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Eric Ravilious: Landscape, Letters & Design
by Anne Ullmann, Christopher Whittick and Simon Lawrence

The acclaim which met
Ravilious at War has spurred the preparation of a companion volume showing all Ravilious' murals and painted work which he produced upto the outbreak of war in 1939. Ravilious at War began with the group of six paintings of chalk figures in landscape settings, and it is appropriate that the new book ends with this group, a high-point and at the same time, turning-point in Ravilious' career. The text is comprised of selected correspondence: from Ravilious' early art school days (when his irrepressibly humorous friend Douglas Percy Bliss wrote to fill him in with news of college life), through friendships with Cecilia Dunbar Kilburn, Helen Binyon, Edward Bawden, Percy Horton, John and Christine Nash, and many more (some more intimate than others). The letters relate a little less directly to the paintings than in Ravilious at War, but give us a very good view of the artist's life in all its aspects. A separate prospectus is available while supplies last.
The book is a phenomenal 528 pages in two volumes, and contains about 300 images with 180,000 words. The collected letters give a deep and honest insight into Ravilious' personality and his perception of his world, and also give us a broader understanding of the 1930s, with the inexorable progress to European war. Of course for many people, the illustration of every known painting by this unique artist with a great many associated images, is what they will initially buy the book for, and this aspect alone makes the book so important. It has been a profound pleasure to publish this collection of words and images. Reviewing the book in the
Times Literary Supplement, January 30th 2009, Miles Symner wrote: 'the care that has been devoted to designing and producing these two revelatory volumes matches that evident throughout Eric Ravilious's work. The result is enchantment.' Paul Johnson's assessment in The Spectator (March 21st 2009) was that 'It is one of the most remarkable books ever produced on an English artist.'
Two volumes bound in coloured cloth with a gilt spine, 528 pages printed in Sheffield by J. W. Northend Fine Print, with twelve tipped-in plates, bound by and housed in a slipcase made by the Fine Book Bindery in Wellingorough, price £355 (postage £14).
Out of print.


Long Live Great Bardfield, & Love to You All
The Autobiography of Tirzah Garwood

edited by Anne Ullmann

Planned for seven or eight years, this is be a monumental production based on the Autobiography which Tirzah Garwood, the wife of Eric Ravilious, wrote when she was coming toward the premature end of her life. Tirzah has a facility in her writing for perceptive observation of the world around her, and I would happily rate her story alongside Gwen Raverat's Period Piece, while being substantially longer and more detailed. The section on life in Great Bardfield during the 1930s, among the unique artistic community is a fascinating first-hand, slightly detached account of a precious and outstanding group of artists.
The text has been transcribed from a number of Tirzah’s handwritten notebooks, and edited by her daughter Anne Ullmann; she has in addition written a separate critical study of Tirzah's work, which will be published after this volume (in a further separate volume, since the Autobiography is very substantial, and demands wide-ranging illustrations of work other than Tirzah's own).
Writing in
The Times, which printed a full page review on April 21st 2012, John Russell Taylor wrote 'Long Live Great Bardfield is the latest in a distinguished line of books from Simon Lawrence's Fleece Press. The design and workmanship are, as ever, exquisite, and the text is of absorbing interest. . . . This belated encounter is a delight from every point of view.'
304 pages, bound in quarter patterned paper (designed by Tirzah) with a cloth spine and paper label, there are 550 copies, of which 475 were for sale. Out of print.
I ofen feel that books I publish have been a privilege to bring into the world,
Long Live Great Bardfield being no exception.
A custom-made slipcase can be purchased from Chris Shaw, 01280 848818, or e.mail

Out of Sorts: A bookplate engraved by Lucien Pissarro
Rod Fursman

Lucien Pissarro's own engraved bookplate with his name and address set in his Brook typeface survives in a printer's iron chase, though one piece of type has been lost and another letter substituted (hence the title). This nine-page letterpress booklet is set in Gargoyle type (a close match to Pissarro's Brook face), and printed on 40 year old Barcham Green handmade paper, with a print of the bookplate, as well as a photographic record of the chase and block. Published with Lott Rare Books, 120 copies (55 for sale from each of us), price £25 (net),
just out of print..

