Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Old School Press's Busy Spring

Only two months ago, Old School Press was announcing publication of the beautiful Bricks of Venice. Now we have another new title to enjoy - Harry Carter, Typographer. Here are the details:

The book will combine a 60pp biographical sketch with a comprehensive 200-item bibliography of Carter's published work compiled by John Lane. 240 copies will be printed letterpress, uniformly with Stanley Morison & 'John Fell'. Each copy of the book will contain around a dozen photographs of Carter through his lifetime, a sample of the pattern paper he designed for Curwen, a self-portrait when aged 13, a triple wood-engraving portrait of him by George Buday, and a printed sample of his 'Emerald' Bible type. 128pp. There will be two bindings:
BINDING A – Fifty de luxe copies will be quarter-bound in green leather with a Cockerell-style marbled paper by Ann Muir on the boards. Each copy will also contain an additional volume of hitherto unpublished writings by Carter, including sections he drafted for the putative second volume of his history of Oxford University Press. The additional volume will be printed in Romulus, as the main volume, but here on a Van Gelder hand-made paper. The two volumes will be presented in a slipcase. £160 (Euro270, US$300). ISBN 1 899933 19 0.
BINDING B – 170 standard copies will be case-bound in green cloth, with a dust-jacket of green Hahnemühle Bugra Bütten carrying a line-drawing portrait of Carter by John Watts; £80 (Euro135, US$160). Twenty copies will be reserved in sheets for binders; £40 (Euro70, US$85). ISBN 1 899933 11 5.

The book will be published on 26 April 2005 and will be launched at a talk entitled 'Harry Carter - Man of Type' to be given to the Friends of St Bride by co-author Martyn Thomas, at St Bride Library, London. Details can be found at the Library's website.

Perhaps one of our readers will be able to attend the book launch and can report back with all the highlights.

UPDATE - Additional lecture:
9 May 2005 - 7.30pm
Oxford University Press, Walton Street, Oxford

A lecture by Martyn Thomas on Harry Carter, one time Archivist to Oxford University Press, arising from his work as co-author of the recently published biography and bibliography 'Harry Carter, Typographer'.

The event is organised by the Oxford Guild of Printers and admission is only possible if your name is known to the organisers. Please contact Martyn Ould (mao@theoldschoolpress.com) to book a place. A small admission fee is charged if you are not a Guild member.

[info from HoBo events]

Monday, April 18, 2005

Private Press Books (the annual bibliography)

I was under the impression that Private Press Books, the annual bibliography published by the Private Libraries Association, was defunct. Paul Nash was kind enough to show me the error of my ways, letting me know that Private Press Books 1999, 2000, and 2001 were published in 2004. For those who are interested, copies can be purchased from the Private Libraries Assoc. (it's much cheaper if you're a member - and if you are interested in fine printing and collecting, you should consider becoming a member).

If you are a fine printer/producer of private press books, please consider submitting information about your publications (past and current) so that others around the world can know of your existence. If you send information to Fine Press News (aeoluspress [at] yahoo [dot] com) about current publications, the editors of Private Press Books will in turn, I hope, include the information in the appropriate bibliography. You may also want to contact the editors directly, in which case I submit the following information dutifully copied from p. 5 of Private Press Books 2001:
In this checklist the entries for presses in the British Isles, Europe, Africa and Australasia have been prepared by Paul W. Nash, 8 Fairfield Drive, Witney, Oxfordshire OX28 5LB [England], who also compiled the list of books and articles relating to private printing, with help from the other editors. Entries for presses in Canada were prepared by Margaret Lock, 231 Johnson Street, Kingston, Ontario K7L 1Y2, Canada; and those for the United States by Asa Peavy, P.O. Box 422185, San Francisco, California 94142-2185, U.S.A. Any information on books and presses which we have missed will be very gratefully received, as will data on entries missing from the 'Literature of Private Printing' section.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Kanter Lecture on California Fine Printing

The Eighth Annual Stephen A. Kanter Lecture on California Fine Printing will be given by Gerald Lange at William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles on May 14 at 2:00 pm. Mr. Lange will speak on letterpress printing in the 21st century. For further information, contact the Clark Library; RSVP via phone: 323-735-7605.

Monday, April 04, 2005

New from Gwasg Gregynog


THEY WERE IMPRISONED FOR LIFE IN CHILDHOOD. They had done nothing, committed no crime, it was just that they had to be put away forever, not because of who, but of what they were. Death alone brought release—and a fading into the footnotes of history—to the Royal Children of Wales, the last heirs to a dynasty stretching back to the Roman Empire and shattered in the thirteenth century by the English Conquest.

In The Lost Children Byron Rogers has attempted to give back their lives to these small pieces of political debris, whose only offence was that they had been born. In the process he has, in Gwenllian, the only child of the last native Prince of Wales, created a national icon. There is now a Gwenllian Society which by public subscription has raised a memorial to her; poems have been written, songs addressed to her, and she was even the subject of a profile in, of all things, the Daily Mirror. Suddenly, after 700 years, one of the lost children is a human being in her own right.

Illustrated with pen and ink drawings by Anna Ravenscroft.

Gwasg Gregynog has produced a limited edition of 300 numbered copies set in 13pt Monotype Perpetua and printed letterpress on Somerset pure cotton mould-made paper. Each copy is individually bound by hand in full red cloth, with printed cover and spine, and is presented in a complementary slipcase.

£95. March 2005

Additional information can be obtained by contacting Gwasg Gregynog.