The Typographeum Bookshop

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Typographeum Bibliography (part five)

Finally, below is everything related to my bookselling. Also included are the end of the year greetings I sent to friends.

109 • Terry Risk: On My Print-Shop. 1977.

«Title-Page» On My Print-Shop | Terry Risk: | [line block illustration] | Privately Printed | FRANCESTOWN | Christmas 1977

«Description» Christmas 1977. About 100 copies. 8 unnumbered leaves sewn into parchment overlapping wrappers. Printed in sepia on the front. 6¼ x 4½ inches. Illustrated: design printed from a line block: on page [1].

«Colophon» About 100 copies | hand-set & hand-printed | in twelve-point Bembo | by Terry Risk: | for his friends | this Christmas 1977 | DEO GRATIAS | [line block device]

Terry Risk: Hand-printed publications110 • Terry Risk: Hand-printed Publications. 1978.

«Title-Page» Hand-printed publications available from: | TYPOGRAPHEUM | [4 fleurons] | Typographeum was founded in 1976 | as the private press studio of R. T. Risk. | It is dedicated to the traditional art of hand-printing | with a splendid antique Chandler & Price | crown folio treadle platen press. | FLOREAT TYPOGRAPHIA MIRABILIS | The Stone Cottage | FRANCESTOWN | New Hampshire | Spring 1978

«Description» Spring 1978. Number of copies unknown. One sheet folded once, 8½ x 5½ inches.

«Annotations» This is the first of three general announcements I sent out in my catalogues listing already published and forthcoming books. The others were issued in 1979 and 1994.

111 • Terry Risk: [Greeting]. 1978.

«Description» December 1978. Number of copies unknown. Card folded once. 6¼ x 4½ inches. Device printed in green: page [3].

«Colophon» Hand-set in Bembo types | and printed letter-press | by Terry Risk: | for his friends this | December 1978 | WITH BEST WISHES | for | CHRISTMAS | and the | NEW YEAR | [device in green]

112 • Terry Risk: [Greeting]. 1979.

«Description» December 1979. 60 copies printed on hand-made paper from J. Barcham Green. One sheet folded twice. 6¼ x 4½ inches. Paper: Charter Oak, hand-made. Type-face: Bembo.

113 • Terry Risk: [Greeting]. 1980.

«Description» Christmas 1980. 50 copies. Card folded once. 5½ x 4 inches. Illustrated: design printed from a line block and hand-colored by the printer: page [1].

114 • Terry Risk: [Greeting]. 1981.

«Description» Christmas 1981. 50 copies. About 5½ x 4¼ inches. Folded twice. Illustrated: engraving printed from a line block: on page [1]. Paper: hand-made by Terry Risk. Type-face: Bembo.

Terry Risk:: Christmas Greeting 1981<Annotations> The paper for this I made myself at the mill belonging to Dr. Gil Desmarais, then at Framingham, Massachusetts. We met after he set up his wife, Rebecca, as a bookseller by buying the entire stock and mailing list of a retiring colleague in southern Vermont. Eventually they came to visit me and were impressed by my letterpress operation, so I invited them to spend a day setting type and printing which they did. Evidently the experience was motivating because Gil began to search for and buy old presses, and before long he filled up his large garage with them, including several like my own and an impressive Heidelberg. Once that was done it may have seemed logical to make paper as well. Essential to that was a massive machine called a beater. He saw one advertised for sale in New York State, so he rented a flat-bed truck and, together with a helper, drove over and picked it up. But on the motorway coming back it began to slide off which provoked a good deal of alarm. They only just managed to get it home. Two other necessary pieces of equipment were the deckle and mould. They were not nearly as big, but they too had an interesting story. Apparently at the time the only source for such things was the renowned papermakers, J. Barcham Green in Kent, England. So Gil commissioned them to make a set for him, hand-made of mahogany and brass. Further, the watermark, woven into the mould, was designed by the famous artist, Barry Moser. Because Gil guessed I might be interested, he invited me to try my hand. This is how I had my first, and only, experience of making paper. I quickly picked up the knack of dipping into the vat, catching enough of the fibers, and shaking the mould so they were distributed evenly. However, standing by the vat was not entirely pleasant. The noise from the beater was deafening, and water from it slopped over onto the floor. Soon my shoes were soaked. And since everything was in an annex to the garage, where there was no heat, that added to the discomfort. By the end of the day, I had made about 100 sheets which was evidently a unique achievement, for it seems I was the only one actually to have made paper at the Desmarais mill. The long-term results were unsatisfactory too, because the cotton rag fibers were not properly de-acidified and the paper has become severely foxed over the years. Whatever became of the mill, and all the machinery, has remained a mystery.

