm

>114 kermaier: I had to go deep and forward spend a significant portion of my '23 book budget, but I couldn't pass it up - decent price and excellent condition.

helmikuu 1, 3:06 am

>113 Sport1963: excellent acquisition: congratulations are indeed in order!

helmikuu 1, 6:18 pm

In transit to me are a couple of small press books, both of which are germane to my continuing research into the four small/private presses I profiled previously on this forum. They are:

1. Lee Bassett. The Mapmaker’s Lost Daughter. 500 copies, wraps. Story, WY: Dooryard Press, 1980.
This is the first book from this press.

2. Matthew Hanson. Clearing. Illus. Sarah Miller. Foreword by James Welch. Missoula, MT: Kutenai Press, 1986. 8vo, 40 pp. 150 copies in tan printed wraps from the Barcham Green mill.
This is the first book published under the Kutenai Press imprint. The author was Richard Hugo's step-son who died at the age of 23. This was his only published work.
  The first book printed by the newly formed Kutenai Press was a checklist of the Bieler Press printed for the publisher, the Campbell-Logan Bindery of Minneapolis (1985).

helmikuu 1, 9:06 pm

>118 Glacierman: Both of those sound really intriguing, please share what you wish when they arrive.

I have a couple checks out in the mail for some books as well, one to La Ginestra and the other to Larkspur Press.

helmikuu 1, 9:50 pm

>119 Shadekeep: "I have a couple checks out in the mail for some books as well, one to La Ginestra... .

You have a treat in store for you. Christmas in January!!

helmikuu 3, 8:16 pm

Over de vijftig tafelmanieren from Factotum Press arrived yesterday. Quite fast shipping from the Netherlands given the current state of world affairs in delivery.

I have to agree with ChestnutPress, this is some of the finest printing I've seen. It's not just the craft of the individual elements - typeface, paper, ink, binding - but how they all come together. I am honestly not bothered that I can't read the book itself without a translation at hand, it's so superb.

The book was inside a natty branded paper bag and accompanied by a leaf from Sonnetten voor Laura. If that one was on offer I'd have gotten it as well.


helmikuu 4, 7:39 am

>121 Shadekeep: Geert's work sure is handsome, isn't it! Craftsmanship so good that not being able to read it becomes just a minor problem in the broader enjoyment of the aesthetics! The Petrarch leaf is a nice item to have in the absence of the edition itself (which is really beautiful in the whole)

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 4, 10:18 am

>122 ChestnutPress: Yes, I may have to hunt that one down. I just learned that I actually got the last copy of Over de vijftig tafelmanieren he had for sale, so the timing was propitious indeed. Interestingly, it's #10, even though the book was an edition of 60.

He told me he has another Bonvesin da la Riva book in the works, Disputatio musce cum formica ("a discussion between a fly and an ant").

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 4, 4:46 pm

>123 Shadekeep: It's very much worth tracking down. Good for you on getting the last copy of your ordered volume. Regarding the number, I don't know of any Press that actually specifically sells books in order of their number, so it's no oddity. The only time numbering slightly baffles me is when there specials aren't given logical numbers, such as an edition that has ten special copies, but the allocated numbers for them are random, like 17 or 56 etc. rather than an obvious 1 - 10. I have z couple of editions like that

helmikuu 4, 11:03 am

>124 ChestnutPress: That's a good point about the numbering. I was more surprised that it was a relatively high number, and also a nice even one. I'm more used to getting #37 or some such. 😊

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 4, 12:03 pm

Luther's Bible (Bremer presse) is here!

helmikuu 4, 12:28 pm

Three recent arrivals:

Shakespeare's Hamlet, Alberto Tallone, 1978 (one of 360 copies on Magnani paper)

The Garden of the Night, 26 Sufi poems translated by Iftikhar Azmi and illustrated by Richard Kennedy, Whittington Press, 1979 (one of 200 copies in the cloth and Japanese hand-made paper binding)

The Country of the Blind, H G Wells, Golden Cockerel Press 1939. Full page wood engravings by Clifford Webb. A nice edition, containing two versions of the short story: the original from 1904 and the revised version of 1939 with a substantially rewritten ending. (one of 280 copies, quarter bound in leather by Sangorski and Sutcliffe and printed on Batchelor hand-made paper)

helmikuu 4, 12:37 pm

>127 edgeworn: did you buy The Country of the Blind from BHF on eBay by any chance?

helmikuu 4, 1:13 pm

helmikuu 4, 1:13 pm

>127 edgeworn: The H.G. Wells is a gorgeous volume!

helmikuu 4, 1:35 pm

>126 Lukas1990:

Major league -a family heirloom for generations to come.


helmikuu 4, 5:02 pm

>128 ubiquitousuk: I bought my copy from an Australian bookseller. I've had this book on my wants list for a while and copies are not that easy to locate.

>130 ChestnutPress: Good quality printing of both text and wood engravings on fine paper and attractively bound - what's not to like!

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 5, 3:50 am

>132 edgeworn: I see. I ask because a copy recently sold on eBay in the UK for £125. I was the second highest bidder and decided to keep by bid low because I was also in the process of buying a bunch of other stuff. But that was a stupid decision in hindsight because I think it would have been a decent deal even at twice the price.

helmikuu 6, 7:25 am

>133 ubiquitousuk: £125! Someone picked up a bargain there.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 8, 1:21 pm

I couldn't help myself and had to get one of the special copies of the latest Corvus Works publication ‘Claude Garamond’, after seeing a photo of Roger Grech's beautiful binding of it.

Designed and impeccably printed by Christopher Wakeling at Corvus Works, Blackball, County Durham, UK, in Sabon-Antiqua on Arches Vélin Blanc mould-made for the text, Zerkall Ingres and Zerkall Smooth mould-mades for the tipped-in plates, and Barcham Green ‘Bodleian’ handmade for the linocut frontispiece. Published in 2022 in an edition of 105 copies, of which 99 are standard copies hardbound by the printer in quarter burgundy cloth with printed blue paper sides, and 6 (plus one more printer's copy) are specials hardbound by Roger Grech at R. Grech Bindery, Shipley, West Yorkshire, UK, in quarter burgundy leather with blue, green and metallic gold Freya Scott marbled paper sides, held in a slipcase.

helmikuu 9, 1:58 am

Not a book but wanted to show you my latest acquisition - a big engraving by Sepp Frank of Charlemagne or Charles The Great. Sepp Frank has illustrated some beautiful books:

helmikuu 9, 1:10 pm

>136 Lukas1990: That's a great piece!

helmikuu 11, 8:47 am

It's been an exiting last couple of weeks with these arrivals:

Lohengrin, Tudor Black Press, 2022, one of 45 copies in quarter leather.
A Scandal in Bohemia, No Reply Press, 2021, one of 50 De Luxe copies in quarter Morocco.
The Enūma Eliš, No Reply Press, 2021, one of 100 copies in quarter vellum.
An Albion in the Antarctic, St James Park Press, 2022, one of 92 copies.
Pwyll, Prince of Dyved, Gwydir Press, 2013, one of 140 copies.
Thucydides, Folio Society LE, 2023, one of 750 copies.

These two are also on their way:

The Agamemnon of Aeschylus, Rampant Lions Press, one of 500 copies.
The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, Extraordinary Editions, one of 150 copies in half-leather.

helmikuu 11, 11:37 am

>138 Dr.Fiddy: That's a lot of great stuff! I'm still thinking of giving in and ordering Pwyll, Prince of Dyved. If I do, it will likely be my last big-ticket purchase for a while.

helmikuu 11, 1:11 pm

>139 Shadekeep:

Although more expensive, I would strongly consider this one (see link). It contains the entire Mabinogion with an unmatched set of wood engravings by Dorothea Braby.

helmikuu 11, 6:15 pm

>140 dlphcoracl: Thanks for the recommendation, definitely of interest to me. I've created a watchlist for it, though if anyone sees a worthy copy come around please do let me know. I may go for Pwyll anyway as I like to support active presses whenever possible. (Not sure how active Gwydir Press is, but they appear to still be in operation.)

helmikuu 12, 8:27 am

>140 dlphcoracl: Thanks for the recommendation. I'll certainly be looking out for it.

>141 Shadekeep: Pwyll is a beautiful little book with very nice and heavy, textured paper.
I actually don't think the press is active anymore. I tried sending them an email, but it just bounced back. I also contacted the castle, but got no reply. So, I ended up getting it from a Welsh bookseller that had three new copies.

helmikuu 12, 9:20 am

>142 Dr.Fiddy: Ah, fudge. I was going to order all three of their listed available titles. That's a dang shame. I'll see what I can find in the aftermarket, but on the plus side it frees up the money for other wants.

helmikuu 12, 9:34 am

>140 dlphcoracl: thank you for posting that. Somehow I'd missed the Mabinogion on my many visits to the Books and Vines site. Any idea on the market value of the book?

helmikuu 12, 11:17 am

>144 SDB2012: 1k and up

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 12, 12:49 pm

>143 Shadekeep: Judy Corbett, the press proprietor, is still active on Twitter and Instagram. Could be worth trying to contact her through one of those platforms. Pwyll really is a beautifully made book.

You can add me to the list of those now coveting the Golden Cockerel Mabinogion.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 12, 11:35 am

>144 SDB2012:
>145 Glacierman:
>146 SyllicSpell:

Glacierman is correct.

Collectors Notes: After the GCP quadrilogy, i.e, the three famous titles with extensive Eric Gill wood-engraved illustrations plus the superb edition of Paradise Lost with Mary Groom wood engravings, the next tier of great GCP books includes 5-6 titles and the Mabinogion is one of them. Amongst the 200+ GCP editions in their bibliography I consider the Mabinogion to be in the Top Ten. This is a book that MUST be acquired in fine condition without any compromise and, yes, they do exist. Fair value for such an edition from a fine & rare bookseller is $1,100 - $1,200.

Incidentally, the photos of the Mabinogion in the Books and Vines article are set up so that if you L-click once over a photo it will enlarge. It you then L-click again (a 2nd time) over the enlarged photo, if will enlarge further providing a macro photo view of the Dorothea Braby wood engravings and the outstanding letterpress printing. You will then fully appreciate just how good this GCP edition really is.

helmikuu 12, 12:01 pm

Mabinogion as recently mentioned for sale. By coincidence it is for sale in Wales.

helmikuu 12, 12:12 pm

And there is one for sale in Australia here.

helmikuu 12, 12:36 pm

>146 SyllicSpell: Thanks for the lead, I'll see if I can get in touch with her.

helmikuu 12, 1:22 pm

>148 paulm16:
>149 Glacierman:

Neither book is in fine condition. This is one book I would be quite picky about.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 12, 1:54 pm

>148 paulm16: It's gone. I'd put an order in an hour or so before your post, but someone here beat me to it +). I received an email from the owner stating that in 20+ years he'd never seen the same book ordered within hours.

>151 dlphcoracl: This half-Welsh American will keep an eye out for a fine copy. In the meantime, Pwyll is on the way.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 12, 2:42 pm

>151 dlphcoracl:

Trust me - it is well worth the wait.

FWIW, this is something I am a bit quirky about. Ignoring the fact that certain private press books can never (or rarely ever) be found in fine condition, there are a handful of private press books in which anything less than fine condition, for me, detracts considerably from the book and the GCP Mabinogion is one of them.

helmikuu 12, 4:14 pm

>153 dlphcoracl: are you able to articulate why you single-out this and other such books in particular as requiring fine condition?

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 13, 10:19 am

>154 ubiquitousuk:

Yes and no.

It defies strict logic or precise definition. That said, there ARE certain private press books in which the defects or problems regarding book condition seem to become magnified in an irritating way, compromising the careful book design and aesthetics of the book. Some specific examples where conditional issues rub (no pun intended) me the wrong way:

1. Grabhorn Press: Leaves of Grass and Sir John Maundeville.

2. Arion Press: Leaves of Grass, The Physiology of Taste, The Apocalypse, and Tristram Shandy.

3. Golden Cockerel Press: the Eric Gill trilogy, Paradise Lost.

4. The 1932 Bruce Rogers Odyssey of Homer (T.E. Lawrence translation)

5. Officina Bodoni: The Holy Gospel

6. The large quarto books in white vellum over boards with gilt titling and decoration from the golden age of book illustration, e.g., Dulac, Rackham, Pogany, etc., published by Hodder & Stoughton, J.M. Dent and George Harrap between 1900 to 1935.

Perhaps the best answer to your question is a famous quote from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart during a 1964 decision on obscenity. In describing his threshold for obscenity he wrote:

"I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description "hard-core pornography", and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it..... ."

Similarly, I know there are a handful of private press books I would not be pleased with if not in fine condition. This will vary from one collector to another and other collectors will not be bothered by these imperfections at all.

I told you it was quirky.

helmikuu 13, 9:46 am

>155 dlphcoracl: Sorry to nitpick but 4) should be the T E Lawrence translation not D H

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 13, 10:19 am

>156 DMulvee:

Clearly another brain cramp, now corrected above.


Muokkaaja: helmikuu 19, 7:14 am

I've recently received these:

Simplicissimus, Limited Editions Club, 1981

The Defense of Gracchus Babeuf, Gehenna Press, 1964

The Travels and Sufferings of Father Jean de Brebeuf Among the Hurons of Canada as Described by Himself, Golden Cockerel Press, 1938

The Little Flowers of Saint Francis of Assisi, Limited Editions Club, 1930

The two engravings by Eric Gill for the title page of Father Jean de Brebeuf are the only illustrations in this book but they're brilliant. The paper is nice (Arnold's mould-made), printing looks very good, and from what I have read so far, the work itself is fascinating. I was enabled by the review on Books and Vines.

helmikuu 19, 1:43 pm

>158 GardenOfForkingPaths: Bravo! Four outstanding selections.

Brebeuf is an extremely interesting read and served as inspiration for Brian Moore's "Black Robe", which was adapted for the 1991 Bruce Beresford directed film of the same name. Much of the unflinching portrayal of Native American culture was taken directly from Brebeuf's account. This book also influenced Michael Mann's portrayal of Native Americans in his film "Last of the Mohicans". Thankfully, both directors ignored most of what James Fenimore Cooper wrote about Huron, Mohawk, and Algonquin society. While Cooper could (arguably) write a good tale, anthropological accuracy was not his strong suit.

helmikuu 20, 2:08 am

>158 GardenOfForkingPaths:. Congrats on a really nice haul. They all look to be in great condition.

helmikuu 20, 3:12 pm

>160 kdweber: Thank you!

>159 Sport1963: Really interesting, thank you for mentioning the connection with the books and films. From what you say, it's going to be fascinating to compare with James Fenimore Cooper's portrayal (up to this point I have really enjoyed the Leatherstocking Tales!)

As with Brebeuf and Babeuf, books that bring to light important historical accounts and present them in a beautiful format is one of the really intriguing areas of fine press collecting for me.

In case it is of interest to anyone, as of a few weeks ago, there were still copies of Gracchus Babeuf available.

helmikuu 21, 10:32 am

Just ordered a copy of The Apocrypha (Cresset press) from the Netherlands (that's my fine press book eldorado haha).

Would love to own this one (black vellum looks gooood):

helmikuu 21, 3:37 pm

>162 Lukas1990: Some of those limited Cresset editions are really gorgeous, as that one you posted shows. My favourite has to be Bacon's Essays:

helmikuu 21, 3:38 pm

>162 Lukas1990: Not to mention the handmade paper....

helmikuu 21, 4:17 pm

>163 ChestnutPress: That one is huuuge!

My shelves will soon be full of vellum as my Nonesuch press La Divina Commedia is already at customs and it won't take long for The Apocrypha to arrive too.

helmikuu 21, 4:22 pm

>162 Lukas1990:

Love my copy (not the black vellum version, alas). A beautiful book.

helmikuu 21, 7:04 pm

>165 Lukas1990: 'Shelves full of vellum' is the way forward!!

helmikuu 23, 7:59 am

Circling back to the discussion of Pwyll, Prince of Dyved, I just heard back from Judy Corbett at Gwydir Castle. Apparently she is still binding copies of Pwyll, along with A Letter From Wales, but is doing so on demand. I may spring for these still, though some other book opportunities recently have put a dent in the coffers. Anyway, if anyone is still looking for these direct from the source, drop her a line.

helmikuu 23, 9:23 am

Three older Fleece press works arrived this week. Ravilious for Curwen, and Bookplates by Richard Shirley Smith were the first two, but the exciting arrival was the special version of Ploughshare and Hayrick about the life of Claughton Pellew

helmikuu 23, 12:37 pm

>119 Shadekeep: I'll do that, but it will be a while yet.

helmikuu 23, 3:07 pm

>170 Glacierman: Take your time, it'll be appreciated regardless of when.

helmikuu 23, 3:31 pm

Well, hello there!

helmikuu 23, 5:19 pm

>172 Lukas1990: Such a gorgeous volume!

helmikuu 23, 5:23 pm

>172 Lukas1990: You're going to love that book! And it is a VERY nice copy. Congratulations.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 23, 6:21 pm

Just a $50 Perishable Press book that sounded interesting because of the covers. "Thank You Call Again" (Perishable Press, 1973), poems by Ken Mikolowski, illustrated by his wife Ann. Edition of 120 press-numbered copies.

Like most everything published by Walter Hamady, it's not boring! Palatino handset and printed in seven colors. Get a rundown of the papers: Sekishu, Shadwell (Hamady's handmade paper), Sheepstor, Hosho, and ... Tawny Absorbent. Handsewn into a map of the Detroit River area.

This is the last book that Hamady put out before the appearance of the first Gabberjabb later that year. That book, "Interminable Gabberjabbs" by "Voltaire the Hamadeh", started a series of 8 books in which Hamady pointedly calls attention to and subverts readers' assumptions about the form of the book, particularly a fine press book. To us maniacal collectors of the press, the series perhaps best represents Hamady's idea concerning artist's statements: "the work IS the statement" (Gabberjabb 6; true to form, this has a footnote).

"Interminable Gabberjabbs" would also use a few features previewed in this little volume (almost an illustrated chapbook):
-- the use of maps in the binding, although in "IG" the maps are pasted sewn? on the inside of the Fabriano covers, and those are nicer, USGS maps of Hamady's "Blue Mounds" region in Wisconsin.
-- handmade papers cut in progressively different sizes, but I think in IG the papers were all Shadwell. Hamady had played with a variety of paper sizes in a few books before, and he had been mixing different handmade papers for a few years by this point.
-- printing an edition of 120 in at least 6 colors. Perishable runs were never big (a few earlier ones were 250, and after that, most were sub-200 copies).
-- some fun with small caps and sizes on certain pages. Absolutely beautiful setting and printing of Palatino, but that's standard PP.

Clearly, Hamady was working on "Thank You Call Again" and "Interminable Gabberjabbs" either simultaneously or in immediate succession. There is a lot of stylistic and material overlap, which I really did not know when I bought this on a whim. I just wanted another Perishable Press book. I am quite pleasantly surprised.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 24, 1:57 pm

Just ordered a fine copy of A Babylonian Anthology by Bird & Bull Press, 1966. One of 200 copies. Bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in blue quarter-leather with oatmeal linen boards. Not sure if it was printed on hand-made paper, though. My first book from this press.

helmikuu 24, 2:11 pm

>176 Lukas1990: A Babylonian Anthology is indeed on paper handmade by Henry Morris (the man who was Bird & Bull P.), and it bears a Babylonian-themed watermark. In the wonderful bibliography "Twenty One Years of Bird & Bull (W. Thomas Taylor, 1980), Morris discusses how he was a commercial printer who started making handmade paper, and would actively seek out texts to print on his papers. "A Babylonian Anthology" is the sixth book from his press, very early in its history. Hope you enjoy it and find occasion to get more from the same press!

helmikuu 24, 2:15 pm

Just a few for me so far this year. North of Boston and Song of the Broad-Axe from Ascensius and I am on the list for No Reply's "big three" that I (anticipate? hope?) will ship by year end.

helmikuu 24, 2:18 pm

>177 DenimDan: Thank you very much! Letterpress, beautiful and quality binding, hand-made paper, nice illustrations - sounds like a win! The price was also pretty good. Besides, I've probably found a copy in the best possible condition.

helmikuu 24, 2:27 pm

>178 LBShoreBook: What are you thoughts on North of Boston? I've been eyeing it but for some reason have yet to make the purchase.

helmikuu 24, 2:43 pm

>176 Lukas1990:
>177 DenimDan:

Bird & Bull Press editions are an acquired taste because most of Henry Morris's bibliography centered about making handmade papers and other aspects regarding The Arts of the Book. No one, however, will dispute the quality of the B & B publications. In this regard, Henry Morris was joined at the hip with Walter Hamady and his Perishable Press. A few suggestions regarding B & B books with wider appeal:

1. Sweynheym & Pannartz and the Origins of Printing in Italy (1991). An important leaf book made for high end fine & rare bookseller Phillip Pirages.

2. Three Erfurt Tales (1962). Three charming medieval tales with reproduction of the fifteenth century woodcuts. This edition is a facsimile from the original ultra-rare edition owned by renowned book collector Lessing Rosenwald, who would later donate an astonishing rare book collection to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., including the Giant Bible of Mainz, which is kept in the lobby on permanent display (see link).

3. Three Lions and the Cross of Lorraine (1992). Another rare and important leaf book.

4. Five Short Stories by Marcel Ayme (1994)

5. Ourika by Claire de Durfort (1977).

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 24, 2:50 pm

>180 Joshbooks1: I think its well done. I would have liked the deluxe edition (leather binding) but he had only one left and is selling at a premium (I think $1500); there is one for sale right now in secondary market that I think will go for less. I ended up purchasing the standard edition with a cloth cover and no slipcase at $400 (no slipcase is a bummer). The paper is nice, really nice bite to the letterpress and a pretty nice collection on the poetry (substance). I may purchase a deluxe at some point and let go of the standard because I like the collection.

helmikuu 24, 3:09 pm

>182 LBShoreBook: I believe Ascensius produced 26 copies in full leather with clamshell box, but only 15 copies in full cloth. Maybe the former should be considered the "standard" state, and the latter "sub-standard"? ;-) (I have a cloth-bound copy and, while I wish I could afford the leather-bound, I'm pretty happy with it.)
If I remember correctly, the original publication (2014) prices were $1250 for the leather-bound state, and $400 for the cloth-bound. But I think that Scott Vile has been selling copies of both at a variety of prices -- both higher and lower -- over the years.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 24, 5:08 pm

>181 dlphcoracl: I think that's a good comparison between Perishable and Bird & Bull re: the quirks, subjects, and very specific appeals of their books. I also find that each press is very clearly an extension of their printer's personality (apparently, both Hamady and Morris were irascible). And each was an early figure the modern handmade paper movement in America.

