Posts Tagged ‘Old Stile Press’

Fleece, Old Stile Presses Receive Design Awards

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

The British Book Design and Production Awards, rife with awards to big names in publishing like Thames and Hudson and Phaidon, also has two of FPBA’s press members as winners:

sensuous_linesSensuous Lines, “A Catalogue Raisonne of the intaglio prints of John Buckland Wright,” won the “Best British Book” category for Fleece Press. The images were assembled by Christopher Buckland Wright, the artist’s son, who gathered together surviving copper plates left in the artist’s studio at the time of his death. Not surprisingly, the most deluxe edition of the book is already sold out.

the_third_thingA selection of poems with woodcut images by Ralph Kiggell, The Third Thing, was the winner for The Old Stile Press in the Limited Edition and Fine Binding category.

–Bob McCamant

30 Years of Old Stile Press Archives go to Lilly Library

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Nicolas and Frances McDowall at the Old Stile Press in Llandogo (north of Bristol) pass on the good news that their archives have been bought by the Lilly Library at Indiana University, Bloomington. Old Stile Press has been publishing limited edition books for 30 years, so the archive will be a considerable record of the press’s activity. The McDowalls indicate the deal was arranged by Julian Rota, of Bertram Rota Booksellers, who have been longtime supporters of the press. You can read the full story on the Old Stile Press blog. Congratulations, Nicolas and Frances! This is an important moment in the history of any press.

Take a minute to ‘flip through’ their most recent publication (From and Almanack, 1726) and find out all about the press and their books (which they’ve been publishing for 30 years) here.

— Paul Razzell

FPBA members exhibit their works at the Bath Literature Festival

Monday, February 1st, 2010

A number of FPBA members will be showing their artists’ books, calligraphy, and prints during the Bath Literature Festival at the Gallery in Chapel Row, Bath from February 13 to March 2, 2010. The list of exhibitors includes Susan Allix, Olivia Clifton-Bligh, Gwasg Gregynog, Impact Press, Incline Press, Inky Parrot Press, Spoon Print Press, Mintyfresh (Kate Holland), Andy Moore, Old School Press, Old Stile Press, p’s & q’s press, Whittington Press, Woodcroft Press, and engraver Neil Bousfield.

A big thanks to Frances McDowall of the Old Stile Press for the tip. — Paul Razzell

Old Stile Press to launch Sir Peter Shaffer’s Equus at the London Art Book Fair

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009


This morning I received an exciting announcement from Frances McDowall of the Old Stile Press in Monmouthshire. Frances writes,

‘We now have an advance bound copy of Equus — the powerful play by Sir Peter Shaffer which has recently been staged in London and on Broadway — and here it has images by Clive Hicks-Jenkins.  The details of the edition — and how the book came about — are on our blog. We do not have the bound version of the Special Edition to show you but we attach a photograph of the extra ‘goodies’ which will go into the drop-back box with the book itself, which will be the same as the main edition. [These extras include] an articulated maquette with a second version for you to make up should you so wish; a signed, original preparatory drawing; and an original linocut also signed by Clive Hicks-Jenkins. [Shown here.]


We will launch the book at The London Art Book Fair at the Whitechapel Gallery on 25 September and would like to give anyone who we think might be seriously interested in the Special Edition (10 copies only) the opportunity to be in touch with us before we go there. We are very excited about the whole production and hope that you may share that excitement.  Since we first worked with Clive on The Affectionate Shepherd we have loved his imagery and his approach to the marriage of text and image; you might enjoy looking at the range of magnificent work on his website.’

Above: Equus image by Clive Hicks-Jenkins courtesy of Old Stile Press. Read about — and see more of Old Stile Press’s Equus here.

— Paul Razzell