The Fifth Decade continues...
2019 was an eventful year at Barbarian Press. Endgrain Editions 5: Richard Wagener: A Dialogue with Wood Engraving, was completed in the autumn after a year and a half of challenging printing. The engravings range from delicate botanicals to abstract collages to vivid two-colour expressionistic images, all requiring their own distinct technical approach. The result is a stunningly beautiful collection from one of the world's best engravers, now virtually sold out. The publication of this book has freed us now to concentrate full-time on Bordering on the Sublime, our major project on the ornamented borders of the Curwen Press.
In happy personal news, our daughter Apollonia is now assisting us at the press on a part-time basis. Her presence will enable us to produce smaller books while work progresses on the Curwen. These will include a book of poems by Canadian writer, Jan Zwicky with photographs by Robert Moody; selected poems by English poet Molly Holden, illustrated with wood engravings by Andy English; and Pastoral Elegies, a volume combining ‘The Deserted Village’ by Oliver Goldsmith and ‘Elegy in a Country Churchyard’ by Thomas Gray, illustrated by engraver Chris Wormell. The Barbarian future looks busy and bright.