Summer is Bustling In

Our Summer Events are starting this Sunday (20 May 2018) with the St Bride Wayzegoose. We have other plans as well, Shipley Waysgoose on the 9th June and Leeds Print Fair the same day, when Alice Smith of Bracketpress will be running our table, then the House of Illustration’s Summer Fair on Saturday 30 June when we will also visit their new Enid Marx exhibition. We’ve done some Marco-related printing for their shop, if you are in the neighbourhood.

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Elizabeth at Eighty

While creating a keepsake for the recent exhibition at Ditchling, I realised that this is the eightieth anniversary of the Elizabeth typeface being completely available from the Bauer Foundry in Frankfurt.

A celebratory book was called for, so I turned to Pauline Paucker’s excellent New Borders, which we published in 1999 for some detalis of her life. We have a few sizes of Elizabeth type, a few of our 1999 magnesium plates and sourced some of her original Curwen patterned papers. The result is Elizabeth at Eighty offered at a pre-publication price until the end of June.

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Now Westlin Wind

It's always a reasonable aim to have a big new book for the Oxford Fine Press Book Fair, and not too much to aim for, either, since the fair only comes around every other year. So, of course we have a new book. Just that it's not big. In fact, it is clearly a new small book. At first Now Westlin Wind was going to be a miniature book, but the rules for miniature books are set, and our typeface was a tad too large so making the line a tad too long to make a decent miniature page, so we ended up with a small book instead.

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Graham Moss
Designing a uniform series

Burgess was a Manchester man, and so we are blessed to have the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in the city which includes the great man's archive. Incline Press have the delightful job over the next few years to publish a uniform series of Burgess material from those archives. Andrew Biswell, director of the foundation and author of The Real Life of Anthony Burgess, is responsible for selecting the texts, and then we do the rest. The first is An Elegy for X, to be followed by an unpublished epic, Essay on Censorship, and then four essays around the topic of James Joyce.

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Graham Moss
A Gallimaufry of Ephemera

Over the past couple of years particularly, a lot of ephemera has come from the Press. Too preoccupied with other matters to properly focus on the long and complex job of designing books, we have found in these single sheets a way to continue working. They can be developed in conversation, verified in proof, corrected, then printed all on the same day. There is something pleasing about this instant gratification! Thus we have continued to print...

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Graham Moss
Getting ready for Oxford

In the past, we have opened our table on the Sunday morning with our jam on display, and though of course, we make the contents, we are really selling the labels in the situation that suits them best: on the jars. They are letterpress printed, of course, a different one designed for each season’s making, and they are as attractive as they are useful.

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Graham Moss
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Graham Moss
New beginnings

January has always been a time of changes and new beginnings. This year, that means finally getting around to the website re-vamp we've been talking about since Google told us we weren't "mobile friendly" well over a year ago. 

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