“Hung out to dry”

December 16, 2007

Incline Press has recently published another celebration of the broadsheet and other ephemera:

Hung out to Dry
A typographic extravaganza
83 pages, 14 x 10 inches, the book has a cloth spine and marbled paper over boards, and is housed in a cloth-covered slipcase.

Single-sheet printing feeds the creative energy at Incline Press like nothing else. While we take much serious pleasure in seeing a book through from its manuscript beginnings to its completion in the bindery, printing ephemera sets us free to play.

Hung Out to Dry is a scrapbook of the last seven years of printers’ play. Sixty-seven examples of such ephemera include broadsheets, slip songs, handbills, keepsakes, bookmarks, bookplates, and small posters displaying more than 60 typefaces from Arrighi to Weiss. A wide variety of rare borders, stock blocks, wood engravings and linocuts decorate them. Texts include classic poetry, bookish extracts and amusing quotations.

A descriptive text, set in 12 point Garamond, puts each piece into context, describing the type and ornaments used and the occasion for which it was printed.

The Special edition has sold out, but copies of the standard edition are still available, bound by Chris Hicks with a cloth spine and marbled paper boards . The prospectus advertises this book without a slipcase, but once it was bound we realised that it needed casing, and have set the price accordingly at £175 post paid.


FPBA Announcements

December 16, 2007

Bob McCamant sent along this notice from the most recent FPBA E-Newsletter:

Fall is the active season for book fairs, and 2007 was no exception.

Oak Knoll Fest, October 6 and 7, included Johanna Drucker speaking on her history with letterpress printing, and then a panel about education in the fine press field chaired by Tim Murray, Head of Special Collections at the University of Delaware, and including Kathy Walkup, Ashley Pigford, David Comberg, and Katherine McCanless Ruffin. More than 40 presses (including several academic ones) participated in the book fair. We also held our annual meeting, and I assumed the chair of the North American branch, and Jim Beall and Mark McMurray joined the board.

November 3 and 4, 2007 brought the Oxford Fine Press Book Fair in Oxford, England, cosponsored by the UK Branch of FPBA along with the Provincial Booksellers Association there. More than 60 presses participated, and speakers included Walter Bachinski, Rigby Graham, Dave Farey, Carolyn Trant, and Nigel Bents.

Parenthesis 13 has now been distributed in North America (UK to follow shortly) and Parenthesis 14 is expected in early winter. Odd-numbered journals are edited by Paul Razell (inferno_press@mac.com) and published by the North American branch. Even-numbered journals are edited by Sebastian Carter (sebastianc@waitrose.com) and published by UK branch.

If you are a press (and a member) we can include a short note about your new books in this e-newsletter. Just fill in the online registration form. The form also allows you to request an entry in the next issue of Parenthesis, and in the Private Libraries Association’s periodical Private Press Books.

You might like to offer a copy for review in Parenthesis. The online registration form also allows you to make the offer. A member of the Parenthesis team will contact you to arrange it. If necessary, we can also arrange the book’s return after review.
Tell your friends interested in membership from North America that they should contact Morva Gowans (FPBA_Morva@shaw.ca) and those from elsewhere in the world Maggie Walker (margaretjudithwalker@btinternet.com).

Our common web site is about to physically move from the UK to North America, but it’s address will remain http://www.fpba.com. Only minor changes are expected with the change. However, a totally new web site is now in the works. Martyn Ould has located a college class which will undertake a complete redesign of the site, following guidelines gleaned from board members and others on both sides of the Atlantic. If all goes according to schedule, the new web site should appear in June.