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The Old Stile Press on exhibition in Cardiff Bay

The Old Stile Press on exhibition in Cardiff Bay

This remarkable (if slightly over-dressed!) edifice is the Pierhead Building, the historic centre of Cardiff Bay, which used to be the office of the Harbour Master when the Welsh capital still had its docks. It  now stands next to the Senedd - the home of the Welsh...

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John Abell’s “Book Day”

John Abell’s “Book Day”

For John, his "Book Day" was when he came to Catchmays Court to see, and handle, the sample copy of the Main and Special editions of his great work, hot from the binders. I had previously printed small editions of some of the mighty woodcuts from the book and John...

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Good Progress with The Dead Officer

Good Progress with The Dead Officer

I can hardly believe it, but the lengthy slog of printing The Diary of a Dead Officer is almost at an end and the binding process can begin. John Abell is at the moment cutting blocks for the papers that will cover the book and the printing of these should be my final...

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After the Oxford Fair

After the Oxford Fair

We spent last weekend at the major Book Fair in Oxford and had a good and successful time. We had restricted what we showed to recent publications and some 'Specials' of earlier titles where we still had copies. Sales in both categories were encouragingly brisk and...

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The Diary of a Dead Officer

The Diary of a Dead Officer

  The time has come, we think, for us to reveal what is happening in the printing office at the moment . . . or, rather, what I have been printing away at for many weeks now, while Frances tells the world about the already wonderfully appreciated The Third Thing...

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Burnt Sugar

Burnt Sugar

This year I have not been overdoing the 'wonders of Nature in the Wye Valley' brand of post . . . but I thought this might be an exception. Breathtaking to see it in this peak of brightness - especially as the day on which this photo was taken had seen torrential rain...

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Duke Humfrey’s Night, Oxford

Duke Humfrey’s Night, Oxford

    As we have written here in an earlier post - Jubilate Agno was the result of an overwhelming day for us in one of Britain’s most spectacular libraries: spectacular in its physical buildings but also in the astonishing collection of books and archives...

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Water Baby!

It is usual, I think, for the latest whatever-it-is to be thought of as the most beautiful and in every way the most outstanding of all . . . whether we are talking of babies or books made by hand! Each of the books I have been involved in has had its moment in the...

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Water Baby!

Water Baby!

It is usual, I think, for the latest whatever-it-is to be thought of as the most beautiful and in every way the most outstanding of all . . . whether we are talking of babies or books made by hand! Each of the books I have been involved in has had its moment in the...

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Books on show this month

Books on show this month

Last month Angela Lemaire had a show of her books, prints and paintings in Edinburgh and now forthcoming in London and Eastbourne are two more shows which will include books from The Old Stile Press. Josie Reed will be known to many who visited her Gallery in Bath...

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a good time of it . . .

a good time of it . . .

  We had skillfully avoided all suggestions for a grand party and indeed mentioned the fact only to a few friends whom we happened to be contacting anyway. One of these was Natalie d'Arbeloff who rushed to wield her Photoshop over the photograph that appears on...

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Mighty teazel!

Mighty teazel!

Ever since my Grandmother called me (a teenager) to see the miracle that had been wrought in her tiny garden in Winchester . . . a self-seeded teazel in all its glory . . . this plant has been one of my  absolute favourites. This year the same miracle has happened to...

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Edinburgh Festival dates with Angela Lemaire

Edinburgh Festival dates with Angela Lemaire

Two years ago McNaughtan's bookshop in Edinburgh showed some of Angela's work  in their gallery upstairs during the Festival and this year they have again given over their gallery to her work but especially to celebrate her new book with us - Jubilate Agno.  We hope...

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DO try this at home! . . .

DO try this at home! . . .

 . . . if you have half a chance, and before the nannies start to twitter. Surely, this is what childhood is all about!     Agility, coupled with a bit of brotherly co-operation, leads to   satisfaction, and a great bowl of cherries!  ...

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Black spots on a peacock’s tail.

Black spots on a peacock’s tail.

    There are many logistical imperatives that determine the order in which these pages return to the press for another printing. The need to change the colour of the ink on the press as seldom as possible is one obvious one and the fact that the effect of green on...

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A Cool Printing for a Hot Day

A Cool Printing for a Hot Day

I can hardly believe it but I am really coming to the end of printing these images for Ralph Kiggell's The Third Thing. My printing office is cruelly cold during the winter but deliciously cool in summer. Added to that I was printing the final, 'black' (actually a...

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“Gone Fising”

“Gone Fising”

  Well, we did not do any fishing as such but we have eaten enough of the stuff! And wonderful it was too. Frances and I decided a few weeks ago that we needed to get away for a few days (three nights to be exact) and one particular hotel seemed to jump out of...

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More Water

More Water

I am certainly going to resist the temptation to post an image of every page of this book the moment it comes  off the press with the final printing in place but, with Ralph's simple but amazingly powerful image for the titlepage spread completed this morning, I...

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Hibernation is at an end! (I promise.)

Hibernation is at an end! (I promise.)

     Variations of this somewhat unpreposessing sight have been in front of my eyes day after day in my printing office over a period of many months. They have all been blocks cut by Ralph Kiggell in Bangkok for his second book with The Old Stile Press...

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JUBILATE AGNO by Christopher Smart

JUBILATE AGNO by Christopher Smart

Last evening, Frances and I gave a talk to a friendly and enthusiastic group at the Monnow Valley Art Centre which was mentioned by Frances two posts back. The subject of the event was the relationship between ourselves, the books we produce and the artists we work...

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Ashdown Gallery Show

Ashdown Gallery Show

As an update to our previous post urging people - at least those living in the South-East of England - to go to see the show at the Ashdown Gallery in Forest Row, we were sent these images of the opening night where copies of The Swimmer were flying off the shelf. ...

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Looking ahead

Looking ahead

After a quiet summer September arrives and activity is all around us . . .       One of the most beautiful galleries opened its doors and its magnificent garden to book and print lovers who found their way through the delights of the Herefordshire countryside to...

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The Beauty in the Random

The Beauty in the Random

  When I showed these photographs to Frances, she said they looked like shots of outer space taken by some amazingly powerful radio telescope and waxed lyrical about on television by Professor Brian Cox!   Those of my dear readers who have been around our Press and...

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. . . in praise of rain

. . . in praise of rain

Although I love and need the sun, I have to admit to being really excited by wind and rain. This image should be a movie so that you could see the sheets of rain moire-ing up the valley but at least you can get an idea of the tree's movement and can see the small god...

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This is the time of year . . .

This is the time of year . . .

     . . .  when I am drawn to express my awe and ecstasy at the beauties yet again showered upon us by Nature - each year more wonderful than the last - and my joy that there are at least some who still feel that these gifts are the sufficient and perfect reward for...

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