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Typographeum Bibliography (Part 4)

This is a listing of the ephemeral pieces I printed over the years, including the only thing I ever did on someone else's press. Occasionally I took requests from friends, or invited them to print themselves using my press.

87 ¶ Terry Risk (printer): Thomas Carlyle: To-day. 1973.

<Description> August 1973. 60 copies printed letterpress. Signed and numbered. Single sheet printed on one side. Laid in brown wrappers, folded over and printed on the front. 10¼ x 8 inches. Type-face: 18-point Baskerville.

<Annotations> This was the result of my first—and only—tutorial on the art of letterpress printing. It was kindly provided by Alex Frizzell, a bookseller, who had his own private press, The Castlelaw Press. He lived in a beautiful home not too far from West Linton, Scotland, and had installed there two fine presses, an Albion and an Arab. The latter was much easier to use and that was the one he usually chose, so it was the one I used too. But first he showed me the layout of the type-case and had me distribute some type, then I set this poem and printed it.

88 ¶ Terry Risk (printer): The New Hampshire Antiquarian Booksellers Association: Book Fair. 1976.

<Description> November 1976. Single card announcement printed on one side. 3½ x 5½ inches.

Thomas Dekker: A Cradle song89 ¶ Thomas Dekker: A Cradle Song. Music by Keith Kibler. 1978.

<Title-Page> A Cradle Song | by | Thomas Dekker | Music by | Keith Kibler | (floral device) | TYPOGRAPHEUM | Francestown, New Hampshire | 1978

<Description> 1978. 100 copies printed letterpress. 6 unnumbered leaves sewn into cream card covers, cut flush. 4½ x 2½ inches. Illustrated: lino-cut hand-colored by the printer. Hand-set in Bembo typeface.

<Annotations> This was my contribution to a printers' exchange, An Infant's Library, organized by the Private Libraries Association. I sent 70 of the copies. They were gathered with the booklets from about thirty other private press printers and preserved, beautifully, in a mahogany box with a sliding front.

90 ¶ R. T. Risk (printer): Oxford University Society of Bibliophiles: [Programme]. 1978.

<Title-Page> (Decorative heading) | (quotation from George Gissing) | (decorative tail piece)

<Description> [September?] 1978. Number of copies not stated. Printed letterpress. 2 unnumbered leaves, folded. Light blue card stock, folded once. 6 x 4 inches. Type-face: Bembo.

<Annotations>The Society of Bibliophiles at Oxford University offered its members, both undergraduates and professors, a distinguished series of lecturers and book-related visits. From the beginning it became customary to ask private press printers to do cards announcing the programme for each of the three academic terms: Hilary, Trinity and Michaelmas. Over the years many printers participated, and the cards they produced showed their individual styles. I was asked twice. This is the first. The second was in 1993. I was the only American printer to be included.

91 ¶ Francis Golffing (translator): Marie Luise Kashnitz: Unsaid (Nicht gesagt). 1979.

<Description> 1979. 12 copies printed letterpress. 2 unnumbered leaves. 9½ x 6¼ inches. Text type-face: 12-point Bembo.

<Colophon> Twelve copies hand-set & printed | letterpress by R. T. Risk | From Likenesses by Francis Golffing | Copyright 1979 | TYPOGRAPHEUM | Francestown, N.H.

92 ¶ Edward Thomas: The New House. 1979.

<Description> August 1979. 60 copies printed by David Risk (with help). Single card printed on both sides. The initial letter printed in blue. 6 x 4 3/8 inches. Signed.

<Colophon> Sixty copies handset by David Risk | and printed letterpress as a | souvenir of the visit of: | David Risk Inge Risk | Julie Risk David Risk II | Helen Risk Reta Risk | to Terry Risk at the Stone Cottage | Francestown, New Hampshire | 26-29 August 1979

93 ¶ Albion: [Prospectus]. [c. 1980.].

<Description> Undated. Prospectus printed on one side. The title is printed in blue. 8½ x 5½ inches. Number of copies not stated.

<Annotations> Albion was a magazine for private press printers published in England by Roger Burford Mason. I wrote for it occasionally.

R. T. Risk: The Life and Death of Nicolaus Jenson94 ¶ R. T. Risk: The Life and Death of Nicolaus Jenson. 1983.

<Title-Page> THE LIFE AND DEATH OF | Nicolaus Jenson | by R. T. Risk | The story of an early printer | who became rich and famous, | and including why he was sent | on a secret spy mission for the | King of France | (line block illustration) | TYPOGRAPHEUM | Francestown, New Hampshire | 1983

<Description> November 1983. 150 copies printed letterpress. 12 pages sewn. Illustrated: two line-blocks. Printed in Bembo types.

<Annotations. > 125 copies of this were my contribution to the fifth printers' exchange organized by the Society of Private Printers [Private Libraries Association]. They were shuffled with about 27 others from private press printers in Europe, North America and Australia. The collection was preserved in a cloth slip-case. The subject was Chap-Books, i.e. anything having to do with printing.

95 ¶ Terry Risk (printer): [Wheeler Visit]. 1984.

<Description> August 1984. Single card printed by Harrison Wheeler (with help) on one side. 3 x 4 5/8 inches. Number of copies not stated.

<Annotations> A few copies printed to remember the visit of my sister, Deanna, and her son, Harrison, here on August 11th.

96 ¶ Francis Golffing: The Walkers. 1984.

<Description> February 1987. 25 copies printed letterpress. Single sheet printed on both sides. 11¼ x 8¾ inches. Text type-face: 12-point Bembo.

