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Typographeum Bibliography (Part 1)

This is an enumerative, descriptive listing of the books, pamphlets and ephemera I printed at Francestown, New Hampshire, over some thirty-five years. Almost all of the work was done by me alone, and that involved hand-setting the texts in lead type and printing the pages singly on an antique Chandler & Price crown folio treadle platen press. Afterward I collated, folded, sewed the printed pages together. Finally I cut precisely about a dozen different pieces of cloth, boards, and end-papers to create a case binding for each book. My practice was also to print a separate prospectus and send it to potential customers inside my bookselling catalogues, although I did not do that every time. A good many of the books are still available. The ones that are not are here marked as “out of print.”

As with any bibliography, this is very much a work in progress. Later I will be adding a page devoted to ephemera. And I will continue to make revisions to these pages.

1 ¶ Terry Risk: Three Private Presses. The Cadmus Press. West Linton: 1974.

<Title-Page> THREE PRIVATE PRESSES | by | TERRY RISK | (swelled rule) | Illustrated by | Christian Small | THE CADMUS PRESS | West Linton | 1974

<Description> February and March, 1974. Small 8vo. Sewn into overlapping paper wrappers with a titling label on the front. Printed letterpress on an Adana 8 x 5 inch machine. Limited to 50 copies, signed and numbered. Pages: (iv), 24. Illustrated: line-block and press-mark. Errata slip laid in. Paper: Abbey Mills Greenfield. Text type-face: 12-point Centaur. Out of print.

<Colophon> For ALEX M. FRIZZELL | Private Printer and Bookseller | Whose encouragement | made this possible

<Annotations> This was my first printing effort, a rather bad one using an inadequate press. However, it was under very pleasant circumstances because I was able to rent a small cottage in the lovely village of West Linton, Scotland, and be near some close friends. The booklet describes my visits to Count Potocki, Giovanni Mardersteig, and the ladies at the Cuala Press. All this I printed again in various ways.

2-a ¶ R. D. Lakin: The Macdowell Poems. 1977.

<Title-Page> R. D. Lakin | (rule) | [in red] THE | [in red] MACDOWELL | [in red] POEMS | (device) | Francestown, N.H. | TYPOGRAPHEUM | 1977

<Description> 1977. 150 copies printed letterpress. Numbered and signed by the poet. Royal 8vo. Case-bound in a red Cockerell marbled paper with a linen back-strip. Titling label on the back-strip. 16 unnumbered leaves. Paper: Ragston. Text type-face: 12-point Centaur. Separate prospectus.

<Annotations> This, my first book printed in Francestown, came about after a fortuitous meeting with Dean Lakin who at the time was a resident writer at the famous Macdowell Colony in nearby Peterborough, New Hampshire.

2-b ¶ R. D. Lakin: The Macdowell Poems. 1977.

<Description> The same but 25 copies, numbered I to XXV, signed and for presentation.

3 ¶ R. T. Risk: The Art of the Book. The Sharon Arts Center. Peterborough: 1977.

<Title-Page> Catalogue of an Exhibition of Paper, Typography, Printing, | Binding, & Illustration to Exemplify: | The Art of the Book | 11 December 1977-15 January 1978 | (swelled rule) | THE SHARON ARTS CENTER | Route 123, South | Peterborough, New Hampshire

<Description> Unknown number of copies, but all printed letterpress. 12 unnumbered leaves bound in light green overlapping paper wrappers, printed in green on the front. Illustrated: 4 plates. Paper: Monadnock. Text type-face 10 and 12-point Bembo.

Maurice Leblanc: Leblanc on Lupin4-a ¶ Maurice Leblanc: Leblanc on Lupin, An Author on His Character. Translated by Henry H. Babcock. Introduction by Peter L. Stern. 1978.

<Title-Page> Leblanc on Lupin | An Author On His Character | (swelled rule) | Translated from the French by | HENRY H. BABCOCK | Introduction by | PETER L. STERN | (fleuron) | Privately Printed | FRANCESTOWN | 1978

<Description> 1978. 25 copies printed letterpress. Numbered I to XXV and signed by the editor, translator and printer. Royal 8vo. Case-bound in a blue French marbled paper with a linen back-strip. Titling label on the back-strip. Large paper copy. 10 unnumbered leaves. Illustrated: two reproductions of the author's letters. Text in French and English. Paper: Arches Text Laid. Text type-face: 12-point Bembo. Separate prospectus.

