Books & Pamphlets



Takao Tanabe: Sometime Printer

Robert R. Reid. 2010

Third in our series on Printing and the Book Arts. The book is filled with his keen artistic and typographic style, with 156 pages of reproductions of book pages and job printing and 19 tip-ins, all in full colour. The first edition will be printed in very low numbers, with 70 copies being produced. 7 copies remaining.


Belinda, or the Rivals

A.S.H. (Abraham S. Holmes). 1970 (Originally published in 1843)

With introduction by Prof. Carl F. Klinck. Sixteen period water colours of Chatham area from originals in the Public Archives of Canada. Numbered & signed by pressman, typesetter, designer & binder. Limited to 400 copies slip cased. Printed letterpress in Palatino on Strathmore Natural Art Parchment. Illustrations lithographed by four-colour process on Phototext. 154pp + colophon. 8 copies remaining.

A tale of coquetry, set in Chatham, Ontario, of Miss Belinda Howard, her charms and her pursuers. Considered the first Canadian satirical novel, Belinda deals with Canadian life in the 1840’s in Upper Canada.



In Praise of Scribes (De Laude Scriptorium)

Johannes Trithemius. 1977

(Originally published in 1494) Translated by Elizabeth Bryson Bongie and edited with an introduction by Michael S. Batts. Limited to 485 numbered copies. Handset in Caslon by Cobblestone Press & printed by members of the Alcuin Society on Cortlea Cover. 62pp + colophon.

John of Trittenheim, at the tender age of twenty-one, became abbot of the monastery of Sponheim in 1465 and began to build a library which reached 2000 volumes by 1505. During these years printing began to replace scribes. Trittenheim wrote his book as a gentle plea that the art of handwriting should not be neglected. His thoughts are as relevant in the computer age as they were 500 years ago.



In Praise of the Book, being a facsimile of important articles and pages about books taken from Amphora 1965 – 1990

Edited by Barbara Hemphill and Jean MacDonald, designed by Gwen Murray with Don Atkins as printer and guiding spirit. 1992

Printed in two colours on acid free Teton Text with a wrap around cover on indigo Teton Cover. Limited to 200 copies. Perfect bound. 100pp.

Silver anthology of articles and illustrations chosen from issues of Amphora. A treasury of interesting, humourous, scholarly, informative, opinionated articles on books and those who make them, buy them, love them and treasure them.


The Alcuin Society: A Compilation of its Publications from 1965 to 1998

Compiled by Jim Rainer. 1999.

Text type is Minion and display type is Alcuin, designed for the Alcuin Society by Gudrun Zapf von Hesse. Paper is Fusion Cream printed & bound by Benwell-Atkins Ltd. Cover was typeset and printed letterpress by Stuart Isto. Limited to 300 unnumbered copies. 84pp + colophon. 14 copies remaining.

A compilation of publications produced by the Alcuin Society from its founding in 1965 to November 1998, including books, chapbooks and pamphlets, keepsakes and broadsides, ephemera and Amphora, the Society’s journal.


Chapbooks and Pamphlets


Chapbooks and Pamphlets

Thoreau MacDonald: Canada’s Foremost Book Illustrator

Terry Stillman. 2005.

A tribute to Thoreau MacDonald with a checklist of the Woodchuck Press & select works by Thoreau MacDonald. Printed letterpress at Blackstone Press on Mohawk Superfine Text. Limited to 350 copies, 100 stitched (all sold) & balance stapled. 32pp of which 14 are woodcut examples. 6″ x 9″.


Keepsakes & Broadsides

Alcuin’s Epitaph

Geoffrey Spencer. 1969.

To give a flavour the first four lines read: “O tarry for a moment here / and on my message ponder: / My destiny your own reflects, / all beautys doomed to fading.” Calligraphy by Ann Tresize. Lithographed on Curtis Tweedweave. Text in two colours. 20″ x 13″.


Song of the Queen Bee

Written by E.B.W., who is presumed to by E. B. White, & originally published in the New Yorker. 1969.

A sense of the lilt and humour can be felt in the first verse of eight: “When the air is wine & the wind is free / and the morning sits on the lovely lea / and sunlight ripples on every tree / then love in the air / is the thing for me / I’m a bee / I’m a ravishing, rollicking young queen bee / that’s me.” Scripsit by Ann Tresize. Lithographed on Curtis Tweedweave in two colours. 20″ x 13″.


Some Observations on the Colophon

Geoffrey Spencer. 1972.

A monograph on the history of the colophon. Included are specimens colophons in five categories. Compiled and annotated by Geoffrey Spencer. Designed by Martin Jackson. Lithographed in two colours on assorted coloured papers. 21 loose sheets in wrap around folder forming a booklet. 7 1/4″ x 7 1/4″. Only one copy left!