Whittington Press ~ England
(John and Rose Randle)


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Whittington Press: "The Whittington Press has, since 1971, been printing books by Letterpress, from type …, in the Gloucestershire village of Whittington. It was started by John & Rosalind Randle partly as the result of an early enthusiasm for Caslon Type, Albion Presses and handmade paper."
   

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Posters from Whittington, 1996 - 2013
compiled and with an introduction by John & Patrick Randle
Herefordshire, England: Whittington Press, 2013. Edition of 140.

Edition A, numbered 1 - 60, 20 x 15" in buckram and paper-covered boards with leather spine label. Matching portfolio with suite of posters. Both laid in full buckram dropback box with gold-blocked leather spine label. 35 posters, including some of the Press’ rare pochoir posters, and accompanied by a portfolio of 10 other (unfolded) posters.

Edition B, numbered 61-120, contains thirty posters. 20 x 14"; 8 pages, 6 leaves of plates with backing leaves. Bound in quarter buckram with paper covered boards. Laid in matching gatefold wrap with ribbon closures.

Whittington Press: "In 1995 the Press published A Book of Posters from the Whittington Press, which contained (in the A edition) thirty-five of our posters printed between 1974 and 1995, in the same types and on the same papers as the originals – indeed some of them were from the original printings, as will be a few in this new collection.

"At that time, in 1995, the Press had printed some 100 posters, and in the eighteen years since then another 150 have been added to the total, and the thirty-five chosen here show off a great variety of typefaces on an equally esoteric variety of papers from England (some over a century old), France, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Japan and Korea. They include illustrations from linocuts, wood-engravings, and in the special copies, pochoir, among a dazzling array of the Press’ extensive collection of founts.

"Whittington posters are produced as a distraction from more important projects, usually in small editions of 100 or 200 copies, and given away or sold on our open days, but have nevertheless become an important part of the Press’ output in helping to spread the message about its activities. By their nature they are occasional and ephemeral, and the only time they will ever come together is in a collection such as this.


"Also included in the collection are posters by Tom Mayo and Patrick Randle, which will add a more radical note to our normal, more predictable, fare. An article describing the background and development of the Press’ posters appeared in Parenthesis 20 (Spring 2011)."

Introduction: "Posters offer the printer a unique opportunity to change the tune and tone of his work at a whim. Unencumbered by the baggage of even inking, consistent margins and precisely backed up pages, the poster printer is a free spirit who can mix types, papers, and illustration with 'careless abandon', as Hilary Peples would have it.


"The Whittington Press has a rare and extensive range of types; which began in 1971 with Caslon and Bell, ... Our acquisitions of the Oxford University Press' monotype collection in 1986 gave us one of the largest collections of diecases anywhere, and included such gems as Bruce Rogers' Bible Centaur ...

"Paper is the vital, silent, third dimension of the letterpress printer's repertoire ... The Press has always been on the lookout for unusual papers ... Our most exciting acquisition was the 20,000 sheets of hand-made from Oxford University Press, rediscovered when their paper warehouse moved out of the Clarendon Press in 1985...

"The Press has long had a particular interest in wood-engraving ... It is this heady mix of type, paper and illustration - as well as text which is the glue that holds the three elements together - that makes the printing of posters such a relaxation from the discipline of bookwork."


Edition A $1,850
Edition B $1,100


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A Talent of Friendship
Mavis Lowndes
1912 - 2008

By John Randle and Jean Arrindell (Tinne)
Risbury, Herefordshire, England: Whittington Press, 2011. Edition of 100.

7 x 10.5"; 27 pages. Printed "in the main" for family and friends in Caslon type on Amherst handmade paper (c.1899, now with some signs of age). Edition of 100: 50 deluxe, 50 standard.

Standard: Pamphlet bound in Fabriano Roma papers. Frontispiece photo image of Mavis Lowndes tipped in. In navy blue paper slipcase. Signed. Unnumbered.

Deluxe: Bound in Oasis leather. Blind blocked with silver tops on the front board. Marbled endpapers. Frontispiece photo image of Mavis Lowndes tipped in. Colophon photo image of Randle as a young boy tipped in. In navy blue cloth slipcase. Signed and numbered.

Whittington Press: "This short book is based on the account of his mother’s life that John Randle gave at her funeral in 2008. Printed in the main for family and friends.... It is printed on the last of the small stock of paper made for Lord Amherst in 1898, containing his magnificent coat of arms as its watermark, which we acquired from Oxford University Press in 1986."

Mavis Lowndes was a World War II war widow. She began a business as a dressmaker to support herself and young son. Through her life she had a talent for making friends and maintaining friendships.

