The Twelve Labours of Hercules (St James Park Press, 2017). The text for the Twelve Labours of Hercules is taken from the first English translations of the original Greek texts.
Printed in December 2017 on an Albion Press, in 16pt Centaur designed by Bruce Rogers, cast at the Whittington Press, in red, blue and black ink, on Sunome Senaka Japanese paper from John Purcell Paper (210 x 148mm). Featuring a wood-engraved frontispiece by Harry Brockway. Japanese stab-bound with Amate paper, with an equal number of copies in two colours: light-green and brown. (24pp). The edition is limited to 40 numbered copies only. SOLD OUT
On the Birmingham School of Art, 1940 (St James Park Press, 2018). A previously unpublished Report on the Birmingham School of Art in 1940, by Eric Gill, with an introduction by John Randle of the Whittington Press.
Printed in January and February 2018 on an Albion Press, in 12pt Joanna, cast at the Effra Press, and 18pt Golden Cockerel type, both designed by Gill, on 175gsm Somerset Book paper from John Purcell Paper (210 x 145mm). Featuring a wood-engraved initial by Eric Gill printed in green ink. Bound by the Fine Book Bindery in bamboo boards cut by Thomas Mayo and leather-back, with an accompanying printed Note on the binding. (41pp). The edition is limited to 100 numbered copies only. Copies available. £175 only.
An Albion in the Antarctic (St James Park Press, 2019). The story of Aurora Australis, the first book written, printed, illustrated and bound in Antarctica during Sir Ernest Shackleton's Nimrod Expedition, 1907-9.
Printed during the Antarctic winter months on an Albion Press - cast forty years before Aurora Australis was printed on Shackleton's Albion - in Founders 14pt Caslon Old Face, on smooth white Zerkall watermarked paper 145gsm (320 x 245mm). Featuring a relief print frontispiece by Paul Kershaw and numerous colour plates, as well as original Abbey Mills Greenfield watermarked specimen paper. Bound by Roger Grech, with a repeat pattern cover, housed in a cloth covered solander box. (59pp). The edition is limited to 40 numbered copies only, individually numbered in stencil on the Fabriano endpaper. Copies available for pre-order. £750 only.
To be published in 2019. Featuring 19 original wood-engravings by Clifford Webb, printed from the blocks by Ian Mortimer and with accompanying text printed by the St James Park Press. The mounted prints housed in a solander box. The edition is limited to 50 numbered copies only. Register your interest.
The Fallow Deer at the Lonely House by Thomas Hardy (printed for the Chestnut Press, 2017). A poem by Thomas Hardy (1840 – 1928), first published in 1922.
Printed for the Chestnut Press in October 2017 on an Albion Press, in the first letterpress use of Romanée MA Open, roman and italic, Mark Askam’s digital rework of Jan van Krimpen’s Romanée, in pale blue-grey and black ink, on cream Bunkoshi Japanese handmade paper (125 x 85mm). Featuring a digitally drawn silhouette of a Fallow Deer stag by Askam. Bound in a pale blue-grey handmade paper cover made by Twelve by Eight Press. (4pp). The edition is limited to 30 copies only (Special Edition numbered i-vi, printed with silver ink, and the Ordinary Edition numbered 1-24). Copies available.
Mark Askam assisted in the print run by printing the black text for a number of the copies as well as the labels. The edition was split equally between the Presses, with those distributed by the Chestnut Press numbered CP1-CP12 (Ordinary) and CPI-CPIII (Special). Copies available. Contact directly.