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Wood engraving by Colin Paynton
(from The Chimes, 1985)

Sudden Immobility
Selected Poems of Molly Holden
Engravings by Andy English
Autumn 2021

Ten Poems with One Title
Poems by Robert Bringhurst
Images by Richard Wagener
Summer 2022

Wayzgoose Pamphlet Number One
The 'Wayzgoose' Explained, with Historical Notes on Cope's Albion, and Sherwin & Cope's Imperial, Presses
Autumn 2022

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Sudden Immobility:
Selected Poems of Molly Holden

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Books in Print
from Barbarian Press

We generally publish two books a year, one sometimes more substantial than the other – for example, an addition to the Endgrain Editions series, and one (or occasionally two) smaller or less elaborate titles. These will often be illustrated classics or a book of poetry, or something with typographical or bibliographic interest. Often we will add an occasional pamphlet (see the Wayzgoose Pamphlets) or broadsheet. Since wood engravings are an important part of our interests as publishers, most of our books are illustrated.

The changing proportion of Deluxe to Regular copies in our editions exemplifies a developing trend for us. Because Deluxe copies are more in demand and therefore quicker to sell than Regular ones (the opposite of what used to be the case some years ago) we are now printing at least as many Deluxe as Regular. In fact in the case of Endgrain Editions 5: Richard Wagener – a Dialogue with Wood Engraving, advance requests for Deluxe copies while the book was still in the press were such that we issued 8o Deluxe copies and only 50 Regulars. As well as being heavily subscribed before publication, the remaining Deluxe copies were all sold within a few weeks of the book’s appearing, with the Regular copies disappearing at a more leisurely pace. A similar relative proportion of Deluxe to Regular states and pattern of sales obtained in the case of Sudden Immobility: Selected Poems of Molly Holden. The Marriage of True Minds, now (November 2022) in the press, consists of only one state, but this will not be our usual practice.

Therefore, a word to the wise . . . this development underlines the importance for anyone wanting a Deluxe state of one of our books to place their order as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Up to a certain point in the printing process we are able to adjust the relative proportions of Deluxe to Regular, but beyond that the numbers must be fixed. Subscribers can, of course, simply specify a desire to have only Deluxe copies when available, or can let us know their preference on a book by book basis once the title is announced as forthcoming.

Please look at the page for each individual book for further information, photographs of the book and sample pages, and information about prices. You can find news about books presently in the press under Books Forthcoming.

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A Note about Currencies

Because the world economy is now in such a constant state of flux, we are unable to offer fixed prices in other currencies as we used to do. Our books are priced in Canadian dollars, but we accept payment in many other currencies by personal cheque (where they are still being used), or you can pay by PayPal in Canadian dollars, as invoiced, with a surcharge of 4%. (When paying by PayPal you will avoid this 4% charge if you use the ‘Friends and Family’ option.)

If you wish to pay in other currencies, we will invoice you at the exchange rate prevailing at our bank on the day the invoice is sent. Rates online frequently differ from the actual rates we receive.

Our preferred method of international payment is by the on-line transfer service WISE. For Canadian customers it is by e-transfer.

Of course we also accept payment by Visa and American Express, which charge your card at the rate prevailing at time of purchase. However, please note that we have to add a surcharge of 5% on Visa and 3% on Amex card  purchases to cover our costs.

A Note about Subscriptions

If you are interested in our work, or in fine press editions, you should consider becoming a subscriber. It is economically exceedingly wise.

It is also very simple: Just contact us, and tell us that you wish to become a subscriber. This means that you undertake to buy ONE COPY of every book we publish – typically two a year. In return for this guarantee from you, we give you a 30% discount on the retail price of the book.

In the case of our more expensive books, the resultant savings can amount to a few hundred dollars – enough to buy another substantial book from us or from another press!

We still maintain this on the honour system, trusting that when someone decides to become a subscriber, they will continue to buy books in the future. Some people subscribe for a few books, and then decide to cease the arrangement, and of course this is fine. However, we have had a couple of undesirables over the years who ordered one very expensive book as putative subscribers, and having received it, promptly vanished. They are honoured in the pressroom with small wax models stuck full of pins.