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 . . .