The Splendour of a Morning, by C.P. Cavafy, Barbarian Press (2016)

Constantine P. Cavafy (1863-1933) is generally considered to be the greatest Greek poet of modern times and one of the most influential poets of the previous century. Cavafy was born in 1863 in Alexandria, Egypt, and spent most of his life there, though he did live in England for much of his adolescence, “developing a command of the English language and a preference for the writings of Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde.” … Continue reading The Splendour of a Morning, by C.P. Cavafy, Barbarian Press (2016)

The Ingoldsby Legends: A Gallimaufry, by Richard Barham, Barbarian Press (2015)

Knowing that a Barbarian Press book is slated to show up in the mailbox in the coming days is tortuous. Like a small child when the gates of Disneyland open, I sprint to the mailbox to be the first in line. The postman leaves, I open my box, short of breath, and….nothing!  Damn, I have to wait another 24 hours! Finally, the day arrives. As I begin tearing open the box, … Continue reading The Ingoldsby Legends: A Gallimaufry, by Richard Barham, Barbarian Press (2015)

The Eve of Saint Agnes, by John Keats, Barbarian Press (2003)

For a man that lived for just a bit more than 25 years, John Keats (1795-1821) has become one of the most influential and popular English poets of all-time.  Together with Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron, Keats brought the English Romantic movement to its peak. He remains one of the most read of all English poets, despite having only written poetry for six years, none of which resulting in sales … Continue reading The Eve of Saint Agnes, by John Keats, Barbarian Press (2003)

The Play of Pericles Prince of Tyre, by William Shakespeare, Barbarian Press (2009)

{Ed. Note: This is a reprint of an article published in September 2011, though updated with new photographs. This edition remains one of my favorite all-time fine press works. You really have to see it and feel it to understand the height it reaches! It is a tactile tour-de-force.} Barbarian Press’s publication of William Shakespeare‘s The Play of Pericles Prince of Tyre, is one of the … Continue reading The Play of Pericles Prince of Tyre, by William Shakespeare, Barbarian Press (2009)

Endgrain Editions Four: Simon Brett – an Engraver’s Progress, Barbarian Press (2013)

Barbarian Press recently published the latest in their ground-breaking Endgrain Editions (EE) series, Endgrain Editions Four: Simon Brett – an Engraver’s Progress.  For those not aware of the Endgrain Editions series, it is a series of works dedicated to wood engraving with each volume showcasing selected works of a single engraver, printed from the original blocks, with an introduction and a catalogue of major works. The first of this series, on … Continue reading Endgrain Editions Four: Simon Brett – an Engraver’s Progress, Barbarian Press (2013)

A Look at Shanty Bay Press

{Ed. Note: Thank you to Walter Bachinski and Janis Butler for their many replies with information and pictures. Also to Crispin Elsted for his many comments, and to Eyal Reingold and Elizabeth Bosman for their comments. Lastly, putting this article together shows me, yet again, how invaluable a resource ‘Parenthesis’ is, so please support FPBA and subscribe  to ‘Parenthesis’!} Shanty Bay Press is a private … Continue reading A Look at Shanty Bay Press

The Seasons: Four Bagatelles, Barbarian Press (2013)

The Seasons: Four Bagatelles to Pass the Time of Year was envisoined by Crispin and Jen Elsted of Barbarian Press as “a small project for the press when two or three larger projects were still in preparation and some way from being ready to start, we set out to collect four little anthologies of favourite poems about the four seasons.” I was excited to get this set of four pamphlets, … Continue reading The Seasons: Four Bagatelles, Barbarian Press (2013)