An occasional newsletter about forthcoming books and events

November 2016


I shall be speaking to the
Oxford Bibliographical Society

'Paper for the Press: sourcing and using paper at the Oxford University Press, 16701780'

5.15pm 21 November 2016
Weston Library Lecture Theatre
Bodleian Library, Oxford

I'll be giving a forty-minute lecture on what the archives at Oxford University Press and the Bodleian tell us about how suitable paper was sourced, stored, and used in the Press's formative period from 1670 to 1780. The event is arranged by the Oxford Bibliographical Society.

All welcome. Free entry.


update on our

Two new posters added to our portfolio


Every now and then I like to do a poster and two have come off the press in recent months. You can see a full list of what is on offer at our website - just click on the 'posters' button when you get to the home page.

Once all the painting had been completed on The Lost Colours of the Cyclades there was still some paint left over from the twenty representative colours that John Sutcliffe chose for the book. I also had a small number of full sheets of a heavy Zerkall paper, so big I could only just get them on our thirty-inch proof press. Time to pair them up. Here's a thumb-nail of the result - click on it to see a slightly larger version (which still doesn't do it justice!).

The second poster was prompted by the Oxford Guild of Printers' wayzgoose held last month. When Mark Arman closed his Workshop Press I acquired some of his type, in particular his Perpetua and in particular the large sizes - 36pt, 48pt, 60pt, and 72pt - which complemented founts of the body sizes that I had bought from Stephenson Blake before they closed. Having bought from Mark his poster displaying Perpetua (at an early Oxford Fine Press Book Fair) I thought I would do one myself. Mine shows many but not all of the sizes I hold. Again you can click on the image below to see a larger version.

Thanks to the good offices of John Purcell, from whom we buy much of the paper for our books, we joined a group that visited St Cuthberts paper mill near Wells in Somerset.  We were given a terrific day by staff and management, in particular with the chance to watch the entire process from bulk cotton fibre going into the giant macerator, down the length of the cylinder mould machine, to the finished roll of paper at the end. We brought away some sheets of their Somerset Velvet Buff which we added to a small stock we already had here - each poster is printed on a half sheet.

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