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Randall Davies and his Little Books of Nonsense

Illustration from book

The charm of Randall Davies and his Books of Nonsense is a gentle, dare we say it, antiquarian sort of charm. Light verse joins early woodcuts to create a wonderful confection of reading pleasure. Davies' Lyttel book of Nonsense was first published in 1912, and is a classic of the form. Philip Sainsbury's beautiful Cayme Press production 'A Little More Nonsense' inspired us to follow suit with this long-overdue reminder of how delightful these early woodcuts are. Davies re-captions 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 Paul W Nash, no mean versifier himself, and past master of the limerick.


Our book is printed on mould-made Wookey Hole paper. In addition to the introduction, the book is 140 illustrated pages, 9 x 8 inches. The edition is printed in two parts: 150 copies were printed on pale green paper, and bound in house using a patterned paper designed by Meg Held and printed at the Press. An additional 150 copies, printed on a pale grey paper, have been reserved for binders. Get in touch if you would like to buy five or more copies for a class discount.

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Title page

Seventeen stunning interpretations of this book by Australian design binders were displayed at an exhibition at Civic Library, Canberra City, NSW Australia from 3-26 March 2016. Organised by the NSW Guild of Craft Bookbinders and the Canberra Craft Bookbinders Guild, the exhibition showed just how imaginative a really good design binding can be. The recepient of the Dave Godin Memorial Award for animal-free binding was Edith Csontos. Her binding, shown below, has individual sections sewn in a staggered concertina structure with soft paper cover. The Dave Godin Memorial Award, a set of Incline Press publications in sheets for binding, was made in memory of Dave Godin (1936-2004), vegan, anarchist, American soul music afficionado and friend.

Edith Csontos binding

Commission your own  binding:
Designer Bookbinders UK
Society of Bookbinders published a pdf of binders around the UK (includes a few overseas)
Designer Binders also publish some links to non-UK resources
Finally NSW Guild of Craft Bookbinders and Canberra Craft Bookbinders will give Antidopean readers a place to begin, with great links to other organisations on the CCB page.
Send us an email if you want to know a few of our personal favourites. Below you will see the grey paper edition for binders.

Grey paper for binders
Updated 10 December 2016