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** To Greet the New Year 2014
Our 20th New Year Book is a poem by Vona Groarke

**We remember Enid Marx

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Chris Adamson's Books & Vines blog
includes a great review of Incline Press

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.

In the book 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, brief moments of beauty. Nick Wonham, Jonathan's brother, adds the visuals to these vignettes, crafting the multicoloured linocuts that help convey the sense of each poem.

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 twenty-five copies left of our book about of one of the most significant book artists in twentieth-century Germany. Weiss is best known today for his elegant Weiss types, but his work was almost synonymous with German book design. This lavishly illustrated monograph shows Weiss's importance to the book arts from type and typography to illustration and book-binding.

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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Celebrating the septcentenary of
Giovanni Boccaccio's birth

Minerva, Mantone & Circes
from De Mulieribus Claris by Giovanni Boccaccio

Rhiannon Daniels and Guyda Armstrong explain Boccaccio's women in their forward to our latest book: Minerva, Mantone and Circes extracted from Giovanni Boccaccio's De Mulieribus Claris

It includes reproductions of woodcuts from the 1473 Ulm edition and the 1541 Augsburg edition of De Mulieribus Claris, two of the remarkable books on show at Rylands Library in an exhibition of his works that includes manuscripts, first editions, and a collection of artists books made for the exhibition. Read more...

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Who Killed Cock Robin?
with wood engravings by Enid Marx

Revisit our tiny chapbook from the illustrator and designer Enid Marx, whose work features this Autumn at an exhibition at Compton Verney.

Cock Robin include five wood engravings in a small 8-page chapbook with a shortened version of the children's poem. It is about 5 x 3 inches, hand-sewn into a printed card wrapper. Set in Stephenson Blake's Modern No. 20 with Thorowgood italic for the title.

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Last updated 1 January 2014 by K. Whalen.