As someone also wrote of Perishable Press books, "get a copy of one of their books in your hands!" So too with Bird & Bull. Here are a few cheaper titles from Bird & Bull that I enjoy:

1. The Private Presses of San Serriffe (1986): Part of Morris' long-running joke regarding a fictitious country and the resurrected Theodore Bacchus. Printing puns abound! It's worth noting that most sellers have it listed as being published in Port Clarendon by the San Serriffe Publishing Company. $50

2. Twenty-One Years of Bird and Bull (1980). Co-published by W. Thomas Taylor, the book is printed on Roma handmade paper and contains Morris commentary on his first few dozen titles. I'm totally enamored of fine-press bibliographies generally. This is the first B&B book I bought. Morris' annotations are illuminating and sometimes can be hilarious, sad, spiteful, the works. It's a real bargain and a beautiful book. $150

3. The Foresters (2000): Long poem by Alexander Wilson (it's pretty good!), but the real attraction here are the wood engravings by Wesley W. Bates. Gorgeous production from later in the press' history. $200

helmikuu 24, 6:35 pm

>185 dlphcoracl:

Thank you for your recommendations. I will certainly explore them as they are unknown to me.

In general, I tend to avoid Books About Books, e.g., books and private presses which focus primarily on paper making and/or typography. However, there are two exceptions:

1. Corvus Bookworks. Christopher Wakeling's books are so well-designed and beautifully printed that I cannot resist them, nor should I.

2. The Mountain House Press books by Dard Hunter. These books explore the history of handmade papers over the centuries around the world. The books are beautifully printed on some exceptional handmade papers made by Dard Hunter himself, frequently containing paper samples collected during his travels and/or photographs. Unfortunately, these books are ungodly expensive but the edition 'Dard Hunter & Son' published by the Bird & Bull Press is an excellent substitute.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 24, 11:06 pm

>184 DenimDan:

Enabled. Ordered The Foresters from Oak Knoll Books, one of my favorite booksellers.

Incidentally, if you are interested in fine & private press bibliographies, one of them reigns supreme (imho). It is the Allen Press Bibliography published in 1981. Unfortunately, it is one of the most expensive of the Allen Press books and I would look for this to appear in a PBA Galleries auction. Note that there is a much less expensive facsimile version that was published in 1985 by the Book Club of California in an edition of 750 copies, but it does not have the private press production values of the original.

What sets this bibliography apart from the others, e.g., Ashendene, Grabhorn, Arion Press, Officina Bodoni, etc., is that it is much more than a compendium of published books with dry descriptions and tipped-in leaves. The Allens describe the trials and tribulations of printing one book each year using a 19th century handpress over a forty year period, doing all of the book design, printing and binding themselves, inserting their personalities and passion for bookmaking in their bibliography.

helmikuu 25, 2:59 pm

>181 dlphcoracl: Your posts usually leave me enriched in private press knowledge and poorer in wallet.

>186 dlphcoracl: "Note that there is a much less expensive facsimile version that was published in 1985 by the Book Club of California in an edition of 750 copies, but it does not have the private press production values of the original."

I disagree, at least in part. Yes, the first part of the book is a facsimile of the 1981 edition, printed offset, but the second part contains new and original material from 1981-1985, printed letterpress to the same standards as the 1981 edition. A collector of Allen Press books should own both editions.

helmikuu 27, 8:57 am

Received a nice package of various fine press titles from a UK bookseller. The first four of these are the first ones in my collection from the presses in question.

La Belle O'Morphi (Golden Cockerel Press)
Real Sky (Whittington Press)
Ten Sonnets (Evergreen Press)
The Rivers and the Flames (Evergreen Press) {curiously, this one is unnumbered}
By Oral Tradition: A Moral Tale for Our Time (Incline Press)
The Ship of Sounds (Plain Wrapper Press / Gruffyground Press)

I picked up The Ship of Sounds thanks to a recommendation from Linda at Edizioni La Ginestra. It was printed by her mentor Alessandro Zanella for Gruffyground. It is a very handsome volume indeed and a recommended one.

One other interesting recent acquisition in the chapbook Roadsalt from Bieler Press. My first title from that press as well, and nice production, down to the blind printed image on the cover.

helmikuu 27, 11:27 am

>188 Shadekeep: There's some very nice bits in there, mate, particularly those older Evergreen editions.

helmikuu 27, 11:28 am

>188 Shadekeep: Wow, a nice package indeed! Enjoy 😊

helmikuu 27, 11:47 am

>189 ChestnutPress: >190 Dr.Fiddy:

Thanks! The Rivers and the Flames is a really gorgeous production, both the printing and the binding. And I think I got lucky with The Ship of Sounds, it seems to be an uncommon title. Always a treat to get another Gruffyground.

helmikuu 27, 12:09 pm

I have added two smaller books from Fleece Press, both with real examples stuck in:
"103 Not Out" - this wonderful collection of David Gentleman stamps is a nostalgic trip back to my childhood. As always, beautifully designed and printed.
"Henry Morris & His Paste Papers" - an unexpected opportunity to indulge my love of paste papers.

I found a copy of "Coastlines (Nomad Letterpress) - still in its brown paper publisher's wrapping and it is everything that I had hoped for. It has been at the top of my wants list for a while and this is how I obtained it: I stayed longer in the city than I had planned, chanced upon a book fair I had not expected, spoke to a dealer who then directed me to another who thought he had one somewhere. He found it and sold it to me at the publication price. When I opened the wrapping a waft of printing ink emerged with the book. Oh happy, happy chance!

Never give up.

helmikuu 27, 12:14 pm

>192 AndyEngraver: Wow, that's great about the Nomad title! So delightful when things unfold that way.

helmikuu 27, 1:50 pm

>192 AndyEngraver: congratulations! I thought I was lucky when Pat Randle sold me one of his copies after it had gone out of print. But in finding a still new copy this late in the game, and at the original price, I think you hit the jackpot. I hope you enjoy Coastline as much as I did.

Now I'm just waiting for Cousin's next one, which seems to be shaping up nicely.

helmikuu 27, 2:28 pm

>191 Shadekeep: 'The Rivers and the Flames' is a really nice example of early Grice work. It's a very lovely booklet. 'The Ship of Sounds' is a very fine example of both Gruffyground and Plain Wrapper Press. It seems to be something that pops up reasonably often, but rarely at a decent price. I hope yours wasn't too harsh on the pocket! The Garrick Palmer engraving is astonishing, and one of my absolute favourite illustrations to be found in Gruffyground publications. Anthony's Christmas card for last year featured it in mid blue, printed from the block by John Grice. Very handsome!

helmikuu 27, 2:29 pm

>192 AndyEngraver: Two choice editions, Andy. 'Coastlines' is an absolute beauty, and I look forward to the follow-up book that I know Hannah is working on

helmikuu 27, 2:39 pm

>195 ChestnutPress: Glad to know it's not exceedingly rare, as it really belongs in a lot of collections. I got it for just under $100, which is roughly where the other fine copies I've found are hovering as well.

helmikuu 27, 3:25 pm

>197 Shadekeep: That seems to be the kind of price asked for it these days. The real peach of a copy available out there is the special binding edition that Maggs have (and have misdescribed)

helmikuu 27, 3:40 pm

>198 ChestnutPress: That is a lovely looking edition. What is amiss in their listing?

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 27, 4:30 pm

The biggie is that they say there are 15 of them, when there are only five. On more finicky matters, they say it's lettered in gilt, when it's actually lettered in Palladium. Smalll, but important, matters in such a beautiful rarity. And I can fully attest that it really is a gorgeous edition as I'm one of the ridiculously lucky souls that own a copy.

helmikuu 27, 5:42 pm

I just took delivery of three books I won at auction:
The Chaste Planet by John Updike (Metacom Press, though actually printed at Penmaen)
The Enemy from Eden by James Dickey (Lord John Press)
Praise by Philip Levine (Sutton Hoo Press)
My only volumes from each of these presses (so far).

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 27, 9:23 pm

The Ideal Book arrived today, photos here.

>201 kermaier: Good stuff, and I heartily recommend more Sutton Hoo.

EDIT: >200 ChestnutPress: Palladium! That's nicer than gold. And what a splendid rarity.

helmikuu 28, 7:33 am

The House of the Seven Gables, 1932 by the Limited Editions Club is another one that is lettered in Palladium.

helmikuu 28, 8:17 am

>203 BuzzBuzzard:
Not always seen in that condition!

helmikuu 28, 9:47 am

>201 kermaier: I wish I knew where that auction was, I might have made a play for Praise. That poor edition has been through the ringer. I only have one bound copy myself. A large part of that edition was lost (or stolen?) during the house moves I made since it's release. Recently I found some unbound copies (I always try to hold back a few) that I want to get bound so that I have my own little heritage box of five filled here at home.

helmikuu 28, 10:46 am

>205 SuttonHooPress: Sending you a PM.

helmikuu 28, 12:05 pm

Received Hercule Chrestien from Kim Merker's Windhover Press, great little book. I've been consistently impressed with Merker's work and am negotiating a purchase of multiple titles from his daughters Ker and Meghan.

helmikuu 28, 1:51 pm

>207 Shadekeep: Rulon-Miller got his library--lots of good stuff there too. I got some good deals from him, including on Kim's Morris socialist Diary, printed on glorious paper.

helmikuu 28, 3:05 pm

>208 SuttonHooPress: Indeed, and I'm eyeing a few of those ex libris items from Yellow Barn and bradypress as well. Not exactly keen to a be a vulture, but I do so with the knowledge it will be my own bones on offer one day.

I've also ordered his production Natura from Fireproof Books on Abe. I've had great luck with Fireproof and gotten a bunch of back-catalogue chapbooks in immaculate condition from them. And while Natura is a Windhover book, it's part of substantial order with a primary focus on Cummington Press titles.

helmikuu 28, 4:31 pm

>202 Shadekeep: Anthony loves a special binding using precious metals. He also used platinum for the five specially bound copies of Aquamarine!

helmikuu 28, 4:32 pm

>201 kermaier: I'm awaiting some new Sutton Hoo pieces. I love the examples of Chad's work I have so far

helmikuu 28, 4:32 pm

>203 BuzzBuzzard: Very nice!!

helmikuu 28, 4:34 pm

>209 Shadekeep: Natura is a beautiful little book!

helmikuu 28, 5:16 pm

>209 Shadekeep: I love Natura. I have the Windhover edition. I don't know if the Gruffy Ground edtion shares the same binding or not. My Cummington books are among my favorites.

helmikuu 28, 5:28 pm

>214 SuttonHooPress: The Gruffyground edition has a very simple Barcham Green paper cover:

helmikuu 28, 7:04 pm

>214 SuttonHooPress: I believe the edition of Natura I'm getting is the Windhover. But I shant cavil if it's Gruffyground, I like everything I have from Anthony. Really looking forward to seeing how the Cummington works look and feel too.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 28, 8:05 pm


helmikuu 28, 9:14 pm

>215 ChestnutPress: Interesting. My copy is more elaborate, a beautiful case binding. Really love the Romaneé italic. . . .

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 28, 10:20 pm

This is a book I acquired in 2022 but had restored and rebound, receiving the completed project earlier this year:

The Second Punick War by Silius Italicus , printed by Thomas Roycroft for J. Martin, J. Allestry and T. Dicas (1661).

The Second Punic War by Silius Italicus (26-101 AD) is an epic poem written in Classical Latin over two thousand years ago. It is written in dactylic hexameter and its seventeen books and 12,000 lines are the longest surviving poem written in Latin from antiquity. The Second Punic War was the second of three epic battles between Hannibal of Carthage and the Roman Army, eventually led by Scipio Africanus in the third and final battle in Africa, resulting in Hannibal's defeat and Carthage's suing for peace.

This edition is the first English translation by poet Thomas Ross who rewrote it into rhyming couplets. This translation was inspirational for Milton, Dryden, Pope, and Gibbon who were aware of it before writing their own long epic works. It is a folio-sized book measuring 17.7 x 11.5 inches (45 x 29 cm) and it is illustrated with an engraved portrait of Charles II facing the dedication page by David Loggan, twenty engraved plates by Joseph Lamorlet and numerous woodcut initials and head-pieces. The binding I acquired it in was half dark brown calf with marbled paper over boards with visible signs of wear. Additionally, the book was improperly bound resulting in rippling and creasing of the pages near the gutter which made it difficult to turn the pages easily. Complicating matters, numerous pages in the final third of the book demonstrated mild staining from water damage involving the upper 20-25% of each page.

I sent this book to Stuart Brockman of Brockman Bookbinders Ltd. for restoration and rebinding. He suggested a binding which is a specialty of his, a quarter alum-tawed smooth goatskin with elaborate embossed designs, thick quarter-sawn English oak boards and gilt titling. He had previously used this binding on copies of the Kelmscott Chaucer and Liber Chronicarum (the Nuremburg Chronicle) by Hartmann Schedel and was pleased with its appearance on a folio-sized book.

The restoration process was little short of miraculous. Stuart Brockman was able to wash the pages in a solution which removed the water stains and cleaned and brightened the unaffected pages as well. When properly rebound, the unsightly folds and rippling in the pages disappeared and the pages turned easily. A somewhat battle-worn copy of an antiquarian rarity now appears quite fresh, not far removed from its appearance shortly after publication in 1661.

The first photo shows the book alongside a standard size quarto (4to) book from the Pegana Press for comparison purposes.

helmikuu 28, 10:27 pm

>219 dlphcoracl: It must be tremendously satisfying to have seen this project through to such a beautiful conclusion -- congratulations!

helmikuu 28, 10:28 pm

>220 kermaier:

Thank you.

Frankly, James and Stuart Brockman can make anyone and anything look good.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 28, 10:43 pm

To fully appreciate the technical skill and alchemy of Brockman Bookbinders Ltd., the photos shown below illustrate what this edition of the Second Punick War looked like prior to the restoration and rebinding. In particular, notice the tight, pinched appearance of the pages as they approach the book spine (gutter), resulting in severe creasing and odd folds which made turning the pages without tearing them quite difficult. the last photo shows the water staining at the top portion of the two pages which Stuart Brockman successfully removed from this edition in its entirety.

helmikuu 28, 11:28 pm

>219 dlphcoracl: and >221 dlphcoracl: Most impressive. A restored gem.

maaliskuu 1, 2:32 am

>218 SuttonHooPress: I have that case binding version, also. Very handsome with that Japanese Sudare paper

maaliskuu 1, 2:35 am

>219 dlphcoracl: That's a beautiful treatment of a gorgeous book. I doff my cap in your direction

maaliskuu 1, 5:04 am

>219 dlphcoracl: Remarkable! I had no idea pages could be 'washed'. Amazing results and a beautiful binding too.

maaliskuu 1, 6:27 am

>226 GardenOfForkingPaths:

"I had no idea pages could be 'washed'.

Nor did I !!!!

When Stuart Brockman told me he was going to wash all of the pages with his magical potion (solution) to remove as much of the water staining as possible, I nearly fell out of my chair. It certainly is counterintuitive.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 2, 4:58 am

A recent addition in a fine binding:

The Thoughts of Blaise Pascal, Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1885.

Blaise Pascal was a a child prodigy, one of the most influential thinkers of the 17th century, whose contributions spanned the fields of mathematics, physics, philosophy, and Catholic theology. However, he is woefully under-represented in modern private press editions in the English language. Predictably, there are several private press editions in French but I could not find one in English over the past 125 years. One has to go back to this 1885 edition to find one. Fortunately, although this edition preceded the modern private press revival begun by William Morris and the Kelmscott Press in 1890, it is nicely done and worthy of a place on one's bookshelves.

This copy is the rare large paper edition of only 50 copies, all hand-numbered and signed by Charles Whittingham, the proprietor of the esteemed Chiswick Press which did the letterpress printing. The fine binding was done at a later date by W. Root & Sons in a dark tan full morocco with gilt ruling and design, very reminiscent in its restraint and taste of the work done by the Doves Bindery.

maaliskuu 1, 3:30 pm

>228 dlphcoracl: Very tasty, Delph!

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 1, 5:18 pm

>227 dlphcoracl: Washing is a standard procedure for removing stains and for de-acidification best done by an expert, as the book has to be completely dismantled and each sheet handled separately with extreme caution. Not an inexpensive process.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 1, 7:53 pm

Another recent fine binding acquisition:

Poems by Christina Rossetti, Gregynog Press, 1930. Edition of 300 copies.

This is an early Gregynog Press publication without the elaborate wood engravings the press would later become known for. It is a deceptively simple edition and its simplicity works in its favor. The poems were selected by Walter de la Mare whose long forty page introduction was originally delivered as a lecture before the Royal Society of Literature. The portrait of Rossetti is a wood engraving by proprietor R. A. Maynard based upon a pencil drawing by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

The book is printed on Japan vellum with the poem titles printed in red and wood engraved initial letters beginning each poem. The original binding was quarter cream-colored Hermitage calf with marbled paper over boards. This binding is usually found in marginally collectible condition with considerable wear, darkening and soiling to the calf book spine. My copy was rebound by Bayntun-Riviere of Bath in a full scarlet red morocco, rounded spine and edges, four bands on the spine, marbled paper pastedowns and free endplates with all edges gilt. The bindery gilt-stamped its name on the lower leather turn-in of the rear cover, something I have found indicative of the finest bindings from the most famous binderies in the U.K., e.g., Zaehnsdorf, Sangorski & Sutcliffe, W. Root & Son, etc.

maaliskuu 2, 12:15 am

>231 dlphcoracl: Glad you solved the issue of posting photos! Another beautiful book. Waiting for my first book with a S&S binding to arrive soon.

maaliskuu 2, 3:15 am

>231 dlphcoracl: Understated elegance and the finest of 'fine points' in all aspects. That is a beautiful volume, dlph!

maaliskuu 2, 3:16 am

>232 Lukas1990: Can't go wrong with a Sangorski and Sutcliffe binding. What's coming your way?

maaliskuu 2, 3:28 am

>234 ChestnutPress: Nothing THAT special. Just the earlier mentioned Bird & Bull book.

maaliskuu 2, 3:57 am

>235 Lukas1990: Special enough. A book (or binding) really doesn't have to be 'bells and whistles' to be really admirable. That one there is a typical example of the plain work by S&S, which I always find to be very finely executed and handsome. Obviously, I love their 'top tier' work (who doesn't?), but their more run-of-the-mill edition bindings are really nice too.

maaliskuu 2, 4:05 am

>236 ChestnutPress: My thoughts, exactly!

maaliskuu 2, 7:21 am

>231 dlphcoracl: Very attractive volume, and it's Rossetti, so a double win.

>235 Lukas1990: I like that one as well. There's much to praise about an understated but well-executed binding.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 18, 8:03 pm

>233 ChestnutPress:
>238 Shadekeep:

Thank you.

Poetry books without illustrations work just fine with me. This early Gregynog Press book is often overlooked and, like Shadekeep, I enjoy Christina Rossetti's poetry.

maaliskuu 2, 8:47 am

>140 dlphcoracl: Thank you for the recommendation. I found a copy in the special binding today and have taken it!

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 2, 10:38 am

>240 DMulvee:


The Mabinogion in the special full morocco S&S binding is one of the Holy Grails for serious GCP collectors. To illustrate my point.......

James Freemantle (St. James Park Press) owns a world-class collection of the GCP including standard editions, special Sangorski & Sutcliffe editions, ephemera, etc. If you scroll down to the comments at the bottom of the Books and Vines article on the Mabinogion (see link) you can read his thoughts ('James') on this.

maaliskuu 2, 10:55 am

>241 dlphcoracl: James's GCP collection is certainly something else, but then his collection as a whole is pretty special. It has always been a great pleasure to see.

maaliskuu 2, 10:56 am

>242 ChestnutPress:

James may well have the finest and most complete GCP collection in the world - no exaggeration.

maaliskuu 2, 12:06 pm

Oddly the shop I visited doesn’t have their private press books listed online but I think they had seven Golden Cockerel works in special bindings (They weren’t all in mint condition however, which helped eliminate some). Initially I was tempted more by ‘Jurgen’ as the illustrations were by Buckland-Wright and the special copy has an extra illustration over the standard version, but I then remembered the esteem that the Mabinogion is held in on this forum, so decided to opt for that.

Has anyone read ‘Jurgen’ and could they recommend it or not? I know it didn’t make dlphcoracl list of the better GC titles but don’t know anything about the work

maaliskuu 2, 12:52 pm

>244 DMulvee: If you're asking about the book itself, it's a good enough read in a kind of Dunsanian mode. JBC was a local lad here and my alma mater's library is named after him.

I know naught about the attributes of the GCP edition, but am quite a fan of JBW, so his illustrations would push me into the "yea" category on the book.

maaliskuu 2, 12:52 pm

Off the top of my head, Braby illustrated four other GCP books:

Mr Chambers and Persephone (
The Lottery Ticket (
The Ninety First Psalm

I own the first two and the last. The first three have a similar style of illustration (distinct from Gilgamesh and Mabinogion) that I quite enjoy. The oracle is right that Mabinogion is generally seen as one of the jewels in GCP's crown and getting the special binding is quite the coup. But these other books are, in my opinion, a nice and relatively affordable way to access one of the press' most under-appreciated engravers.

maaliskuu 2, 12:58 pm

>244 DMulvee: Incidentally, if you don't go for Jurgen, could you let me know the price and if the shop ships to the US? I would be very interested in a fine copy if I can swing the cash.

maaliskuu 2, 1:18 pm

>245 Shadekeep:

The JBC Library at VCU is an architectural jewel. If my university library looked like that I would have lived there.

maaliskuu 2, 1:24 pm

>235 Lukas1990: Nice find! Usually that leather is sun-faded to a teal color (mine is). Very cool handmade paper in that one, too.

maaliskuu 2, 1:29 pm

>248 dlphcoracl: Thank you, it is quite splendid. Always had a superb collection of books at hand, too. They were also my introduction to the magnificent scientific tomes from Springer Verlag back in the day.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 2, 3:10 pm

>246 ubiquitousuk:

There is one other GCP book Dorothea Braby illustrated and it is one of my faves:

The Labyrinth of the World and the Paradise of the Heart by John Amos Komensky (Jan Amos Comenius), GCP, 1950.

