Robin Tanner and
The Old Stile Press
by Nicolas McDowall
with samples of patterned papers by Robin Tanner
1994
120pp
330 x 172mm (13 x 6.8in)
£95

195 copies, signed by the author/printer

This book was a complete labour of love. Anyone with more than passing acquaintanceship with The Old Stile Press will know how great is our debt to Robin and Heather Tanner - indeed it is certain that we would never have had the energy to persevere with our vision if it had not been for their encouragement and their unflagging belief in us. The text of this book tells the story of this friendship and we are happy to be able to share it with the many others for whom the Tanners were important and, we hope, to pass on something of their influence to those who were not lucky enough to know them. The patterned paper designs, which led to the printed samples tipped into this book, stem from an original request that Robin should design one for the covers of A Country Alphabet - and from an unusually hot spell of weather which confined him to his workroom and led him finally to give us twenty designs!

Monotype-set Baskerville type and calligraphic text reproduced from polymer blocks. Printed on Bookwhite Rivoli paper on a FAG Control 900 press. 20 patterned papers reproduced from polymer blocks and printed on Fabriano Ingres papers of varying colours, tipped in.
Bound in quarter sand-coloured cloth, boards covered in paper printed with a reproduction of a letter from Robin Tanner concerning the design of The Old Stile Press device. Spine titling blocked in brown. Deep cream Fabriano Ingres endpapers. Slipcase covered in brown cloth with strips of patterned papers inset, two on each side.
Robin Tanner and The Old Stile Press

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