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Mr Kilburn's Calicos
William Kilburn's fabric printing patterns from the year 1800, by Gabriel Sempill and Simon Lawrence

Printed, bound and published at breakneck speed to coincide with World of Interiors' extensive feature on this book (October 2014 issue; the feature covered five pages), this is the full reproduction of a very important pocket book once owned by the great fabric designer and printer, William Kilburn (1745-1818). Hitherto known only for his highly elaborate and sumptuous chintz designs which are in the Victoria and Albert Museum, this pocket book includes 62 basic units for patterns which could be built up and repeated on a larger scale for dress material. It is a most exciting find, and Kilburn included notes of variant colourways and orders; the notebook's subsequent use by a great grandson as a child's scrapbook ensured its survival.
The book comprises a letterpress introduction, with the entire notebook being reproduced in the second half. There is a separate booklet of 16 patterns printed full-page, made up from Kilburn's original units by Sholto Drumlanrig, and both the book and booklet are housed in a beautiful solander box. There are three variant bindings of quarter cloth with one of three different Kilburn patterned papers over boards.
Shown above are the the detailed pattern units from William Kilburn's album, as a composite image.
Winner of the Fine Bindings and Limited Editions section of the British Book Design & Production Awards, awarded on Thursday 25th November, 2015 in London.

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Ravilious for Curwen
An edition of one of his best engravings, printed from the block

The original block of Eric Ravilious' jazzy, geometric cover engraving made in 1933 for the Curwen Press News-Letter No. 6 (printed 1934), now printed in a first ever edition of 120 copies, housed in an accompanying letterpress booklet. The original block was used to make the print, while the original Curwen electrotype was printed as the booklet's frontispiece, and each copy hand-coloured to match the original pale blue used at the Curwen Press. There is a short letterpress text, and stunning marbled wrappers by Jemma Lewis.

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Think of it as a Poster
by Brian Webb

The Leslie Cole book described on the previous page was issued with the added bonus of a free not-quite-a-miniature book, published in the summer of 2010, which gives background on the brilliant use of wood engravings and linocuts in British stamps. Brian Webb has worked with the Post Office on numerous stamp designs, with artists including Clare Melinsky and Andrew Davidson, both of them included here. 9000 stamps have been tipped-in to the books. The standard copies contain 17 actual stamps dating as far back as 1963, and are hard-bound in a lovely patterned paper based on a design by Clare Melinsky; all sold out, I'm afraid.
100 special copies are housed in an oak tray and replica postbox lid made by Stephen Byrne, which have extra pages, and include 44 original stamps, as well as stamps by Andrew Davidson, Clare Melinsky and John Lawrence
printed especially for this book. All sold, alas.

Thomas Bewick's Last Days
with a Commentary by Iain Bain

Aware that his final days were approaching, Thomas Bewick made a journey – only his second – to London in 1828 in order to dispose of remaining stocks of his books, and to see old friends. The journey began on his 75th birthday, and within three months he had died. He wrote the account of his journey on a single small piece of paper, and his daughter Jane later pasted it into a bound set of corrected proofs of her father's
Memoir. Iain Bain, renowned scholar of all that is Bewick, has added a prefatory note and fascinating commentary bringing Bewick's account to life.
200 copies have been printed, all bearing one engraving by Thomas Bewick (his silhouette portrait of his friend Robert Pollard) printed from the block, and of these, 100 have an extra TB engraving, of his smaller version of
Waiting for Death, printed by Iain Bain from the original block for the book. The standard copies carry this engraving but only in reproduction; Iain Bain has also signed each special copy of the book under TB's own facsimile wood-engraved signature, printed from the block. All copies are bound in quarter cloth and a wonderful marbled paper made by Antonio Velez Celemin for the book; the special copies are housed in a Cheviot tweed pouch made for the book by Sally Lucas.
This is a small book of 34 pages with six tipped-in illustrations, as well as a hand-coloured title page and I am thrilled by the way everything has fitted together. Standard copies were £84 (and the specials were £165).
Postscript: sadly this was Iain's last book. Our greatest Bewick scholar died in April 2018 and is much missed.

