CHESTNUT PRESS PUBLICATIONS
After a gap of five years, there is finally a new Chestnut Press publication out! See The Fallow Deer at the Lonely House in the Publications section for details. Plans for further publications are somewhat vague, but there is a poem by Kevin Perryman in the pipeline, plus I’m hoping to have a long-awaited piece by Peter Scupham out at some point.
GRUFFYGROUND BIBLIOGRAPHY REWORK AND UPDATE
It’s about five 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. Despite having checked it twice it is always possible that the odd typo and minor error or two have slipped past. 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 possibility of further amends. 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.
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and Civilité; a selection of the correspondence between publisher Anthony Baker and printer Sem Hartz on the ill-fated, unpublished Gruffyground Press edition of Shakespeare’s The Phoenix and Turtle from forty years ago.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 Lange 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 Lange, who printed it immaculately from photopolymer plates. Click here to see the cover on 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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