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 Each copy will also contain an additional volume of hitherto unpublished writings by Carter, including sections he drafted for the putative second volume of his history of Oxford University Press.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.

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