4-b ¶ Maurice Leblanc: Leblanc on Lupin, An Author on His Character. Translated by Henry H. Babcock. Introduction by Peter L. Stern. 1978.

<Description> The same but with a smaller format, sewn and bound into identical marbled paper. 100 copies. Not signed. Titling label on the front cover.

5 ¶ R. T. Risk: ‘It Is the Choice of the Gods’. 1978.

<Title-Page> R. T. RISK | [in red] ‘IT IS THE | [in red] CHOICE OF | [in red] THE GODS’ | (rule) | The Remarkable Life of | Count Potocki of Montalk | TYPOGRAPHEUM | Francestown, New Hampshire | MCMLXXVIII

<Description> Summer 1978. 60 copies printed letterpress. Numbered and signed by the author. Royal 8vo. Case-bound in a grey paper with a linen back-strip. Titling label on the back-strip. 32 Pages. Illustrated: frontispiece photograph tipped in. Paper: Arches. Text type-face: 10 and 12-point Bembo. Notes to the text. Checklist. Separate prospectus.

Richard Aldington: The Dearest Friend6-a ¶ Richard Aldington: The Dearest Friend, Letters to John Cournos. Introduction and Afterword by R. T. Risk. 1978.

<Title-Page> THE | DEAREST | FRIEND | A Selection from the Letters of | Richard Aldington to | John Cournos | (two fleurons) | Introduction by R. T. Risk | (device) | TYPOGRAPHEUM | Francestown, New Hampshire | 1978

<Description> December 1978. 100 copies printed letterpress. Numbered and signed by the printer. Royal 8vo. Case-bound in quarter line with brown paper sides. Illustrated: frontispiece reproduction of one letter. 32 pages. Paper: Frankfurt. Text type-face: 12-point Bembo. Separate prospectus.

<Annotations> This has eleven letters written by Richard Aldington to his friend, the Russo-American poet and novelist John Cournos, during the First World War. In them he related his experiences at training camp and on the battlefield.

6-b ¶ Richard Aldington: The Dearest Friend, Letters to John Cournos. Introduction by R. T. Risk. 1978.

<Description> The same but ten copies, lettered A to J, for presentation.

7 ¶ Francis Golffing (selected and translated by): Likenesses. 1979.

<Title-Page> [in red] LIKENESSES | Translations by | Francis Golffing | Frontispiece Illustration | by Francis Golffing | FRANCESTOWN | Typographeum | MCMLXXIX

<Description> 1979. 75 hand-printed copies, all numbered and signed by the translator. Royal 8vo. Case-bound in quarter linen with Cockerell marbled paper. Titling label on the back-strip. 24 unnumbered leaves. Illustrated: frontispiece. Errata slip tipped in. Paper: Michelangelo France. Text type-face: 12-point Bembo. Separate prospectus.

<Annotations> Poems in the original languages with a translation for each on the facing pages: Giordano Bruno, Alessandro Tassoni, Metastasio, Vincenzo Monti, Eugenio Montale, Manuel José Othon, Stéphane Mallarmé, Jean Cocteau, Heinrich Heine, Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Rainer Maria Rilke, Georg Trakl, Georg Heym, Ernst Stadler, Günter Eich, Maria Luise Kaschnitz.

8 ¶ R. T. Risk: Dr. Mardersteig, A Memory. 1980.

<Title-Page> DR. MARDERSTEIG | A Memory | (swelled rule) | R. T. Risk | TYPOGRAPHEUM | FRANCESTOWN | 1980

<Description> 1980. 60 copies printed letterpress. Numbered and signed by the author. 16 pages sewn into overlapping wrappers with titling label on the front. Text paper: hand-made from Hayle Mill. Text type-face: 12-point Bembo.

<Colophon> This memory of Dr. Giovanni Mardersteig | has been made, however imperfectly, as an eulogy | for an honored private printer and a fine man. | It was hand-set in Bembo types and printed | letterpress on Hayle paper by the author | in an edition of sixty numbered copies. | FLOREAT TYPOGRAPHIA MIRABILIS | (swelled rule)

9 ¶ Francis Golffing: Women's Movement. 1980.

<Title-Page> WOMEN'S | MOVEMENT | by | Francis Golffing | (fleuron) | Privately Printed | Christmas 1980

<Description> December 1980. 50 copies printed letterpress. 4 unnumbered leaves. Paper: Mohawk Superfine. Text type-face: 12-point Bembo.

10 ¶ Francis Golffing: Women's Movement (Volume II). 1981.