Tone, texture, light & shade
A Barnett Freedman picture album
Introduced by Ian Rogerson

Ian Rogerson’s 2005 book on Barnett Freedman for the Press was, astonishingly, the first since Barnett’s death in early 1958. It covered his graphic work, and sold out on publication. Since that time a good deal of material has been discovered which must be shared with those who love Barnett’s work, which you will find here. There are wonderful ephemeral items, photographs of his posters on hoardings and on display in Lyons Corner Houses, paintings in public ownership, very good student work from the early 1920s when at the third attempt he gained a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, and these are shown along with a number of the very best images you saw in the first book – which would be naturally expected to be here. Ian Rogerson has written a short Introduction to this new picture-book of Barnett’s work.
All 330 copies contain an original tipped-in lithographic illustration from one of Barnett’s books, and of these, 90 special copies are accompanied by an original lithographic Christmas card: these are among the most keenly-collected examples of his work. The book runs to about 160 pages of images, with ten folding tipped-in illustrations, some letterpress; it is printed on the final stock of high-quality Parilux paper by J. W. Northend, Sheffield. All copies are quarter bound in cloth and a truly stunning Freedman patterned paper. Flamboyance is the remit. Out of print.

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Transferware Treasures
25 watercolour paintings of nineteenth century pottery by Emily Sutton

Emily Sutton has made a series of watercolours of the pottery – plates, mugs and jugs – found on her dresser. They are a charming set, full of the quaint and fascinating subjects which the Victorians felt appropriate, mostly for the moral benefit of their children. The paintings are delightful and quickly sold at the York Open Studios weekend in 2014.
I am delighted to publish these together in a very long accordion-fold book measuring 275 mm square and extending to a gigantic 8 metres long. They are hard-bound in a design using the watercolours, and held in a slipcase with a label, shown above. Emily has drawn a title page specially for the book, and signs each of the 250 copies. Emily's career is taking off, and as one critic recently wrote to me,
by common consent she is an exceptional artist, and particularly in illustration.
The book was published at Emily's November 2014 show at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, price £165. Out of print.

When I was a Lad at the Bodley Head
Five Ravilious electrotypes rescued by Peter Guy

Out of the blue in 1999 our much-missed friend Peter Guy posted me a letter with five electrotypes of engravings by Eric Ravilious he had saved from the furnace while a young man working at the Bodley Head. They were used in the Nonesuch edition of Gilbert White's
Natural History of Selborne. Four are hand-printed here in a small booklet with letterpress text, bound in marbled wrappers by Jemma Lewis. 90 copies, £42 each (£35 trade), plus £2 postage. Sold out.

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John Swarbrick's List of Wharfedale Flies, 1807
with an introduction by Leslie Magee

Trout fishermen using fishing flies carefully made from feathers to imitate tasty insects have for centuries favoured the River Wharfe for their sport, standing in deep pools to cast their line upstream; John Swarbrick's
List of Flies for the River Wharfe, written in 1807, existed only as manuscript copies passed down within local families until it was printed in 1907, but copies of this are excessively rare. The list is the earliest one which gives details of the dressings for the flies, and their uses. The descriptions nicely suited a miniature book, almost one to a page, with each fly (there are 30) photographed and reproduced on fold-out pages printed by J. W. Northend. There are several illustrations by Joan Hassall; and Leslie Magee, who is a well-known expert on Yorkshire fishing flies, has provided an introduction.
Printed at the Fleece Press in 7pt Monotype Garamond set by Harry McIntosh in Edinburgh, on blue 1950s handmade paper, bound in marbled paper made in 1995 by Compton Marbling.
There is only one miniature book in the world which also bears actual fishing flies, and
Swarbrick's List of Wharfedale Flies is the second. Each standard copy has one fly sewn into a recess in the back board and one sewn into the front board, and 100 deluxe copies show all thirty in a specially-constructed binding design made by Ken and Joyce Smith, my co-publishers, housed in an oak box made by Stephen Byrne. 260 standard copies (£64; all sold) and 100 specials (£485, a few available), split equally between Ken Smith Publishing and the Fleece Press. A prospectus with a sample image, though fewer details than here, is also available.

Simon Lawrence, The Fleece Press, 95 Denby Lane, Upper Denby, Huddersfield HD8 8TZ
Telephone 01226 792200