Oxford Guild of Printers

New work 2018

30 December 2018

Darkness & Light: Nicholas Hawksmoor and his London Churches by Sue McLaren

– Sue McLaren

I completed this book in April 2018.

It was printed by letterpress in a limited edition of 25 copies at Juniper Press, Bluecoat, Liverpool on Victorian hand-presses on loan from National MuseumsLiverpool.

The text was hand set in 12 point Caslon and printed on 170gsm Zerkall paper.

The lino cut illustrations were created by me and printed on 12gsm Gampi Silk paper.

The cover was created and printed digitally and the text was hand set in 22 point Caslon and printed on 270gsm Colorplan paper.

It was sewn and bound by hand.

This book was created as part of my ongoing apprenticeship in typesetting.

19 December 2018

A Short Story by Visitors to Hull Print Fair 2018

Muttons & Nuts

On 3 November this year I had a table at Hull Print Fair (I missed the Wayzgoose). The idea was to engage the public by getting them to write a short story during the fair in the style of a game of Consequences. Each person wrote a line or two by seeing the contribution from the previous participant. I took with me a case of 10pt Bembo and an Adana HS3, and when I had a few lines of the story I demonstrated hand typesetting. I had intended to print the text once I had a full page but due to chit-chatting and other distractions I was only able to set one paragraph.

In the end we got a story which made pretty good reading. Back home I spent the next couple of weekends setting the three pages of text and made it into an eight page book(let) which I then posted to each of the twenty contributors.

26 November 2018

9 dot alphabet in 12pt by Phil Treble

Muttons & Nuts

A little experiment to see how an alphabet in a 3 × 3 grid would look. Not sure the ‘G’ was very successful!

Printed on 240gsm Munken Design Smooth Cream on a Vandercook SP-15.

A4 print in a limited edition of 40.

19 October 2018

Liquor and Literature by Edward Ardizzone

The Reading Room Press

In 2016 the Reading Room Press was fortunate to acquire the autograph letters from Edward Ardizzone to John Lewis concerning his commission to illustrate the 1963 edition of Harveys Wine List. These letters are accompanied by eleven of the images from the list. Couple these to a preface by that ardent Ardizzonist Alan Powers, a full-sized reproduction of an ink and water-colour drawing hitherto in private hands since purchased in 1955, a contemporary interview with the artist for Harveys’ in-house magazine Vintage and you have a train of literary and visual delight.

150 copies set in Bembo, and bound in a Claret quarter-cloth and a patterned paper incorporating one of Ardizzone’s vignettes. Price £60 plus P. & P.