Fine press books have remained popular among rare book collectors since the genre emerged in the late nineteenth century. William Morris, who came up with the concept of fine press, wanted to recall the golden days of printing and publishing. Fine press books embody artistic taste and beauty.
Shanty Bay Press of Ontario has certainly maintained Morris ideals. Established in 1996, the press is devoted to publishing livres dartists; that is, books where the text and illustrations contribute equally to the book design and aesthetic. Janis Butler is the mastermind behind Shanty Bay Press type-setting, presswork, and binding, while Walter Bachinski is responsible for illustrations.This month weve added a few items from Shanty Bay Press to our inventory.
Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite
Translated by Susan C. Shelmerdine, this piece features a preface by Bachinski. With 3 full-page pochoir illustrations and 3 two-colour woodcuts by Bachinski, Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite is handset on Somerset Satin paper 250 gsm using Bembo type. Only 100 copies were printed.