pen and ink drawing by Robin Tanner
We look back to the great private presses of the past with respect and for inspiration, but we do not seek to replicate their style or, very often, even their methods. Rather we are trying to carry their standards and their creative spirit forward into this new century. As our starting point for each production is, almost always, the desire to work with a particular artist-printmaker, our books often differ greatly one from another. An almost theatrical initial impact and a specific and appropriate 'feel' for each book are all-important to us.
High technical standards are paramount, whether we use older printing methods or take advantage of new technologies and materials to achieve the results we desire. Above all the operation has always been (and will remain) 'hands-on' for the two of us and entirely bounded by our capabilities, enthusiasms and energies at any given moment.

Photograph by Bernard Mitchell