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  • [+] More Book Art for Kids - Bromer Booksellers Donation Makes Big Impression 


    Book Art for Kids - Bromer Booksellers Donation Makes Big Impression
    Published since 06 Nov 2015

    As part of their ongoing philanthropic mission relating to art and the printed word, Boston antiquarian booksellers, Anne and David Bromer have donated a working letterpress printshop to Lynn, Massachusetts-based RAW Art Works. In the first year since its unveiling, the printshop has welcomed nearly 335 students ...

  • [+] More Printing in the Footsteps of Giants 


    Printing in the Footsteps of Giants
    Published since 16 Sep 2015

    Some time ago Fine Books & Collections reported that the Albion handpress on which William Morris printed his Kelmscott Press masterpiece, The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer was auctioned. The iron press, manufactured by Hopkinson & Cope in 1891, was sold to the Cary Graphic Arts Collection at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Philip C. Salmon of Bromer Booksellers was acting as agent.  In August 2015, Philip C. Salmon went to Rochester, NY, to attend the official ceremony and to print a broadside on this famous handpress. His thoughts about printing in the footsteps of giants:

  • [+] More The Art of the Book - An Interview with David Pascoe of Nawakum Press 


    The Art of the Book - An Interview with David Pascoe of Nawakum Press
    Published since 15 Jul 2015

    We were fortunate enough to interview David Pascoe of Nawakum Press - a publisher of unique, handcrafted books. David has collaborated with an impressive group of writers and artists, including Barry Moser and Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Paul Muldoon. His books have been collected by many important institutions, including the Library of Congress, Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book Library, Stanford University's Cecil H. Green Library, Harvard University's Houghton Library, and many others. In this interview, David shares with us the story of Nawakum Press: its origins, inspirations, and notable collaborations.

  • [+] More Collecting Private Press Books - John Dieter Brinks: Von der Bedeutung des Pressendrucks 


    Collecting Private Press Books - John Dieter Brinks: Von der Bedeutung des Pressendrucks
    Published since 13 Feb 2015

    George Bernard Shaw once said: "Nothing on earth is more precious than a really beautiful book, With well established columns, in full black type, With exquisitely incorporated illustrations. However, nowadays people prefer to read books instead of looking at them." At the Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair 2015 book collector and John Dieter Brinks hold a remarkable speech about the beauty of the book - with regard to the history of the early 20th century private presses. In his speech he followed the traces of the excellent book artists of the Kelmscott and Doves Press in England and the Ernst-Ludwig-Presse and Cranach Presse in Germany. Some of the most outstanding examples - copies from the Barbara Achilles Stiftung Hamburg - were shown in an exhibition and are now documented in a catalogue published by the German Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (VDA). Thank you very much to John Dieter Brinks and the VDA for giving permission to publish his speech on the ILAB website:

  • [+] More The Library of William Morris – A Digital Catalogue by Bill Peterson and Sylvia Holton Peterson 


    The Library of William Morris – A Digital Catalogue by Bill Peterson and Sylvia Holton Peterson
    Published since 15 Jan 2015

    An excellent bibliographical project and an important contribution to Victorian England and the history of the private presses: Bill Peterson and Sylvia Holton Peterson have launched a digital catalogue of the library of William Morris (1834-1896) who was one of the key figures of the Victorian era and founder of the Kelmscott Press in 1891. So far 958 entries from a total of approximately 2.000 have been added to the digital catalogue, all of them carefully described with provenances, references, quotations, and, if available, links to digital versions. The catalogue – to be found here http://williammorrislibrary.wordpress.com/ - can be searched in various ways: authors, titles, date of publication, key words etc. More details on this impressive work are given by the editors themselves ...

  • [+] More Nigel Beale’s Interview with Jan and Crispin Elsted on The Barbarian Press 


    Nigel Beale’s Interview with Jan and Crispin Elsted on The Barbarian Press
    Published since 07 Mar 2012

    Writer, broadcaster and bibliophile Nigel Beale met Jan and Crispin Elsted in their home in British Columbia. The Elsted’s established Barbarian Press in 1977 in Kent, England. With three hand presses and many cases of type, the couple returned home to Canada in 1978 to set up shop in Mission about 50 miles east of Vancouver in the Fraser Valley.

  • [+] More The Golden Cockerel Press - Audio Interview with Roderick Cave, by Nigel Beale 


    The Golden Cockerel Press - Audio Interview with Roderick Cave, by Nigel Beale
    Published since 03 May 2011

    "The Golden Cockerel Press is one of most important, productive English private presses in the history of fine printing. In 2002 Oak Knoll Press and the British Library co-published the first extensive study of the Golden Cockerel. Written by Roderick Cave, the book is based on interviews and the Press’ widely-scattered archives." Nigel Beale met Roderick Cave at the British Library to discuss the achievements of The Golden Cockerel Press.

  • [+] More Field & Tuer, The Leadenhall Press: A Checklist - An New Book By Matthew McLennan Young 


    Field & Tuer, The Leadenhall Press: A Checklist - An New Book By Matthew McLennan Young
    Published since 25 Feb 2011

    Matthew McLennan Young is the author of Field & Tuer, The Leadenhall Press: A Checklist, the first comprehensive bibliography on this subject, which has recently been published by Oak Knoll Press.  Andrew W. Tuer (1838-1900) was as one of the most influential printers of the Victorian period. With The Leadenhall Press he published hundreds of titles in almost every subject area, from sixpenny pamphlets to limited editions, periodicals like The Paper & Printing Trades Journal  or The Printers International Specimen Exchange,  Jerome K. Jerome's first book On the Stage - and Off  and Sir Montague Shearman's Foot-Ball: Its History for Five Centuries. Matthew McLennan Young's outstanding work includes a portrait of Andrew Tuer and an annotated bibliography which lists nearly 450 publications by Field & Tuer and The Leadenhall Press from 1863 to 1913. For the Oak Knoll Biblio-Blog he has given an account of a post-publication discovery.

  • [+] More Audio Interview with John Randle on the Whittington Press 


    Audio Interview with John Randle on the Whittington Press
    Published since 24 Jan 2011

    "Born in the mind of John Randle at the age of 14 when he first entered his school’s press room, the Whittington Press started life in a disused gardener’s cottage in 1971. Its first book, Richard Kennedy’s A Boy at the Hogarth Press, was printed on weekends during 1971-1972 on an 1848 Columbian." An audio interview by Nigel Beale

  • [+] More John Fuller and The Sycamore Press: A Bibliographic History 


    John Fuller and The Sycamore Press: A Bibliographic History
    Published since 21 Jan 2011

    Set up in 1968, John Fuller's Sycamore Press published some of the most influential and critically acclaimed writers of the past half-century. Operating from a garage, the press published established authors like W. H. Auden, Philip Larkin and Peter Porter and young poets like James Fenton and Alan Hollinghurst. "John Fuller and The Sycamore Press", edited by Ryan Roberts, is more than a full descriptive bibliography. It includes personal reflections by Sycamore Press authors and an interview with John Fuller. Editor Ryan Roberts has met publisher John Fuller to find out more details of his press. As Ryan explains, meeting in Fuller’s home in Oxford, the conversation was casual, an enjoyable time to learn the facts of the press straight from the publisher himself.

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