This is the Bohemian version of John Bunyan's more famous religious allegory 'The Pilgrim's Progress' with two important differences:

1. It is sharper, more satirical and scathing with regard to the cast of characters his hero (Pilgrim) encounters as he wanders through the city (labyrinth).

2. Remarkably, it was written 55 years before John Bunyan wrote his English classic.

Dorothea Braby specifically requested to the GCP proprietor at that time, Christopher Sandford, that he publish an edition for the GCP and permit her to illustrate it. Subsequently, she produced a full page frontispiece illustration and half-page illustrations at the beginning of all 53 chapters. Similar to the Mabinogion, the GCP special edition of this book is stunning and it is greatly preferred, albeit difficult to find in NF or fine condition.

maaliskuu 2, 2:33 pm

>251 dlphcoracl: I *think* that was one of the specials I saw today. Oddly the spine and interior appeared to be in fine condition. The issue was that the front and rear of the binding is a different colour inset (red against the vellum?) and it appeared there had been some type of reaction between these so instead of a clear delineation of cream and red there was a third colour? I didn’t know what they meant or how easy it would be to fix so left it.

One of the other specials had an issue with the slipcase being too tight - it took over two minutes for me to extract the work and this would annoy me too much. Whilst another appeared in fine condition but then I noticed there was brown spotting on the inside of the slipcase. I didn’t know what would cause this, or whether it was indicative of other issues

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 2, 3:12 pm

>252 DMulvee:

Check my photos above of the GCP Special for 'The Labyrinth of the Heart'. This is what it should look like. Accept no substitutes.

maaliskuu 2, 3:20 pm

>251 dlphcoracl: thanks for the photos. Quite attractive.

maaliskuu 2, 3:31 pm

>253 dlphcoracl: Thanks! Your version looks great, no idea what had happened to the one I saw today

maaliskuu 2, 4:17 pm

>243 dlphcoracl: I'd say that's about right, plus all the associated items he has are just incredible

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 3, 2:21 am

Latest arrivals:
All The King's Men (LEC) - A really nice edition of a novel which I am looking forward to read.
A Lost Lady (LEC) - I enjoyed Death Comes for the Archbishop (Folio edition), so decided to pick this nice little Willa Cather book up.
The Tempest (Grabhorn Press) - Slightly larger in person than I had imagined (16.5inches tall), which was a good surprise (I enjoy big books!).

maaliskuu 3, 6:55 am

>247 Shadekeep: I’m sorry, having slept on it I went back and purchased it myself today

maaliskuu 3, 10:51 am

>258 DMulvee: Nae worries, I've got more than enough book purchases queuing already for myself. I hope you enjoy it!

maaliskuu 3, 1:14 pm

The order from Fireproof arrived, once again a set of immaculate books at very good prices. These are my first Yellow Barn and Cummington acquisitions.

Shocks (Yellow Barn Press)
Sea Ice (Cummington Press)
Staying the Winter (Cummington Press)
Wily Apparitions (Cummington Press)
Natura (Windhover Press)

>214 SuttonHooPress: >215 ChestnutPress: The Natura is the hardbound Windhover Press edition versus the Gruffyground one. You're both correct about how nice it is.

maaliskuu 3, 1:38 pm

A flurry of deliveries this afternoon has turned this into a very greedy week for myself, as three new publications and five older publications joined my collection.

The new publications were Pages from Presses II - Whittington Press (edition C - the cheapest version), The Ideal Book - Ampersand (Vellum edition) and Lohengrin - Tudor Black Press (special copy). Whilst Pages from Presses and The Ideal Book are nice, Lohengrin is spectacular. This looks fantastic.

The older works were Barnett Freedman: The Graphic Art - Fleece press, Vathek - Nonesuch press, Jurgen - Golden Cockerell (special binding), The Mabinogion - Golden Cockerell - (special binding) and The Pilgrim's Progress (Cresset Press)

maaliskuu 3, 1:50 pm

>260 Shadekeep: Cummington, Yellow Barn and Windhover will always be good choices. I'd say a purchase of anything from those three presses pretty much guarantees a worthwhile addition to the shelves.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 3, 7:07 pm

>261 DMulvee:

I am a few days away from receiving one of the Tudor Black 'Tales of Lohengrin' in the special blue full leather binding and anticipate it will be quite special.

The Cresset Press Pilgrim's Progress is a gem, illustrated by two of the finest wood engravers active at that time.

maaliskuu 3, 2:37 pm

>261 DMulvee: The Lohengrin is indeed superb, very likely TBP's finest volume yet. The preview I've seen of Arden is shaping up to be brilliant, too.

>262 ChestnutPress: From what I've seen so far I would have to agree!

maaliskuu 3, 3:41 pm

Just received a fine copy of LEC 1935 edition of The House of the Seven Gables. Very pleased with how well it matches the Random House 1928 edition (printed by Grabhorn Press) of The Scarlet Letter -- both illustrated by Valenti Angelo, and with similar spine binding designs.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 3, 4:17 pm

>262 ChestnutPress: I have a few on the way, and an absolute favorite arrived recently, Cummington's FIVE PROSE PIECES by Rilke (1947). Was lucky to see a copy from Chad at Sutton Hoo and pretty much had to find one immediately after. :)

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 3, 4:39 pm

The Apocrypha (Cresset press) has arrived today and has already become one of my favorite books. Quality printing by Curwen press. I will try to write a review some day. There is one on Books and Vines:

maaliskuu 3, 9:22 pm

>266 eanson: Fantastic piece to pick up!!

maaliskuu 4, 10:45 am

>246 ubiquitousuk:
I know of at least one other beautiful edition from GCP illustrated by Dorothea Braby: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Unlike special copies of The Labyrinth of the World (mentioned above by dlphcoracl, who introduced that book to me several years ago - thank you!), the special edition of the Green Knight (limited to 60) is signed by the artist and by the translator/editor/author of introductory essay Gwyn Jones.
I am not sure why the press did not ask Braby to sign specials of the Labyrinth.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 4, 12:43 pm

>269 booksforreading: yes, of course. I forgot all about that one. In fact there's one other that I forgot too: The Saga of Llywarch the Old.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 6, 2:59 pm

Can't stop spending... My newest acquisition is The Book of Jonah (Clover Hill Editions). One of 300 numbered copies printed on J. Green mould-made paper. I resisted the temptation to get the affordable and nice facsimile version of The Folio Society and opted for the letterpress Clover Hill Editions copy with engravings printed from David Jones' original blocks.

maaliskuu 6, 2:51 pm

>271 Lukas1990: Very wise decision to go for that version. You'd never be satisfied with a FS facsimile!

maaliskuu 7, 2:30 pm

Two recent arrivals with us:

A copy of the C edition of ‘Pages from Presses’ from Nomad Letterpress with an interesting selection of included pages. I’m looking forward to reading this.

A copy of the 1974 ’Songs from Shakespeare’s Plays’ from Officina Bodoni, fine printing as expected and an attractive binding with quarter green leather spine and a woven patterned cloth covering to the boards. Very nice.

maaliskuu 7, 5:27 pm

Recently added three titles to the library:

1. Rhygyvarch (Rhys, Ernest tr.) - The Life of Saint David - Gregynog Press, 1927. One 25 specially bound copies in full polished scarlet levant morocco.
2. Gill, Eric (illustrator) - Cantique des Cantiques de Salomon - Cranach Press, 1931. One of 50 deluxe copies printed on japon.
3. Khayyam, Omar - The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam - Petrarch Press, 2022. One of fifteen copies on vellum.

maaliskuu 7, 5:51 pm

>274 Sport1963:

Frankly, any one of those three books would all but guarantee that 2023 will become an exceptional collecting year for you. Congratulations on a magnificent haul!

maaliskuu 7, 11:32 pm

>275 dlphcoracl: Thank you.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 8, 1:22 am

>274 Sport1963: Amazing trio! Please, don't hesitate to post some photos of The Life of Saint David!

Edit: here's the book for those who haven't heard about it:

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 8, 8:46 am

>277 Lukas1990: Thanks for posting that link. Amazing.

maaliskuu 8, 2:03 pm

>274 Sport1963: wow, congratulations!

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 8, 7:53 pm

>261 DMulvee:
>264 Shadekeep:

Received my copy of the Tudor Black Press 'Tales of Lohengrin' in the Special Edition and it is indeed spectacular. The Gitane blue full leather binding with matching marbled paper for the pastedowns and endplates immediately catch one's eye but ultimately it is the quality of the presswork that Hugh Macfarlane is extracting from his 1833 Barrett Albion hand press that sets this apart.

The trajectory of the Tudor Black Press is nearly identical to James Freemantle and his St. James Park Press. Both are amongst the very few printing their editions on an Albion handpress and both private presses have established themselves as top tier in very short order, i.e., 2 or 3 editions. At this point, I will buy any forthcoming edition from the Tudor Black Press that is remotely interesting to me.

maaliskuu 8, 8:01 pm

>280 dlphcoracl: I believe Macfarlane's next project is "Arden Feversham". Indeed looking forward to that production and seeing how those two rascals Black Will and Shakebag fare. Dickens, eat your heart out.

maaliskuu 8, 8:40 pm

>280 dlphcoracl: Glad to hear it! And I urge anyone who hasn't yet obtained a special edition of The Tragicall History of Doctor Faustus to pick up one from Hugh as well. Only a few copies remain, and it is a perfect companion to both Lohengrin and Arden (based on what I've seen of the forthcoming volume).

maaliskuu 8, 10:18 pm

>281 Sport1963: You're never too old to learn...and I just learned of a play I never knew existed. Sounds interesting.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 9, 6:54 am

>281 Sport1963:
>283 Glacierman:

That is correct, M. Arden of Feversham will be the next Tudor Black Press edition. Similar to previous editions, there will be a very limited Special Edition. Hugh Macfarlane is currently deciding between two superb binding choices for the 'Special' but the quality of the letterpress printing from his Barrett Albion guarantees that both the Standard and the Specials will indeed be 'special'. No losers here.

>282 Shadekeep:

Agree heartily with Shadekeep. I strongly recommend purchasing one of the few remaining Special copies of the Tudor Black Press edition of Doctor Faustus. You will not be disappointed and the price of 175 GBP is quite reasonable for this quality.

maaliskuu 9, 7:33 am

Just bought this Stories from Dante book published in 1913 by George G. Harrap and Co. Ltd.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 9, 8:07 am

>285 Lukas1990:

That is beautiful. You are on a roll with your collecting, acquiring a string of beautiful and interesting books. Incidentally, George G. Harrap Ltd. is one of my favorite late 19th C / early 20th C publishers, along with George Routledge and Sons.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 9, 3:32 pm

Lohengrin The Swan Knight by Constance Maud, Tudor Black Press, 2023. Illustrated with six wood engravings by Jenny Portlock. 45 standard copies, 5 special copies (3 of which are for sale). This is one of the 5 special copies with full Gitane blue leather binding, separate portfolio of three wood engravings, and felt-lined clamshell box.

maaliskuu 9, 3:48 pm

>287 dlphcoracl: Thank you dlphcoracl. After seeing these photos, I regret not going the deluxe route. I won't repeat that mistake. It's a beautiful edition with impressive presswork.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 10, 5:27 am

>288 Sport1963:

In very short order, Hugh Macfarlane and his Tudor Black Press have established that they are at the top of their game. Similar to the St. James Park Press, the Barbarian Press and the Foolscap Press, I will buy any forthcoming editions from these presses that I find remotely interesting.

maaliskuu 9, 6:12 pm

>287 dlphcoracl: What a beaut! That solander is a work of art unto itself. Rivals the best of Fleece Press in that regard. And I love the embossing on the leather covers.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 10, 6:46 am

Two titles from Nomad Letterpress arrived this morning: 2020 Vision and Peter Holland, Wood Engraver. I'm really pleased with both. I also picked up four volumes of Matrix. Still a few to go!

maaliskuu 11, 11:56 am

Acquired three titles from our friend Mark at ChestnutPress:

· It's the Mist
· Renewal
· Four Poems

And four titles from Kim Merker's daughter Ker of titles he produced:

· The Iliad or The Poem of Force (Stone Wall Press)
· Thrymskvitha (Windhover Press)
· Völuspá: The Song Of The Sybil (Windhover Press)
· Satyra Qvinta Ivvenalis (Windhover Press)

Quite happy with all of these.

maaliskuu 11, 2:00 pm

>292 Shadekeep: Glad you like, Shadekeep. The Merker titles are some fine choices. I particularly love the top and bottom titles, with the bottom being from the most famous/important person from my home town!

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 11, 9:49 pm

The Ides of March

1. The Tale of Lohengrin, Knight of the Swan, Tudor Black Press, 2023. One of 5 special editions.

2. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Ebenezer Baylis & Son Ltd. at the Trinity Press, 1934. Fine binding: full morocco with modernist gilt designs by Hugh Birkett, better known for his British Arts & Craft designed furniture.

3. Hard High Country Poems/The Typographic Legacy of Ludovici degli Arrighi, Peter Koch Editions, 2015. A two-volume set with Vol. 1 consisting of a collection of Michelangelo's poetry translated by Robert Bringhurst and Vol. 2 a book discussing the contribution of Ludovico degli Arrighi to typography, arguing that he was the first modern type designer in typographic history.

4. Daisies Never Tell, Joseph D'Ambrosio, 1982. Joseph D'Ambrosio was a book designer and publisher firmly in the camp of Claire van Vliet (Janus Press) and Mark McMurray (Caliban Press), pushing the limits of innovative book design. This is one of his finest and most heartfelt titles, a tribute to his dying grandmother.

5. The Lady or the Tiger/The Discourager of Hesitancy by Frank Stockton, HM/Heavenly Monkey, 2023. The most recent edition from Rollin Milroy. Two linked stories presented tête-bêche, illustrated with two 6-color pochoir frontispieces and a dozen other illustrations by Walter Bachinski of the Shanty Bay Press.

6. Thoughts from the Letters of Petrarch, Petrarch Press, 2004. One of the 20 editions printed on sheepskin vellum/parchment pages.

7. The Gospel According to Philip, Petrarch Press, 2006.

8. Seance for a Minyan, Anthony Hecht, Double Elephant Press, 2001. A cycle of ten poems by Anthony Hecht, each illustrated with two flanking intaglios by proprietor Michael Kuch, a disciple of Leonard Baskin (Gehenna Press).

9. The Vampire Cat of Nabeshima by Algernon Bertram Mitford-Freeman, Cordes Press, 2023. Special edition - just shipped! Printed by James Freemantle at his St. James Park Press.

maaliskuu 11, 2:46 pm

Tämä käyttäjä on poistettu roskaamisen vuoksi.

maaliskuu 11, 2:53 pm

>294 dlphcoracl: How do you like #7? I see it's available at a very attractive price.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 11, 8:45 pm

>296 SDB2012:

This is a revised post. Initially, I thought you were inquiring about Seance for a Minyan from Michael Kuch's Double Elephant Press.

Regarding The Gospel According to Philip, it is an elegant little book. The handmade paper from Ruscombe Mills in France is thick and wonderful to the touch and the presswork is topnotch. Printing was done using an 1851 Albion Super Royal iron handpress and the paper was dampened prior to printing, similar to the Allen Press editions. The blue-grey Roma paper used for the binding and slipcase is also superb. At the greatly reduced price it is an exceptional bargain.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 11, 3:53 pm

>294 dlphcoracl: There are some beautiful volumes in there, with items 2, 3, 6 & 7 being of particular note.

maaliskuu 11, 3:59 pm

>294 dlphcoracl: What do you think of Thoughts from the Letters of Petrarch? I just acquired a parchment copy a week ago, and I can’t stop reading/fawning over it.

maaliskuu 11, 4:22 pm

One additional book landed today. It's The Squirrel and the Crow from Clarion Publishing. Part of their Prospero Poets series, it's a very lovely little volume with a number of illustrations. #104, signed by the poet and artist. May have to hunt up others from the series.

maaliskuu 11, 4:52 pm

>298 ChestnutPress:

Hugh Birkett bindings are a small subset within my collection. Although far better known as a furniture craftsman and an exponent of British Arts and Crafts design he was also an amateur bookbinder, rebinding several editions in his personal library as a hobby. His mother was a professional bookbinder who probably introduced him to fine bookbinding. Below are examples of his work:

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 11, 6:20 pm

>298 ChestnutPress:
>299 Nightcrawl:

I procrastinated over acquiring the vellum/parchment edition of Thoughts from the Letters of Petrarch (Petrarch Press) for several years, unusual for me. However I realized this was the first edition published by the newly revived Petrarch Press (2002 - present) under William Bentley's direction and it was the only Petrarch Press edition with remaining editions printed on vellum pages. As such, I surmised that there were probably very few of the original twenty vellum copies remaining. I have never seen a vellum edition from the Petrarch Press in the secondary market and was near-certain that once the vellum Thoughts of Petrarch went OOP it would never reappear. To avoid a painful and permanent case of Non-Buyer's Remorse, I finally acquired it earlier this month.

>299 Nightcrawl:

My reaction is identical. William Bentley and team print some of the most beautiful vellum editions I have ever seen.

maaliskuu 11, 6:32 pm

>302 dlphcoracl: I have only once seen a second hand copy of the vellum Petrarch offered for sale. If I had the spare funds, I would happily own a copy as it is one of the most beautiful vellum editions I have handled.

maaliskuu 11, 6:33 pm

>301 dlphcoracl: A fine collecting subset, dlph. The Trinity Rubaiyat is the one edition of that text that I wouldn't mind getting. It's really handsome!

maaliskuu 11, 9:52 pm

>303 ChestnutPress:

Do you know of any other private press currently publishing vellum editions of this length?

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 11, 11:42 pm

>294 dlphcoracl: Outstanding list dlphcoracl. Bravo on the "Thoughts from the Letters of Petrarch" vellum edition. A savvy purchase as the Press is now out of stock. I debated picking up a copy for seven months, but decided to commit the funds toward acquiring The Allen Press' "Four Poems of the Occult" and a CGP special binding of "The Saga of Llywarch the Old". I'm glad the vellum found a good home and that you had a chance to pick up the "The Gospel According to Philip" as well. Let's hope we don't have to wait too long for their next project.

I am interested in your take on the third title on your list "Hard High Country Poems/The Typographic Legacy of Ludovici degli Arrighi". I purchased mine directly from Peter Koch's website and while I think the typography and layout are near to perfect, the binding leaves me flat.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 12, 8:31 am

>306 Sport1963:

Regarding 'Hard High Country Poems/The Typographic Legacy of Ludovici degli Arrighi' (Peter Koch Printers).......

Frankly, I was a bit underwhelmed and this is partly my fault. I failed to note that these are two small, thin octavo volumes and had been anticipating two large quarto editions. I was also expecting far more in the way of text with regard to Michelangelo's poems. Volume 1 contains a paltry selection of only 10 poems which are printed bilingual, Italian on verso page and Robert Bringhurst English translation on the recto page. The printing in Vol. 1 is excellent as is the vintage Amalfi Amatruda handmade paper. You are correct, however, in that the bindings are quite ordinary.

If you are interested in a private press edition of Michelangelo's sonnets/poems, look no further than the Allen Press edition 'Michelangelo: Sonnets', published in October 1991 toward the end of Lewis and Dorothy Allen's remarkable careers at the Allen Press. This is a quarto-size edition (11 x 7 inches) of approximately 100 pages, containing 87 sonnets. The typeface is Bembo and most of the type was set by hand. Printing was done on an Albion handpress made 1882 in Scotland on dampened Barcham Green all-rag paper. The cloth-covered binding uses a fine solid medium-brown fabric from Paris for the spine and a Fortuny brown and tan cloth print decorated with medieval-style lions. As usual, the printing quality from the Allens is flawless.

Bottom line - no comparison. The Allen Press edition is greatly preferred.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 12, 8:52 am

>305 dlphcoracl: None. Absolutely none! The last press I can think of that printed vellum books of any length was the Rampant Lions Press, with their two editions for Colin Franklin about 40 years back. (oh, and the vellum edition from Bromer of 'The Mystique of Vellum'!) It's understandable, as the cost of letterpress-prepared vellum is seriously high. A press would have to have deep pockets to stump up the kind of money involved. The only other edition I know of from any other press that could match a Petrarch Press edition is that which possibly Crispin Elsted suggested as a possibility several years ago when I first discussed his Ovid. At the time, he was considering a vellum printing of that. Whether it happens is another matter...

maaliskuu 12, 10:04 am

>308 ChestnutPress: "At the time, he was considering a vellum printing of that".

😯😯😯 My God!

maaliskuu 12, 10:42 am

>308 ChestnutPress: The Rampant Lions bibliography lacks an index, but using the "40 years ago" clue a quick eyeball search found

1977 The Chester Pay of the Deluge 36 pages 33 x 25.5cm, 7 copies on vellum at £750

1979 The Book of Jonah 22 pages 28 x 19cm, 8 copies on vellum at £750

1981 The Engravings of David Jones 60 pages of text and 192 pages of engravings, 32 x 24.5cm, 7 copies on vellum at £4000

1988 Poets of the Daniel Press 96 pages 25 x 16cm, 5 vellum copies not for sale (presumably for Colin Franklin)

Here are scans of the relevant pages from the bibliography

maaliskuu 12, 11:31 am

Thoughts from the Letters of Petrarch for sale. This is No. XIX of the lettered edition of 20 copies printed on vellum.

maaliskuu 12, 11:47 am

>310 tim_rylance:

Thank you for your careful and informative detective work. I was unaware that 'The Engravings of David Jones' had been printed in vellum and have never seen it offered over the past decade. If any of those seven copies ever hit the market it would command a king's ransom to acquire.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 12, 1:15 pm

A bit off of the beaten path, but I was thinking about the number of private presses that now print their editions from the iron handpress, usually a 19th century Albion. Just prior to James Freemantle starting the St. James Park Press, the only active practitioner of the iron handpress I can recall was Rollin Milroy/HM - Heavenly Monkey. Nowadays, several private presses are printing and creating marvelous handpress editions:

1. St. James Park Press (James Freemantle)
2. Plain Wrapper Press Redux (Mark E. Fischer and Richard-Gabriel Rummonds)
3. Tudor Black Press (Hugh MacFarlane)
4. HM/Heavenly Monkey (Rollin Milroy).

