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Letterpress books–because real books matter

Rediscovering genuine letterpress There has been a quiet renaissance in letterpress printing–a renaissance that has been particularly vibrant in the United States and across Europe.  And while letterpress printing remains a niche part of the full printing industry, the appeal of letterpress has driven the price of old printing presses to unrecognized heights.  Jon Vost […]

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Joseph Ishill remembered

Joseph Ishill broadside available

Broadside honoring Joseph Ishill, renounded printer and publisherhttps://www.letterpressbookpublishing.com/product/i-have-remained-a-poor-devil/ A printing legend Joseph Ishill, one man alone in his home shop, working nights and weekends with his beloved press, turned out some of the finest books published in America.  His books [and his pamphlets and other emphmera] are rare because he printed only a few of […]

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Me and My Likker

Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton’s final wishes

Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton’s Last Will and Testament Because of my interest in Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton, I requested a copy of his “Last Will and Testament.”  What a document!  Short, to the point and no-holds-barred. He directed that there be no obituary in “any newspaper.”  He further ordered that “My body be placed in my casket […]

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Printers’ fair in Mt. Pleasand Iowa

Printer’s Fair a magnet for letterpress enthusiasts With the Printers’ Fair coming this weekend [September 17-19, 2015] in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, I am reminded of a wonderful trip I made to Iowa many years back to attend Linotype University One, conducted by Larry J. Raid and Bud Lang in Denmark, Iowa.  Both men were wonderful […]

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Me and My Likker

Me and My Likker: Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton booklet

Pamphlet lambastes Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton’s persecutors When I was introduced to Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton via a newspaper article, I was shamed at the way Federal agents hounded this man to his death.  So I wrote a pamphlet about him and his moonshine career.  Little did I know at the time how much interest there would […]

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My Dogs: Professors of Life

My Dogs: Professors of Life–pamphlet discusses life lessons our dogs can teach us

Cover photo of letterpress pamphlet A couple days back I began telling a little about how the booklet Is Today A Good Day To Die. came to be written and published.  I will get back to that little book in a few days.  As I was thinking about that publication, another that I published several […]

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Is Today A Good Day To Die

Is Today A Good Day To Die? Thoughts on mortality and life’s lessons.

Letterpress printed pamphlet dealing with mortality and living life right Mortality began to loom before me While I won’t go into the contents of my pamphlet Is Today A Good Day To Die–at least not today–I can explain how it came to be.  I was working in the maintenance department at St. Paul Academy and […]

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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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