115 • Terry Risk: [Greeting]. 1982.

«Description» Christmas 1982. 50 copies. Heavy paper folded twice. 5¼ x 4 inches. Deckle edges. Decorative frame printed from a line block; text printed in red: on page [1].

116 • Terry Risk: [Greeting]. 1983.

«Description» Christmas 1983. 60 copies. One sheet folded twice. 5½ x 4 inches. Illustrated: drawing printed from a line block: on page [1].

117 • Terry Risk: [Greeting]. 1984.

«Description» Christmas 1984. Number of copies unknown. Card folded once. About 5½ x 4¼ inches. Device on page [3] printed in grey.

Terry Risk:: Christmas Greeting 1985118 • Terry Risk: [Greeting]. 1985.

«Description» Christmas 1985. Number of copies unknown. Card folded once. 6 x 4½ inches. Text printed in sepia and the border in red.

119 • Terry Risk: [Greeting]. 1986.

«Description» Christmas 1986. Number of copies unknown. Card folded once. 6¼ x 4½ inches. Border printed in purple. Paper: Fabriano. Type-face: Bembo.

120 • Terry Risk: [Greeting]. 1987.

«Description» December 1987. Number of copies unknown. Card folded once. 6 x 4¼ inches.

Terry Risk:: Christmas Greeting 1988121 • Terry Risk: [Greeting]. 1988.

«Description» Christmas 1988. Number of copies unknown. Card printed on both sides. 4¼ x 6 inches. Initial letter printed in red.

122 • Terry Risk: [Greeting]. 1989.

«Description» Christmas 1989. Number of copies unknown. Single card printed on both sides. 6 x 4 3/8 inches. Initial name and colophon printed in red.

123 • Terry Risk: [Greeting]. 1990.

«Description» Christmas 1990. Number of copies unknown. Single card printed in sepia ink on both sides. 6 x 4 3/8 inches.

124 • Terry Risk: [Greeting]. 1991.

«Description» Christmas 1991. Number of copies unknown. Single card printed on both sides. 6¼ x 4 3/8 inches.

125 • Terry Risk: [Greeting]. 1992.

«Description» December 1992. Number of copies unknown. Card folded once. 4¼ x 5½ inches. A piece of marbled paper made by Terry Risk and tipped in: page [1].

«Annotations» The marbled paper was made by me. It was one of the experiments I tried at the time.

R. T, Risk: Self-Portrait at Fifty126 • R. T. Risk: Self-Portrait at Fifty. 1993.

«Description» June 1993. 35 copies. 2 unnumbered leaves sewn into overlapping rose wrappers with a titling label on the front. 4½ x 4¾ inches. Text paper: Linweave with a deckle fore-edge; cover paper: Fabriano. Text type-face: 12-point Bembo italic.

«Colophon» [fleuron] | Thirty-five copies printed by Terry Risk: | for my friends on becoming fifty. | Francestown: 25 June 1993

127 • Terry Risk: [Greeting]. 1993.

«Description» December 1993. Number of copies unknown. Card folded once. 4½ x 6 inches.

128 • Terry Risk: [Greeting]. 1994.

«Description» December 1994. Number of copies unknown. Single sheet with deckle edge tipped to blue heavy stock. 4½ x 6¼ inches. Printed in blue on both sides.

129 • Terry Risk: [Greeting]. 1995.

«Description» December 1995. Number of copies unknown. Single tan card folded once. 6¼ x 4½ inches. Printed in sepia ink and with a gilt initial letter.

130 • Terry Risk: [Greeting]. 1996.

«Description» Christmas 1996. Number of copies unknown. One sheet of paper, folded once. 6¼ x 4½ inches. With a piece of Thai Unryu paper tipped inside. Text printed in sepia.

Terry Risk:: Christmas Greeting 1997131 • Terry Risk: [Greeting]. 1997.

«Description» December 1997. Number of copies unknown. Single sheet folded once. 4½ x 6¼ inches. Device printed in red: on page [1].