<Title-Page> WOMEN'S | MOVEMENT | (VOLUME II) | by | Francis Golffing | (device) | Privately Printed | 1981

<Description> 1981. 50 copies printed letterpress. Small 8vo. 6 unnumbered leaves sewn and bound in cream paper wrappers with a titling label on the front.

11 ¶ R. T. Risk: Why Potocki?. 1981.

<Title-Page> WHY | POTOCKI? | By R. T. Risk | Francestown |TYPOGRAPHEUM | 1981

<Description> Spring 1981. 100 copies printed letterpress. Numbered and signed by the author. Royal 8vo. Case-bound in off-white linen. Titling label on the back-strip. 60 pages. Illustrated: frontispiece and two plates tipped in. Paper: Teton. Text type-face: 12-point Bembo. Separate prospectus.

<Annotations> This is the account of three visits made by the author to the Villa Vigoni, the Provençal home of the eccentric private printer and poet, Count Potocki of Montalk. It describes why the first visit took place, how the author became involved in the Potockian drama, and what events led up to and followed the inevitable quarrel. It also touches upon such interesting matters as the villainy of the Archbishop of Cant and why the Princess Carmen de Bourbon preferred to pull out grape stumps.

12 ¶ Roger Burford Mason: Up at the Big House. Illustrations by Robin K. Boyd. 1981.

<Title-Page> Up at the Big House | (swelled rule) | A Story by Roger Burford Mason | Illustrations by Robin K. Boyd | [in grey] (device) | Typographeum | Francestown | 1981

<Description> Summer 1981. 80 copies printed letterpress. Numbered and signed by the author. Royal 8vo. Case-bound in quarter cloth with off-white paper sides. Titling label on back-strip. 32 pages. Illustrated: frontispiece and two line blocks. Paper: Teton. Text type-face: 12-point Bembo. Separate prospectus.

<Annotations> Roger Burford Mason edited a magazine for private press printers, Albion. This story was broadcast by BBC Radio Four in the Autumn of 1981.

13-a ¶ Alister Kershaw: Adrian Lawlor: A Memoir. Illustrated by Anthony Palliser. 1981.

<Title-Page> Adrian Lawlor: | A Memoir | by | Alister Kershaw | Frontispiece by Anthony Palliser | Typographeum | Francestown | 1981

<Description> Autumn 1981. 85 copies printed letterpress. Numbered and signed by the author. Royal 8vo. Case-bound in a rose paper with a linen back-strip. Titling label on the back-strip. Illustrated: frontispiece portrait by Anthony Palliser. Paper: Linweave with a deckle fore-edge. Text type-face: 12-point Bembo. Separate prospectus.

<Annotations> Adrian Lawlor was a writer and artist, and Alister Kershaw met him when he was still in his teens. He was delighted to have found in him “a creature more astonishing, more preternatural, than all the rest of Australia's lunatic fauna put together.”

13-b ¶ Alister Kershaw: Adrian Lawlor: A Memoir. Illustrated by Anthony Palliser. 1981.

<Description> The same but a few copies (unknown number) are preserved in a quarter morocco case with marbled papers created by Jelka Kershaw. Gilt titled on the back-strip. Separate prospectus.

1R. T. Risk: Erhard Ratdolt4 ¶ R. T. Risk: Erhard Ratdolt, Master Printer. 1982.

<Title-Page> (within a fleuron border) | [in red] Erhard Ratdolt, | [in red] Master Printer | [in red] by R. T. RISK | (device) | TYPOGRAPHEUM | FRANCESTOWN | MCMLXXXII

<Description> Spring 1982. 100 copies printed letterpress. Numbered and signed by the author. Royal 8vo. Case-bound in quarter linen with light brown paper sides. Titling label on back-strip. 64 pages. Illustrated: frontispiece and three plates. Paper: Linweave. Text type-face: 12-point Bembo. Separate prospectus. Out of print.

<Annotations> This is a biography of a German printer who went to Venice in 1475 at a crucial time in the history of book printing. His contributions to that included the first decorated title-page. His most notable book was the first edition of Euclid's Elementa geometriæ.

15 ¶ Francis Golffing: The Malcontent. 1982.

<Title-Page> The Malcontent | by Francis Golffing | (fleuron) | PRIVATELY PRINTED | 1982

<Description> 1982. 35 copies printed letterpress. 4 unnumbered leaves sewn and bound into light green paper wrappers with a titling label on the front.

