Archive for the ‘broadsides’ Category

Have you had your apple today? How about your Sappho?

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

This afternoon I was looking at the many delicious ephemeral items that were included in the deluxe edition of Parenthesis 21 and thought I would share one with you: this is Richard Seibert’s ‘Sappho, 2’ broadside. (The broadsheet is too big for my scanner, so you don’t see the bottom half of the sheet, which shows a Sappho poem set in Matthew Carter’s Wilson (Greek types) en face with Seibert’s English translation set in Mark van Bronkhorst’s Verdigris type.) Such a handsome piece of work!


An apple a day is a fine thing — and so is a daily dose of Sappho. Here is Sappho by way of Richard Seibert:


Leave Crete and come to me in this

Holy cleft; find welcome

In this apple thicket, in this sacred

Hearth, in this mist of incense,


Where cool water trickles

Through apple boughs,

In this young place,

Shadowed by murmuring leaves,

Where trance reigns down,


In this stallion-feeding ground

Where spring flowers bloom

With gentle scent […


[  …  ]


& wholly here, you] …. [Love,

Drink gently from golden cups,

And feed on what the Gods eat.


Huge thanks to Richard Seibert for this translation and for his generous contribution to the deluxe edition of Parenthesis 21. The image is copyright 2011 by Fritz Springmeyer. Printed by Richard Seibert in an edition of 115 for the fall 2011 issue of Parenthesis.


— Paul Razzell


The printed broadside from 1450 to 1830: a symposium

Monday, June 29th, 2009

This interesting symposium was recently announced on HoBo: the website for History of the Book events and resources throughout the UK. It takes place November 14 in Oxford, so it might be something to take in after the Oxford Fine Press Book Fair.

‘The Centre for the Study of the Book at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford is holding a symposium on the early-modern broadside in the age of its digital reproduction. Printed for display purposes (typically on one side of a single sheet), the broadside arguably addressed a wider audience than any other publication of the handpress period. Broadsides were advertisements, religious indulgences, political addresses, civic discourses, aids to pedagogy, ballads and other forms of entertainment. This symposium will explore how the broadside demarcated or connected both public and private worlds and popular and learned cultures. What is recovered of the broadside and its world through digitization, and what remains to be reconstructed? What is its place in the histories of collecting, literacy, popular culture and antiquarianism? Abstracts of 200 words describing papers of 25 minutes are invited on any aspect of the world of the broadside, from Gutenberg until the end of the handpress period (c.1830). Send abstracts by July 20 to

Conference organizers: Giles Bergel (Merton College); Alexandra Franklin (Centre for the Study of the Book, Bodleian Library)’

— Paul Razzell