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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...

2021 at Barbarian Press is proving an exciting and productive year. Even though we have missed seeing friends and student groups, or showing interested visitors over the press, the continuing lack of visitors due to the Covid pandemic has of course resulted in fewer distractions, and more production. Sudden Immobility: Selected Poems of Molly Holden is now at the binder, and copies will be sent out through the fall. A few copies remain, for those who have not yet taken the plunge.
Work on Bordering on the Sublime continues, although we have had to move the estimated publication date to early 2023. The book is a joy to work on, but it is a detailed, challenging project, and time-consuming. Pictures of the first pages may be seen in our Press News section.

Meanwhile Apollonia Felicity is working on a recent smaller project: Ten Poems with One Title, a new sequence of poems by Robert Bringhurst, will be accompanied by five engravings by Richard Wagener. We expect to publish it early in 2022. And so work goes happily on . . .

Utile Dulci

Now in Print!

Sudden Immobility: Selected Poems of Molly Holden

Simon Brett – An Engraver’s Progress

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