A Talent of Friendship
is simply and no less than a quietly lovely memorial by a son to his mother.

$ 90 Standard in paper
$ 325 Deluxe in leather


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Portmeirion
Images by Leslie Gerry
text by Robin Llywelyn
Andoversford, England: Whittington Press, 2008. Edition of 225.

8.125 x 11.75 x 1.5"; 40 pages. Printed on Somerset and Zerkall geglättet mould made papers. Type: 24 point Stephenson Blake Caslon. Original prints drawn on a tablet then digitally printed by the artist. Accordion fold with endpages as pastedowns. Bound in paper-covered matching illustrated boards. Edition of 225: 165 in slipcase; 60 in solander box with set of signed prints and poster.

Whittington Press: "The images in this startling book are unlike anything the Press has attempted before. Drawn on an electronic tablet and printed on a digital printer, their brilliance and inventiveness perfectly mirror the atmosphere of Portmeirion, the extraordinary Italianate village built by the eccentric architect Clough Williams-Ellis on a remote peninsula in North Wales. Clough’s grandson, Robin Llywelyn, who spent much of his childhood with his grandparents at Portmeirion, has written short but evocative texts about each of Leslie Gerry’s seven images of the village. The unusual conception and binding of Portmeirion is a tribute to the genius of Williams-Ellis, who continued the building of Portmeirion until well into his eighties, and its complexities have delayed the publication of the book by several months – just as one imagines Williams-Ellis’ designs must have delayed the builders of Portmeirion. We have seldom had such an enthusiastic reception as the one we have had to Portmeirion."

$240 standard, in slipcase (Last three copies)


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British Private Press Prospectuses 1891-2001
By David Butcher
Herefordshire: Whittington Press, 2001. Edition of 350.

This is a special copy ("C") bound in Oasis leather with three facsimile prospectuses. 8 x 11", 147 pp. in the back board pocket. Marbled endpapers. 20 prospectuses in separate pocket folder bound in paper and buckram. Includes 16 colored plates. The two volumes are in buckram slipcase with Oasis spine. #XXIX of 40 copies of a total edition of 350.

Comments from Whittington Press about this publication:
The catalogues and prospectuses issued by private presses are not only often beautiful examples of printing in themselves, but they can also offer fascinating clues to the development of the titles they are promoting. Many are printed on hand-made paper and from the original engravings, and can encapsulate the germ of the idea that later (sometimes much later, occasionally never), and after much labour, becomes the book itself.

Such prospectuses have become popular with collectors partly because of the insight they offer into the activities of the presses concerned, and partly because they can be satisfying substitutes when the book is rarely available, or only at a price that puts it out of reach of most. They will usually have been printed at the Press concerned, with all the thought and care that is lavished on an object which is designed to sell the book.
In this survey of private press prospectuses of the last hundred years, David Butcher summarizes the output of the main presses and reveals some of the fascinating stories behind the books. Prospectuses give a unique insight into the printers' attitudes and aspirations, and provide tantalizing glimpses of the books which might-have-been.

During the last fifteen years the Whittington Press has been collecting prospectuses and catalogues, from Doves and Golden Cockerel to those issued by contemporary presses, as they are still genuinely ephemeral. We have been fortunate in being able to acquire two large collections which will allow us to include original prospectuses and catalogues in portfolios accompanying the seventy-five special copies. In addition the book will contain illustrations of some of the most interesting prospectuses.

The increasing price of prospectuses and catalogues in booksellers' catalogues are evidence of the steady popularity of such items, and this will be the first time that they will have been described and evaluated as separate and important adjuncts of the private press movement.
$1,875


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Matrix: A Review for Printers & Bibliophiles
Edited by John Randle
Herefordshire, England: Whittington Press

An annual review for printers and bibliophiles. Always features informative articles plus any of variety of illustrations in many forms-etchings, pochoir, wood engravings, various papers, tipped-in photographs, and prints - the works!

Matrix 23. Winter 2003.
Edition of 800: 715 standard in stiff wrappers; 85 quarter-bound in Oasis leather and paper marbled by Christopher Rowlatt.

Set in Caslon, Cohin, Bell & Romulus types. Printed on Sommerville Laid, Hahnemühle Ingres and Creator papers. Colour plates printed by The Cloister Press and J. W. Northend.

Contains twenty-five articles plus book reviews, including: Anthony Dowd "Fine Press and the Bookbinder"; Miriam MacGregor "The Forgotten Pleasure of Hand-Printing"; Lucy Archer "Working with Olive Cook"; Michael Caine "My Concatenation of Types"; Dennis Gould "Latterday Letterpress Printer"; and Simon Lawrence "Aspects of Golden Cockerel". Illustrated and with tipped in specimens on special paper, engravings, photographs. color plates. Frontispiece is a 1937 Matisse "Woman's Head".