If there are any others that I have overlooked, please add.

maaliskuu 12, 12:31 pm

>312 dlphcoracl:

£4,000 in 1981 money would be about £20,000 in 2023 money. But books from the 1970s/1980s are falling into a trough of unfashionability and inflation is not a reliable predictor of price. In fact vellum copy F of The Engravings of David Jones was sold at Bonhams in December 2019 for £8,812.50 including premium, which would suggest a bookseller price in the region of £18,000. The auction listing describes it as one of six copies printed on vellum.

Also, vellum copy C of the originally much cheaper Chester Play of the Deluge sold at Forum in July 2019 for a hammer price of £5,500 (auction listing here.)

maaliskuu 12, 12:44 pm

>313 dlphcoracl:

At Simon Lawrence says

After I retire I plan to print simply for fun under a new press imprint on an Albion at home. It sounds a little bit final, but the Fleece Press can then be celebrated perhaps, and remembered with pleasure by us all.

Something to look forward to.

maaliskuu 12, 3:43 pm

>310 tim_rylance: Thanks for the scans! I love bibliographies. I thought I remembered that Ian Mortimer of I.M. Imprimit printed the vellum on his big Albion for Rampant Lions. I have a couple broadsides he did for Merivale Editions in the 70s.

OT: I saw a sheet from his "Ornamented Types" (1992) on vellum, and it was probably the greatest printing on vellum I've seen 1st hand.

maaliskuu 12, 4:03 pm

>307 dlphcoracl: I must think more highly of Koch's "High Country!" The binding certainly is not elaborate, but it is not lacking. These are slim volumes that are easy to handle and read, so you can get right in there to be an active participant in comparing types/languages. The selection of poems is indeed slim. But the ones included are beautiful poems. What makes it a really special book is the reflection on typeface, type-setting, technology and print, and their impact on reading, with the use of foundry, monotype, polymer, and digital printing. There's also a nice drypoint. The accompanying "Typographic Legacy" is a wonderful meditation on the depth of something so given as the word on the page. "High Country" is definitely an artist's book, and a really good one at that. For the price, I think it's an excellent buy.

maaliskuu 12, 4:10 pm

>310 tim_rylance: There's also the vellum copies of 'Printing and the Mind of Morris' from 1986.

maaliskuu 12, 4:12 pm

>309 Lukas1990: Yup. I know!

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 12, 4:29 pm

>317 DenimDan:

Well, "that's what makes a market"!!

I admit that I am a bit out of step with the consensus of private press book collectors on this one. I am not saying that I regret acquiring it, only that I was expecting a bit more. My heightened expectations were probably a bit unrealistic, contributing to my lukewarm reaction and I believe you have (inadvertently?) outlined why. It is more of a 'book about books', e.g., typography, the history of printing, etc., and less of a book about Michelangelo's sonnets. Since 'Books About Books' is clearly not my thing, hence my muted reaction to it.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 12, 6:08 pm

>313 dlphcoracl: Others that at least sometimes use an iron handpress are:
Florin Press (Graham Williams)
Grapho Editions (Paul L Kershaw)
St Brigid Press (Emily Hancock)
Press on Scroll Road (Bob Baris)
The Old School Press (Martyn Ould)
Barbarian Press (The lovely Elsteds)

Special mention has to go to Jorge at Prelo for his use of a replica wooden handpress for all his work

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 12, 4:24 pm

>316 DenimDan: Yes, Ian did print the vellum for some of the RLP editions. That man is a master printer of extraordinary talent!

maaliskuu 12, 4:23 pm

>308 ChestnutPress:
>309 Lukas1990:

If Crispin and Jan Elsted announce that they intend to print a small number of copies of Ovid's Metamorphoses on vellum pages, it will sell out faster than a deluxe Suntup Press edition (LOL!!). I certainly wish another private press other than Petrarch Press published vellum editions.

maaliskuu 12, 4:26 pm

>323 dlphcoracl: It would doubtless be one of the choicest high points of their entire output!

maaliskuu 12, 4:28 pm

>321 ChestnutPress:

Grapho Editions? The Old School Press?? The Barbarian Press???

WHO KNEW ?????!!!!!!! 😳😳😳

maaliskuu 12, 4:29 pm

>325 dlphcoracl: I did! 🤣

maaliskuu 12, 4:34 pm

>325 dlphcoracl: Oh, and Miles at The Reading Room Press is another!

maaliskuu 12, 4:58 pm

>321 ChestnutPress:
>327 ChestnutPress:

Clearly, this is a wonderful time to be a collector of fine & private press books.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 12, 5:00 pm

>318 ChestnutPress: There's also the vellum copies of 'Printing and the Mind of Morris' from 1986.

Sorry, I missed that one. Here are the bibliography pages. The description of Printing and the Mind of Morris begins on the second scan because I could not resist including the complete description of the Geoffrey Grigson lunch. Printing and the Mind of Morris has a nice story too.

maaliskuu 12, 5:34 pm

>316 DenimDan: I love bibliographies.

So do I! I have sixty-eight including forty-seven fine press bibliographies. The Rampant Lions Press: A narrative catalogue is still available from Oak Knoll for $65 and there are also cheaper second-hand copies in the UK. Unlike many fine press bibliographies it is not itself a fine press book. John Randle's review (in the TLS, I think) praised the content but not the printing.

I remember being impressed by Ornamented Types at one of the early UK Fine Press fairs (1991, I suppose). I was even more impressed by the special pre-publication price.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 12, 5:51 pm

And speaking of new acquisitions......

Andrew Moorhouse sent an e-mail indicating that his newest edition 'Grimoire - New Scottish Folk Tales' by Robin Robertson is now available for order and all binding, except for the 5 copies of the Presentation Edition, has been completed. Wonderful illustrations by Tim Robertson. The slim poetry volumes from Andrew Moorhouse and Fine Press Poetry and guilt-free pleasures. Highly recommended.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 12, 6:48 pm

>316 DenimDan: I saw a sheet from his "Ornamented Types" (1992) on vellum, and it was probably the greatest printing on vellum I've seen 1st hand.

On ABE, Yushodo in Tokyo list the ‘best’ copy of Ornamented Types, with eighteen vellum sheets

However, the present set has, uniquely, a third volume, consisting of eighteen superb alphabet-sheets printed - in several brilliant colours - on vellum. This is 'Set A'. (Set B contained fifteen vellum sheets; set C had four vellum sheets. Three other sets had one vellum sheet, printed in black. ) The A, B, and C were printed only one copy each.

It can be yours for a mere £22,000. Plus £12 postage, of course.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 12, 6:20 pm

>329 tim_rylance: The Grigson book is superb. All 'tribute' books should be this interesting! That RLP bibliography is also great, in a similar 'all bibliographies should be this interesting'! I am pleased to own one of the 10 extra-deluxe copies with the selection of RLP material. I'm also very proud to feature in there twice!

maaliskuu 12, 6:07 pm

>328 dlphcoracl: Just 20 years ago was cheaper, though! 🤣

But, yes, I agree. It really is, as there is some spectacular work being produced these days.

maaliskuu 12, 7:54 pm

>331 dlphcoracl:
I’m (eagerly!) expecting a copy of Grimoire soon, along with a copy of Ghetto that Andrew found for me.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 30, 5:02 pm

>335 kermaier:

Similarly, I added a copy of A Short Story of Falling by Alice Oswald to my purchase of Grimoire and Andrew Moorhouse found a spare slipcase for it. Late last year, he managed to find copies of Ghetto and Eight World's Wives by Carol Ann Duffy for me after they had been OOP for many years. Andrew is extremely diligent in fulfilling requests for his OOP books that collectors and poetry lovers may have missed first time around. Fine Press Poetry is one of my favorite private presses because:

1. Poetry collections from world class poets.
2. Splendid, sympathetic illustrations in each edition.
3. Fine, consistent book design with excellent binding from Fine Book Bindery
4. Expert letterpress printing from John Grice, one of the masters.
5. Eminently affordable pricing.

These editions are no-brainers if the poet and/or poetry are of remote interest.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 13, 3:28 am

>336 dlphcoracl: I agree with your thoughts on Andrew's publications. I'd slightly expand your last point and say that personal taste in poetry and/or illustration would be the only reasons why one wouldn't pick up his wonderful output.

Andrew Moorhouse's continuing efforts are to be applauded. And he's an absolute gent.

maaliskuu 13, 4:31 am

>336 dlphcoracl:
>337 ChestnutPress:

The most important aspect of Andrew Moorhouse's Fine Press Poetry is (for me) #1 - a steady diet of the finest poets in the U.K. This is not amateur hour where the private press proprietor attempts to find a 'rising star', a less-than-gifted relative or friend, or a local luminary. Every FPP edition features an award-winning poet with world-class recognition and reputation.

maaliskuu 13, 7:48 am

>335 kermaier: Andrew contacted me about Grimoire as well, hoping to secure one of the remaining deluxe editions. I also reminded him of my interest in Skeins O Geese when that comes around.

maaliskuu 13, 1:12 pm

>320 dlphcoracl: I totally respect that, as I know the book beautiful is your ideal and mine is ... something way weirder. I always hold your opinions in high regard, even when we're at odds. And I really do hope you enjoy the Koch book!

Also, regarding current hand press printers: Red Butte Books at the University of Utah has printed on L & D. Allen's old 1846 Columbian, which the University might still own. Red Butte's output is definitely in the artist's books category, and they use a variety of other printing methods.

maaliskuu 14, 2:40 am

Just in from Peter Koch:

Seven Poems with One Title by Robert Bringhurst. One of 100 under the Real Lead Saloon imprint.

Also from Peter Koch and a bit fine press adjacent:

Speculum Mundi (the facsimile edition). This is a glorious production, I couldn't stretch to the letterpress edition but I would imagine that if the facsimile is anything to go by then it must be magnificent!
Carving the Elements. A Companion to the Fragments of Parmenides.

All arrived safe and sound and very speedily. 14 days from what I'm assuming is a very sunny California to a very wet and windy Wales!

maaliskuu 14, 4:59 am

>341 TheTotalLibrarian: Those 'Real Lead Saloon' publications are wonderful. Do you have the first two?

maaliskuu 14, 5:27 am

>342 ChestnutPress: Not yet. Having seen this one, I'm not ruling out buying them!

maaliskuu 14, 12:17 pm

>344 ChestnutPress: Thank you for sending the links. The cover on Six Poems is very attractive!

maaliskuu 14, 4:02 pm

>345 TheTotalLibrarian: It certainly is. Pity the title on it is wrong, though! Still, an easy mistake to make (it's actually Six Songs)

maaliskuu 14, 4:12 pm

Recent to the shelves here have been the latest little jewel from St Brigid Press:

Plus, a wonderful selection of goodies from Chad at The Last Press / Sutton Hoo Press, including a complete run of all of his superb 'Quires' printed so far, and three of his books, including this very fine edition:

I cannot praise Chad's work highly enough and would humbly suggest that anyone here pick up at least a little something that he's produced, as I've yet to get my hands on something I didn't like.

maaliskuu 14, 9:38 pm

>347 ChestnutPress: Good stuff, and both are presses worth highlighting.

Meant to tell you, thanks to your recent postings I looked into Mandeville Press. Placed an order for Mandeville's Travellers, which not only looks lovely, but includes Seamus Heaney's "Stone from Delphi".

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 15, 3:06 am

>348 Shadekeep: Mandeville Press was a great private press from my hometown. While not really 'fine' press, they are very decent and worth having. The proprietors weren't setting out to be a fine press, but they did want to use good papers and traditional methods of production to make a much more pleasing item. Add in decent design, and often illustrations, and you had a nice little item in your hands. Mandeville was predominantly about creating attractive and accessible editions of great poetry, which is what you get. A couple of their editions were more 'fine press', but for the most part, they were like what you've ordered, which I'm sure you'll enjoy. I know I'm very fond of the ones I own!

The below is one of my favourites, and a rare example of them featuring an original etching (only printed in these 35 signed copies):

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 15, 3:41 pm

I was pleased to receive a standard copy of Grimoire today, my first book from Fine Press Poetry. It's a classy book and I'm very impressed. Layout is beautifully clean, printing excellent, and the illustrations look absolutely splendid. Perhaps one of the nicest acquisitions in my short time collecting fine press books, even though it's one of the more modestly priced.

Thanks for the recommendation!

maaliskuu 15, 4:23 pm

>350 GardenOfForkingPaths: It's a handsome volume, isn't it! Good purchase!!

maaliskuu 15, 4:23 pm

>350 GardenOfForkingPaths:

See post >336 dlphcoracl: above.

Now that you have discovered Andrew Moorhouse and Fine Press Poetry, it is worthwhile to look through the available editions to add to your collection. If you enjoy Grimoire, Buile Suibhne by Seán Hewitt may be of interest. Look through the list of 'Sold Out' copies as well because if a particular title is of interest you can send an e-mail to Andrew requesting that he try to find a copy for you. I have done this several times and he is most accommodating and, over time, quite successful in fulfilling requests.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 16, 7:18 am

>351 ChestnutPress: It is! All very harmonious and well executed.

>352 dlphcoracl: Thank you, I will look into Buile Suibhne and the sold out titles. I'm out of my comfort zone when it comes to contemporary poetry, but very happy to explore!

Edit: I just found a copy of Coming Home at the published price.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 16, 8:19 am

>353 GardenOfForkingPaths:

"I'm out of my comfort zone when it comes to contemporary poetry."

And I am as well. I loathe the modernist trend of crafting poetry to be as deliberately obscure as possible, asking the reader to play the "guess what I am thinking" game. This is precisely why I find Andrew Moorhouse and Fine Press Poetry so appealing. These are poetry collections one can actually READ without rereading a dozen times to find the hidden, obscure meaning.

FPP 'Coming Home' = one of the best FPP poetry collections. Excellent choice.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 16, 8:18 am

>353 GardenOfForkingPaths:

Duplicate post - deleted.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 17, 1:44 am

Just ordered The Dream of the Rood, Taken from the Ninth Century Anglo-Saxon. Handset in Solemnis and Palatino Italic with multi-colored hand-colored initials throughout, taken from The Book of Kells. 8vo, polished brown calf over gilt-lettered handmade paper-covered boards, printed on English handmade paper (hope at least one page will have a watermark, so I can identify the maker). One of 150 copies made by the Carmelite nuns at St. Teresa's press, Flemington, New Jersey.

maaliskuu 17, 10:00 am

>356 Lukas1990: That's a great buy! St. Teresa's Press was very much in the same vein as their sisters across the pond at Stanbrook Abbey Press. "Dream of the Rood" has some really nice hand-colored letters, especially on the gorgeous title page.

On the paper used: colophon states "English handmade," which in 1966 (assuming the paper was somewhat contemporary) limits it to the following: Green's, Wookey Hole, Sheepstor, Aisling, Rowson, or John Mason 12x8. Almost certainly they used Green's. Wookey Hole and Sheepstor were not totally unheard of, but by far less common. Stanbrook Abbey used John Mason's paper for several pamphlets and their 1961 book "Unless the Grain Die" (and they printed one leaf for Mason's masterpiece, "More Papers Hand Made by John Mason" (Twelve by Eight Press, 1960-67). Suffice it to say that Mason's paper can be spotted a mile away!

The best overview of these handmade papers (with dozens of large samples) is Geoffrey Wakeman, "English Hand Made Papers Suitable for Bookwork" (Plough Press, 1972), a rare, beautiful (if somewhat utilitarian) book in its own right.

maaliskuu 17, 11:39 am

>357 DenimDan: Always appreciate the additional information that you provide, thank you!

I was looking for books by Mason Hill Press (there seems to be zerooo copies on the market right now) and noticed The Voice of the Prophet. Messianic Prophecies published by St. Teresa's press. I've contacted one bookseller about this title but he only replied 'Business closed'. There is one more copy for a quite ridiculous price (because of the binding):

I had to settle for Dream of the Rood which I got for a very good price from a US bookseller of Lithuanian heritage.

maaliskuu 17, 6:20 pm

Yeah, Veatchs are out of town. They are very nice folks, and I've bought dozens of titles from them. (And they will send you a letterpress-printed birthday card with 20% for the month!) But I don't care for designer/custom bindings for any of my books, so it's not a premium I will ever pay (again).

Voice of the Prophet has come up at least a couple times in the last two years in the original bindings. I saw one on eBay of all places ~ Dec. 2020. Mason Hill books almost never come on the market. By the time I got Sofie Shneideman's catalog, I knew they'd all been bought up and that I might as well move on to something else for the next 5-10 years.

maaliskuu 17, 6:54 pm

>359 DenimDan: I had the same experience with Sophie's catalogue! I bought Voice of the Prophets from Bromer in 2021. At the time, they had two copies, but both have sold.

maaliskuu 17, 7:47 pm

>356 Lukas1990:
>357 DenimDan:
>360 Flaubie:

The St. Teresa's Press books are little jewels but they are extremely scarce, more so than their older sister the Stanbrook Abbey Press. However, their selections are far more interesting than the Stanbrook Abbey bibliography. Two St. Teresa's Press books that I highly recommend:

1. What Men Live By by Leo Tolstoy

2. The Heart of Christmas. Twentieth Century Christmas Stories (four different authors).

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 17, 9:55 pm

Thrymskvitha from the Windhover Press, a humorous translation of an amusing tale from the Poetic Edda. 200 copies in Bembo on Venezia paper; brown printed wraps, French fold; Icelandic on verso facing the English on the recto. Printed by the translator, Sidney Berger, and designed by Kim K. Merker. Obtained via trade.

maaliskuu 17, 10:18 pm

>361 dlphcoracl: No doubt St. Teresa's selection of texts has broader appeal. Though I think Stanbrook was the better press (to be fair, the latter were productive for a lot longer, and Dame Hildelith Cumming was a legitmately great printer). Stanbrook published too much Siegfried Sassoon and Alec Robertson for my taste. But I'll recommend a couple from Stanbrook:

1. "Unless the Grain Die" (brief commentaries from Augustine and Ignatius), an absolute masterpiece of all facets of bookwork. Maybe $300

2. "The Interior Castle" (Katharine Kendall): best use of van Krimpen's Cancelleresca Bastarda outside of Leonard Baskin's Gehenna Press. $100, if that.

maaliskuu 18, 6:53 am

>363 DenimDan: Stanbrook Abbey was responsible for some of the most beautiful productions in the UK during the 60s and 70s. Stunning typography and presswork on the finest handmade papers. A personal favourite is Raissa Maritain's 'Patriarch Tree', but both those you mention are stunning.

maaliskuu 18, 8:01 am

>363 DenimDan:
>364 ChestnutPress:

No one will question the quality and beauty of the Stanbrook Abbey Press work. However, there is little in their bibliography I have found interesting enough to acquire aside from a handful of books which do include both 'Unless the Grain Die' and Raissa Maritain's 'Patriach Tree'. The others I have are:

1. The Solitary Life by Guigo
2. A Prayer of Cassiodorus translated by Thomas Merton
3. Earnest Pennies compiled by Philip Martin
4. The Path to Peace. Selected Poems by Siegfried Sassoon

Similar to DenimDan I find 'Unless the Grain Die' the most appealing of the lot. I find SAP to be one of the most frustrating private presses because so many of their books were of dubious merit from a literary point of view. Yes, yes, I know - their content is distinctly religious or religious themed as part of the mission of their private press but far more interesting religious-oriented work(s) could have been selected. 'Moods That Endure by A. Samaan-Hanna typifies my frustration with the SAP - a beautiful book filled with undistinguished poetry by an obscure Jesuit priest serving in Japan.

>363 DenimDan:

I will acquire a copy of 'The Interior Castle' by Katharine Kendall. At that price I can forego content for the beauty of this edition. Nice recommendation!

maaliskuu 18, 11:40 am

Is this now a Stanbrook Abbey thread?????

maaliskuu 19, 7:35 pm

Just ordered what looks like a fine copy of Fahrenheit 451 (Limited Editions Club). I will have to stop ordering books until next year, I believe.

maaliskuu 20, 1:55 am

>367 Lukas1990:

maaliskuu 20, 10:43 am

Geert at Factotum Pers has a new title out today: Die Kunst der Fuge. I've ordered a special, along with a belated request for Openbaring van Johannes.

maaliskuu 20, 11:42 am

>367 Lukas1990: Congratulations! That book is very high on my list to buy.

maaliskuu 20, 5:15 pm

>369 Shadekeep: I've got the special on the way, also!

maaliskuu 20, 7:13 pm

>371 ChestnutPress: Good deal, mate! Love the cover design on this one.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 21, 1:25 pm

Since >107 ubiquitousuk: I have acquired

Pages From Presses II (Nomad Letterpress, C state). I think this is going to be a great reference book for me in the future because David Butcher has crammed an awful lot of information about seven presses into a relatively short space. The Losin paper is wonderful and we have about 130 pages of it printed exquisitely in the usual Whittington fashion. The leaves were never the main draw for me, but there's a generous variety of them here (although owners of the A and B states will have the best leaves, as well as more of them). I was pleasantly surprised to find a couple of illustrations, some two-page spreads, and at least one instance of two-colour printing among the leaves featured in my copy.

Pastorale (Whittington Press, C state) A pretty nice catalogue of engravings, some in colour, by Lucian Pissarro, along with an interesting essay on Kelmscott papers. All three states were printed on interesting antique papers with links back to Kelmscott. This C state is printed on Crown & Sceptre paper, manufactured by Batchelor's as a kind of authorised reproduction of William Moriss' preferred paper. The A and C states were printed on the real deal, albeit sheets made for use by OUP. Fortunately, samples of those two papers are to be found in the next two books…

A Book of Posters Printed at Whittington (Whittington Press, B state) A truly monumental book (~65x45cm) that is also very nicely produced. It goes straight in as one of my favourites among my entire collection. The introductory material is printed on a wonderful antique paper recovered from the OUP. This B state has a generous collection of about 25 Whittington posters with a wide variety of papers, typefaces, and relief prints on display. The vast size of the book means the posters need to fold at most once, so it's a great way to view them.