16 ¶ Lawrence P. Spingarn: The Belvedere. Illustrated by Richard C. Walsh. 1982.

<Title-Page> The Belvedere | by | Lawrence P. Spingarn | Illustrated by Richard C. Walsh | TYPOGRAPHEUM Francestown | 1982

<Description> Autumn 1982. 175 copies printed letterpress. Signed by the author and the illustrator. 8vo. 16 pages sewn and bound in tan paper wrappers with a titling label on the front. Illustrated: frontispiece line drawing. Text paper: Linweave with a deckle fore-edge; Cover paper: Fabriano Ingres. Separate prospectus.

17-a ¶ Alister Kershaw: The Beginning and the End. Illustrated by Alannah Coleman and Anthony Palliser. 1983.

<Title-Page> THE BEGINNING | AND THE END | COLLECTED POEMS | Alister Kershaw | (fleuron) | TYPOGRAPHEUM | Francestown | 1983

<Description> Spring 1983. 100 copies printed letterpress. Signed by the poet. Royal 8vo. Case-bound in a burgundy cloth from Van Heek. 96 pages. Paper: Linweave with a deckle fore-edge. Text type-face: 12-point Bembo; display face: Cochin Open.

17-b ¶ Alister Kershaw: The Beginning and the End. Illustrated by Alannah Coleman and Anthony Palliser. 1983.

<Description> The same but 20 copies, number I to XX, and bound by Jelka Kozmus in black half morocco with marbled sides. Titled in gilt on the back-strip. Top edge gilt. Dark green end-papers.

17-c ¶ Alister Kershaw: The Beginning and the End. Illustrated by Alannah Coleman and Anthony Palliser. 1983.

<Description> The same but five copies, lettered A to E. Bound by Jelka Kozmus in full morocco. (Not seen.)

18 ¶ Theodora Gay Scutt: Potocki: A Dorset Worthy?. 1983.

<Title-Page> Potocki: | A Dorset Worthy? | by Theodora Gay Potocka | (fleuron) | TYPOGRAPHEUM | Francestown, New Hampshire | 1983

<Description> Summer 1983. 100 copies printed letterpress. Signed by the author. Royal 8vo. Case-bound in a green cloth from Van Heek. Titling label on the back-strip. 48 pages. Illustrated with a frontispiece and three plates, including a map drawn by Ray Parsons. Paper: Linweave with a deckle fore-edge. Text type-face: 12-point Bembo. Separate prospectus. Out of print.

<Annotations> In the early 1960s Count Potocki went to Dorset to give some much needed help to his daughter, Theodora, and her adoptive mother, Violet Powys. They moved together to a five-acre property, near the village of Plush, called Lovelace's Copse, where began a fateful train of events. In his characteristic way Potocki wrote about what he thought happened. But here in this account Theodora gives her own very different version. What began with high hopes ended in failure and in the loss of everything. With Potocki involved, could it have been otherwise?

19 ¶ Omar S. Pound: Saint Erkenwald. Woolmer/Brotherson Ltd. Revere: 1983.

<Title-Page> Saint | Erkenwald | (swelled rule) | Omar S. Pound | WOOLMER/BROTHERSON LTD. | Revere, Pennsylvania

<Description> November 1983. 300 copies printed letterpress. Signed by the poet. 24 pages sewn and bound in overlapping wrappers with titling label on the front. Text paper: Linweave; cover paper: Fabriano. Text type-face: 12-point Bembo. Separate card prospectus.

Alister Kershaw: Salute to Roy Campbell20-a ¶ Alister Kershaw (edited by): Salute to Roy Campbell. 1984.

<Title-Page> [in maroon] Salute to Roy Campbell | (swelled rule) | Edited and translated by Alister Kershaw | (swelled rule) | Catherine Aldington Anna Campbell Lyle | Richard Aldington Rob Lyle | Henri Chabrol Frederic Mistral, neveu | Lawrence Durrell Cilette Ofaire | Armand Guibert Maurice Ohana | Alister Kershaw Alan Paton | Uys Krige William Plomer | Laurie Lee Charles de Richter | Wyndham Lewis F.-J. Temple | Dylan Thomas |TYPOGRAPHEUM | Francestown: 1984

<Description> 1984. 200 numbered copies printed letterpress. Royal 8vo. Case-bound in a red cloth from Van Heek. Titling label on the back-strip. 128 pages. Illustrated with a frontispiece and five pages of plates. Paper: Linweave with a deckle fore-edge. Text type-face: 12-point Bembo. Separate prospectus.