132 • Terry Risk: [Greeting]. 1998.

«Description» Christmas 1998. Number of copies unknown. Single card. 4½ x 6 inches. Printed in black and red on one side.

133 • Terry Risk: A 15th Century Astronomical Table. 1999.

«Description» December 1999. Number of copies unknown. One sheet printed on both sides and laid in brown wrappers. Titling label on the front. 5½ x 4½ inches. Illustrated: astronomical table printed from a line block: on page [2].

134 • Terry Risk: [Greeting]. 2000.

«Description» December 2000. Number of copies unknown. Card folded once. 4½ x 6¼ inches. Illustrated: tapestry printed on a laser printer and tipped in: on page [1].

«Annotations» The illustration is of a Dutch tapestry from the 15th Century, “Figures in a Rose Garden.” It was found on my new computer and marked a change in my life, although I continued letterpress printing for some years still.

135 • Terry Risk: [Greeting]. 2001.

«Description» December 2001. Number of copies unknown. Card folded once. 6¼ x 4½ inches. Illustrated: from a laser printer and tipped in: page [1].

136 • Dibyajyoti Sarma: Invitation. 2002.

«Description» December 2002. 80 copies. Two leaves sewn into overlapping dark green wrappers. 6¼ x 4½ inches. Titling label on the cover. Paper: Frankfurt Cream. Type-face: Bembo.

«Description» A poem by an Indian friend issued as an end of the year greeting.

Terry Risk:: Definite Purposes137 • Terry Risk: Definite Purposes. 2004.

«Description» December 2004. 50 copies. Two unnumbered leaves tipped into light grey wrappers. 6 x 4½ inches. Illustrated: black & white photograph laser printed and pasted to the front.

138 • Terry Risk: Patience. 2005.

«Description» [December] 2005. 45 copies. 2 leaves plus decorative end-papers sewn into overlapping wrappers. Printed on the front. 6 x 4½ inches.

Terry Risk:: Bookselling Catalogues139 • Terry Risk: [Bookselling Catalogues]. 1976-99.

«Description» 89 catalogues. Usually 16 or 20 pages, initially sewn into wrappers, then eventually stapled. 8½ x 5½ inches. The titles on the covers were often printed in color. Illustrations were sometimes added.

«Annotations» I issued my first catalogue in June 1976 and continued for about 25 years, printing four a year. For the first 18 I chose a half-dozen or so brief quotations from some of the books I was offering and put these on the covers. This became onerous and beginning with number 19 I printed a simple title and number. So there were 89 catalogues set by hand and printed letterpress. After 2000, when I had a computer, I did a few more on that. The computer changed other things as well, because selling online became possible and eventually I gave up issuing catalogues altogether.

140 • Terry Risk: Occasional List Number One. 1976.

«Description» December 1976. Number of copies unknown. Four unnumbered pages. 11½ x 7½ inches.

«Annotations» This occasional list had a different format and included only 50 items. I don't believe I ever repeated such a solicitation.

141 • Terry Risk: [Solicitations]. Undated.

«Description» Issued at various times. Number of copies unknown. Two versions. Single sheet printed on one side. 8½ x 5½ inches.

«Annotations» Occasionally I printed these general solicitations which I laid in my current bookselling catalogue.

142 • Terry Risk: [Movie Leaflets]. Undated.

«Description» Issued at various times. Number of copies unknown. 10 leaflets listing various movies for sale. 8½ x 5½ inches. Mostly printed two sides on one sheet.

143 • Terry Risk: [Mailing Label]. Undated.

«Description» Mailing label printed in sepia on one side of gummed paper stock. 4¼ x 5½ inches. Printed as needed.

144 • Terry Risk: [Bookmark]. Quotation from Edmund Gosse. Undated.

«Description» Printed as needed, at various times. Number of copies unknown. Printed in sepia on single side. 6¼ x 1¾ inches, with bottom cut at angles. Illustrated: design printed from a line block.

145 • Terry Risk: [Compliments Card]. Undated.

«Description» Issued at various times. Number of copies unknown. Several versions printed in black or blue. 3½ x 5¾ inches.

146 • Terry Risk: [Telephone Number]. Undated.

«Description» Issued at various times. Number of copies unknown. Single card printed in sepia on one side. 3 x 4¼ inches.