Posters From Whittington 1996–2013 (Whittington Press, B state) Another great book, but I slightly prefer the earlier posters edition. This one comes with a wrap instead of a slipcase, is smaller (meaning some posters don't fit as neatly and need to fold twice), and lacks that interesting antique paper for the textual material. But I can't fault the range of about 30 posters on display, which is perhaps even more varied than the earlier edition. And the brief commentary provided with each poster is a bit more detailed this time around.

As usual, I'll be getting round to reviewing these on my blog/YouTube channel in due course.

maaliskuu 21, 9:12 am

Some recent and recent-ish acquisitions:

The Story of the Fisherman - Foolscap Press
Brief Loves That Live Forever - Foolscap Press
Enuma Elis - No Reply Press
Maelstrom - Nawakum Press
Ten Poems with One Title - Barbarian Press

maaliskuu 21, 12:11 pm

>374 CTPress-Tony: Great selection! Love the Bringhurst, and I'm eagerly awaiting my Enūma Ellis to arrive.

maaliskuu 21, 12:11 pm

>373 ubiquitousuk: Some very choice additions to your collection!

maaliskuu 21, 2:57 pm

A modest but nevertheless cute addition for me.

maaliskuu 21, 3:35 pm

>377 BuzzBuzzard: Nice one! I like it.

I only have one item from Bieler Press myself, but it's also suitably eccentric in its way. They seemed to have a creative bend of mind in the material they choose.

maaliskuu 21, 5:30 pm

>377 BuzzBuzzard: That's a lovely piece of work. Mr Lange sure could print beautifully!

maaliskuu 22, 2:17 pm

A new acquisition for my shelves (which seem to be getting rather laden!!)

The Marsh. Three poems by Richard Selby, 2016.
Illustrated and letterpress printed by Nigel Davison in Perpetua on Rives Bookwhite paper and bound in Hahnermuhle Burga Butten paper and a printed dust jacket.

I see some copies are still available on ABE

maaliskuu 22, 2:48 pm

I was pleased to receive my copy of Poe's "A Descent Into The Maelstrom" from Nawakum Press. A beautiful volume with excellent choice of illustration and really lovely typographic design, in my opinion.

A few photos for anyone interested:

maaliskuu 22, 3:14 pm

>380 TudorBlackPress: That looks lovely!

>381 NathanOv: Congratulations, it's a handsome volume from what I've seen in photos.

maaliskuu 22, 9:26 pm

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 23, 6:23 am

Just received The Book of Jonah (Clover Hill Editions) and I am amazed of the quality of this book. That is my first book printed by Will Carter at his Rampant Lions Press and I see why he is considered a master printer. The printing is bright and clear and in perfect harmony with the woodcuts which were printed from the original woodblocks. The J. Green mouldmade paper is one of the thickest I've seen and I really like it. Finally, the book is illustrated by one of my favorite artists David Jones and the woodcuts are just stunning. Will look for more books from Rampant Lions Press.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 23, 7:45 am

>384 Lukas1990:

The next Rampant Lions Press (RLP) book you want, or should want, is this one:

It will beautifully complement your exceptional acquisition of the Bremer Press 5-volume Biblia: Die Gantze Heilige Schrift. Contact Sebastian Carter directly to see if he has any remaining copies for sale. If so, he will sell it to you for an astonishingly low price.

The RLP Holy Grail is this edition, especially the Special Edition:

maaliskuu 23, 6:59 am

>385 dlphcoracl:

Thoroughly endorse the Psalms recommendation, but it's Sebastian Carter, not Will, who is the contact.

maaliskuu 23, 7:19 am

>386 affle: That is correct, as I have recently ordered the book myself from Sebastian, thanks to a recommendation by Griffin. Here's the link again of all remaining Rampant Lions stock, I've picked up a few items from them over the years.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 23, 7:49 am

>386 affle:

So noted and corrected. Lukas would have to conduct a seance to purchase the book from Will. If still available, the Psalms of David is an outright theft at 175 GBP.

maaliskuu 23, 7:47 am

Thank you all for recommendations and links.

maaliskuu 23, 10:51 am

Received my standard copy of Angel Bomb's Who Goes There?. Very, very nice, as expected, but I have one wish and one gripe:
Wish: That the book had any sort of title, whether directly stamped or paper label, on the spine.
Gripe: The printed paper belly-band -- why?? Now I have a special piece of the publication that cannot be stored on the book (unless I plan never to read it, nor to cover it with a mylar jacket), and cannot be discarded (without causing anguish to my collector's soul)! I suppose I could press it completely flat and add it to my cache of other fine press ephemera, but that seems wrong as well.

maaliskuu 23, 10:59 am

>390 kermaier: For what it's worth, the belly-band slid on and off my copy fairly easily numerous times throughout reading without any noticeable damage. I think you can simply leave it on the book, as I assume the publisher intended.

maaliskuu 23, 11:11 am

>390 kermaier:

Press it flat and place it inside the front cover, as I did.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 23, 11:18 am

>391 NathanOv: The cloth of the binding feels relatively soft, and I think repeatedly sliding the belly-band on and off will likely cause furring/pilling of the surface. (Not to mention that the paper of the band will, most assuredly, tear at some point.)

maaliskuu 23, 11:18 am

>392 dlphcoracl: Not a terrible solution, but it will certainly cause a twinge to deliberately leave it in non-original condition. :-)

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 23, 11:36 am

>389 Lukas1990: One thing that strikes me about all the Rampant Lions books I own is how consistent the printing is from page to page. Some of the books I have received from some modern presses can seem very variable in comparison. Maybe some degree of inconsistency is all part of the charm (?), and I guess it depends on which letterpress method is employed, but it's just something I noticed as a newcomer.

EDIT: Also, I'll give a shout out for The Putney Debates - if the subject matter and content appeals. I really like the linocuts.

maaliskuu 23, 11:42 am

>393 kermaier: Well, I can attest that it caused no issues for my copy, but I understand the concern.

You could also do as I do for books that really shouldn't have dust jackets, and place it over another similarly sized book for easy storage. I know the dimensions on this one are a bit odd though.

maaliskuu 23, 11:45 am

>395 GardenOfForkingPaths: I have to concur here. The Agamemnon of Aeschylus is the most evenly printed book in my collection, so much so that one might think it offset.

As for recommendations, The Unknown Masterpiece is very nice and a steal at the regular edition pricing. In Praise of Letterpress is a good collection of broadsides, though Sebastian was running low on these so it may be difficult to get now.

maaliskuu 23, 12:01 pm

>395 GardenOfForkingPaths: I found the same perfect consistency in The Apocrypha (printed by Curwen press for Cresset press).

I agree that the linocuts in The Putney Debates loom great. Wish there were more of them.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 23, 12:07 pm

>397 Shadekeep: Agreed on The Unknown Masterpiece. I don't have the Aeschylus only because I have it in another edition, but at £20 it certainly took some restraint not to add it to the order.

>398 Lukas1990: That's true, though it is a pretty short book, I'd always vote for one or two more illustrations!

maaliskuu 23, 12:22 pm

OK, I am enabled. Don't want to have regrets in the future, so I sent an inquiry on The Unknown Masterpiece and Psalms of David. I read the former online a couple of years ago and it was very thought-provoking. Wish I could afford this version, illustrated by Picasso haha:

maaliskuu 23, 2:35 pm

>395 GardenOfForkingPaths: one more data point in support of RLP's consistency. In my example of Weeds and Wild Flowers the printing of both the text and of Mackley's intricate wood engravings is flawless from front to back.

maaliskuu 23, 3:02 pm

Delighted to pick up two Incline Press specials from the second-hand market which arrived today.

1. Gunnar Brusewitz. The Amazing Miss Brooke. One of 50 of the 75 specials (out of a total edition of 250) signed by the translators. Complete with the little packet of stamps in the back. I do love a book with stamps in. See also my recent purchases from The Fleece Press of 103 Not Out and, Think of it as a Poster. Any other fine press books with stamps in them out there?

2. Sven Ljungberg. Parvus. One of 30 copies with the extra suite of prints bound in at the back of the book.

Pretty much run out of superlatives to describe my recent run of fine press purchases!

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 23, 11:23 pm

Recent additions to my bookcase:

Lost Tales VI - Pegana Press
Enuma Elis - No Reply Press
A Scandal in Bohemia - No Reply Press
A Descent into the Maelstrom - Nawakum Press
Stone from Delphi - Arion Press

maaliskuu 24, 2:26 am

I'm really surprised that anyone on this forum should only just be discovering Rampant Lions Press. For nearly 80 years, the Carter's consistently produced some of the best work out there!

maaliskuu 24, 2:43 am

>404 ChestnutPress: Young collector here. Started collecting just two years ago. I have been aware of the press since then but was focused on the more mainstream Limited Editions Club etc. Now it's time to get some specimens from Rampant Lions Press as long as my modest budget allows.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 24, 7:42 am

>404 ChestnutPress: I have a few of their works but not the Psalms of David. I had been online the night before trying to look at some of the older works to try and discover which were the highlights, so I found the recommendation very helpful!

ETA: Another work I was able to add was The Rampant Lions Press: A narrative catalogue (2013) the special edition. Last year Sebastian said that he still had two copies of this, so there might be one left.

maaliskuu 24, 9:54 am

>395 GardenOfForkingPaths: Inconsistent printing is one reason I am disinclined to purchase from a lot of contemporary presses. There's no excuse for poor printing, especially if the publisher is charging hundreds (or thousands) of dollars. Inking and registration should be as close to perfect as one can get. That some people call some of these books "masterpieces" or "works of art" without seeing the text blows my mind. What they're talking about are fancy bindings and nice materials, which don't really have anything to do with printing. Rampant Lions was one of the best English presses of the late 20th c. Their books are great because they were superlative printers with good design and layout.

maaliskuu 24, 11:57 am

>404 ChestnutPress: I think we've got something of a run happening on Rampant Lions at the moment, thanks to increased discussion. A similar thing happened a while back with Gruffyground, when Anthony was brought to the attention of the forum and we all rushed to get his stuff.

maaliskuu 24, 1:10 pm

>401 ubiquitousuk: Beautiful. From your pictures, the printing does look flawless. The Japanese paper used for the covers looks lovely too.

>407 DenimDan: Interesting. I appreciate your thoughts - it helps me calibrate my expectations a bit!

maaliskuu 24, 3:15 pm

>405 Lukas1990: Fair play, Lukas! There are so many great volumes of theirs to get, many of which aren't wallet breakers. I would suggest the two 'Miscellany' books

'A Printer’s Dozen'

'Vegetable Gardening' (I know it might sound crap, but it's hugely entertaining, beautifully illustrated, and is easily my favourite RLP book!).

Their edition of 'Areopagitica'

'Root and Sky' is also an extraordinary volume that always pops up on ebay for bafflingly low amounts, and is well worth picking up for the illustrations alone.

When you feel flush, 'Four Quartets', Weeds and Wild Flowers' and 'The Mountains' are some absolute beauties!

maaliskuu 24, 3:19 pm

>406 DMulvee: That special of the RLP Narrative Catalogue is a good purchase. I hope you get 'The Psalms', as it's a beautiful volume. I've just replied to another message on here with some suggestions of RLP titles that I feel are particularly fine.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 25, 6:32 am

This MUST be the last for a while... Just ordered The Book Of Tobit (Raven Press, 1931).

Another bookseller provides a description: "The first book produced by Horace Bray (illustrator) and Robert Maynard after they left the Gregynog Press to start up the Raven Press. This has the same production values (and quality illustration) as top Gregynog Press editions, such as the Life of David (1927)".

Not sure about that statement (the said bookseller also has a copy of Life of David for sale so he had the possibility to compare) but it sure has some similarities in appearance with Life of David which is one of the most beautiful books for me.

maaliskuu 25, 11:05 am

"For the Occasion of Death" (Windhover, 1981), from K.K. Merker's library. Probably one of the two smallest Merker books I have (it's 16mo). It's got everything you'd want in one of his books: beautiful design, perfect printing, nice Amalfi paper. He even uses some cool ornaments/ punctuation in red ink, which is a very nice touch. It's a steal and I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in Merker's work.

Also had to get a new copy of "Cooking the Books: Ron King and Circle Press" (Yale, 2002), as my first one was essentially worn out, which happens to a lot of my bibliographies!

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 25, 3:37 pm

One of the fastest arrivals ever from USA.

Edit: sad it got a bit dinged on the lower left corner. Can't believe how poorly these booksellers pack their books.

maaliskuu 25, 3:27 pm

>413 DenimDan: I need a copy of Robert the Devil. It's a must. Am I right that the regular edition is absolutely the same except for the signatures and hand-coloured illustrations?

maaliskuu 25, 8:07 pm

>415 Lukas1990: That's correct: Roxanne Sexauer (who did the woodcuts) hand-coloured and signed the special editions. Merker said that this way, he was able to create the artificial limitation of the deluxe copies, which was his way of paying her a decent sum for the all the work she'd done. I've seen both versions, and I actually prefer the standard edition without the colouring. It's quite an imaginative production, and Merker noted that it posed several layout challenges. But just as he almost always did, he found a way to make the book work beautifully. I highly recommend it!

maaliskuu 26, 11:04 am

>415 Lukas1990: I've got a copy of that coming from one of Merker's daughters and it's the uncolored one. Looking forward to it. She's also sending Master Peter Patelan.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 26, 2:30 pm

>417 Shadekeep: There's another copy also from Merker on Ebay with some of the original woodblocks. It goes for ~1400 USD. I will definitely buy the regular edition in the future. It checks all my boxes. BTW, is it printed with a handpress?

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 26, 5:16 pm

>414 Lukas1990: Having a ridiculous conversation with the seller. He admits he packed the book poorly because of some environmental issues and also claims he didn't charge me additional shipping costs (though he could have informed me about it before sending the book and I could have dully paid or refused to pay and opt for standart shipping). Another point is that the bookseller had some offers from US which he refused because of my order (not sure what was meant with this one, actually).

Sorry, for the spam, but it is very frustrating and maybe some fellow members have advice etc. I asked for a 20% refund.

maaliskuu 26, 3:09 pm

>419 Lukas1990: You’re too humble. Demand 50% or return. Did you buy through eBay or Abe?

maaliskuu 26, 3:14 pm

>420 originaux: Biblio. I don't want to return the book as it is too much time for me and I am not 100% sure if the book gets lost en route etc. Looks like a minor damage but still...

maaliskuu 26, 3:16 pm

Ok. Demand 50 and settle for 20…

maaliskuu 26, 7:52 pm

>418 Lukas1990: Not certain, as I don't have the book in hand yet. But I suspect both Robert the Devil and Master Peter Patelan very likely are, since they are under the Windhover imprint. I suspect SuttonHooPress, Glacierman, or ChestnutPress could say for sure, as they seem very knowledgeable on all things Merker related.

maaliskuu 26, 8:10 pm

>418 Lukas1990:

The book colophon does not mention how it was printed.

maaliskuu 26, 8:22 pm

A number of Merker title listings from booksellers reference the book Printing and the Mind of Merker: A Bibliographical Study. It's quite possible further details are available there, if anyone has it at hand.

maaliskuu 26, 8:42 pm

>423 Shadekeep: Kim really blew his rotator cuffs early on with the handpress. I would bet those later books were done on the Vandercooks.

maaliskuu 26, 10:33 pm

>423 Shadekeep: Almost positive he used the Vandercook on those two, and they're both excellent works of his.

maaliskuu 27, 7:40 am

>426 SuttonHooPress: Thanks! I figured you would know. ^_^

maaliskuu 27, 1:29 pm

A few arrivals in the past week, Only the printer knows (A version - wow!), and Tonge's travels from the Old School Press. Maelstrom from Nawakum (deluxe) and a couple of buys from a second hand book shop - The Holkham Bible and Rime of the Ancient Mariner both limited editions from the Folio Society. I was surprised when seeing how impressive Rime was in person.

maaliskuu 27, 4:20 pm

Those who have purchased the Nawakum Maelstrom, is it worth the price for such a short book (~35 pages)?

maaliskuu 27, 4:38 pm

>430 ultrarightist: I think it is a beautiful production, however I didn’t love the story so not sure it is one I would re-read

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 27, 5:03 pm

>426 SuttonHooPress: Do I remember correctly that a young Merker essentially caught Harry Duncan's press as it was falling over?

In Berger's bibliography, I think the last book Merker mentioned specifically as being printed on the handpress was "Forked Branches" by Ezra Pound (Windover, 1985), and he said that one took him 2 1/2 years. "Forked Branches" was also the second biggest book he handprinted, after "The Collected Poems of Weldon Kees" (1960). I'm sure he probably printed something on the handpress after 1985; I just don't know which specifically.

maaliskuu 27, 8:53 pm

Two new arrivals:

Our Lady Of The Three-Pronged Devil (Red Ozier Press) - My first from this press. The subject matter sounds fascinating, and the original owner clearly cherished the work. It's in a custom acetate wrapper and housed in a bespoke slipcase. The book itself is in pristine condition, as you might expect.

The Psalms of David (Rampant Lions Press) - Not much to add to the discussion of this title here already, except that I really like the somewhat eccentric typeface pairing going on in it. I'll add to the chorus here saying that if you don't have it and can still get it, by all means do.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 28, 10:40 am

>432 DenimDan: I don't know that story, DenimDan, but I would believe it. I do know that Kim bought his Washington from a newspaper. He offered them $150 and when they countered he turned on his heel and started walking away; they called him back and agreed. He told me It was on the Kees he blew his shoulders I think he tried to get guys from the football team to help yank the toggle, and they were ineffective.

I had wanted that Pound book in the worst way and finally found one in Minneapolis that I could afford--faded spine, but a copy I could use.

When I was at Iowa, 89-90, I tried to get him to show me how to print with the Washington, but all I got were doubtful looks, so I brought him "something exquisite" from the coffee shop and settled for one of his cigarettes.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 28, 12:47 pm

>434 SuttonHooPress: "When I was at Iowa, 89-90, I tried to get him to show me how to print with the Washington, but all I got were doubtful looks, so I brought him "something exquisite" from the coffee shop and settled for one of his cigarettes."

Seems like a paltry return on investment.

maaliskuu 30, 11:03 am

Adding a Cummington Press title to my library:

Stephen Berg. Bearing Weapons. Iowa City: Cummington Press, 1963. 250 copies, printed by Harry Duncan from Cloister Old Style on Tovil paper.

maaliskuu 30, 11:51 am

Two new acquisitions from Geert at Factotum Pers. The first is his latest production, Die Kunst der Fuge. This is the special edition of the chapbook with stiff cover.

The other is one of his earlier works, Openbaring van Johannes. This is a big (over 17" tall) and absolutely beautiful book, full of Durer prints and splendid letterpress. It doesn't matter that I can't read much Dutch when a book is this fine. The textured image on the cover is wonderful, too. Honestly, this is another criminally underpriced fine press book.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 30, 4:39 pm

I just received, from Andrew Moorhouse at Fine Press Poetry, my first two of his books: A deluxe copy of his most recent book, Grimoire, along with a copy of the out-of-print Ghetto that Andrew graciously found for me, and had signed by the Longleys. Both are beautifully printed on Zerkall mould-made, and really (really!) finely bound in quarter leather over cloth, in cloth-covered slipcases. I can't overstate the bargain these books are, given the materials and craftsmanship they exhibit, in the current arena of fine press publishing.

maaliskuu 30, 8:09 pm

>437 Shadekeep: Nice!
Is the paper of Kunst der Fuge identified in the colophon? I couldn’t find anything on their website.

maaliskuu 30, 10:38 pm

>439 SebRinelli: Here's a snap of the colophon. If I'm reading it correctly, the specials are printed on Khadi handmade paper, and the regulars on Zerkall Butten. Both great choices, I feel.

maaliskuu 30, 11:12 pm

>440 Shadekeep: Thank you
Khadi handmade looks like a beautiful paper! Interesting that the printer achieves such a deep impression on a Hannover, presumably without printing damp

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 1, 11:25 am

While waiting for several major books which (hopefully!) will arrive between April to June, e.g., James Freemantle's '1984', the Nomad Letterpress/Whittington Press 'Pages from Presses II', the Barbarian Press 'The Marriage of True Minds', etc., I have been nibbling at the edges acquiring less elaborate and/or less well known items, with three notable (major) exceptions:


1. The Lady or the Tiger/The Discourager of Hesitancy by Frank Stockton, HM (Heavely Monkey). Anything from Rollin Milroy and HM is worth serious consideration and this one hit all the marks for me, especially the illustrations by Walter Bachinski of Shanty Bay Press.

2. The Vampire Cat of Nabeshima (deluxe edition), Cordes Press. Printed by James Freemantle on his Albion handpress. This book was well received last year at the March 2022 Oxford Fine Press Fair.

3. Poems by Siegfried Sassoon, Marlborough College Press, 1958. A splendid offering from Michael Taylor's most recent list (Fourteenth Little List). This press (1934-1984) did several beautiful editions using an Albion handpress and, at that time, John Randle was a junior member of the press involved in this printing prior to beginning his own Whittington Press. This is the special copy in full dark blue leather binding printed on heavy Millbourn paper, initialed by Sassoon.

Minor (relatively speaking):

1. Areopagitica by John Milton, Deighton, Bell & Co., 1973. Standard cloth-bound edition designed and printed by Sebastian Carter at the Rampant Lions Press.

2. The Ship of Sounds by John Fuller, Gruffyground Press, 1981. One of only 5 special copies (total edition of 130) printed for Anthony Baker by the Plain Wrapper Press, i.e., Richard-Gabriel Rummonds using a 19th century Albion handpress, with dark green full morocco binding by James Brockman.

3. Forked Branches by Ezra Pound, Windhover Press, 1985. Another superb book from the late, great Kim Merker and one of the most substantial with 16-page introduction and 85 text pages, expertly printed on Rives Heavy, a French mould-made paper.

4. Everything That Has Been Shall Be Again: The Reincarnation Fables of John Gilgun by John Gilgun, Bieler Press, 1981.

5. Grimoire and A Short History of Falling, Andrew Moorhouse/Fine Press Poetry.

6. A Country Boy by Ronald Blythe, Tern Press, 2004. Seven short stories by Blythe from the criminally underrated Tern Press.

