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

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

On The Ingoldsby Legends: a Gallimaufry

I have received the delightful Ingoldsby. What a treat. It was well worth the long wait. ... The Afterword alone is worth the price of admission. I expected and got the kind of wonderful design, typography, and printing you two deliver consistently.
Jean-Francois Vilain, Subscriber to the press

Just a note to thank you so very much for our copies of [Ingoldsby] – it is simply exquisite, and Massey will be very proud of it for many years to come. What a beautiful piece of work! It is just SO wonderful to see those images used in such a thoughtful and loving way. I know it was a long and difficult process, but what a result!
P.J. MacDougall, Librarian, Robertson Davies Library, Massey College, Toronto, who arranged to loan of the blocks for our edition.

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


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Barbarians on the Silver Screen!

Sarah Races documentary, Barbarian Press, had three showings in Toronto at Hot Docs and two in Vancouver at DOXA, and was well attended and very warmly received. We attended the May 7th showing in Vancouver and were brought up front with Sarah for a Q&A afterwards. Sarahs film is really wonderful – informative, visually beautiful, and touching. Were very grateful to her.

The film was also shown at the AFI documentary Festival in Maryland on Sunday, June 26, and was apparently well-attended and stirred up much interest – as we heard both from Sarah and from one or two attendees. Presently Sarah has entered the film in several European festivals. Once that process is completed, at some time in the future, she will post the film online and we will have a link so that you can watch it. In the meantime, click here for a trailer and more information about the film.

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!

Fancy: 8 Odes of John Keats

Simon Brett – An Engraver’s Progress

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