Thursday, January 26, 2006

Upcoming Goudy Lecture at Scripps College

Frederic W. Goudy Lecture
Janus Press: Fifty Years
Claire Van Vliet
February 11, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.
Humanities Auditorium, Scripps College
Claremont, California

This slide talk with Claire Van Vliet will be an overview of the fifty years with an emphasis on how bookmaking has evolved at the Press.

Claire Van Vliet began the Janus Press in San Diego just after receiving her MFA in 1954 from Claremont Graduate School where she studied with the art faculty of Scripps College. She was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1989–1994 and has received Honorary Doctorates of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia in 1993 and San Diego State University in 2002. Van Vliet was elected to the National Academy, New York, in 1995 for her work as a printmaker, the emphasis of her studies at Scripps. The Frederic W. Goudy Lecture is free and open to the public.

Frederic W. Goudy Workshop
More Woven and Interlocking Structures
Claire Van Vliet
February 11–12, 2006
9:30–4:30 p.m.
$180 + $30 materials fee
Sponsored by the Scripps College Press

Leave your adhesive home. Woven and interlocking quilt pages will be made into a book, plus several non-adhesive pop-ups will be components in woven strip bindings that have been developed for the most recent Janus books—Rise and the Gospel of Mary. All will fit in a slipcase and will be made with pre-cut materials.


Zones of Activity
OPENING RECEPTION: 4:30 p.m. on February 11, 2006

An exhibit of 45 artist books from Denison Library’s Special Collections was curated by the Core III class at Scripps College taught by Prof. Maryatt. It will open January 23 and continue until March 19, 2006. The exhibit was inspired by readings from Johanna Drucker, Betty Bright and Renée and Judd Hubert’s books. A student-produced catalog and a DVD of the exhibit are available.
Library hours: M–Th 9-midnight, F 9–5, Sa 12–7, Su 12–midnight

Journeys with Janus: The Books of Claire Van Vliet’s Janus Press
OPENING RECEPTION: 5:00 p.m. on February 11, 2006

This remarkable exhibit of Claire Van Vliet’s work over fifty years will open at the Clark Humanities Museum on January 17 and continue until March 10, 2006. Museum hours are M–F 9–12, 1–5

For further information, please contact Prof. Kitty Maryatt, Director of the Scripps College Press, at (909) 607-3866 or

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Back Issues of Bibliographica Now Online

All of the first four issues of Bibliographica are now available online:

1 (Winter 2005)
2 (Spring 2005)
3 (Summer 2005)
4 (Fall 2005)

The editors would like to thank Anita Coleman for helping with our transition to a digital format.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Bibliographica 4

It went out a week or so ago, but I've been holding off blogging about Issue 4. This year's issues will all be published electronically (which will help us get issues out in a more timely fashion), but we're also archiving past issues online at DLIST, a repository for library & information science materials. So Issue 4 is now also available online at This issue features a piece by Sarah Vickers about the social aspect of the private press world, reviews of books by Caveworks Press and Press on Scroll Road, and fine press news.

Friday, January 13, 2006

News from Old School Press

I had forgotten to post about some Old School Press news back in November or December: the three unpublished Harry Carter essays that accompanied the deluxe version of Harry Carter, Typographer were released separately as Three Pieces:
During their researches on Harry Carter's life and work, the authors of Harry Carter, Typographer came across about 150pp of typescript material that he had drafted towards a second volume of his history of Oxford University Press. Unfortunately, that volume was never to see the light of day, but we have taken the opportunity to publish two of the essays in that typescript. The first, 'Bradley’s Observations', describes (in Carter’s words) ‘the worst dereliction of duty in the history of the Press’ and is fascinatingly tied up with the £20,000 prize offered under the Longitude Act of 1714 for an accurate way of determining longitude. The second, 'Thomas Bensley as a Partner', is a tale of fraud and deception at the Press. In August 1932, Carter sent an essay on the influence of John Baskerville on type design to Jan van Krimpen for inclusion in the first issue of a proposed successor to The Fleuron, but that also never came to fruition. Carter's essay on this most influential of English type designers - whose tercentenary is in 2006 - makes the third item in this volume of his work.
Old School Press is also sending out an announcement of a new publication - Fell's Flowers. The announcement is being sent out to gauge interest in a project that is very much in its early stages. Some excerpts from the prospectus:
The Old School Press is in the process of cataloguing the remaining Fell type at Oxford and at St Bride Printing Library; the majority of the type that survived the smelter at the closure of the Printing House in 1989 was for setting text, but there are in fact around a hundred founts of flowers still in packets. We are delighted to have been given permission by OUP to prepare a small edition showing the remaining flowers. [...]
The text will be hand-set in 12/15pt Van Dijck and [...] case-bound in quarter cloth [...]. We anticipate a small edition, with three-quarters going to subscribers, each of whom will receive an ad personam copy. To subscribe please write, in the first instance, to or to The Old School Press, The Old School, The Green, Hinton Charterhouse, Bath BA2 7TJ, U.K., letting us know that you intend taking a copy when it is published. When production starts in earnest and we have a date for publication, we shall announce the final price and contact you to confirm that you still wish to take a copy and to request payment if you do. The price is expected (but not promised) to be around £120 (US$230) plus shipping at cost.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Eric Gill's "On the Flying Scotsman"

Perpetua Press recently discovered a small cache of unbound sheets for its first book "On the Flying Scotsman" by Eric Gill. The numbered edition from 1993 is sold out, but there is now a lettered edition available for $50. I have a copy of the 1993 edition and it's a lovely book; this re-issued edition is well worth adding to your collection.