This is the deluxe version with a facsimile of the 1920 Klingspor Calendar.
$775

 

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Matrix 29. Summer 2010.
A Review for Printers & Bibliophiles
edited by John & Rosalind Randle
Herefordshire, England: Whittington Press, 2010. Edition of 725.

7.75 x 11.25 x .825"; 124 pages of which 118 are numbered. Set in Van Dijck, Walbaum, Univers Light, Joanna, Poltawski, Gill Sans, Bell, and Caslon. Printed on Somerville Laid and Zerkall mould-made papers. Illustrations: photos, woodcuts, samples. Of the edition of 725: 655 in stiff covers; 70 quarter-bound in Oasis leather and marbled paper with a portfolio of additional material. This is the stiff covers edition.

Contains the following articles/essays: Barbara Henry on Dale Guild Type foundry; Catherine Dixon and Henrique Nardi on "Letterpress from the Street: Grafica Fidalga, Sao Paulo"; Geri Waddington on "French Papermakers and other House Guests"; David Godine on "David Godine: the Letterpress Years"; John Smith on "Pied Sorts and Squint Chases"; Ross Shaw on "It Takes All Types - The Occasional Print Club"; Mauro Chiabrando on "A Century of Futurist Typography"; John Randle on "Michael Richey: Two Encounters"; John G. Kristensen on "Buttonhooks for a Brave New World"; Jerry Kelly on "The Quiet Ones"; Jesse Marsolais on "A Boy at Firefly Press"; Colin Franklin on "In a Golden Age of Publishing"; John Randle on "Jacek Agopsowicz, 1947-2010"; Tanya Schmoller on "Tschichold Arrives at Victoria, 17.6.47"; Alan Powers on "Robert Harling in the 1930s"; Sebastian Carter on "Hunt Roman"; Jerry Kelly on "Fine Printing at the Stinehour Press, 1950 - 2008"; Paul W. Nash on "Private Press Books 2009: A Review"; book reviews by Robert Elwall, Gaylord Schanilec, James Clough, and John Randle; and John Randle on "'Bookish Treasures Have a Hard Time Competing with the Framed Village Dog Show.'"
$210

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Matrix 31
Number Thirty-One Winter 2012

A Review for Printers and Bibliophiles
edited by John Randle
Herefordshire, England: Whittington Press, 2012. Edition of 660.

7.75 x 11.25 x .75"; 144 pages of which 127 are numbered. Letterpress printed. Tip-ins and fold outs. Set in Bell, Bodoni, Goudy Modern, Arrighi, Romulus, Poliphilus. Fournier and Caslon types. Printed on Somerville Laid & Zerkall mould made paper. Case bound in light boards. Printed dust wrapper. Edition of 660: 600 standard; 60 deluxe.
Articles in the 2012 Matrix include:

Last Hurrah of Hot Metal by Elizabeth Grice
Birth of the Wormsley Library by Bryan Maggs
Words & Images : The New Basement Press by Peter Gauld
Vacation in Vattis by Patrick Randle
Setting Caslon for Leaves of Grass by Barbara Henry
Wood-engraving & Block-making by Chris Daunt
Harry Carter on Type by Martyn Thomas
In Memoriam Dan Carr by John Randle
John Craig and the Piccolo Press by John Grice
From Bleeding Heart Yard to Whittington by Merlin Waterson
Inkunabula by Enrico Tallone
In Pursuit of Pepler's Presses by Peter Chasseaud
Letterpress Adventures by Andrew Anderson
Portrait of a Polymath by George Ramsden
Mustafa Duzguuman's School of Turkish Marbling by Musa Igrek
A New Generation of Private Presses in Australia by Andrew Schuller
The Search for Hellmuth Weissenborn by Anna Nyburg
The Visit by Martin Krieger
Turning Over a New Leaf by Stan Nelson

$225 standard


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Whittington Press Out of Print Titles:
• Britten's Aldeburgh
• Busy as a Bee
• Gwenda Morgan: The Diary of a Land Girl
• Fine Papers at the Oxford University Press
• Matrix 6
• Matrix 9
• Matrix 14
• Matrix 18
• Matrix 21: A Review for Printers & Bibliophiles

• Matrix 22
• Matrix 24 deluxe
• Matrix 24 standard
• Matrix 25
• Mattioli’s Herbal
• The wood engravings of John O’Connor

   

Midwinter
By Miriam Macgregor
Risbury,Herefordshire, England: Whittington Press, 2012.
Edition of 265 in three versions.

