BALCH & BALCH

Since April 2019 we have been representing several ‘private presses’ from around the UK. The books are letterpress printed, and are produced using traditional book crafts. They cover an eclectic range of subjects, and are beautiful, handcrafted books from the following ‘private presses’:

Old Stile Press (Llandogo)

Incline Press (Oldham)

Paekakariki Press (London)

Five Seasons Press (Hereford)

Hand & Eye Press (London)

Fine Press Poetry (Rochdale)

St James Park Press (London)

Strawberry Press (Moreton-in-the-Marsh)

MKB Editions (Hereford)

The Old School Press (Bath)

Woodcraft Press (Kent)

Tudor Black Press (France)

Extraordinary Editions (London)

From April 2020 we will working on exhibitions that show the process of making books using traditional techniques and materials. Our first exhibition in this series will be on An Albion in the Antarctic, a very special book published by James Freemantle of St James Park Press, London.

The book (and the exhibition) tell the story of Aurora Australis, the first book written, printed, illustrated and bound in Antarctica during Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Nimrod Expedition, 1907-9. Printed during the Antarctic winter months on an Albion Press – cast forty years before Aurora Australis was printed on Shackleton’s Albion – in Founders 14pt Caslon Old Face, on smooth white Zerkall watermarked paper 145gsm (320 x 245mm). Featuring a relief print frontispiece by Paul Kershaw and numerous colour plates, as well as original Abbey Mills Greenfield watermarked specimen paper. Bound by Roger Grech, with a repeat pattern cover, housed in a cloth covered solander box. (59pp). The edition is limited to 40 numbered copies only, individually numbered in stencil on the Fabriano endpaper. 

We work with our friends at Ludlow Bookbinders to produce a range of bespoke notebooks.

We also present work from other friends of The Story of Books in the printing, paper and binding trades including: Alan Kitching (London), Typoretum (Coggeshall), Stan Lane (Gloucester), Dennis Gould (Stroud), Kenneth Burnley (Merseyside), Berrington Press (Rowlestone), Eckehart SchumacherGebler (Dresden, Germany), Raoul Veroni (Buenos Aires, Argentina, The Folio Society (London), Roger Gaskell (Crickhowell), Hay Festival Press (Hay-on-Wye), Mostly Flat (Brampton Bryam), Cleeve Press (Leicester), First Folio (Oxford), Nomad Letterpress (Gloucestershire), Whittington Press (Gloucestershire), Maureen Richardson (Brilley), and Graeme Hobbs (Cusop).

Our next HAY WAYZGOOSE is on Saturday 28th March, 10am-3pm, at The Story of Books, 20 Castle Street, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5DF. Free event, all welcome. Ken Burnley will be printing on our Titan treadle press, and as usual we will have live music from Alan and Simon, and printers’ pie made in Hay by Bernie. For more details, please contact Emma Balch: info@thestoryofbooks.com