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

On The Splendour of a Morning:
Early Poems of C. P. Cavafy

The Cavafy is exquisite... Beautiful type, beautiful paper, beautiful presswork, fascinating engravings, lovely binding. I’m sure Van Krimpen would have found something to complain of, but I can’t think what it would be.
Robert Bringhurst, poet, typographer, Author of The Elements of Typographic Style and The Surface of Meaning: Books and Book Design in Canada

The deluxe copy of The Splendour of a Morning arrived earlier today and, predictably, it is simply wonderful. There is an understated elegance in your work that lets the type, letterpress printing, and wonderful wood-engravings speak for themselves. This book fills a distinct void in the private press world, the only fine press edition with a generous and representative collection of Cavafy’s poetry.
Jack Katz M.D., Subscriber to the press

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 later, in January, 2017, we are working on our 46th and 47th books, and 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...

Alcuin Award for Fancy

We are pleased and grateful that the Alcuin Society has awarded Fancy: 8 Odes of John Keats First Prize in the Limited Editions category in this years awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada.

Now in Print!

The Splendour of a Morning:
Early Poems of C. P. Cavafy

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

Tel: (604) 826 8089

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