7. The Interior Castle by Katherine Kendall, Stanbrook Abbey Press, 1968.

huhtikuu 1, 12:50 pm

I couldn't control myself and ordered a set of Whole Works of Homer, Shakespeare Head Press. The covers are worn but I can't complain as the price I paid is very low. The illustrator John Farleigh has been uknown to me before. I really like his classical illustrations. Time to learn some ye olde English.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 2, 10:56 am

>443 Lukas1990: lofdædum sceal
in mægþa gehwære man geþeon.

huhtikuu 1, 10:08 pm

>444 SuttonHooPress: Hwæt. We Gardena in geardagum,
þeodcyninga, þrym gefrunon,
hu ða æþelingas ellen fremedon.

huhtikuu 1, 10:15 pm

>445 Glacierman: Ha, ha--exactly what I say to students who call Shakespeare "Old English"!

huhtikuu 1, 10:46 pm

>445 Glacierman: how do you type the 'eth' and the 'thorn'?

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 1, 11:12 pm

>447 SuttonHooPress: I cheated. That was a cut-and-paste! But the full Arial font has a crapload of special characters available. I could have used the Windows Character Map to individually insert them where needed. It was just quicker to cut/paste the whole section from a website I was able to quickly locate.

So I can type archæology and Æneas, like in the old days, before typewriters and computers.

huhtikuu 2, 1:43 am

Hahaha! Everything that isn't modern English is old English to me.

huhtikuu 2, 10:52 am

>449 Lukas1990: It's a beautiful language and not hard to learn. The passage I quoted was meant as encouragement: "Men shall prosper, in each of tribes, by glorious deeds." You can do it!

huhtikuu 2, 10:55 am

>449 Lukas1990: It is a beautiful language and not hard to learn. The passage I quoted was meant as encouragement: "In each of tribes, men shall prosper by glorious deeds." You can do it!

huhtikuu 2, 12:04 pm

huhtikuu 2, 2:06 pm

I'm a new book collector and recently acquired Sebastian Van Storck published by Dodd, Mead and Company with beautiful illustrations by Alastair. I first saw Alastair's illustrations in the Black Sun Press's Dangerous Liaisons. I haven't found much info on Dodd, Mead & co but the book has nice deckled pages and is letter pressed.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 4, 6:30 am

Just ordered Three Erfurt Tales 1497-1498. Translated into English by Dr. Arnold H. Price with an introduction by Lessing J. Rosenwald, Bird & Bull Press, 1962.

The German bookseller emailed me that he still can't find the book in his premises. Hope, he'll find it. :D

Edit: He found it! I wonder why the book is relatively pricey compared to some other books by the press, say The Babylonian Anthology which is also printed on handmade paper, has a Sangorski and Sutcliffe binding and more pages. A book with some post-medieval tales is not a sci-fi classic after all.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 5, 6:59 am

This will be my last order this year, I hope.

Aesopus, Vita et Fabulae, Potsdam, Müller & Co, 1922. This is a facsimile of an Aesopus printed by Günther Zainer in Augsburg around 1477/78. One of only 235 copies, printed on hand-made paper by Hahnemühle using the Officina Serpentis hand-presses. Blind-embossed full-leather binding on wooden boards. More than 200 hand-coloured woodcuts!

huhtikuu 5, 7:24 am

>455 Lukas1990:
I think you said that last week!

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 5, 1:00 pm

>455 Lukas1990:


I acquired a copy of this outstanding facsimile last year although my edition is slightly different. It is titled simply 'Esopus' but it is also published by Potsdam, Muller & Co. On a page in the rear of the book it notes: 'Die Incunable in ihren hauptwerkten' or loosely translated, 'The incunable in their main works'. The Officina Serpentis had planned on printing a series of incunable editions and this was the second volume in their series.

Similar to your copy, mine is printed on handmade Hahnemühle paper (Nos. 1 - 30 deluxe copies were printed on handmade paper from I.W. Zanders) using the hand-press with 200 hand-coloured woodcut illustrations. My binding is also full pigskin leather over thick wooden boards with extensive blind embossing on both front and rear covers and five thick bands on the spine. I will post a few photos of my copy later today.

This is one of those rare facsimiles that really isn't a facsimile in the manner we usually think of them since it was not reproduced photographically. In this regard, it is similar to the great Officina Bodoni editions which published several editions of books with medieval woodcuts, had these woodcuts recarved by master wood engraver Bruno Bramanti, then printed these books on the hand-press and reprinted the woodcut illustrations directly from the newly carved wooden blocks. The most famous OB example of this is their edition of 'The Holy Gospel' but they also did this with 'The Nymphs of Fiesole', 'A Comedy of Terence Called Andria' and 'The Little Passion with poems of the first edition of 1511 by Benedictus Chelidonus Musophilus'. The latter two editions both feature famous Albrecht Dürer sets of wood engravings.

P.S. My Hahnemühle handmade paper has an unusual watermark on it which may have been used in the original incunabula of 1477/1478. It appears to show a man sitting in a yoga-like pose with arms outstretched around two objects, perhaps a stone tablet or shield in his right arm and a spoked wheel in his left arm and hand. This will be shown in one of the photographs.

huhtikuu 5, 9:13 am

>455 Lukas1990:
Pr(Lukas1990 buys no more books in 2023 | current month is April) → 0.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 5, 1:01 pm

Esopus (facsimile of the work by Günther Zainer in Augsburg 1477/78), printed by the Officina Serpentis for Potsdam, Muller & Co., 1922.

Photo #1

Photo #2

Photo #3

Photo #4 Frontispiece

Photo #5 Opening page / Page One

Photo #6

Photo #7

Photo #8 Unusual watermark

Photo #9

Photo #10

Photo #11 Colophon

huhtikuu 5, 11:25 am

>456 GusLogan:, >458 ubiquitousuk: :) :) :)

>457 dlphcoracl:, >459 dlphcoracl: Our copies are probably the same. But the title on the front board is more old looking in my copy (see photo). I've ordered the book today, so it will be a couple of weeks until I receive it and can inspect it.

It is interesting that there are some uncolored copies too. I would have assumed only the deluxe copies were colored, but this is not the case as our regular copies prove. Very excited about the book. It will compliment my other beautiful copies, including the Officina Bodoni Andria that you mentioned.

huhtikuu 5, 12:05 pm

>460 Lukas1990:

There were two editions of this 1922 Esopus facsimile - the deluxe edition with full pigskin leather embossed binding and hand-coloured woodcuts and a standard version with half leather binding and paper over boards, without the hand-coloured woodcuts. See links.

huhtikuu 5, 12:35 pm

>455 Lukas1990: Just keep repeating that first sentence to yourself Lukas1990.

I've tried, and it hasn't worked for me.

huhtikuu 5, 1:42 pm

>455 Lukas1990: The likelihood of this being your last order this year is practically zero. I expect you won't make it to the end of the week before your 'habit' has you fidgety... 😁👍🏻

huhtikuu 5, 2:54 pm

>459 dlphcoracl: The two elements in the watermark at right and left look like two shields with some emblematic device in each.

huhtikuu 5, 3:44 pm

>464 kermaier:

I think you are correct.

huhtikuu 5, 5:10 pm

>465 dlphcoracl: The emblem on the right hand shield looks like the helm wheel of a ship. The left hand side shield looks like it has two six-pointed stars on the upper half, with perhaps a bearskin on the lower....

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 19, 7:48 pm

I've been fortunate to recently add the following titles to my collection:
1. Jones, Glyn - The Saga of Llywarch the Old - Golden Cockerel Press, 1955. One of 60 specially bound copies.
2. Goll, Yvan – Four Poems of the Occult – Allen Press, 1962.
3. Bible – Ecclesiasticus – Ashendene Press, 1932.
4. Malory, Sir Thomas – Le Morte Darthur – Shakespeare Head Press, 1933. Bound in full brick-red morocco.
5. Ridland, John (tr) – Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – La Mano Press, 2013. One of a small number of copies (20) issued with the La Mano Press
imprint instead of Taller Martín Pescador.
6. Caxton, William (tr) – The Noble Knight Paris and the Fair Vienne – Allen Press, 1956.
7. Butcher, David – The Stanbrook Abbey Press, 1956–1990 – Whittington Press, 1992. One of 17 specially bound copies in full inlaid oasis leathers.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 6, 6:15 pm

Just picked up a copy of "The Name Book" by Joe Napora (Landlocked Press, 1984), a book of poems, illustrated by Katherine Kuehn (who published as Salient Seedling Press, even as a student). Ed. of 250 handset in foundry Méridien (designed by Adrian Frutiger for Deberny & Peignot). The poetry concerns the Ohio Valley and its colonization, as Napora attempts to give voice to the land's native peoples, almost entirely erased from memory. Concertina binding in Canson Mi-Tientes wrappers. Nice publication from this Madison, Wisconsin press, which had a variety of connections to Walter Hamady (who, per the colophon, sold them the type "for a song") and his Perishable Press. Not bad for $30!

>467 Sport1963: What a great list of pickups! "The Noble Knight Paris" from the Allen Press is very nice volume, one of my favorites of theirs (along with Montaigne's "Essays") before their move to France. I'd love to see that Standbook Abbey Press deluxe-deluxe binding, and the original leaves that came with yours.

huhtikuu 6, 6:31 pm

>467 Sport1963: Did you Rob a bank this month? 🤣

huhtikuu 6, 7:14 pm

>467 Sport1963:

"When you're hot, you're hot 🔥🔥🔥 - and when you're not, you're not."

Congratulations on a magnificent haul.

huhtikuu 7, 1:06 pm

>469 ChestnutPress: I'll be taking a bit of a break...that is for sure.

huhtikuu 7, 4:08 pm

This group is useful for pointing out nice buying opportunities but the downside is my friends on the board might purchase the book first. Being slow to the chase I only managed to get the C variant for the Old School Press Only the Printer Knows but it’s still a nice edition worth picking up. Also slow in looking at the Rampant Lions Press available stock. I was able to pick up the incredibly low priced Agamemnon and the very nice deluxe edition of The Unknown Masterpiece. Along with the Foolscap Press April Fools offering a fun couple of days at our house.

huhtikuu 7, 4:31 pm

>472 kdweber: Version C of 'Only the Printer Knows' is still a fine piece to pick up. It's a handsome edition and no less so for not having the various specimen sheets and ephemera that came with the A and B special copies. It's am interesting read about my favourite book from the Press. The real prize isn't so much having the specials but having the book it discusses! 😁

huhtikuu 10, 10:10 pm

The package from Corvus Works arrived, with a new title and three others.

Typographic Environments
A Plea Against Standardisation
Shakespearian Punctuation
The Skeul Board Man

The last was kindly added in by Christopher. Pleased with all the titles, and Typographic Environments is another especially strong work, both in the printing and in the design. Christopher is another printer who is growing in technique and creativity with each title.

huhtikuu 11, 3:21 pm

>474 Shadekeep: A post day of Wakeling goodies is always a great thing!

huhtikuu 13, 8:41 am

>369 Shadekeep:
>437 Shadekeep:

I have ordered my first book from Geert de Koning's Factotum Pers and opted for the folio-size edition 'Openbaring van Johannes'. Although I also cannot read the Dutch language, the full-sized pages of Albrecht Dürer's wood engravings are worth the price of admission.

huhtikuu 14, 3:05 pm

Four recent arrivals for me:

1. John Nash Engravings, Fleece Press. 1993. There were 100 standard copies, and 12 special copies. This was one of the standard copies.

2. The Special Bindings of Gwasg Gregynog, Gwasg Gregynog. 2004. There were 215 numbered copies, with different bindings. This is a full morocco binding, but not one of the specials bound by James Brockman

3. T. E. Lawrence Letters to E. T. Leeds, Whittington Press. 1988. There were 750 in total, 650 in quarter buckram, 80 in Nigerian Goatskin, and 20 with inlaid leather. This is one of the 20 (actually Roman numeral i)

4. Hero and Leander, Golden Hours Press. 1933. 206 were printed, with the claim that 200 were for sale, however a large number were taken and rebound by Hollis & Carter at a cheaper price and have an a after their number. This is one from the original binding

huhtikuu 14, 5:29 pm

>412 Lukas1990: Very impressed with the Raven press. Same high-quality printing and hand-colouring as in my Golden Cockerel Press Gulliver's Travels. Even the smell of the books is the same :D Will try to post some pictures tomorrow.

huhtikuu 14, 7:28 pm

>477 DMulvee:
Nice, kudos on landing one of the original Golden Hours Press bindings! I have “Dr Faustus” and “The Jew of Malta” in the later buckram.
Who illustrated the GHP “Hero and Leander?

huhtikuu 15, 2:45 pm

>479 kermaier: Lettice Sandford

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 17, 2:25 pm

I have ordered a copy of Fourteen Wood Engravings, from drawings made on Orient Line Cruises by Robert Gibbings, printed at but not published by the GCP.

I wondered if anyone had any sources of information about this? I have read that Gibbings made the engravings in return for a free cruise from the Orient Line. But I see, for example, that there seem to be two variants of the binding--one in yellow paper wraps and the second in blue boards. Does anyone know the story of these two variants, or have any figures on approximate total production run?

huhtikuu 18, 2:15 pm

I am very very weak and broke my promise to stop buying books for a while ... I've just ordered The Confessions of an English Opium-Eater published by the Limited Editions Club for just under 100$. The book is described as near-fine by the seller Arundel books (hope so, had some not pleasant experiences with them before...). Should be a great value, nevertheless. BTW, it is amazing that shipping from US to Lithuania costs only 14.45$! Good times are back? Not for my wallet if I keep ordering. No regrets, though...

huhtikuu 18, 3:44 pm

>482 Lukas1990: Weakness is good... 🤣🤣🤣

huhtikuu 19, 5:06 pm

Just arrived from Megan Merker, two Windhover Press books:

Pierre Ronsard. Hercule Chrestien. 1972. 200 copies on Fabriano Book, Bembo type, in boards.

Artur Miedzyrzecki. 14 Poems. Translated from the Polish by the author, with the assistance of John Batki. 1972. 300 copies on handmade Suzuki in Palatino. Wraps.

They are up to K. K. Merker's usual standards.

huhtikuu 19, 5:20 pm

>484 Glacierman: You can't go wrong with Merker's books!

huhtikuu 19, 10:15 pm

>484 Glacierman: Kudos! I have the Hercule Chrestien as well, it's a splendid volume.

huhtikuu 21, 1:34 pm

Received two Windhover Press books from Meghan Merker - Robert the Devil and Master Peter Patelan. They make a nice pair, with complementary contents and illustrations.

huhtikuu 21, 1:53 pm

I found a reasonable deal on the Nonesuch Shakespeare and spoiled myself. Life is short.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 22, 9:20 am

>488 L.Bloom:


Similar to the Cranach Presse 'The Tragedie of Hamlet' and the Pennyroyal Press 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn', the 7-volume Nonesuch Press edition of the Complete Shakespeare is a wonderful combination of scholarship and craftsmanship.

huhtikuu 22, 4:34 pm

Wanted to try out Heavenly Monkey so I picked up a copy of The Lady and the Tiger with illustrations by Walter Bachinski of the Shanty Bay Press. A very nice but short book printed on Barcham Green paper and bound dos-a-dos with The Discourager of Hesitancy which I had never read. Great printing, I wouldn’t mind getting more titles from this press. The downside is a very limited print run and rather pricey.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 22, 9:13 pm

Acquired a copy of 'Poems' by Siegfried Sassoon, selected and edited (with an introduction) by Dennis Silk. This book was printed at the Marlborough College Press (1958) with an Albion hand press on Millbourn handmade paper. A young John Randle (founder of the Whittington Press) was one of the printers. Dennis Silk "....chose those poems which show the development and steady widening of the poet's powers. The selection has been made with the self-portrait of the poet in mind. It should be read as a spiritual autobiography".

Issued in an edition of 150 copies, initialed by Siegfried Sassoon. There were three variant bindings and this copy is in full dark blue leather.

huhtikuu 23, 4:21 am

>490 kdweber: Rollin does some stunning books. My personal favourites, and one's that I'd suggest to anyone, are the Kelmscott & Doves book, and the one on Griffo.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 23, 9:25 am

>490 kdweber:

Perfectly stated and summarized.

It IS pricey but the quality of Rollin Milroy's printing from the handpress is compelling, so much so that I look for ways or excuses to justify acquiring a Heavenly Monkey publication. However, his tastes in what he is interested in printing are quite eclectic and often do not align with what I am interested or want to collect, similar to my feelings toward several other great presses, e.g., Perishable Press, Bird & Bull Press, the Stanbrook Abbey Press, etc. The Lady and the Tiger was a 'Home Run' for me - fascinating and all-but-forgotten short stories by Frank Stockton, innovative book design, splendid pochoir illustrations by Walter Bachinski of the Shanty Bay Press and, of course, the usual flawless letterpress printing from Rollin Milroy.

Incidentally, another recent publication quite similar in these regards is the deluxe edition of 'The Vampire Cat of Nabeshima' from Cordes Press (see link). The specials may be gone but, if so, the standard editions at 220 GBP are excellent value. It is printed by James Freemantle (St. James Park Press) on his Albion handpress and bound by Roger Grech, same binder James Freemantle uses.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 23, 5:47 pm

Picked up some Harry Duncan publications:
1. J.V. Brummels, 614 Pearl (Abattoir Editions, 1982). Handprinted on the Washington. Interesting use of van Krimpen's Cancelleresca Bastarda for display.
2. Hugh Knox, Queen of Snakes (Abattoir, 1978)
3. Greg Kuzma, For My Brother (Abattoir, 1981). Picked it up to see Duncan using Gill Sans for text. Kuzma's a good poet, and these pieces are quite moving.

And a few more artist books:
1. Augustine Maxwell Jones, Alchemy "or 32 Pounds of Spartan, or How to Make Money with Worn-out Type" (Heavy Duty Press, 2002). A concept book: Koppa decided to set all 32 lbs of some worn out Spartan type before putting it in the hellbox and getting the going rate of 19 cents/lb. The text is explicitly written in the stick, and finds Koppa trying to use replacements for spacers, letters, etc. as they run out and he muses about his endeavor. It is about as much fun as a book can get for $85! Highly recommended (copies still available from the wonderful team at Vamp & Tramp Booksellers, but also from Koppa himself, who also has an Etsy profile where he sells his collages, books, and ephemera). Looking forward to purchasing his Typesetting on a Winter's Afternoon!

2. Pamela Olson, A Footless Knee (Particle Press, 2008): Wonderful neo-Dada book. Two cut-up poems a la Tristan Tzara. Impeccably designed and printed.

3. Stephanie Copoulos-Selle, Rabbit Crossbreeds (Citron Press, 2005). An altered book, with Copoulos-Selle's relief prints of fantastical rabbit-hybrids printed over a very outdated genetics textbook that discusses eugenics. Provocative and surprisingly unsettling.

Oh, and a book about an artist book-maker, Gunnar Kaldewey 75 Artist Books: The Kaldewey Press, New York: Catalogue Raisonne (Princeton Architectural Press, 2013). Extremely well-designed and photographed bibliography of this book artist, whose work is not exactly my forte. However, I will have a chance to handle several of Kaldewey's books (and book-like objects) this summer, and I wanted to have time to go over his works. There are a couple other book-length treatments of his work (including one by Monica Strauss, who I think is one of the best historians of artist books).

huhtikuu 24, 9:38 am

We have recently acquired a small collection of books with pochoir illustrations:

1. Ernest Dowson, A bouquet, Whittington Press 1991, one of 95 copies with pochoir illustrations by Miriam Macgregor. Printed on a very tactile Sable and Watt hand-made paper acquired from Oxford University Press
2. A House by the Sea, Whittington Press 2006, one of 80 copies written and with stencilled illustrations by Miriam Macgregor
3. Travels in the Cevennes, Whittington Press 1998, one of 150 copies written and with stencilled illustrations by Peter Allen
4. Odes of Horace, published by Peter Davies in 1926, set by hand and printed in Koch Kursiv type on 'Ellerslie' mould-made paper and with pochoir-coloured title-page and book heading drawings by Vera Willoughby. One of 500 copies. The printing and stencilling were done at the Curwen Press. ‘Ellerslie’ was a new name to me as a manufacturer of papers: they use a rocking-horse unicorn (‘rocking-unicorn?’) as a watermark. The text is in Latin only, which may perhaps explain why a book of this quality is available at such a very reasonable price.

I enjoy the sense of closer contact with the hand of the artist provided by these stencilled illustrations.

While on my journey of pochoir discovery I also picked up a copy of Matrix 8 which has an interesting article on the technique by Vance Gerry (illustrated, naturally, by pochoir).

huhtikuu 24, 10:34 am

>494 DenimDan: 614 Pearl (Abattoir Editions, 1982)

I've been looking to pick this one up, would you say it's a worthwhile title?

huhtikuu 24, 11:11 am

>488 L.Bloom: would love to hear your impressions once you receive the set. Currently contemplating this set as well, the affiliation with Random House has me wondering about the production value. For example is this similar to the Random House Moby Dick but with leather binding. They look lovely online. :)

huhtikuu 24, 11:38 am

>497 LBShoreBook:

From the full tan niger morocco bindings, the mould-made Pannekoek paper and the quality of the letterpress printing from Walter Lewis at the Cambridge University Press, the quality of the 7-volume Nonesuch Shakespeare is outstanding. The association with Random House with regard to the U.S. distribution of this set is irrelevant.

huhtikuu 24, 4:31 pm

>495 edgeworn: a week or two ago I was looking at a sale on Forum Auctions with some of these books -- was that your source? I abstained from bidding because I am "saving myself" for an upcoming purchase; always glad to learn I avoided competition with a fellow member of the group.

Meanwhile, I received my copy of Fourteen Wood Engravings by Robert Gibbings From Drawings Made on Orient Line Cruises, mentioned in >481 ubiquitousuk:. This is a quite nice, if slightly idiosyncratic, folio-sized volume with tactile Bachelor's hand made paper and good examples of Gibbings' trademark engraving style.

huhtikuu 24, 4:49 pm

>499 ubiquitousuk: Very nice. Is there a publication year given?

huhtikuu 24, 5:00 pm

>500 Sport1963:

There's no date printed in the book, but the year of issue was 1932.

The story is that Gibbings obtained a free cruise from the Orient Line that year by offering to make some engravings for them to use in advertising material. The book came with a complements slip dated October 1932 that instructed readers to contact GCP to buy copies of the engravings or the Orient Line to buy cruises (not the other way round, in case they were confused…) I think the text is Golden Cockerel Type, which the press had premiered a year earlier in The Hundredth Story of A. E. Coppard.