<Annotations> This is a revised and much expanded version of a book published in French in 1958, Hommage à Roy Campbell. It was a labour of love for both the editor and printer.

20-b ¶ Alister Kershaw (edited by): Salute to Roy Campbell. 1984.

<Description> The same but twenty copies, numbered I to XX. Superbly bound by Jelka Kershaw in scarlet morocco with marbled sides. Titled in gilt on the back-strip. Top edge gilt. Dark red end-papers.

21 ¶ Roy Campbell: ‘Mass at Dawn.’ Music by Christopher Connolly. 1984.

<Title-Page> (device) | ‘Mass at Dawn.’ | A poem set to music by | Christopher Connolly | TYPOGRAPHEUM | Francestown: 1984

<Description> August 1984. 80 copies printed letterpress. Signed by the composer. 16 pages sewn and bound in overlapping paper wrappers. Text paper: Linweave with a deckle fore-edge; Cover paper: Fabriano Artistico and India Office from J. Barcham Green (hand-made). Separate prospectus.

22 ¶ Omar S. Pound: Siege Lucknow 1857. Woolmer/Brotherson Ltd. Revere: 1984.

<Title-Page> SIEGE | LUCKNOW 1857 | (two fleurons) | OMAR S. POUND | WOOLMER/BROTHERSON LTD | Revere, Pennsylvania

<Description> November 1984. 210 copies printed letterpress. Signed by the poet. 8vo. 6 unnumbered leaves sewn and bound in overlapping paper wrappers. Text paper: Linweave with a deckle fore-edge; Cover paper: Fabriano. Text type-face: 12-point Bembo. Colophon: “210 copies, of which 100 are for sale, hand-set | and printed letterpress by R. T. Risk at Frances- | town, New Hampshire, and completed during | November, 1984. The paper is Linweave; the | cover is Fabriano; the type-face is Bembo. D.G..” Separate announcement card (prospectus).

23 ¶ A. F. Roberts: Poems. 1984.

<Title-Page> POEMS | by A. F. Roberts | (fleuron) | Privately Printed | 1984

<Description> November 1984. 75 copies printed letterpress. 8vo. 12 unnumbered leaves sewn and bound in tan overlapping paper wrappers with a titling label on the front. Paper: Linweave with a deckle fore-edge. Text type-face: 12-point Bembo.

24 ¶ Francis Golffing: New Poems. 1984.

<Title-Page> NEW POEMS | Francis Golffing | (two fleurons) | Privately printed: 1984

<Description> 1984. Unknown number of copies printed letterpress. Small 8vo. 8 leaves sewn and bound in gold paper wrappers. Titling label on the front. Paper: Linweave. Text type-face: 12-point Bembo.

25 ¶ Francis Golffing: Seven Poems of Georg Trakl. 1985.

<Title-Page> SEVEN POEMS | of Georg Trakl | Translated by Francis Golffing | (fleuron) | Privately Printed | 1985

<Description> June 1985. 60 copies printed letterpress. 8 unnumbered leaves sewn and bound in grey overlapping paper wrappers with a titling label on the front. Paper: Linweave with a deckle fore-edge. Text type-face: 12-point Bembo.

2George Dunning Gribble: Scarecrows6 ¶ George Dunning Gribble: Scarecrows, A Dialogue. Introduction by Guy Gribble. 1985.

<Title-Page> SCARECROWS | A DIALOGUE | by George Dunning Gribble | (swelled rule) | With an Introduction by Guy Gribble | (device) | TYPOGRAPHEUM | Francestown: 1985

<Description> Winter 1985. 75 copies printed letterpress. Numbered. Royal 8vo. Case-bound in a green cloth from Van Heek. Titling label on the back-strip. 32 pages. Illustrated: frontispiece portrait. Paper: Linweave with a deckle fore-edge. Text type-face: 12-point Bembo; display: Cochin Open. Separate prospectus.

<Annotations> This is a play which was performed over BBC Radio and in a French translation over Radio Geneva. Gribble preferred the stage and his first play to be produced in London was in 1926. Later he had some success on Broadway. His son recounts his life in the Introduction: “After the [First World] war he remained in Rome, which was then full of American and British writers. He lived in picturesque splendour in the Torre dei Capocci, a medieval tower, that was always full of friends or friends of friends listening to and participating in the entertaining conversations which stretched through the meals improvised by my mother.”

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