Kat Ran Press Moving Sale

July 7, 2006

Kat Ran Press is moving to Athens (Georgia, not Greece, I believe) and is having a moving sale. Here are the details:

As we prepare to expand and establish a second office in Athens, we’re hoping to lighten our load before the move. With this in mind we’re holding a Kat Ran Pre-Move Sale on all the in-print titles listed below. Visit our site and place an order before July 15 to save as much as 30% off published prices! Now is the perfect time to start a Kat Ran collection or, if you already have a Kat Ran collection, consider giving a Kat Ran book as a gift to a friend, family member, client, colleague, or that special someone.

BUY 1 book and SAVE 15%!

BUY 2 books and SAVE 20%!

BUY 3 books and SAVE 25%!

BUY 4 books and SAVE 30%!

Add $10 shipping and handling for the first book and $5 for each additional book.

Titles offered at these reduced prices include:





Limited quantities of these titles are available and we’d love to find homes for these books before our move. As a further incentive, place an order by July 7 to receive FREE SHIPPING!


Private Press Exhibition at Cambridge University Library

July 7, 2006

This was posted to EXLIBRIS:

The next display in Cambridge University Library’s Exhibition Centre, ‘Unregulated Printing: Modern Private Press Books’, will showcase some of the most attractive and interesting examples of post-War fine printing held in the Library.

Private press printing continues and develops the traditional printing skills: the use of handset metal type, hand-made papers and old presses. Such publications are usually produced in very limited editions, and are bound in good-quality materials such as traditionally-tanned leathers and marbled or patterned papers. ‘Unregulated Printing’ presents a selection of items published over the last sixty years, and shows the work of some of the hundreds of private presses represented in the Library’s collections.

Because commercial considerations are seldom of primary importance to private press printers, and because their print runs are usually very small, the temptation to experiment is often hard to resist. Formats can be adopted which would be unacceptable or impossible in a commercial context: broadsides and single-leaf keepsakes have always been a favourite medium, but many other unusual shapes and formats have appeared. There are numerous examples in the exhibition, including a triangular book, a book bound in stone, and a ‘deconstructed’ book reduced to an illegible object – a shredded text in a polythene bag.

The exhibition features items from around the English-speaking world, but highlights the work of two particularly well-known presses: the Gehenna Press of Northampton, Massachusetts, founded by the sculptor, printmaker and wood engraver Leonard Baskin; and, closer to home, the Rampant Lions Press of Cambridge and Over, founded by Will Carter and continued by his son Sebastian. Cambridge University Library has recently acquired the archive of the Rampant Lions Press, and documents from this collection will be on display in the exhibition.

Since the Second World War many large libraries, including the University Library, have acquired traditional printing equipment and established working presses, both to preserve historic items, and to instruct librarians and readers in the essentials of hand-press printing. Public demonstrations of the Library’s traditional presses will be given during the course of the exhibition. [dates to be confirmed]

It runs from 18 July – 16 December 2006 (closed 28 August and 18-25th September inclusive), closed Sundays. Opening times: Monday-Friday 09.00-18.00 Saturday 09.00-16.30, admission free. For more information and details of how to find the library, visit http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/
The exhibition website is http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/exhibitions/unregulatedprinting/

Soundings Book Launch

July 6, 2006

On Friday, July 7, from 4:30-7:30 pm, there will be a reception to celebrate the publication of Soundings: Collected Stories from Bloomington’s Music Community by People to People Press.  The reception will be held in the John Waldron Arts Center, 122 S. Walnut St., Bloomington, Indiana.  There will be live music downstairs from 6-8pm. The book and related materials (I am assuming) will be on display at the Waldron Arts Center from July 7-29, 2006.  More information about the reception and exhibition can be had from Kate Ferrucci at 812-345-9821 or kateferrucci@hotmail.com.

Soundings from People to People Press

July 6, 2006

Kate Ferrucci (People to People Press) has announced her second publication, an oral history of the Bloomington, Indiana music scene. Soundings: Collected Stories from Bloomington’s Music Community is based on interviews that Ms. Ferrucci did with musicians who have been key figures in the musical community of Bloomington, asking them to reflect on the role of music in their lives.  Here are the production details from the prospectus:

The book is printed on Mohawk Superfine eggshell text in softwhite, Fabriano Ingres lightweight in black and bright white, and Mohawk Options.  All text is printed letterpress.  The typeface is Hoefler & Frere Jones’s Requiem.  There is one continuous line drawing which weaves its way throughout the book, and twenty photographic portraits of the interviewees which were printed offset.  The book is bradel bound with lacquered wooden boards attached to a goatskin vellum spine, with a section of the sewing exposed.  Woods used on the front and back cover boards are ebony and figured maple.  The woods are inset with pearl dots and a wood purfling strip.  The book has 216 pages, 180 of which are printed.  It measures 9″ wide by 12-1/4″ high by 2″ deep.  A protective wooden case, which resembles a musical instrument case, houses the book.  All copies are numbered and signed by the artist.  The book is accompanied by a compilation compact disc which contains seventeen slected musical works of the interviewees.  Also included is one copy of the handprinted silkscreened publicity materials by Ryan Nole of Kangaroo Press, which includes an announcement postcard and poster.

The edition is limited to 50 copies, 25 of which are for sale.  USD $895 delivery prepaid for purchase before 30 September 2006.  USD $975 delivery prepaid for purchase after 30 September 2006.

Interested parties can contact Kate Ferrucci via email (kateferrucci@hotmail.com) or by phone (812.345.9821).

CODEX Foundation Book Fair & Symposium

July 3, 2006

Peter Koch has spearheaded a new organization, The CODEX Foundation, to “preserve and promote the art and craft of the book.” As part of that charge, CODEX is sponsoring a Book Fair & Symposium Feb. 13-15, 2007 on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. The theme for the symposium is “The Fate of the Art, The Hand Printed Book in the 21st Century.” The list of speakers is interesting: Robert Bringhurst, Breyten Breytenbach, Sarah Bodman, Felipe Ehrenberg, and Dr. Stefan Soltek; the list of presses (with a few dealers mixed in) that will be at the book fair is also quite impressive. I’d love to go, but it doesn’t seem like a financial possibility (however, if someone would like to sponsor me, I’d be eternally grateful). I hope that it’s a great success (and that someone will provide post-event details for Fine Press News or for Bibliographica)!

Registration is limited to 200 people (the capacity of the hall where the symposium is being held). I’ll duplicate here some of the registration details:


To register, please print and complete the registration PDF and mail it with a check for the appropriate amount to:

The Codex Foundation
2203 Fourth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710


Exhibitor tables at the Book Fair are $500. Each table includes one ticket for the symposium and two complimentary tickets to the Book Fair.

The Symposium is $200.00 per person and includes admission to the book fair for both days.

The GALA Book Fair and CODEX Symposium closing dinner at the The Berkeley Faculty Club will be on Thursday, February 15 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available for $55 per person.

Public events:

The price of admission to the fair for the general public for both days is $15. A single-day ticket is $10. A two-day ticket for students (with I.D.) is $5.

Tickets for the Opening preview of the Book Fair on Tuesday evening are $50.


Questions or requests for further information can be directed to:


(510) 849-0673

The Codex Foundation
2203 Fourth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710