Also a product of Gibbings' collaboration with the Orient Line were some nice broadsides like this one. But I haven't seen any of those for sale (yet).

huhtikuu 24, 5:57 pm

>499 ubiquitousuk: yes, two of the books came from Forum auctions. The House by the Sea is not easily found and I was particularly happy to be able to buy this.

I do like the Gibbings engravings in your book. I particularly like his strong earlier style as in your book - his wood engravings became a bit 'fiddly' later on (in my view).

huhtikuu 24, 7:39 pm

>497 LBShoreBook: What The Oracle in >498 dlphcoracl: said is true. I was inspired by the announcement that the upcoming Folio Society limited edition will be in 3 volumes. This turned me off of that set and had me seeking another nice set.

Scouring this forum sold me on the Nonesuch. A splurge to be sure but I've been wanting a nice set of the collected works for many years. I am not at all disappointed. This set is replacing my current reading set by Everyman's Library (which I will keep because of the great intro essays and footnotes).

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 25, 9:43 am

>496 Shadekeep: While I am a big fan of Duncan's work, 614 Pearl has a couple issues that keep me from endorsing it. For one, the printing is not even (lots of broken letters). It was printed on a Washington hand-press, but Duncan wasn't the printer. Brummels is apparently a big name in the Nebraska cowboy-poet world, but these cannot be his best work. They are very, very regional and forgettable poems. The design of the book is not bad, but it's also nothing that Duncan didn't do as well or better in a lot of other Abattoir books. I got a copy for about $30, so I'm not terribly remorseful about buying it. But there are a lot of other books from Abattoir that I'd recommend first.

huhtikuu 25, 10:06 am

>504 DenimDan: Thanks, I appreciate the insight. Sounds like I might be better served seeking another title as my first Abattoir acquisition.

huhtikuu 25, 11:12 am

>505 Shadekeep:

The Poems of Catullus, Abattoir Editions, 1979.

huhtikuu 25, 11:30 am

>506 dlphcoracl: That is one I've been considering, thanks for the vote. I do sort-of have one Abattoir title, though it's in collaboration with Yellow Barn Press (Shocks). But it doesn't compare to the Catullus volume, or Thistles and Thorns, both of which look pretty spectacular.

huhtikuu 25, 4:58 pm

>506 dlphcoracl: and >507 Shadekeep:
For my money, the Catullus poems are the greatest achievement of Abattoir Editions. Thistles and Thorns is very beautiful, but the Moser engravings make it quite different than other books under the same imprint and substantially more expensive! For a really good Abattoir book that's comparable (in price) to 614 Pearl, I would highly recommend William Logan, Moorhen (1984). It's a wonderful book, designed and printed well, and Logan's poems are quite good (though not as good as his essays).

huhtikuu 25, 7:40 pm

>508 DenimDan:

"For my money, the Catullus poems are the greatest achievement of Abattoir Editions."

I agree, which is why I chose to post and photograph it as an Abattoir suggestion for Shadekeep. My 2nd choice is 'Holding Out : Poems Rendered from the German of Rainer Maria Rilke' by Rika Lesser (translator), 1975.

huhtikuu 25, 8:40 pm

Earlier, someone complained about Harry's printing. I just finished printing four pages of Joanna, and as I look at Harry's page here I can see some of the letters starting to go in the familiar pattern of wear that I see my Joanna go before the letter needs to be replaced--the fang on the 'f', the serif on the 'r'. Still, a beautiful typeface, and a beautiful book. It is hard to keep pace with broken and breaking letters, especially with large editions. One thing to remember is that many of those early folks considered themselves publishers every bit as much as they were interested in fine press. Think of the two lovely books that Harry printed by the poet Glover Davis, 250 copies each. Full length poetry books, and those were Glover's first and second books--plenty of copies to saturate the market for poet-tasters at the time. What's a broken letter, or a light spot of ink on the page when you are publishing the word!?

huhtikuu 26, 7:39 am

>508 DenimDan: Thanks for the additional recommendation, it's useful. I'm also eyeing the Abattoir/Cummington collaboration Bacchae sonnets. I like what I have from Cummington and the theme of this one appeals to me, as does the illustration style.

>510 SuttonHooPress: I like worn and fractured type as well when it comes about organically, as long as it's in a short enough work that it doesn't become burdensome to read. Seeing the artifacts of hand production is part of the charm, I find.

huhtikuu 26, 7:52 pm

>511 Shadekeep: Well then, perhaps I can interest you in my VERY charming first book!

huhtikuu 27, 7:16 am

>512 SuttonHooPress: If it's anything like my first ceramics pieces, it must be "highly individual". ^_^

huhtikuu 27, 1:05 pm

>512 SuttonHooPress: I love the early books of presses, Chad!

huhtikuu 27, 5:56 pm

>506 dlphcoracl:
I just received a fine copy of the Abattoir Catullus, and it is a real gem -- thank you, Oracle, for the recommendation!
And, a bonus: It is mercifully, gloriously unmarred by any penciled bookseller's graffiti on the fly-leaf (a pet peeve of mine) -- kudos to James Cummins!

huhtikuu 27, 8:02 pm

>515 kermaier:

Trust the DlphcOracl.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 28, 4:33 pm

I have just received 'Openbaring van Johannes' (The Revelation of Saint John) from Factotum Pers in the Netherlands (see link), published in 2018. It is a folio-sized book measuring 46 H x 33 W (cm) or 18 x 13 inches. The text is in the Dutch language and the original suite of wood engravings by Albrecht Dürer are reproduced full page. The text and wood engravings span pages 4 to 33 with the text printed on the verso page and a Dürer wood engraving opposite on the recto page, fifteen wood engravings in all. The cost is 155 euros + 47 euros shipping to the United States, very reasonable for a book this size and weight.

It is magnificent.

Muokkaaja: toukokuu 1, 10:04 am

>517 dlphcoracl: Got that myself last month (photos), it is splendid. Was able to get a slipcase for it from Geert as well, which I'm grateful for as I worry its size and thickness might make it a little prone to warpage without support. Though if one has large enough shelves and tomes it should be fine nestled between other volumes of similar size.

toukokuu 6, 11:14 am

I came across this nice, little edition of Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It was printed by the Pynson Printers for Random House in 1929 in limitation of 1,200 copies. Illustrated and signed by W. A. Dwiggins. I have never seen the case and book in such a good shape.

toukokuu 6, 11:19 am

>519 BuzzBuzzard: Splendid! That is a handsome book indeed, and what great condition.

toukokuu 10, 3:05 pm

First trip to Ojai and Barts Books. What a fabulous bookshop. Outdoors AND a library cat. What's not to love.

I picked up a beautiful 1925 Nonesuch Press edition of the Anatomy of Melancholy. 2 volumes quarter-bound in vellum with Italian paper sides, very nice paper, printing, illustrations. Been wanting that book forever and considered the Folio Society edition at times. Don't worry, the high value books are inside!

toukokuu 10, 10:18 pm

>521 jveezer: Anatomy of Melancholy is one of the few Nonesuch books that I will always keep in my collection. E. McKnight Kauffman's illustrations are wonderful, avant-garde enough to be interesting to me, accessible enough to sell 750 copies of a two-volume set. Dreyfus' bibliography counts 115 in vol. 1 and 85 in vol 2 (some are re-used). And I like Burton's text very much: that taxonomical approach reminds me of medieval penitential manuals, which I used to have to transcribe for minimum wage! Congratulations on a great pick up.

toukokuu 16, 11:43 am

There was a nice copy of Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress published by Essex House Press on Oak Knoll. I managed to resist ordering it a couple of weeks ago but now Oak Knoll is having a sale of titles created during the Fine Press Revival in England and the price of the book has dropped by a third! No choices left for me... Now I'm waiting for the book. My first and possibly last book from Essex House Press.

Muokkaaja: toukokuu 16, 3:23 pm

>523 Lukas1990: I do not see any indication of such a sale on their website. Is there some code to use?

toukokuu 16, 12:37 pm

>524 ultrarightist: It was in an email from Oak Knoll. Here's the link:

I wasn't aware it was an actual sale, since I'm not seeing previous list prices as I have in other sales. I thought it was just highlighting some stock. Which, to be fair, is impressive stock, considering it contains a number of Doves and Kelmscott titles.

toukokuu 16, 12:47 pm

>523 Lukas1990:
This can’t be right, I’m sure you said no more books this year.

Muokkaaja: toukokuu 16, 3:10 pm

>524 ultrarightist:, >525 Shadekeep: Yes, I received an email announcing some new arrivals and highlighting older stock. There was no sale announced. However, I've noticed that the prices of at least some of the books were considerably lowered. The Book of Common Prayer (first North American edition published with the express permission of the Essex House Press) used to cost 700 USD and now it is just 495 USD. Same with my Pilgrim's Progress.

>526 GusLogan: Couldn't resist a good deal. It was the cheapest copy on the market and probably in best condition. Peter Harrington has a copy four times more expensive and in worse condition. It is one of Ashbee's ‘little dumpy Puritans’ as he called them. Quite special.

toukokuu 18, 7:27 am

I just received a special copy of Tom Chadwick and the Grosvenor School of Modern Art by the Fleece press.
The exterior of the book is similar to the standard version, but the special comes with a slipcase. Inside the standard has just one engraving from the wood, whilst the special has sixteen

Muokkaaja: toukokuu 19, 3:33 pm

The latest item of particular note on my shelves here is the second No Reply Press edition of TS Eliot’s ‘Preludes’. It is a lovely treatment of my favourite Eliot sequence, and one I hope Griffin is suitably proud of. The presswork (on dampened paper) is certainly the finest I have seen from the press, and I am glad that Griffin is now printing for himself as the results speak for themselves. Here’s to a long future with a great many superb volumes!

I am now just waiting on the deluxe edition of The Salvage Press ‘Haiku Ne Feirme’, the Barbarian Press ‘Meeting of Two Minds’, the Gaspereau Press ‘Makeready’ and the No Reply Press ‘Magnetic Storms’. Further down the line will be new Gruffyground, St James Park, Greenboathouse and Florin Press goodies, but they are yet to be fully printed. I love having lovely things to look forward to!

toukokuu 19, 3:38 pm

>529 ChestnutPress:

What are you awaiting from Greenboathouse Press?

toukokuu 19, 4:26 pm

>530 dlphcoracl: His next book, which will hopefully by done and dusted around autumn.

toukokuu 19, 5:54 pm

>529 ChestnutPress:
You mean the Barbarian Press "Marriage of True Minds", right? That's the biggest ship on my horizon as well, right now.

toukokuu 19, 9:48 pm

>532 kermaier: Yes, that’s what I meant! No idea why I typed what I did, but there you go!

toukokuu 20, 1:59 pm

>530 dlphcoracl: I should have elaborated more, good Oracle. The next Greenboathouse outing is a book of prose poems by Jason Dewinetz. It is set in Romaneé and the title page spread is inspired. There will be some deluxe copies from an exceptional binder. Obviously, poetry can be a difficult purchase call for some, as taste in poetry is a really personal thing, but I loved Jason’s last Greenboathouse collection and would humbly suggest you earmark yourself a copy. If nothing else, the book will be a beautiful example of modern fine press at its best

Muokkaaja: toukokuu 20, 7:22 pm

Breviloquium by Bonaventura (St. Bonaventure), Leipzig: Gregorius Böttiger (Werman), about 1495.

This recent acquisition is decidedly off the beaten path from what I usually collect. Although I am primarily interested in modern private press editions (1890 - present), once or twice a year I will hop into my time machine and go back in time several hundred years if something piques my interest or catches my eye. The following combines comments from several persons far more knowledgeable than I (in particular - "Emily" posting on April 11, 2013) who were reviewing a modern paperback edition of the Breviloquium written by Fr.Dominic Monti, OFM, and published by Franciscan Institute Publishers in 2005.

"The Breviloquium was written by St. Bonaventure in 1257 and it is one of his principal theological works. It is a handbook of sorts, summarizing many of the important concepts of medieval theology. This is Bonaventure's comprehensive presentation of Christian doctrine for young friars who were entering the order (and the university) without a large background of theological training and for other instructional purposes. It is based upon a deductive method of inquiry (Bonaventure starts with assumptions of the faith and derives conclusions from there) rather than the more traditionally scholastic method of induction."

The Breviloquium was first published either in Nuremberg by Johann Sensenschmidt of Eger in 1472 or by Arnold Ther Hoernen in Cologne, ca. 1472. Despite its theological importance in understanding medieval Catholicism, incunabular editions of the Breviloquium are surprisingly rare. Only 17 copies of this edition are known to exist, of which only one other is located in the United States. This was the first copy of Böttiger's edition to appear at auction in over a half century.

Although I am certainly not an expert on incunabular works, I have seen enough of them to appreciate those with exceptional printing quality. This edition is (for me) a standout in this regard and when combined with elegant page design and tasteful initials, capital strokes and paragraph marks flourished in red, I could not pass on it. The book is Chancery 4to (198 x 142 mm), 89 leaves of 90, lacking the a1 title (whatever that is), in a 16th-century vellum binding lacking ties.

toukokuu 20, 7:24 pm

>535 dlphcoracl:

toukokuu 20, 11:11 pm

>535 dlphcoracl: A bona fide incunabulum. Most impressive.

toukokuu 21, 12:42 am

>535 dlphcoracl: A simply stunning edition to own!

toukokuu 21, 10:25 am

>534 ChestnutPress:

Thank you for expanding upon Jason Dinewitz's latest Work in Progress. I always look for excuses to acquire his Greenboathouse Press editions but his last two (Arranging Furniture and Circadia) didn't register with me. This is much more to my liking and I will contact Jason in this regard.

toukokuu 21, 1:34 pm

In contrast to the opinion of dlphcoracl, I was immediately struck by both Arranging Furniture and Circadia, each of which won first prize in the limited edition category of Alcuin Society awards in their respective years. Neither disappoints.

Arranging Furniture is a technical masterpiece. Jason printed grid art, inspired by Agnes Martin, but in the proportions of the golden section. He used only letterpress furniture for the bands of color (the beginning of the book has a handy reference page showing the dimensions of standard letterpress furniture). The images are intriguing and calming and beautiful. The skill that went into creating them is impressive. The printing is impeccable. The paper is lovely and tactile. The two essays (hand-set) are enjoyable reads. It's an excellent book.

Circadia is a different sort of book. The text is by Kevin McPherson Eckhoff and is a set of unique prose poems. He wrote down one sentence a day for a full year, dividing them into twelve "poems" - one for each month. The events range from the mundane to the heart-wrenching and while each part might seem insignificant, the sum of them together is beautiful and powerful. It's an approach I've never seen before but a text that resonated with me deeply. Jason hand-set the poems using type he cast himself, then printed it by hand on a Vandercook and bound it himself. He's a perfectionist and massively knowledgeable and loves the craft and it shows - the design and printing and binding are immaculate. It's a book I've pulled out and re-read several times since acquiring it, which says a lot based on the number of books on my shelves.

toukokuu 23, 11:49 am

I just bought my first Grabhorn!—Journal Aboard the Louise.

The bookseller (of a local general used bookstore) showed it to me over six months ago, and while I really liked the illustrations, I didn't buy it then because "I can't collect everything." (It's also a folio.) Well, this time, gift certificate in hand, I was feeling flush.

I'm very curious about the luxurious paper. Is there someone with a Grabhorn bibliography who could tell me what it is? The publication year is 1969.

toukokuu 23, 12:32 pm

>542 maisiedotes: Nice! My first Grabhorn was the LEC Robinson Crusoe; my second was Wah-to-yah and the Taos Trail. And there you have my entire Grabhorn collection!

toukokuu 23, 1:05 pm

>542 maisiedotes: I only have the one Grabhorn, but it’s gorgeous: their edition of De Bury’s ‘Philobiblon’. When I am suitably rich, I’d love their stunning edition of Mandeville’s Travels

toukokuu 23, 2:24 pm

>542 maisiedotes: Welcome to the dark side! 😈 Books by other private/fine presses will follow.

My only Grabhorn is A Lytell Geste of Robyn Hode and his Meiny. A lovely little book. The more I look at it, the more I like it. Valenti Angelo's simple illustrations are very suitable for the whole story.

>544 ChestnutPress: Don't forget to add Aesop's Fables to your collection!

Muokkaaja: toukokuu 24, 3:07 pm

>542 maisiedotes:
My Grabhorn miscellany includes:

  • The Scarlet Letter 1928 (for Random House)
  • The Red Badge of Courage 1931 (for Random House)
  • The Origin of the Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County 1931 (for the Book Club of California)
  • The Encantadas 1940 (for William P. Wreden)
  • The Tempest 1951
  • The Silverado Squatters 1952
  • Macbeth 1952
  • Richard III 1953
  • Julius Caesar 1954
  • Horatius at the Bridge & Casey at the Bat 1954 (for the Roxburghe Club of San Francisco)
  • A Midsommer Nights Dreame 1955
  • Othello 1956
  • Eight Lyrics by William Shakespeare 1956
  • Mliss 1958
  • King Lear 1959
  • Anthony & Cleopatra 1960
  • Henry IV Part I 1961
  • RLS to JM Barrie: A Vailima Portrait 1962 (for the Book Club of California)
  • Write It Right: A Little Blacklist of Literary Faults 1971 (actually, Grabhorn-Hoyem)

  • The Shakespeare plays are all on extremely luxurious handmade English papers (Millbourn, et al).
    The Red Badge of Courage is on a very nice Van Gelder handmade.
    Mliss is on an incredible hand-made paper that I can't identify.
    The other minor publications are on good, but not superlative papers.

    Do you see any watermarks on the pages of your Journal?

    toukokuu 23, 2:47 pm

    >544 ChestnutPress:
    Yes, the Grabhorn Mandeville is high on my wishlist, as well.

    toukokuu 23, 6:39 pm

    >547 kermaier: Oh the kicking I still give myself for not buying a copy a few years ago for a fraction of the normal cost…

    toukokuu 23, 6:43 pm

    >545 Lukas1990: Out of all the fine press editions of Aesop out there, I’m not sure what one I’d pick, but it wouldn’t actually be that one (as handsome as it is). For now, I happily settle for the gorgeous selection of the fables that Prelo printed.

    toukokuu 23, 8:10 pm

    >549 ChestnutPress:

    Aesop's Fables is a prime member of Private Press Royalty, i.e., a work of literature with numerous fine & private press editions, nearly all of which are appealing. A nice choice is:

    Aesop's Fables. Aesop translated by Sir Roger L'Estrange, George G. Harrap & Co., 1936. It is printed by Walter Lewis at the Cambridge University Press and illustrated with 12 full page copper engravings and numerous capital letter decorations by Stephen Gooden.

    Muokkaaja: toukokuu 24, 11:12 am

    >549 ChestnutPress: It's perhaps not as sexy as the Prelo edition (definitely wish I'd managed to get a copy), but I'm pretty happy with my copy of the LEC 1933 edition designed by Bruce Rogers.

    toukokuu 24, 12:13 pm

    >550 dlphcoracl: cheers for the suggestion, Oracle! 👍

    toukokuu 24, 12:13 pm

    >551 kermaier: That’s a lovely version. I love the Fell types.

    toukokuu 24, 12:59 pm

    >443 Lukas1990: How do you like the Shakespeare Head "The Whole Works of Homer" set?

    Muokkaaja: toukokuu 24, 1:18 pm

    >552 ChestnutPress:

    The most beautiful editions of Aesop's Fables are from the Officina Bodoni and, of course, The Gregynog Press with Agnes Miller Parker's famous wood engravings (see links below). However, both editions are now extremely expensive costing thousands of dollars.

    The Bruce Rogers designed LEC Aesop and the Grabhorn Press Aesop with Angelo Valenti illustrations are also featured on the Books and Vines website.

    toukokuu 24, 1:34 pm

    >543 Glacierman: >544 ChestnutPress: >545 Lukas1990: So I'm not too far behind you, at least quantitatively!

    >546 kermaier: What a collection. Must be beautiful to behold. I don't see any watermarks in Journal Aboard the Louise. Can watermarks be made in very thick paper?

    >542 maisiedotes: There's something very romantic about life on the seas, and the journal is eminently readable.

    Since nobody has jumped in with a Grabhorn bibliography, I have written to San Francisco Public Library, which does have one (I'm not in the right system to borrow it) to request information on the paper.

    The production is from 1969, so it's a Grabhorn-Hoyem. I don't know if books of that later era are superior, inferior, or just different. Does anybody want to weigh in?

    Muokkaaja: toukokuu 24, 1:52 pm

    Definition of a Curmudgeon: A person who cannot derive pleasure and enjoyment from an occasional reading of a Sherlock Holmes story.

    Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes certainly need no introduction to the LT FPF. However, despite their immense popularity there are surprisingly few true private press editions published in the last 125 years. Up until recently, the Arion Press 'Hound of the Baskervilles' (1985) is the only one I can instantly recall. Fortunately, this has recently been rectified with excellent letterpress editions from Thornwillow Press 'Hexalogy' (2017) and smaller editions of single stories from No Reply Press and Areté Editions.

    However, there IS an outstanding and unusual private press edition containing a generous selection of 12 stories which is little known to private press collectors that I recently acquired. It is:

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle In A Choice of Four Bindings, Land Press, 1987.

    These are deluxe editions (edition of 150 copies) using all the illustrations drawn by Sidney Paget for the initial serialized publication of 'The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' in the Strand magazine during 1891 and 1892. Paget's illustrations are iconic in the same manner John Tenniel's illustrations are for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and John Bewick's are for Aesop's Fables. The book is large quarto (4to) 11.5 x 8.5 inches (27 x 21 mm), printed by the Senecio Press (Oxfordshire) on Mohawk acid-free paper and set in 11 point Monotype Baskerville. Photos of the prospectus describing the designer bindings are included below. Subscribers to this edition were then invited to select the designer binding of their choice. Each copy was then signed by the bookbinder.

    toukokuu 24, 2:07 pm

    >556 maisiedotes:

    The Grabhorn bibliography will not answer your question because this is a Grabhorn-Hoyem publication.

    toukokuu 24, 2:25 pm

    >558 dlphcoracl: It will be in Volume 3 (entry #25) of the Grabhorn Bibliography, which includes the Grabhorn-Hoyem years. I will check my copy when I get home this evening.

    toukokuu 24, 2:30 pm

    Ooh, aah! I just got a response from San Francisco Public Library. Alas, it's not handmade paper, nor is its name provided.

    toukokuu 24, 2:31 pm

    >559 dpbbooks:

    You are correct.

