Wednesday, March 29, 2006

A Paper Snowstorm

Now published (I'm pretty sure) is the latest from Incline Press - A Paper Snowstorm: Toni Savage & the Leicester Broadsheets.
Ever since the early 1960s, the private presses of Leicester and the surrounding country have attracted particular attention for their remarkable booklet and broadsheet publications. At the centre of the exploits was Toni Savage -- one-time opera singer and now folk-club enthusiast and printer extraordinary -- an active inspiration to many potential printer-publishers in the waning days of commercial letterpress. A Paper Snowstorm is his story, as told by several of his contemporaries: Alan Brignull, Duine Campbell, Rigby Graham & Cynthia Savage, with examples of printed work as the main illustrations. The book includes a listing of broadsheets issued with Leicestershire imprints to the end of 2004, compiled by Derek Deadman. The book is illustrated throughout with more than thirty-five facsimiles tipped onto the pages, woodcuts, engravings, line drawings and photographs of the printers at work. In a folder within the book's slipcase are ten original Leicester Broadsheets: five Phoenix Broadsheets from the press of Toni Savage and at least one each from Alan Brignull, Derek Deadman, Hans van Eijk, Rigby Graham and Cynthia Savage. The book has been printed in an edition of 200. 14 x 10 inches the book, with the accompanying folder comes in a slipcase. Printed from metal type using a Victoria Platen Press, the text is set in Bembo on Magnani mould-made paper and bound in the workshop of Stephen Conway. The price is £168 ($300) including post and packing.
Direct queries (or orders) to books.inclinepress@virgin.net or Incline Press, 36 Bow Street, Oldham OL1 1SJ, England.