97 ¶ James Joyce: Quotation from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. 1985.

<Description> August 1985. 15 copies printed in sepia and a device in yellow. Broadside: 11 x 8 inches.

<Colophon> [In sepia] Fifteen copies of this broadside were | hand-set and printed letterpress by R. T. Risk | for Alan W. Armstrong, 18 August 1985. | FLOREAT TYPOGRAPHIA MIRABILIS | This is copy ...

98 ¶ Richard Rooke: A Visit from a Mountain. 1988.

<Description> [Summer] 1988. 10 copies printed by Richard Rooke (with help). 4 unnumbered leaves sewn into wrappers, cut flush and printed on the front. 6½ x 4¼ inches. Text type-face: 12-point Bembo.

<Annotations> This was written after a walk up the nearby Crotched Mountain. Richard thought he might like to try printing it himself, and he did so on my Chandler & Price treadle platen press.

99 ¶ Francis Golffing: Finger Exercises (II) 1990.

<Description> February 1990. 15 copies printed letterpress. Broadside: 11 ¼ x 8 inches.

<Colophon> For Barbara on Her Wedding Anniversary | Fifteen copies printed by R. T. Risk | Francestown, New Hampshire: February 1990

100 ¶ A.W.A. [Alan W. Armstrong]: “I like it.” 1992.

<Description> Poem printed on single sheet. 10 x 6½ inches. Paper: Frankfurt cream.

101 ¶ Spencer Brown: Au Soir, A La Chandelie. Illustrated by Jocelynn Hallen. 1993.

<Description> February 1993. 35 copies printed letterpress. Broadside: 11¼ x 8½ inches. Single leaf printed on both sides. Illustrated by Jocelynn Hallen. “A Valentine to | Elizabeth Boyle Brown | 1988”.

102 ¶ R. T. Risk (printer): Oxford University Society of Bibliophiles: Programme. 1993.

<Title-Page> Oxford University | Society of | Bibliophiles | (fleuron) | PROGRAMME | Trinity Term | 1993

<Description> Spring 1993. Number of copies not stated. Printed letterpress. 4 unnumbered leaves printed on cream card stock, folded once. 6 x 4 inches. Typeface: Bembo.

103 ¶ Francis Golffing: Neobule's Soliloquy. 1993.

<Description> October 1993. Unstated number of copies. Printed letterpress. 1 leaf tipped into brown overlapping wrappers. 4 x 5½ inches. Typeface: 12-point Bembo.

Alexandra Herring: Horse Feathers104 ¶ Alexandra Herring: Horse Feathers. Illustrated by Sharon Julie Pipe. The Strawberry Press [Paul W. Nash]. Islip: 1993.

<Title-Page> HORSE | FEATHERS | by Alexandra Herring | Illustrated by Sharon Julie Pipe | [in dark brown] (wood-cut) | The Strawberry Press 1993

<Description> 1993. 5 copies printed letterpress. Lettered A to E. 10 unnumbered leaves sewn and case-bound with sides of a marbled paper made by R. T. Risk. 7¾ x 5½ inches. Illustrated with 4 wood-cuts printed in dark brown. Paper: Gampi Vellum. Capitals in gold.

<Colophon> 46 copies of Horse Feathers by Alexandra Herring | have been hand set and printed by P.W.N and H.M.P. at the Strawberry Press, Islip. Of 41 cop- | ies on Zerkall mould-made paper, 35 are numbered | 31-5, and 6 are are lettered c and are reserved for the | Adored Copyright Libraries. There are also 5 copies | on Gampi Vellum, with capitals in gold, lettered | A-E: these copies are specially-bound using a paper | marbled by R.T. Risk of Francestown | New Hampshire. | [in dark red] (press-mark) | This copy is number B

<Annotations> This was an unusual collaboration with a remarkable private printer colleague and friend, Paul W. Nash. At the time, in 1993, I had bought, or made, all the equipment, chemicals and inks to do marbling, and I was experimenting with them. One particular set of papers ended up covering a booklet of poems by Dean Lakin (see item number 60). I probably mentioned this to Paul, and we agreed I should make a few sheets for this book as well.

105 ¶ Tyler Adams Dalley: Prayer of Faith. 1993.

<Description> December 1993. Number of copies not stated. Printed letterpress by Dalley (with help). 4 unnumbered leaves sewn into light green overlapping wrappers, printed on the front. 9 x 5¾ inches.

106 ¶ Todd Ryan Boss: Life Raft. 1994.

<Description> August 1994. 12 copies printed letterpress by Boss (with help). 2 unnumbered leaves. Tipped into overlapping tan wrappers, printed on the front. 6¼ x 9½ inches. Text type-face: 12-point Bembo.

107 ¶ Francis Golffing: Object Lesson. 1997.

<Description> September 1997. 35 copies printed letterpress. One unnumbered leaf, printed on both sides. Laid in blue wrappers with a titling label on the front: 6½ x 5 inches. Text type-face: 12-point Bembo.

108 ¶ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: The Arrow and the Song. 2000.

<Description> December 2000. 35 copies printed letterpress. Single leaf printed on both sides. Laid in brown wrappers, folded over, with a titling label on the front. Paper: Frankfurt Cream.

<Colophon> 35 copies hand-printed by Terry Risk | for Mit Boyle as a gift for her friends | Francestown, December 2000 | (fleuron)

109 ¶ Dibyajyoti Sarma: Invitation. 2002.

<Description> December 2002. 80 copies printed letterpress. Two leaves sewn into overlapping dark green wrappers with titling label on the front.

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