‘From the beginning, publishing private press books that collectors actually want to hold and read, over and over again, has always been the Barbarian Press stock-in-trade.’ Jack Katz, Subscriber
the continuing saga...
Two new Barbarian publications have appeared so far in 2023: the second in our series of Wayzgoose Pamphlets in the spring, and The Marriage of True Minds in the summer. The latter celebrates our 50 years of marriage and 45 years of making books with 50 love poems ranging from Sappho to Shakespeare to contemporary poets; seven of these are accompanied by wood engravings from our artist friends and collaborators over the course of five decades. The response to this book has been overwhelmingly positive, and only a few copies remain for sale.
A third book, An Avian Alphabet, comprising 30 woodcuts by BC artist Edith Krause with prose and poetry by Canadian writers is scheduled for publication in October. This is being co-published with the artist’s Sperling Printshop.
Work on Bordering on the Sublime is progressing smoothly: in addition to David Jury’s historical overview of the Curwen Press, Crispin’s extensive essay is now being composed and printed; Apollonia has completed ‘The Gallery of Borders’, a showing of 50 ornamental borders, most of them two-colour. We anticipate sending sheets to the binder in the summer of 2024.
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An Avian Alphabet
Wayzgoose Pamphlet Number Two
The Marriage of True Minds
Wayzgoose Pamphlet Number One