The Fifth Decade continues...
In spite of the looming presence of the coronavirus in all of our lives, Barbarian Press has had an active and productive 2020 so far, partly due to the lack of outside distractions in our isolated state, and partly to the substantial contribution of our daughter Apollonia Felicity. She is largely responsible for the setting and printing of Fifty-six Ontological Studies: Poems by Jan Zwicky and Photographs by Robert Moody, published in April and now nearly sold out; she has also thus far set and printed, with some minor assistance, roughly a half of our next book, Sudden Immobility: Selected Poems of Molly Holden.
This has left Crispin and Jan to focus their attention on the long-awaited Bordering on the Sublime: Ornamented Typography and the Curwen Press. It is shaping up beautifully, with virtually each page devoted to David Jury’s text presenting a distinct visual character – whether it be a dropped Jan van Krimpen capital, a Monotype border, a tip-in, a specially composed fleuron, dashes of colour, or some combination of several of these elements.
Pictures of the first pages may be seen in our Press News section.