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Book Arts


The Bookery is excited to announce our expansion into the world of handcrafted fine press and artist books. In recent years there has been a rediscovery among artists, craftspeople, and fine printers of the idea of the book as more than a mere vehicle for text. Inspired by the rich tradition of the book-related crafts and new directions in the book arts, talented printers, artists, craftspeople, and small publishers all over the country are producing extraordinary work.

Some of the results fall squarely within the context of the artistically presented limited edition of a classic or contemporary text. The overwhelming majority of these books take advantage of traditional letterpress printing, a technology made commercially obsolete due to production limitations in comparison to photo-offset and now digital printing methods. Performed with due care, however, the aesthetic effect of letterpress remains unsurpassed. The subtle impression made by inked letterforms into sumptuous papers provides for in-comparable presentation of words on a page. Being a relief-printing process itself, letterpress is also ideal for printing wood and linoleum blocks.

Other work in the book arts encompasses more fanciful creations, one-of-a-kind or small-run artist pieces utilizing the form of the book as a jumping-off point. The broad spectrum of the work being produced is just beginning to be explored.

The Bookery is dedicated to providing one of the few retail outlets serving this burgeoning book arts world in an effort to encourage a wider interest in these special books. In Bookery I you will find our new stock of fine press and artist books, handcrafted books, prints, broadsides, and portfolios-as well as books on books, and books on the history of the book and the book arts.

We currently have items for sale from the following fine presses and book artists:

The Brown Trout Press
Press Intermezzo
Sherwin Beach Press
The Tern Press
Bloodroot Press
Fork in the Road Press
Red Howler Press
Birch Brook Press
Out of the Woods Press
Protean Press
Slow Loris Press
the Wing & the Wheel Press
The Alembic Press
Kat Ran Press
Notan Press
Out of the Woods Press
Erespin Press
The Old Stile Press
Heavy Duty Press
Marilyn Rosenberg

Fernando Llosa
Lilliput Press
Larch Tree Press
Angorfa Press
bluestocking press
Incline Press
Ziggurat Press
Street of Crocodile Press
Grey Spider Press
Press of the Unseen Unicorn
David Koepp
Previous Parrot Press
The Hill Press
Beata Wehr
Press of the Palace of Governors
Red Trillium Press
The Press of the Nightowl
Black Pearl Press
The Legacy Press
Susan Hensel

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