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Wood engraving by Simon Brett
(from Prothalamion and Epithalamion, 1997)

On Musick in partes:
Songs & Poems from Shakespeare’s Plays

Musick in partes has safely arrived and I could not have been more delighted with it. It really is a joyful book, which I suspect is contributed to in no small measure by the decision to print a sprinkling of the woodcuts in colour and by the delightful printed paper on the front board. Not quite sure why, but I had never realised before how much John Lawrence's woodcuts had a feel of those of that time, albeit, I suspect, with much more of a sense of humour. I especially like the frontispiece.
Richard Barnett, Subscriber

On Fancy: 8 Odes of John Keats

Fancy arrived yesterday, and we are delighted with it. It is an exquisite production; every detail shows great care in both thought and craftsmanship. The book will have a good—and appropriate!—home on my Keats shelf next to the Doves Press sonnets.
Joanne Thompson

Only a few pages are necessary to amaze readers of this gorgeous volume. Every element from the setting of the type to the quality of the printing approaches perfection. Traditional craftsmanship is made newly relevant in such a beautiful package.
Judges' Citation, Alcuin Book Awards, 2016

On Endgrain Editions 4: Simon Brett

I have never seen a compilation of engravings done so masterfully. [It] is the best treatment of an engraver’s works that I have ever seen! Andrew Hedden, Subscriber to the press

I was expecting something pretty special, but my expectations were blown out of the water by the thing itself. ... The printing of the blocks is astounding. My colleagues here have been crowding around the book, as one of them reverently turns the pages, emitting gasps of delight as one image after another is revealed.
Joe Whitlock Blundell, Design & Production Director, the Folio Society


Barbarian Press celebrates its Fortieth Anniversary
January 1st, 1977 — January 1st, 2017

Forty years ago, on January 1st, 1977, we met with Graham Williams, proprietor of the Florin Press, at the Shant pub in East Sutton, Kent, and were introduced to printing. Graham gave us a solid grounding in design, hand-setting, and presswork, and with his oversight, we worked with him to produce our first publication, Five Decades for Harry and Frances Adaskin, a poem by Crispin written as a gift for friends celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

Forty years on, in 2017, we are working on our large ongoing Curwen Project, Bordering on the Sublime, and publishing two further books – Musick in partes: Songs & Poems from the Plays of William Shakespeare (copies available in late August 2017) and Ursus typographicus: a Chronology of Bears, a celebratory 40th birthday book for the press, which will appear in the autumn. We are looking forward to many more years of printing and publishing.

We give our grateful thanks to all our subscribers and supporters, to our fellow printers, and to the many other friends who have been part of the journey so far. To be continued . . .

Now in Print!

Musick in partes:
Songs & Poems from Shakespeare’s Plays

Fancy: 8 Odes of John Keats

Simon Brett – An Engraver’s Progress

Barbarian Press
Crispin & Jan Elsted, Proprietors
12375 Ainsworth Street
British Columbia V4S 1L4

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