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

On Fifty-six Ontological Studies

Fifty-six Ontological Studies arrived today. What a happy surprise! It looks a lovely volume indeed . . . a mix of poetry, philosophy, photography, mathematics and fine workmanship – what a wonderful combination!
Bruce MacKeen, Subscriber

I love folio-sized private press books as much as the next guy but sometimes they inhibit spontaneous handling; volumes like this one and the Cavafy are proof of your commitment to making beautiful but eminently readable editions. Congratulations also to Apollonia on her work on this.
L. Schroeder, Subscriber

On Ursus typographicus: a Chronology of Bears

Having happily devoured Ursus Typographicus, and delighted in the many 4-legged creatures within it, I wanted to let you know what a treasured thing it will become. You know you both do extraordinary work, and at least some of the world appreciates it.
Scott McIntyre, publisher, and Patron of the press

Just to let you know that the book has safely arrived and I couldn’t be more delighted with it. It is a wonderful celebration of your achievement. A real bonus - which I hadn’t expected - was that there would be so much text to read and which having quickly dipped in from place to place is very interesting. The bears have arrived here in the middle of a heat wave; so hibernation is well and truly over.
Richard Barnett, Subscriber

The bears have arrived safely and we are delighted with them. Sabine read the book right away and I just finished it. So beautiful!
Ralph Stanton

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
The Fifth Decade continues...

In spite of the looming presence of the coronavirus in all of our lives, Barbarian Press has had an active and productive 2020 so far, partly due to the lack of outside distractions in our isolated state, and partly to the substantial contribution of our daughter Apollonia Felicity. She is largely responsible for the setting and printing of Fifty-six Ontological Studies: Poems by Jan Zwicky and Photographs by Robert Moody, published in April and now nearly sold out; she has also thus far set and printed, with some minor assistance, roughly a half of our next book, Sudden Immobility: Selected Poems of Molly Holden.

This has left Crispin and Jan to focus their attention on the long-awaited Bordering on the Sublime: Ornamented Typography and the Curwen Press. It is shaping up beautifully, with virtually each page devoted to David Jury’s text presenting a distinct visual character – whether it be a dropped Jan van Krimpen capital, a Monotype border, a tip-in, a specially composed fleuron, dashes of colour, or some combination of several of these elements.
Pictures of the first pages may be seen in our Press News section.

Utile Dulci

Now in Print!

Fifty-six Ontological Studies

Ursus Typographicus – a Chronology of Bears

Simon Brett – An Engraver’s Progress

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

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