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ran the seventh
Fine Press Book Fair

on 5th and 6th November 2005


Gregynog Letterpress Prize
won by Susan Allix

An important new event at the 2005 Fair was the Gregynog Letterpress Prize offered for the best book printed letterpress since the last Fair. We were fortunate to have as judges the author and lecturer on letterpress, David Jury, the book dealer, Anthony Garnett, and printer at Gwasg Gregynog David Vickers. John Randle, President of the FPBA, made the presentation on behalf of Gwasg Gregynog to the winner Susan Allix, for her book Through Closed Doors.




The FPBA extends its thanks to the Directors of Gwasg Gregynog for sponsoring this prize.


The Judges' Choice Awards

Three people from the world of books nominate five books that they particularly like from the books on show and published since the last Fair. The judges are free to adopt whatever criteria they choose: fineness of printing, excitement, value for money, binding, use of materials, typography . . .  it's up to them. Our brave judges this time round were printer and collector Jaap Schipper, printer and bibliographer Paul Nash, and book dealer Toby English.

The five winners (in alphabetical order) were:

Barbarian Press for Hoi Barbaroi: a quarter-century at the Barbarian Press.

Incline Press for Peggy Angus: Art for Life by Carolyn Trant.

Kickshaws for Many Thanks by John Crombie.

Midnight Paper Sales for Mayflies of the Driftless Region by Gaylord Schanilec & Clarke Garry.

The Old School Press for The Bricks of Venice by Peter Harris.

Lecture programme
11am : Miles Wigfield on 'Delusions of grandeur - a biographical ramble through The Reading Room Press'
Drawn by a love of typography, Miles Wigfield launched himself down the slippery slope in a serious way by buying an Albion and some type, and founding the Reading Room Press, in the wild belief that he could make it as a private press publisher.
12am : Michael Mitchell on 'Why even private presses need good typography'
(to be confirmed)
1pm : Jeremy Greenwood on 'Edward Bawden - master of the linocut'
Edward Bawden was a prolific painter and a designer of book illustrations, murals and advertising material. He was also a dedicated printmaker throughout his life, producing lithographs, copper engravings and, particularly, linocuts. The Wood Lea Press has just published Edward Bawden: editioned prints. Jeremy will give an illustrated talk on Bawden's prints together with a brief survey of his book illustrations.
2pm : Jasia Reichardt and Nick Wadley on 'Gaberbocchus Press & the Themersons'
They took the name from Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky and between 1948 and 1979 published 60 books touched by the same unexpected originality. The aim was to produce best lookers rather than best sellers, and their authors included: Apollinaire, Jarry, Queneau, Russell, Schwitters, Stevie Smith.
3pm : Ann Muir on 'Paper marbling'
Ann Muir has built a reputation as one of the country’s leading marblers, her designs appearing in the fittings of well-appointed homes as well as on the covers of fine press books. She will be talking about marbling and giving a demonstration.


Dealers exhibiting

Peter Barnitt



Scott Brindred

Collinge and Clark

The Coupland Collection

Claude Cox

Toby English

Forest Books



Carol Manheim


Printed Works

Michael Taylor Rare Books

Thomas Thorp

A and J Tucker

Geraldine Waddington

.Veronica Watts


Roger Ballantyne Way.

Presses exhibiting

Alembic Press

Susan Allix

Avenue Press

Babel, Germany

The Bamboo Art Studio, Italy

Barbarian Press, Canada

Bonnefant Press   Celtic Cross Press

Enitharmon Press

Evergreen Press

Ken Ferguson

First Folio Cards

Fleece Press

Fox Ash Press

The Gabriel Press

Gehenna Press, USA

Graven Image Press

Gwasg Gregynog Ltd

Hand and Eye Editions

The Happy Dragons' Press

Hedgehog Press

Hill Press, USA

Hirundo Press, Germany

Impact Press

Incline Press

Inky Parrot Press

Sarah Jarrett-Kerr & Jane Kennelly

Kickshaws, France

Simon King Press

Richard Lawrence

Lone Oak Press, USA

MK Publishers, Russia

Midnight Paper Sales, USA

Nahanni Productions, Canada

Nikodim Publisher, Russia

The Old Forge Press


The Old School Press

The Old Stile Press

The One Time Press

p's and q's Press

Parvenu Press

Piccolo Press

The Press on Scroll Road

The Primrose Academy

The Rampant Lions Press

Red Fox Press

Red Hen Press

Right-Hand Press

Redlake Press

Right Hand Press

Sherwin Beach Press, USA

Spoon Print Press

Strawberry Press

Talk Sense Press

Tern Press

Tideline Press, USA

Alan and Joan Tucker

Verdigris Press, France

Whittington Press

Woodcraft Press

The Wood Lea Press

Yellow Fox Press   The Yew Tree Press

Suppliers exhibiting

Stephen Conway (Bookbinders) Ltd

Harmatan Leather Ltd

J Hewit and Son Ltd

Chris Hicks -  Bookbinder

Ann Muir Marbling

Paper Resources Ltd

John Purcell Paper

Salisbury Bookbinders

Shepherds, Bookbinders

Societies exhibiting

Designer Bookbinders


Fine Press Book Association

Oxford Scribes

Society of Bookbinders

Society of Woodengravers

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