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I write about books that interest me, and books I have published.

How to publish your letterpress poetry book and some things to avoid doing

Why letterpress works so well with poetry book publishing Poetry books and letterpress printing are meant for each other.  I have learned that through the work I have done to typeset, letterpress print and hand bind books for people across the United States.  When my customers approached me they had two primary concerns: letterpress printing will […]

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Linotype photo

Letterpress isn’t just for wedding stationery: how hot metal typesetting can improve all letterpress printing

Unique, distinctive beauty drives revival of interest in letterpress printing The revival of interest in letterpress printing, after the market for letterpress work nearly vanished a few decades ago, can be attributed primarily to couples recognizing the beauty and distinction letterpress printing adds to wedding invitations.  This has been well and good for the old black […]

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American-made Kluge press

Kluge Press used to print letterpress books

I thought some of you might be interested in seeing a video of one of my Kluge presses — the workhorse of my press room — in action.  These American-made presses are marvels to watch in action; a genuine symphony of gears and cams and arms and rollers, all choreographed to the pumping and blowing vacuum pump. […]

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Text and sketch from 33 Dunstan Houses book by Fermin Rocker

How 33 Dunstan Houses book by Fermin Rocker came to be published

Fermin Rocker looks at life with Rudolf and Milly Rocker Years back I had the opportunity to meet Rudolf Rocker’s son Fermin while I was visiting Valerio Isca at his apartment in New York City.  During our visit, I learned that Fermin had written a manuscript about life with his parents in England in the […]

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Life In the Back Shop: Stories about old newspaper back shops

Life In The Back Shop: how this book came to be published

Letterpress printers in old newspaper shops Funny, isn’t it, how life sometimes falls into our laps?  We’re just living and suddenly life isn’t the same anymore.  That’s how it came to be that I published a book about letterpress printers in old newspaper shops. I was asked to answer some questions that Robert MacGregor Shaw […]

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Nationalism and Culture dust jacket

Nationalism and Culture, Rudolf Rocker’s greatest book available, but only limited supply remain

Nationalism and Culture: Rudolf Rocker’s masterpiece This, truly, is the magnum opus of any existing edition of Nationalism and Culture. Using the first English language translation of Nationalism and Culture, I added an extensive bibliography of Rocker books, pamphlets and articles as well as a listing of major libraries with their Rocker-related holdings.  This material makes the book […]

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