I work with private presses and individuals to create tailor made volumes.
Anything paper based can be put into book form - poems, letters, sketches, plays, lyrics...
I have access to some of the best printers, both museum quality archival digital and traditional letterpress.
I can advise on all aspects of the book production process and source materials to match.
Together we can create the book you never knew existed.
Richard Power - The Hungry Grass. published by Apollo 2016. Unique copy. A quiet, engaging novel about a priest in 1950s rural Ireland. In Irish mythology the Hungry Grass is where a famine victim has fallen dead and the crops cannot grow. A pivotal moment describes a hare running through a barley field with just such a gap. The book was a commission for the author's wife. It arrived as a pdf which was digitally printed on 125gsm Canson Antique White. It was then bound in full green goatskin with brown goatskin onlay and 24c gold tooling and housed in a leather entry slipcase with hand tooled leather label.
Edward Lear - Landscapes in Italy. 1843-45. Unique copy. The owner of this collection of Edward Lear watercolours wanted an album of facsimile reproductions of the originals. The images were printed to museum quality level on archival paper and tipped into the hand sewn album. The title, introduction and list of plates were letterpress printed using Caslon typeface on 200gsm Heritage Bookwhite. The album was bound in fair calfskin digitally printed using one of the images and the title hand tooled in 24c gold. The album was housed in a custom made drop back box. It was finalist in the Limited Edition and Fine Binding category of the British Book Design and Production Awards 2016.
Northfield Editions - Gstaad. Nice. Stype. Photographs by Allan Pollok Morris of three properties on the occasion of the owner's 70th birthday. Ltd edn 5. Large format, single sheet archival digital prints were joined using Japanese tissue to create sewable sections. Each book was then rounded and backed with a quarter leather binding and gold tooled titles. They were housed in a triple layered drop back slipcase with a hand dyed blue leather panel with inlays and gold tooling. It was a finalist in the Digitally Printed category of the British Book Design and Production Awards 2016.
A Birthday Book. published by Mintyfresh Books. Ltd edn 250 of which 3 full leather. The book was letterpress printed on 200gsm Heritage Bookwhite and features 13 original linocut illustrations of British birds and animals by acclaimed artist Olivia Clifton Bligh. Each book came wrapped in tissue in a hand printed, individually numbered, kraft covered box.