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**We are looking forward to this year's Whittington Village Fete & Whittington Press Open Day on 6 September 2014 from 2-5pm. Perhaps the only Village Fete in England that combines the usual delights of a village fair with printing, books, paper, marbling and other bookish delights. Last year we scaled new heights, bringing home two prizes in the Fun Dog Fair. Come find out about our latest books.

October 3-5 will find us at the 28th Oak Knoll Fest. No dogs, but plenty of books and book talk in one of the prettiest towns in the USA. With talks scheduled by Bob Fleck and John Randle--it doesn't get any better than this!

** Parenthesis 26 includes an article about Incline Press by Dennis Hall and Carol Manheim

** Read about Incline on Chris Adamson's Books & Vines blog

What could be nicer than old woodcuts?
Old woodcuts with limericks appended!

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Steel Horizon :
Poems of the North Sea
by Jonathan Wonham
with linocuts by Nick Wonham

Deepwater Horizon. Piper Alpha. These names have become synonymous with the oil rigs that keep factories running, houses warm and transport running. Life on any oil rig is lonely, gritty and dangerous. For those left at home, it is also lonely, and dangerous in other ways. Jonathan Wonham's poems spring from his experience on these oil platforms, particularly his time in Northern Scotland, where the loneliness, the fear, even the horror worked itself out in these poems. Each poem describes the scene from a different angle, a different point of view, a small vignette of oil and steel and the human condition.

Nick Wonham, Jonathan's brother, adds the visuals to these vignettes, crafting the multicoloured linocuts that help convey the sense of each poem. The sky, the sea and the grey steel of the rigs form a monochromatic landscape that blends day with day. Yet there are also bright flashes of colour, and moments of great beauty.

Randall Davies and his Books of Nonsense is the latest publication from Incline. Davies' 'Lyttel book of Nonsense', first published in 1912, is a classic of the form and amused us greatly, but it was Philip Sainsbury's beautiful Cayme Press production 'A Little More Nonsense' that finally inspired us to follow suit with this classic and long-overdue reprint. Davies was re-captioning his extensive collection of woodcuts with a thoroughly modern twist long before the craze for tweeting amusing captions below early book illustrations took hold amongst the historians and librarians of our acquaintance.

We've combined both books in one handsome volume that includes all the cuts with their limericks, and a twelve-page introduction by book historian and versifier Paul W Nash, who writes about the limericks, and explains the bibliographical story of Davies and Sainsbury and the ancient woodcuts that are the pivot of the humour.

The book was printed on mould-made Wookey Hole paper rescued by John Foreman and identified by John Purcell. In addition to the introduction, the book is 140 illustrated pages, 9 x 7.7 inches. The edition is printed in two parts: 150 copies were printed on a lovely mint green and bound in house in a patterned paper designed by Meg Held and printed at the Press. An additional 150 copies, printed on a pale grey paper (below), have been reserved for binders. Get in touch if you would like to buy five or more copies for a class discount.

The 52 pages of Steel Horizon include 29 poems and 10 full-page linocuts. It was hand set in Lectura and printed on Magnani Avorio paper. Hand sewn and hard-bound, the front board is covered in a grey paper printed with one of Nick's two-colour linocuts. A two-colour vignette is printed on the back. It has a cloth spine. A grey manila slipcase may be ordered with the book.

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E R Weiss: the Typography of an Artist
by Gerald Cinamon

We have about ten copies left of our book about of one of the most significant book artists in twentieth-century Germany. E R Weiss is best known today in the UK and North America for his elegant Weiss types, but in the early 20th century his work was almost synonymous with German book design. This lavishly illustrated monograph shows Weiss's importance to the book arts in Germany and beyond, from his iconic type designs and typography to his deft illustration and stunning patterned paper and book-bindings.

Author Gerald Cinamon, who studied graphic design at the Yale School of Art & Architecture, first came across Weiss Initials while working in New York in the early 1960s.  His long and successful career at Penguin spanned the years from 1961 to 1985. After his retirement, Cinamon learned German in order to research his excellent biography of Rudolf Koch (Oak Knoll, 2000). At our request he turned his attention to Weiss. More

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The Elusive Number Sixty-Eight
by Arnold Paucker

Our nineteenth New Year Booklet was first delivered by Arno on the occasion of the naming of the Arnold Paucker Library at the Leo Baeck Institute, Queen Mary College, University of London on 15 June 2012.

It tells a small story of defiance, of book collecting and of friendship. We are thrilled that he allowed us to add it to the Incline Press New Year Booklets and grateful that the Leo Baeck Institute New York allowed us to reproduce the bookplate illustration at the eleventh hour. (It's hard to argue that a reproduction request is an emergency--they were kind enough to agree.)

Printed with Elizabeth type (another small act of defiance) on the title page and Sabon for the text. The paper, an gift from John Foreman, another small act of friendship. The booklet has 14 pages with a plate laid in and is either bound in marbled paper over boards as above, or covered in a bright patterned paper, as below.

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Last updated 13 July 2014 by K. Whalen.