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Now that you've gotten this far, I thought I'd add one more thing. It is an article I wrote long ago for my friend and colleague, Roger Burford Mason, who for a while published a magazine, Albion, from his home at 26 West Hill, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England. The magazine was styled “A Journal for Private Press Printers,” although actually it was a mimeographed, stapled production, certainly unworthy of the subject (later, with a new format, it improved a bit). I tried to be supportive by writing for it occasionally, and once I sent out an announcement to my bookselling customers (see number 93, above) in an effort to find new readers. So for the second number of volume 2, August 1978, I submitted this story about visiting two private press printers.

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Several months back, during April and May, I did quite a bit of unaccustomed travelling. My trips took me to several places in New England, and to Old England as well. The first journey was westward to Vermont and New York. Now, I hasten to add New York is not properly in New England, and the real native would be aghast at any suggestion that it is. Still, I like to think I took some New Englander's chivalry with me when I went there, and so I will stretch a point. In any event, among the people I visited, there were two remarkable, but very different, printers, Leonard Seastone and Claude Fredericks. That I had the opportunity to meet them was a great treat for me.

Leonard Seastone and his Tideline Press is in Tannersville, New York. To get there I had to drive along the Hudson River heading south towards New York City, but then turning off into the Catskill Mountains which are certainly a great change from the dull river valley. Suddenly I was running up steep grades, rounding tortuous hair-pin bends, and staring down precipitous cliffs at cascades of water far below. Tannersville turned out to be a rather nondescript village deep in the Catskills; very much the Rip Van Winkle place if ever there were one. Leonard's home had nothing proclaiming it as a bastion of find printing, but then, if we weren't mostly backroom or basement printers, we wouldn't be printers at all. In this case, everything was in the basement. The printing office was in a small room divided from the larger area, and there pleasantly installed were the single Washington hand press, a large humidor, some cases, and a small work bench. Leonard, I soon discovered, is an artist, and that in combination with real skill in handling his marvellous old press, enabled him to produce some superb designs. One lovely woodcut of an abstract design, for example, was inked with a single perfect stroke of the roller using a shading of blues and greys to wonderful effect. He naturally chooses the finest hand-made paper, which he damps and leaves unpressed. His printed impressions are perhaps too deep for some tastes, but one is happy to grant him this technique in his art, Beside being an excellent artist and printer, Leonard is a good person and I enjoyed my long chat with him. He is in his early twenties, and we can look forward to much fine work from him in the future.

Claude Fredericks in Pawlett, Vermont, is in a very different world altogether. This is the real New England, and one can feel the difference after leaving New York. Here the mountains are gentle and rolling with valleys that seem to enjoy their ample sweep. Things are tidier and there is a respectable distance between villages and farms. I found Claude Fredericks at the end of a long dirt road that wound up a hillside covered with trees. I particularly remember the sight of his beautiful colonial home which sits apart from the trees in a field that tilts gradually uphill. I had not seen the house from the main road in the valley below, but then one usually has one's sights fixed on the lowly things anyway.

The house seemed deserted and at first I despaired of meeting my second printer. However, after some heavy knocks on the back door, something inside stirred and soon I was conducted into what I can only a Nirvana. The interior austere and spare; there was nothing but a few large, very green and luxuriant plants, a low divan and a simple white rug. There was no sign of electric lights, no printer's mess, no telephone, nothing. I sat on the rug with Claude Fredericks to consume with him small sandwiches and tea which he had miraculously fetched from some obscure place in the house. We talked about printing and look at some of his stunning books. The story of Claude Fredericks hints of great interest, but one does not come to know too much too quickly. As eager as I was, for example, to see the press-room that came only after tea and sandwiches had leisurely been disposed of. The printing office actually adjoins the main entrance hall of the house. It was similarly well-organised with an obvious aspiration to asceticism. The press was a standing treadle platen, a Golding 10 x 15 inch, if my memory is correct. I was surprised to see it attached to a motor. Claude Fredericks does not dampen his papers, but his impressions seemed as fine as Leonard Seastone's, and as fine as any I've seen. Like Seastone's—and the comparison is inevitable for me—the right-hand margins were not justified. Fredericks is not an artist, but he uses his printing with an extraordinary artistic sense. What he prints is, like himself, temperate and simple, although being such they achieve a stylishness and grace.

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