Private Press

  • # 43544

    COBDEN-SANDERSON, T[homas]. J[ames]. (1840 - 1922)

    The ideal book or book beautiful. A tract on calligraphy printing and illustration & on the book beautiful as a whole

    Hammersmith : The Doves Press, 1900. Octavo, unbound sheets, pp. [16] including blanks, a couple of minute worm holes on the preliminary blank and title leaf with Japanese tissue repairs, discolouration to the margin of last couple of leaves, internally clean, printed letterpress. ‘This tract written by T. J. Cobden-Sanderson, was printed by him & …

  • # 43026


    The complete works of Gaius Petronius

    Done into English by Jack Lindsay with one hundred illustrations by Norman Lindsay. Comprising the Satyricon and Poems. London : Fanfrolico Press, [1927]. Quarto, half-vellum stained red over marbled boards (light wear, spine sunned), top edge gilt, others uncut, a very good copy with 100 Lindsay illustrations. Limited to 650 copies, signed and numbered by …

  • # 42543

    CELAN, Paul

    Paul Celan : a reading for Group 47

    Translated by John Felstiner. Print after a woodcut by Dirk Hagner. Cambridge MA : The Shackman Press, 2009. Quarto, lettered wrappers, pp. [20], stitch bound, printed letterpress. Printed in an edition of 50 copies signed by Felstiner and Hagner.

  • # 42536

    McWHANNEL, Francis

    The Holloway Press 1994 – 2013. A checklist of publications

    Auckland : The Holloway Press, University of Auckland, 2014. Octavo, stitch bound wrappers, pp. [16], printed letterpress. Printed in an edition of 100 copies signed and numbered by Dr. Peter Simpson, Director of the Holloway Press.

  • # 42540

    HEDIN, Robert (1949 - )

    The Steinways of Africa.

    A prose poem by Robert Henin. Northfield, Minnesota : Red Dragonfly Press, 2005. Quarto, bound in Mashamba Huro wrappers handmade by women of Zimbabwe, pp. [8], printed letterpress in Menhart type on Iyo Glazed paper. Printed in an edition of 90 copies.

  • # 42539

    POE, Edgar Alan

    X-ing a paragrab

    Dunedin [New Zealand] : Frayed Frisket, 2015. Octavo, lettered cards, pp. 15, letterpress. “This short story by Edgar Alan Poe was originally published in 1849 in the Flag of the nation”-Introduction. “The text retains the italics of the original. Hand set in 12 point Monotype Garamond 3 point leaded and printed on 100 gsm Conqueror …

  • # 42698

    LINDSAY, Norman (1879-1969) and LINDSAY, Jack (1900-1990)

    A homage to Sappho

    Made by Norman and Jack Lindsay. London : The Fanfrolico Press, 1928. Limited to 70 signed copies (as noted by John Arnold, many copies were not signed by the translator). Quarto, vellum over bevelled boards with title and Lindsay decoration in gold, boards a little bowed (as commonly found), all edges gilt, bubbling to the …

  • # 42646

    RITSOS, Giannis / Ρίτσος, Γιάννης (1909-1990)

    The Wavering Scales

    Red Wing, Minnesota : Red Dragonfly Press, 2006. Quarto, lettered wrappers, pp. 31, printed letterpress. Poem concerning German occupation written by Ritsos in Athens in 1943. ‘Martin McKinsey translated sections 1 through 4. Scott King translated sections 6 through 9. In section 5, the two translators overlaid their approaches. 110 copies printed using Eric Gill’s …

  • # 42542

    LEONTE, Carmelia

    Death Searches for you a second time. Poems by Carmelia Leonte

    Northfield, Minnesota : Red Dragonfly Press, 2003. Small quarto, bound in lettered grey wrappers, pp. [28], printed letterpress. Printed in an edition of 140 copies.

  • # 32617

    GUTENBERG, Johannes (ca. 1398-1468) (printer)

    [INCUNABLE] A leaf from the Gutenberg Bible

    [Mainz : Johannes Gutenberg, circa 1454-55]. Single folio leaf. 371 x 300 mm, printed on recto and verso, black gothic lettering of forty-two lines in double columns, large two-line initial letters rubricated in red; light foxing and very small edge chips, remnants of binding along one edge with tiny fragments of manuscript binder’s waste (presumably from …

  • # 42629

    HOAD, Harold F.

    Sonnet in remembrance

    Lower Ferntree Gully, Vic. :  John T. Kirtley, 1949 . Folio, unbound sheets as issued, pp. [4] plus four blanks, printed letterpress, two illustrations signed Charles Crampton. One of only eighty hand-printed copies, numbered and signed by the author (this copy is numbered but not signed). John Kirtley (1897-1967) is an important figure in Australian …

  • # 42631

    POLITZER, Louis

    Birthday Greeting to Leah Witter. Fourteenth May. Written by Louis Politzer 1951

    Lower Ferntree Gully, Vic. :  John T. Kirtley, 1951 . Folio, unbound sheets as issued, pp. [4] plus four blanks, printed letterpress. One of only ten hand-printed copies, numbered and signed by the author. John Kirtley (1897-1967) is an important figure in Australian printing having produced the first Australian hand-printed books. Introduced by Philip Lindsay …

  • # 42419


    Fine Books. First list

    London : Fanfrolico Press, [1926]. Quarto, illustrated wrappers by Norman Lindsay (lightly creased), pp. 12, Norman Lindsay illustration to title page, and a full page plate from Lysistrata. The first catalogue published by the Fanfrolico Press, late in 1926 for the American market (a variant issue published earlier that year for the London market). Rare, with …

  • # 37330

    CRAWHALL, Joseph

    Crawhall’s Chap-Book Chaplets

    London; Field & Tuer, 1883. Quarto, illustrated papered boards (edges rubbed, small chips to spine), fore and lower edges uncut, unpaginated (approx. 200 pp.) eight chapbooks printed at the Leadenhall Press on colour papers, illustrations coloured by hand, printed in a limited edition of unspecified number, a fine copy. A charming collection of illustrated street ballads …

  • # 37827

    O'BRIEN, Brendan

    Paintings on love

    Wellington : Brendan O’Brien, Fernbank Studio, 2010. Octavo, letterpress and embossed card wrappers, pp. [24], text with titles in different colours. A beautiful work. “A collection of collages using fragments of text from Kangra paintings on love (National Museum, New Delhi, 1962). Hand-printed at the Fernbank Studio, Strathmore Heights, by Brendan O’Brien in Spring 2010. …

  • # 41954

    CREELEY, Robert; KATZ, Alex


    New York : Peter Blum Edition, 1999. Quarto, publisher’s green cloth over boards (some mild wear), with gilt lettering, gilt to spine, unpaginated, illustrated throughout; slight bend to top right corner of leaves, otherwise internally very clean, a good copy. Edges features reproductions of 13 etchings by Katz which accompany the poem of the same …