10.5 x 7.5"; 32 pages. Printed in 14-point Bell on Zerkall mould-made paper. 24 wood engravings. Signed by the artist. Edition of 265 in three versions. Full bound in leather (out of print); half bound in leather (out of print); full bound in paper.

Whittington Press: "In February 2009 the north Cotswolds were covered by a brief but deep fall of snow. A fairytale landscape of changing shapes and patters appeared overnight, and beside the predictable snowman on the village green a habitable igloo even appeared. Miriam Macgregor ventured out into this unfamiliar snowscape with sketchbook and camera, and these engravings, mostly full-page, are the perfect subject for the medium."

Of the edition, 185 copies are bound in patterned papers and slipcased. This version is still available.
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Pastorale
By John Bidwell
wood-engravings by Lucien Pissarro,
with a note on the Kelmscott paper
Risbury, Herefordshire, England: Whittington Press, 2011. Edition of 300.

10 x 7"; 80 pages. Set in 12-point Caslon type. Printed from the original engravings on the three different papers made by Joseph Batchelor & Son to the original specifications of William Morris.

Colophon: "Some of the paper is the best part of a century old, and some sheets may bear the patina of age. The different formats of each edition reflect the slightly different sizes of each of the three papers."

Edition of 300: 160 Standard, 100 deluxe, 40 special.

Standard: Printed on the Crown and Sceptre paper. Half-bound in Fabriano Ingress papers. Slipcased.

Deluxe: Printed on the Flower paper made for the Kelmscott Press. Half bound in Oasis leather and pre-war Fabriano Ingres. Contains the proofs and an additional engraving in a separate cased portfolio. In single slipcase.

Whittington Press: "The selection of these twenty-four wood-engravings by Lucien Pissarro, mostly done for his Eragny Press, is based on a pastoral theme, at which he excelled. They are printed from the original boxwood blocks, kindly lent to us by the Ashmolean Museum, and printed on some of the last remaining stock of Joseph Batchelor’s hand-made paper, made to William Morris’ specification, some of which has been generously given to us by the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, where it has lain for over a century.

"The book contains an introduction by John Bidwell on the origins of the Batchelor paper, and a memoir by Miriam Macgregor of her grandfather, the artist Archie Macgregor, Pissarro’s close friend and neighbour."
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A Vision of Order
Linocuts by Andrew Anderson
Risbury, Herefordshire: Whittington Press, 2011. Edition of 185.

15.5 x 22"; 68 pages. Letterpress printed. Set in 18 and 20 point Caslon. Printed on a heavyweight Zerkall mould-made and Ingres papers.

Of the edition of 185: 150 standard, 35 deluxe.
Standard: Bound in paper illustrated boards with quarter buckram. Titles in gilt on leather spine label. Housed in matching gatefold wrap with tie closure.
Deluxe(out of print): Bound in paper over boards with leather spine. With a portfolio of a selection of prints, including The Rock of Cashel, nine sheets joined together to form an image measuring 4.5 x 3 feet. Housed in clamshell box with titles in gilt on leather spine label.

A Vision of Order Includes 35 linocuts by Anderson, with his commentaries on the images. The large format allows most of the prints to be tipped in unfolded.

Whittington Press: "Andrew Anderson's astonishing linocuts are an arresting mix of image, lettering and symbolism. The images show strong influences of his background as an architect with a particular interest in mediaeval architecture; the lettering brings Eric Gill to mind, but with an added fluency and versatility; and much of the symbolism comes from his involvement with cathedral and church architecture. He has written about his work in MATRIX 28, pp. 9-14.

"He combines these three elements with immense skill and with a rare dedication, and yet his images have an astonishing vibrance and magnetism. Little known or seen over the years, hampered perhaps because of their size and the artist's preoccupation with his architectural work, they appear here for the first time in a readily accessible form, each with a note by the artist explaining its content and symbolism."


Andrew Anderson, introduction: "The cuts fall into five groups: (1) plain inscriptions, which were among the first to be done; (2) imagined cities; (3) love poems - courting couples dallying in orchards and beds; (4) country churches; and (5) historic hymns and verses celebrating the age-old festivals of the Christian Year. There are two designs for Christmas cards, a wedding invitation, the front of a house with three windows and a door (an early linocut from my student days), a Crucifixion, lines from a poem by Charles Williams, and a Noah's Ark.

"I am an architect, not an artist. The oblique viewpoint in many of the cuts – geometrical projections of the kind used in architectural drawings to explain buildings – shows this. "
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