A Paper Snowstorm

March 29, 2006

Now published (I’m pretty sure) is the latest from Incline Press – A Paper Snowstorm: Toni Savage & the Leicester Broadsheets.

Ever since the early 1960s, the private presses of Leicester and the surrounding country have attracted particular attention for their remarkable booklet and broadsheet publications. At the centre of the exploits was Toni Savage — one-time opera singer and now folk-club enthusiast and printer extraordinary — an active inspiration to many potential printer-publishers in the waning days of commercial letterpress. A Paper Snowstorm is his story, as told by several of his contemporaries: Alan Brignull, Duine Campbell, Rigby Graham & Cynthia Savage, with examples of printed work as the main illustrations. The book includes a listing of broadsheets issued with Leicestershire imprints to the end of 2004, compiled by Derek Deadman. The book is illustrated throughout with more than thirty-five facsimiles tipped onto the pages, woodcuts, engravings, line drawings and photographs of the printers at work. In a folder within the book’s slipcase are ten original Leicester Broadsheets: five Phoenix Broadsheets from the press of Toni Savage and at least one each from Alan Brignull, Derek Deadman, Hans van Eijk, Rigby Graham and Cynthia Savage. The book has been printed in an edition of 200. 14 x 10 inches the book, with the accompanying folder comes in a slipcase. Printed from metal type using a Victoria Platen Press, the text is set in Bembo on Magnani mould-made paper and bound in the workshop of Stephen Conway. The price is £168 ($300) including post and packing.

Direct queries (or orders) to books.inclinepress@virgin.net or Incline Press, 36 Bow Street, Oldham OL1 1SJ, England.


Call for Submissions: Parenthesis

March 17, 2006

In my Inbox today:

Call for Submissions: Parenthesis

One of the best things about Parenthesis: The Journal of the Fine Press Book Association is the active involvement of members of the fine press community as reviewers and correspondents. If you have an idea for an article or review that would be of interest to Parenthesis readers, please contact Paul Razzell at inferno_press@mac.com. The Editorial Board would be happy to look over your proposals. We are always in need of books to review, so if you are a printer or a publisher, please consider submitting a copy of your book for review. Priority is given to fine press books over trade titles. Please contact Paul before sending the book, as it is often cheaper to send it directly to the reviewer. We also run articles dealing with presses, collecting, illustration, historical subjects and typography, though we welcome any suggestion you may have.

Please see our website at http://www.the-old-school.demon.co.uk/fpba/fpbamain.htm.


Claire Van Vliet Exhibition & Talk at Grolier Club

March 13, 2006

The current exhibition at the Grolier Club is Claire Van Vliet & the Janus Press: Celebrating Fifty Years (February 21- April 29, 2006). Accompanying the exhibition is a catalog and a talk that is open to the public:

As part of its mission to promote the art and history of the book, this season the Grolier Club is opening some of its lectures to the book-loving public.

The latest lecture in this program takes place on Thursday March 23, at 6 pm, when artist and book maker Claire Van Vliet will speak about handmade papers and the Janus Press, in connection with the Grolier Club exhibition Claire Van Vliet & The Janus Press: Celebrating Fifty Years.

Public visitors are encouraged to RSVP the Grolier Club so they have an idea of how many will attend. Business attire is suggested.