    I own all three volumes of the Grabhorn Press bibliography and I do not know how I missed it first time around. That said, the bibliography states:

    "Paper machine made."

    toukokuu 24, 3:07 pm

    >556 maisiedotes: I'd actually forgotten a few items! Edited my post to add them.

    toukokuu 24, 9:51 pm

    >557 dlphcoracl: What of the LEC edition of the complete adventures?

    Muokkaaja: toukokuu 25, 11:19 am

    >554 Sport1963: I always wanted a fine press Iliad and Odyssey and the Nonesuch press version seemed like the best option but I lost my patience and got the Shakespeare Head Press set instead. The bonus of the set content-wise is that it features not only Iliad and Odyssey but also Batrachomyomachia (a comic epic also called Battle of the Frogs and Mice, a parody of the Iliad, commonly attributed to Homer). The translation by George Chapman (1559/60-1634) is the first English translation of Homer to be done directly from the Greek, which remained the standard translation until Pope's 18th century version, and it is not easy to read for a non-native English speaker but it has it's charm. It was highly regarded by some prominent figures in literature etc. Keats. As I understand, it is not a literal translation and Chapman added some details of his own...

    I couldn't find any information about the paper used. It is probably not Batchelor, used in SHP' flagship editions of Spenser, Froissart and Chaucer, because there are no watermarks (the books printed on Batchelor's that I own all have watermarks) but it is still nice handmade paper. The printing is also of high-quality as could be expected from Bernard Newdigate. My only concern is the red or burgundy leather spines - the leather is thin and leaves red residue when handled. I gently put the books on my sofa and it got red! The gilt tooling on the spines is still perfectly clear though. I haven't seen a set in at least NF condition because of these spines. It's probably calf. The vellum copies were more durable as can be seen here (what a price!):

    One of the major reasons I decided to get this set is the wood engravings by John Farleigh (1900-65). There are 52 of them, comprised of two frontispieces, woodcut-framed title pages to volumes I and V, and 48 full-page cuts. However, volume V (Batrachomyomachia), only has a frontispiece, although it would have been nice to see how Farleigh imagined this parody. In "A History of British Wood Engraving," Albert Garrett writes that "in terms of modern engraving, John Farleigh understood the purity of Greek engraving and largely formed his style upon the few known examples. Like the Greek engraver, he also understood the human form and could express it." He was one of the major engravers of the new British School, which focused on broadening the medium's range of expression and techniques. Farleigh's engravings are very suitable for Homer IMHO.

    There is a set for sale on Catawiki at the moment with 60 (!) photos, so you can get an idea of how it looks like:

    Overall, it is a very affordable (honestly, underpriced) set which can usually be found only in VG condition because of the bindings but they are no Otto Dorfner bindings or Paul Nash designs, if you know what I mean. I can live with my rubbed bindings as long as the inside is OK. And don't store them with other books because they will become red!

    toukokuu 25, 10:59 am

    >564 Lukas1990: Thanks Lukas, very helpful. Check out the link below to Nomad's "Pages from Presses 2" details. It mentions a specimen leaf from your set as indeed being Batchelor hand-made paper.

    On the rubbed bindings endangering shelf-mates, I have several books in the same category and find that a mylar cover does the trick. It's actually quite calming to properly fit and cut the mylar for the book.

    I think I am going to continue my search for a Nonesuch set as close to NF as possible.

    toukokuu 25, 11:31 am

    >565 Sport1963:

    Before you jump into this rabbit hole, read a chapter of the Homer Iliad or Odyssey in the George Chapman translation, then read the same chapter using one of the excellent modern translations, e.g., Richmond Lattimore, Robert Fagles, Robert Fitzgerald. For me, the translations by George Chapman and Alexander Pope are non-starters.

    Muokkaaja: toukokuu 25, 12:19 pm

    >566 dlphcoracl: Thanks Oracle. Your note led me to this dozen year-old New Yorker article:

    Although in the article, Mendelsohn gives the Pope translation high marks, Chapman and Pope are now off my list (I own the LEC Pope titles).

    Am particularly looking for Fine Press treatment of the Iliad, which has been more difficult to find.

    Muokkaaja: toukokuu 25, 4:01 pm

    >567 Sport1963:

    I think this may be what you are looking for. I own this edition and am quite pleased with it.

    This is the translation by Christopher Cranch and he make no attempt at metered verse, instead attempting "to render simply and concisely, without omission, addition or periphrasis, and at the same time fluently, keeping in mind the best ideals of blank verse." Basically, it reads beautifully.

    This is the large paper edition of 650 copies, printed by the Riverside Press with excellent letterpress technique on a thick paper which is quite pleasing to the touch. It is illustrated with fine plates after illustrations by 17th century artist Franz Cleyn. Each of the two volumes has a color and a black & white frontispiece and a total of 13 black and white plates.

    Unfortunately, the eBay copy linked above is in marginally collectible condition. I would wait and look for a copy in better condition.

    toukokuu 25, 5:34 pm

    Oracle - Did you mean William Cullen Bryant's translation of "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" large paper edition published in 1905? Your link got me to Virgil's "Aeneid".

    Here's the link to the listing I refer to:

    From what I can tell the above 6 volumes are part of a larger 20 volume set that includes works by Virgil, Dante and Goethe.

    toukokuu 25, 5:51 pm

    >569 Sport1963:

    Sorry- my mistake.

    For some strange reason, I gravitated to my edition of Virgil's Aeneid and not Homer's Iliad, as you had requested. Unfortunately, I do not know of a fine press edition of the Iliad in a modern translation.

    toukokuu 25, 9:22 pm

    >557 dlphcoracl: That is just outstanding. I am green with envy! ;) Congratulations on the acquisition, and thanks for sharing.

    toukokuu 26, 4:22 am

    >570 dlphcoracl: yes, a gap in the fine press world I could not fill yet. There are several outstanding Odysseys but the Iliad was somehow neglected.

    toukokuu 26, 7:07 am

    >573 dlphcoracl:

    "A gap in the fine press world I could not fill yet".

    Nor I. As much as I would have liked to acquire the Nonesuch Press set of the Iliad and the Odyssey, I find the Alexander Pope translation laborious to read. Many clearly disagree with me and find it quite poetic, but I greatly prefer the modern English translations.

    toukokuu 26, 7:13 am

    >571 whytewolf1:

    Thank you.

    The Land Press editions in the four designer bindings is notable for the designer bindings and the inclusion of the full set of Sidney Paget illustrations from the Strand. However, the quality of the letterpress printing and the Mohawk paper is mediocre. Since I already own the Thornwillow Press Hexalogy (which I like!), it was a case of this edition being the "only game in town", or nearly so.

    Muokkaaja: toukokuu 26, 9:57 am

    Today’s post has brought me my deluxe copy of The Salvage Press’s ‘Haiku Na Feirme’ and it’s an absolute beauty!! All good things are well worth waiting for. What with the gorgeous No Reply Press ‘Preludes’ turning up recently, my shelves are really happy. Just waiting on ‘Makeready’ from Gaspereau now…

    toukokuu 26, 10:06 am

    >575 ChestnutPress:

    "All good things are well worth waiting for."

    Truer words have never been spoken. 😉

    Muokkaaja: toukokuu 26, 2:02 pm

    After the Oracle included The Maine Woods by Ascensius Press in his top 10 list, I explored their back catalogue as I like their aesthetics. Big recent acquisition for me is Consider the Lobster, an edition of 26 copied. Recently also acquired Song of the Battleaxe (also an edition of 26, I did not get one of six with the bronze relief). For fun I acquired On a Canadian Salmon River in clothbound edition ($100), may go for a deluxe edition sometime. Future goal is Ethan Frome, I don't expect to see Oracle's top ten entry anytime soon in the secondary market.

    toukokuu 26, 12:46 pm

    >570 dlphcoracl: No worries, I appreciate you taking a look Oracle. Given the Iliad's length, it's probably a pipe dream to think that one of the newer translations will be taken up as a fine press project in the near or distant future. The only shops I can think of that could take it on would be Arion or Tallone. Given Arion's current literary trajectory, that's not going to happen. At the end of the day it's a dollars and cents proposition...and it would be a risky business.

    toukokuu 26, 12:48 pm

    >575 ChestnutPress: I am eagerly awaiting my copy to make it over the pond. Anticipation is more than half the delight.

    Muokkaaja: toukokuu 26, 12:58 pm

    >577 LBShoreBook:

    Unfortunately, the Ascensius Press 'The Maine Woods' is more difficult to find and acquire than the Barbarian Press 'Play of Pericles'. I cannot recall a copy of The Maine Woods appearing in the secondary market in the last decade.

    toukokuu 26, 1:00 pm

    >578 Sport1963:

    I agree. I do not expect to see a modern translation of The Iliad in my lifetime. Only the Thornwillow Press may be willing to tackle it and this does not appear in their trajectory either.

    Muokkaaja: toukokuu 26, 1:41 pm

    >579 Sport1963: Nah. Object in hand is ALL the delight 😁. Such a beautiful volume, as is the case with all TSP items I own

    toukokuu 26, 1:41 pm

    toukokuu 26, 1:43 pm

    >577 LBShoreBook: Scott Vile’s publications are pretty darn special. While I only have a couple of items, they are superb.

    toukokuu 27, 7:03 am

    Seeing as Esope's fables and the Grabhorn edition in particular were recently discussed, here some pictures of my own.
    After much prevarication I acquired the somewhat rough copy that had been on offer online for quite a while. Thankfully I am not fussy enough to care much about a rubbed hinge and strangely coloured boards when the text block is still fine, and this is still the most expensive book in my modest collection by a fair margin...

    The Valenti Angelo illustrations and initials are delightful, in my opinion doing an excellent job at a recognizably modern rendering of the many amusing characters of the fables while evoking a medieval spirit.
    Beyond the obvious Grabhorn quality one is to expect, my main motivation for getting this particular edition of the fables is the text. As far as I could tell, this is the only fine edition with the original Caxton text, which I find to be an unending source of linguistic delight. If we were to suddenly be forced to revert to 15th century spelling conventions (or lack thereof), I would be very happy.

    I also own The Red Badge of Courage from Grabhorn and can recommend it as well. Interestingly, my copy is not numbered but marked as "Review".
    I would still like to get The Silverado Squatters and maybe the Macbeth, one day...

    toukokuu 27, 8:08 am

    >585 thfrgi:
    Lovely edition.

    toukokuu 27, 9:08 am

    >585 thfrgi:

    Valenti Angelo's illustrations and illuminations for the Grabhorn Press always put a smile on my face, similar to my reaction and feelings regarding Mallette Dean's work for the Allen Press. Lovely.

    toukokuu 27, 4:04 pm

    >585 thfrgi: A wonderful edition to own!

    toukokuu 27, 4:12 pm

    >585 thfrgi: Congrats! I considered getting this copy and now I see it was pretty good!

    toukokuu 28, 3:07 pm

    >585 thfrgi: “After much prevarication”?!

    toukokuu 28, 3:55 pm

    >590 kermaier: I assume you take issue with my usage of "prevaricate" as "hesitate", which I am told by the internet is not accepted in American English, but is more widespread in British English.
    I'm not a native speaker and learned my English through mostly British sources, so that's my excuse for this non-standard usage.

    toukokuu 28, 4:15 pm

    >591 thfrgi: I’d always thought “prevarication” to mean “lying”, which I imagine would’ve been amusing, had that really been necessary for you to acquire a book. :-) No slight to your language skills intended.

    toukokuu 29, 10:20 am

    I came close once to prevaricating to acquire a book, seeing an uncracked first edition of a Philip Levine book at a used bookstore for $2. But by the time I got to the counter, where the bookstore cat greeted me, I had to come clean with the owner and let him know he could sell the book for much more.

    toukokuu 29, 10:22 am

    I only had to lie to myself about available shelf space, thankfully!

    toukokuu 29, 12:34 pm

    >582 ChestnutPress: Agreed, admiring the book now. Worth the wait.

    Muokkaaja: toukokuu 29, 1:22 pm

    >591 thfrgi: yes, I am a native speaker of British English and I always knew prevaricate to mean being indecisive. This discussion, led me to entertain the possibility that I might have been wrong all this time (it happens occasionally...). I checked several dictionaries and found the leading meaning to indeed be lying or speaking evasively. This was surprising to me because I don't believe I ever heard the word used in that sense before.

    Then I then found this entry, which seems informative:

    "Usage Note: The traditional meaning of prevaricate is "to speak or write evasively." In recent years, a second sense has developed, meaning "to behave in an indecisive manner; delay or procrastinate," perhaps influenced by equivocate, which primarily means "to speak evasively" but can also mean "to be indecisive." In American English, this second sense is widely considered an error, and a large majority of the Usage Panel finds it unacceptable. In 2011, 78 percent of the Panel disapproved of the "delay" sense of the word as used in the sentence He prevaricated for some two years before accepting the new design for production. This usage is more commonly encountered in British English, as in this quotation from the BBC News: As the industry prevaricated, sales collapsed."

    toukokuu 29, 3:11 pm

    >596 ubiquitousuk: Very interesting! Thanks for that.

    toukokuu 29, 3:21 pm

    >595 Sport1963: Very glad to hear it has arrived and that it pleases.

    toukokuu 29, 3:23 pm

    >596 ubiquitousuk: I am also one of those that wrongly thought prevaricate meant to dither over something. Procrastinate it shall be from today!

    toukokuu 29, 9:05 pm

    On a thinly related linguistic note, the English language misuses the borrowed greek word empathy in a way that means sympathy.

    In Greek empathy (=in pathos) is excessive and describes a negative feeling.

    toukokuu 30, 8:16 pm

    >600 bacchus.: In Greek empathy (=in pathos) is excessive and describes a negative feeling.

    How very apropos of its current (mis)use in the woke idiom of the semi-literati.

    toukokuu 31, 6:05 am

    well that certainly explains the username

    toukokuu 31, 7:38 am

    >600 bacchus.: I have seen pathos equated with "strong feeling", or literally "suffering with passion", which is not necessarily negative. After all, apathy is the lack of strong feeling or passion, not the absence of negative feeling. And antipathy is dislike. We do view the term pathetic as a negative in English, but some of that comes from a hypermasculinised attitude that equates feelings with weakness.

    Translation is a subtle and complex process, but I think in general we have the usage of empathy correct in English. Especially as it's only been in the language since the early 1900s and was coined in order to translate the German word Einfühlung. So if there is any disconnect between the English and the Greek, it's because the word is meant to map to a German term.

    toukokuu 31, 12:35 pm

    I needed to get to the bottom of this :)

    Seems that the positive connotations of "empathy" in English, French and German diverge semantically from its negative meaning in Greek.

    The negative tinge of the term "εμπάθεια" probably arose from Orthodox Church texts, which condemned passion as a feeling leading to sin.

    In Greek the word "ενσυναίσθηση" is used to translate the Anglo-Saxon term "empathy", which was indeed used to translate the German term "Einfühlung", differentiating it from the German term "Empathie", and originating from the ancient Greek word "εμπάθεια" - meaning strong, fierce passion without a positive or negative connotation.

    Every word has its history!

    toukokuu 31, 12:54 pm

    >604 bacchus.: Etymology is a fascinating, and occasionally infuriating, process. Good stuff, thanks for sharing! And an interesting bit of intuition about the possible influence of Orthodoxy on the "negativising" of the term. I suspect you're onto something there, as the nuances of words are constantly evolutive and adapted to the social and cultural contexts of their times.

    toukokuu 31, 1:52 pm

    If we're speculating here, then allow me to speculate in a different direction. The ancient Greek philosophers, particularly Aristotle, emphasized moderation and the golden mean. Perhaps 'sympathy' represents the golden mean between 'apathy' on the one hand and 'empathy' on the other. Perhaps 'empathy' (= in pathos, per >600 bacchus.:) was viewed as pathological.

    toukokuu 31, 2:16 pm

    >606 ultrarightist: That's certainly conceivable. In many civilisations extremes in either direction were seen as antithetical to civil order and a stable society. If empathy in that sense was analogous to, say, hypersensitivity, then it could be as much a social impediment as disengagement or ennui.

    Just as a side note, talking about pathos reminds me of the rhyming but otherwise unrelated Greek term, bathos. I think this one is due for a revival, given the preponderance of bathetic resolutions one sees in modern fiction, be it books, cinema, or television. The need for breakneck plots full of implausible twists makes bathos virtually inescapable.

    Muokkaaja: toukokuu 31, 11:25 pm

    >606 ultrarightist: This makes much sense, considering the mathematical way in which most Greek words are generated from a single root (en-pathos, syn-pathos, a-pathos). Your observation brings to mind Hegelian dialectics (thesis, anti-thesis, syn-thesis).

    >607 Shadekeep: Interestingly, according to Wikipedia, Alexander Pope was the first who used the term (based on the correct Greek definition; depth) to mean artistic genius. I guess one could somehow relate depth with anticlimax in terms of pure height. However βάθος is used the same way metaphorically in both languages (as in “deep knowledge”, “deep thoughts”).

    kesäkuu 1, 2:15 am

    Any new acquisitions, anyone?

    Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 1, 3:53 am

    >609 Lukas1990:
    A couple of nice LECs, thanks for asking! The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge is pretty sleek.

    kesäkuu 1, 5:08 am

    >609 Lukas1990: ‘Makeready’ from Gaspereau Press, the deluxe ‘Haiku Na Feirme’ from The Salvage Press, and ‘Preludes’ from No Reply Press are the three recent standout arrivals here of late. All superb editions for various reasons, and all well worth picking up. Still waiting for my copy of the latest from Barbarian Press…

    kesäkuu 1, 7:33 am

    >609 Lukas1990: I've got some Kim Merker works on the way, but they haven't landed on the doorstep yet.

    kesäkuu 1, 8:26 am

    >609 Lukas1990:

    Arriving later this month, an artist's book from Susan Allix entitled Bengal Story: Tales from Orissa, Bengal and Sikkim (2006). It is one of the 5 deluxe copies from a total edition of 25, printed on various handmade papers.

    kesäkuu 1, 11:00 am

    I received a copy of King Solomon's Mines (Imprint Society, 1970). This was of interest to me as it's my first book from that press. However, I received a copy missing its slipcase, with a soiled front board, and without a limitation number, so I am in two minds about whether to return it or not.

    kesäkuu 1, 11:18 am

    >614 ubiquitousuk: I'd say return it if the shipping cost isn't prohibitive. Unless you didn't pay much for it up front. I received a less than sterling copy of Fables by the Late John Gay by the same press, but it was cheap enough that I just donated it to the thrift store. The two titles I have from the press in my collection I was able to obtain in excellent condition, and you probably can do the same. There are a lot of bookjackers on Abe for this press however, so tread carefully. Was the edition you received markedly different from its advertised condition?

    kesäkuu 1, 11:49 am

    >615 Shadekeep: I took a chance on buying it from on of these large scale resellers of used books that is usually reputable but doesn't provide very detailed descriptions.

    The only problem I have is that Imprint Society books are incredibly rare in the UK and shipping them from the US is always a bit of a chore, not to mention costly. I pad £50, which I think is far too much for the book's condition, but I might just live with it and at least try to enjoy reading the book.

    kesäkuu 1, 11:51 am

    kesäkuu 1, 12:10 pm

    >616 ubiquitousuk: Oof, that is a bit much to just write off, but aye, shipping across the pond is not cheap. Hopefully you can get some pleasure out of it all the same.

    kesäkuu 1, 4:10 pm

    >610 GusLogan: Nice. I have The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge incoming too. Happy to hear it doesn't disappoint.

    >614 ubiquitousuk: Have you read King Solomon's Mines before? If you haven't, and you enjoy it, definitely consider adding She to the reading list too!

    kesäkuu 2, 2:21 am

    I just received my copy of Glenn Fleishman’s Six Centuries of Type & Printing. A short, small octavo book with a nice introduction to fine printing. Letterpress printed by Phil Abel on Mohawk Superfine for Aperiodical (Seattle) in 2020 and bound simply in green cloth with a plain green cloth slipcase. Not a bad buy at $150 directly from the publisher.

    kesäkuu 2, 4:02 am

    >619 GardenOfForkingPaths: I haven't, and I will. Thanks!

    kesäkuu 2, 2:55 pm

    I purcheased a copy of the 1909 Scribner's edition of The Arabian Nights with Maxfield Parrish illustrations, that has been (very nicely) rebound by Thornwillow Press.

    kesäkuu 4, 6:41 pm

    I got my copy of Old Men in Cloth Caps from juju Books. It's a quite lovely little book.

    >622 kermaier: I also saw this and was pondering to buy it, but in the end decided against it as I already have nice FS edition.

    kesäkuu 4, 7:14 pm

    The package of Merker books arrived, containing:

    - Countrée/Country (Windhover Press)
    - The Fabulous Life of Guillaume Apollinaire (Windhover Press)
    - Blood Harvest (Windhover Press)
    - L’homme qui se ferme/The Man Closing Up (Stone Wall Press)
    - Mystery of Beauty (The Archie Bray Foundation)

    I'm especially taken with Countrée/Country, which has a lovely cover and splendid interior typesetting, and The Fabulous Life of Guillaume Apollinaire, which has very eccentric splashes of primary colors throughout, each design very different from the next (some are recognisable images, some are geometric forms like below, and the rest are borders or typographic elements).

    kesäkuu 6, 12:41 am

    I found and ordered a copy of Robert The Devil (Windhover press)! Woohoo!

    kesäkuu 6, 7:20 am

    >625 Lukas1990: Kudos, it's a great book!

    kesäkuu 6, 11:52 am

    Nice sale at Oak Knoll at the moment, grabbed some real bargains.

    - Pythian Odes (Nonesuch Press)
    - Bundling, Its Origins, Progress and Decline in America (Peter Pauper Press)
    - The Right Eye of The Commander (Archetype Press)
    - Edgar Poe and His Critics
    - Slippery Trails (Turtle Island Press)

    I neglected to note the published on Edgar Poe and His Critics before checking out, and rather infuriatingly Oak Knoll hides the listing as soon as it's sold, so I can't fetch it back up. But it's a fine hardbound with what looks like marbled papers on both the cover and slipcase.