Saturday, November 12, 2005

Two Books from Incline Press

Recently issued from Incline Press:
Images of History
by Terry Wyke is a history of Manchester Metropolitan University as told through a series of lovely illustrations.

To be published (maybe already released):
A Christmas Carol illustrated by Chris Burke. From the prospectus:
Among his colour work Chris Burke has created over fifty murals for Ottaker's bookshops, from Banbury to Woking, and many a cover for The Sunday Times Books section, as well as many advertising commissions and book jackets. His black and white works include the series of portraits, Birthdays of the Rich and Famous, and a particularly striking poster for the Welsh National Opera production of Carmen. A portfolio of his work can be seen at

Surpisingly this is his first illustrated book, and we are pleased to have four full colour plates and four more in black and white. The book is printed from metal type and hand bound with a cloth spine and decorated paper sides over boards.

Eight copies containing one each of the original illustrations have already been spoken for. The rest of the edition of two hundred copies, each numbered, contains an original sketch made while planning the illustrations, signed by Chris Burke.

Copies will be posted in the first week of December, and the price of $130 includes postage. There are no loose items in this book, but should you require a slip-case to match the book, they can be ordered for delivery with the book, price $30 each.
For more information or to order a copy, contact Graham Moss and Kathy Whalen, Incline Press, 36 Bow Street, Oldham OL1 1SJ England,,

The Lone Oak Press & Henry David Thoreau

Abigail Rorer's Lone Oak Press recently published Of Woodland Pools, Spring-Holes & Ditches a collection of entries from Thoreau's Journal from the months of March, April, and May "to give a sense of the awakening spring and teeming life in the pools and woods at this time of year." Here are the details from the prospectus:
Accompanying the text are 28 engravings, some with hand-coloring, by Abigail Rorer and printed by the artist. She lives not far from Thoreau's Concord, Massachusetts home and the engravings are based on the landscape and pools that Thoreau explored and the similar landscape that surrounds the artist's home. Bradley P. Dean, renowned Thoreau scholar, has written a compelling introduction to the book. The book consists of 92 pages in a 10 x 8 inch landscape format. Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press designed the book and printed the text on Zerkall Book. Barbara Blumenthal bound the book with marbled papers by Iris Nevins. The type is Baskerville, cast by Michael & Winifred Bixler. There are 70 copies, bound in morocco leather with marbled paper sides in a clamshell case, with 14 accompanied by an extra suite of prints and one of the blocks as a boxed set. The regular edition is $1600 per copy, while the deluxe edition is $3000.
Further information can be obtained from

Abigail Rorer
16 Oliver Street
Petersham, Mass. 01366

Thursday, November 10, 2005

New from Rampant Lions Press

Just now in my Inbox, news from Sebastian Carter:

in the beginning

The Rampant Lions Press announces a new book of cut paper images, following the model of Wilfred Owen: Five poems, which has sold out. Colin Franklin, writing in The Private Library, called it 'an extraordinary artistic success'.

The new book is in the beginning, the creation story from the first two chapters of the book of Genesis. There will be eight cahiers, each with a day of creation, plus a coda: the text is hand-set in 24pt Hunt Roman and printed on the last of the J Green mould-made paper from the Rampant Lions stock. The images are being designed and hand-cut by Sebastian Carter in sheets of different-coloured Canson Mi-Teintes paper, with extra colours added by silk-screen and stencil. The format is 38 x 29 cm. The cahiers will be gathered in a printed card chemise and enclosed in a clam-shell box.

The letterpress is printed and the illustrations planned. The book will be published in mid-2006. There will be 25 copies plus three hors commerce. The subscription price is £850, valid until 31 March 2006; after that it will be £1000.

A prospectus is available: please email your terrestrial address to:

Gerald Lange Opinion Page

Another quick note: Gerald Lange has created a page of articles and opinion pieces about printing - BielerPressII. With just a brief glance, I saw much of interest. I lament a bit the excessive verticality of the page (using blog software to post long texts can do that), but I applaud heartily Gerald's work to make his writings more widely available. There is much discussion in the academic world about open access and institutional repositories - maybe we could set up a place online for printing/fine press folks to post articles/opinion pieces/essays that could be read by a wider audience (this would be especially nice for those of us who live in places that lack a decent library of fine press/printing materials).

Bibliographica 4 Delayed

Fine Press News has been fairly silent even though there are things to be posted - this should be rectified this weekend (I've been very busy with work-related things and unfortunately "real life" trumps blogging sometimes). Also, I want to let folks know that Bibliographica 4 will likely not be ready for mailing until the first or second week of December.