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September 16th, 2009 • Posted in On Book Collecting

A Book to Die for: HOI BARBAROI A Quarter Century at Barbarian Press

"To supplement the bibliographical materials, we invited three friends to contribute essays to this book which related to publishing, collecting, typography, design and printing. The English wood engraver Simon Brett, author/editor of The Engraver’s Globe, writes about book illustration; Robert Bringhurst, poet, translator and typographer, and author of The Elements of Typographic Style, writes on the history and cultural effect of private press books; and Sjaak Hubregtse, Dutch collector and lecturer on Book History at the Professional University of Amsterdam and the Plantin Society in Antwerp, and writer on books and printing, discusses collecting private presses. Anthony Rota, leading English bookseller, author of Apart from the Text, and Godfather to Barbarian Press, has provided a delightful Foreword.

Finally, Hoi Barbaroi contains a photographic essay by David Evans, the noted Canadian photographer, which sets out in a score of photographs something of the ambience of the press.

HOI BARBAROI is issued in regular and deluxe states. The deluxe copies are bound in quarter black morocco, and accompanied by a clamshell portfolio in red silk containing a selection of original ephemera going back to the beginnings of the press, pages from earlier books, and a mint copy of our first letterpress catalogue, issued in 1998, and itself now appearing in booksellers’ catalogues. They also include a signed studio print of one of David Evans’ photographs of the press."

Deluxe Edition: Hand set in Bembo and Fairbanks italic with Bembo and Castellar for display. Facsimile text of earlier edition printed in offset facsimile from the original pages. Numerous tip-ins and illustrations, from wood engravings to pages from the original press-runs of books. David Evans’ photographic essay laid out at the press and  printed in tritone by Western Printers with captions digitally set. Printed in two colours on Zerkall mouldmade papers. Hand bound by Simone Mynen in quarter leather with printed paper over boards, gold-stamped leather label on spine. Accompanied by a clamshell box containing numerous original examples of ephemera going back to the beginnings of the press, and an additional signed studio print by David Evans. Book and box contained in a slipcase.
13 by 9 1/2 inches [330 by 241mm]
approximately 156 pages. 60 copies.
Price: C$1150

Regular Edition: Quarter bound by Rasmussen Bindery in cloth and printed paper over boards, printed label on spine. Same inclusions as Deluxe edition within book. Slipcased.
13 by 9 1/2 inches [330 by 241mm]
approximately 156 pages. 150 copies.
Price: C$650

September 16th, 2009 • Posted in Authors and Books

Joseph O’Neill on Netherland, New York, cricket…

 Gay Talese on New Journalism, Joseph O’Neill on Netherland and New York and cricket and the need to be witnessed, at 30 minute mark

September 16th, 2009 • Posted in On The Book

Bruce Mau’s Zone Books