CHESTNUT PRESS PUBLICATIONS
I finally have a project in the early stages of production. It is a single poem by Thomas Hardy, that will hopefully see the light in April/May 2017. First proofs have been pulled and all looks promising! As for other items, plans are somewhat vague at present, but I’m hoping to have a Chestnut Press edition of a long-awaited new piece by Peter Scupham out at some point. There are also poems by Chris Woolf and Kevin Perryman being considered. All will likely use my revival of Jan van Krimpen’s Romanée typeface, printed from photopolymer or metal plates.
GRUFFYGROUND BIBLIOGRAPHY REWORK AND UPDATE
It is just over four years since I published the first true edition of my Gruffyground Press bibliography (both online and in a privately distributed edition of just fifteen copies). I have now gone through the process of completely designing and reworking the content, adding several more recent items, plus an entirely new ‘Associated Items’ section. A ‘to be added to’ version is available as an online resource by clicking on the cover image to the right. At this stage it is missing a few upcoming items currently in production. Despite having checked it twice, it is possible that in the early weeks of upload I will notice the odd typo and possibly a minor error or two. I am resigned to this inevitability, but have uploaded it anyway, confident that there is very little – if anything – amiss. This version can’t yet be classed as a true second edition as it is still a ‘work in progress’ due to the likelihood of new publications being added in the future. The good thing about it being an online resource is that I can quickly and easily amend any errors as and when I spot them, plus add any newly published additions or facts that come to light quickly and easily. I may draw a line under it someday so I can properly publish a definitive second edition. We shall see.
DESIGN WORK FOR THE OXFORD FINE PRESS BOOK FAIR, ST BRIDE FOUNDATION AND EVERGREEN PRESS
Late-2015 had two fine press events that I became involved with on the advertising/artwork side of things. First up was the poster and flyer design for the Oxford Fine Press Book Fair. Secondly, I designed the catalogue and flyer for an exhibition of modern-day British private presses held at St Bride Foundation. Earlier in 2015 I created a new website for John Grice’s Evergreen Press. It was a thoroughly enjoyable project, particularly going down there for a day to take all the photos for the site. Click here to visit the site and have a look around. He really does do some lovely stuff.
DIGITAL TYPOGRAPHY FOR LETTERPRESS
A relatively recent joint-publication between Bonnefant Press and Enkidu Press, printed by Hans van Eijk, and available from his Bonnefant Press in the Netherlands, is Shakespeare and Civilité; a selection of the correspondence between publisher Anthony Baker and printer Sem Hartz on the ill-fated, unpublished Gruffyground Press edition of Shakespeare’s The Phoenix and Turtle from forty years ago. I offered my services to digitally recreate the title as I wanted to see a more accurate rendering of the Civilité typeface than those which digitally exist at present. I also redrew the ornamental WS initials used inside and on the cover for the same reason. Should you be interested in obtaining a copy of Shakespeare and Civilité, – and I recommending it highly as it’s most entertaining – you can contact Hans van Eijk direct here.
I was heavily involved in the Gruffyground Press publication of Ben Jonson’s An Elegie, which was printed by Gerald Lange at the Bieler Press in California. For reasons too long-winded to go into I ended up doing the setting digitally in a Civilité typeface to match the style and layout of a previous Gruffyground publication that Gerald had designed and printed; Shakespeare’s The Phoenix and Turtle. I also created an ornamental initial ‘J’ for the cover to match with the Phoenix cover and its ornamental initial ‘S’. The artwork was then sent over to Gerald, who printed it immaculately from photopolymer plates. Click here to see the cover at Gerald Lange’s website, where it is pictured next to the Phoenix cover for comparison. To purchase a copy click here and go down to the bottom of the page, where you’ll find all the details. All the other items on the page are worth having too!
Not exactly ‘happening at the moment’, but it is news: I was greatly pleased and honoured to have been one of the judges for the ‘Judges’ Choice Awards’ at the 2013 Oxford Fine Press Book Fair. It was a thoroughly enjoyable task, and one that I would happily do again.
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