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1c_schelle
jan 9, 2020, 6:35am

I just found a Kickstarter for Edgar Allan Poes The Masque of the Red Death by the No Reply Press (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/237275479/the-masque-of-the-red-death?ref=u...). Has anybody of you heard of the before or owns/seen one of their books in person? As their books look quite interesting I backed the Hardbound Collector tier.

2MobyRichard
jan 9, 2020, 11:25am

>1 c_schelle:

Never heard of them, but pricing looks good.

3ultrarightist
jan 9, 2020, 11:07pm

I've never heard of them, either. Looks like they have been in operation for a year or less. I'm willing to give them a chance. I pledged as a Hardbound Collector, giving me four hardbound titles. Thanks for bringing them to the group's attention.

4wcarter
jan 10, 2020, 12:28am

I went the whole-hog, and ordered the leatherbound edition. I am a sucker for leather.
May order more from them after I see this edition in six months.
Thanks for the link >1 c_schelle:

5kermaier
jan 10, 2020, 12:37am

Looks very interesting, seemingly in a similar vein to the Thornwillow Press offerings (albeit without their track record).
I’ve pledged for a hardbound copy, which I hope will make a nice companion to my copy of the South Street Seaport Museum Press edition of Poe’s The Pit and the Pendulum.

6gmacaree
jan 10, 2020, 9:11am

If you're so inclined you can order directly through the press rather than Kickstarter -- I assume this way means more money goes to them.

7elladan0891
Redigeret: jan 10, 2020, 2:18pm

Interesting. Deckled edges give hope of nice paper, but the typographical layout is bugging me somewhat - that thin column with asymmetrical negative space (a LOT of white space for the outer margins)... It can definitely work, as with Folio's Letterpress Shakespeares, where wide margins let the poetry breathe. But LP Shakespeares have the room - they're something like 14"x11". Here the book is much smaller. Ah well, maybe I'll try it out in paper wrappers.

Edited to add: Their claim of Poe being neglected is really odd. On the contrary, Poe is published by everybody and their dog, both in regular and fine editions. There are so many different works out there, and yet new publishers usually jump into the game with 100500th version of Poe, Sherlock Holmes, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Dracula, etc. Yawn.

8sdawson
jan 10, 2020, 11:26am

Thanks for the heads up here. Backed.

9kdweber
jan 10, 2020, 2:05pm

>7 elladan0891: I just checked, and I have Poe books by ten different publishers in my library. On the other hand, this didn't stop me from checking out the No Reply Press and signing on to their Kickstarter (cloth edition).

10elladan0891
Redigeret: jan 10, 2020, 2:27pm

>9 kdweber:
Poe is surely popular. That's why, of course, he's a safe bet for a starting publisher. I get that. But I still find that boring, even though I'm considering getting a copy myself :)
But what really prompted my comment is the bizarreness of their claim.

11astropi
jan 10, 2020, 2:29pm

I really like the hardbound book! Although, $65 for just one single Poe story... not sure I can justify that. Tales of Mystery and Imagination is 12 stories, so that amounts to $780...

12kdweber
jan 10, 2020, 2:51pm

>11 astropi: The Pegana Press sold Dark Dreamlands (1) by H. P. Lovecraft and is now selling Dark Dreamlands (2) for the same price ($400). Makes the No Reply Press pricing seem positively enlightened.

>10 elladan0891: Couldn't agree more.

13gmacaree
jan 10, 2020, 2:58pm

I just received confirmation that ordering directly does indeed ensure that more of the money goes to the press and less to Kickstarter, in case anyone was wondering whether my guess was correct.

14RATBAG.
jan 10, 2020, 3:10pm

>9 kdweber: Ooh. Can you list them?

15RATBAG.
jan 10, 2020, 3:10pm

16grifgon
jan 11, 2020, 2:44am

Hi all!

Per sdawson's invitation, I wanted to introduce myself. I'm the newly-minted editor of No Reply Press. I've been a follower of the forum for years, and a collector of fine press books for longer. I especially collect work from the Old Stile Press, Rampant Lions, Golden Cockerel, the Allen Press, Jericho Press, Trovillion Press (which I don't think I've ever seen mentioned on the forum, but certainly deserves attention), and of course Thornwillow and Arion Presses. My two most recent additions to my collection are Old Stile's "Lens of Crystal" and Arion's "Trout Fishing In America".

I am currently a full-time writer, but joined up with No Reply last summer.

I met the folks behind No Reply while visiting my hometown, Portland. They're an incredibly passionate group who have dedicated significant portions of their lives to bookmaking. (Our usual printer, for example, has an MFA in the book arts!) When I met the group, they were making terrific editions but had little business or editorial experience. My background is in the business side of publishing, and I thought their work was excellent, so I offered to lend a hand by putting together a Kickstarter campaign for their next edition. One thing led to another — and here we are. The campaign has more than tripled its goal in just a few days! The whole team, as you'd expect, is thrilled, and ready to show our backers what we can accomplish.

I'd be delighted to answer any questions that anybody has. You can also always reach me at griffin@noreplypress.com with questions or suggestions. I'm always eager for feedback — it's the only way one can improve one's work! Speaking of which...

elladan0891 You are so totally and completely correct! I myself am the guilty party, having wrote the statement in question, "Poe has been neglected..." When I wrote it, I had something different in mind. That is, in the past half century or so, Poe has increasingly been taken off school curriculums, and is not so widely read by casual readers as he once was. However, you are completely correct — Poe is by no means ignored by publishers! I've just run up to my own collection, and I can count seven fine press Poe editions (to say nothing of all the trade editions I have). I can completely see how, in the context of a fine press announcing another Poe book, the claim that he has been neglected might seem bizarre! I've changed the language on the campaign.

Another quick note — on the creator's end of any Kickstarter campaign, it tells you where pledges are coming from. The Library Thing community is currently our single biggest group of support. I am so honored. I've spoken to a few folks here already, but if anybody wants to set aside their number or letter right now, please let me know so I can do so!

Alright — that's enough from me. Thanks so much everybody and best wishes from Portland,

Griffin Gonzales

17c_schelle
jan 11, 2020, 4:04am

>16 grifgon: Hi Griffin,
thanks for taking the time to post here and taking the feedback here into account.

It's interesting to me that Poe is dropped from the curriculum. We had to read The Black Cat in my english course 11th grade in germany. Even my realtively small library (at least compared to most other memebers of this forum) contains 2 editions of Poes works (One form the Etherial Vision Kickstarter and one from the Tartarus Press), but well crafted books are always welcome.

As indicated by Griffins post about the big support for the Kickstarter we should consider calling this forum the Fine Press (Enablement) Forum ;-) I'm looking to buy way more books recommended here than would be optimal for my bank account.

18lumi_ra
jan 11, 2020, 4:11am

grifgon

Best wishes for the campaign! I just backed for a hardcover. Can't wait to see more from your press.

I have a Trovillion book myself, "Love Letters of Henry VIII", it's lovely.

19astropi
jan 11, 2020, 4:16am

12: Have to disagree, to an extent. The Pegana Press books include specially commissioned and beautiful illustrations. The books are much larger. Also letterpress Lovecraft is harder to come by then Letterpress Poe. Also it's four tales, so about $250 if assuming $65 per tale. Regardless, I agree Pegana is very expensive. I will say some of the other NRP titles sound much more unique and interesting in my opinion.

20hiphopopotamus
jan 11, 2020, 8:01am

>16 grifgon:

Great to see you on the forum, thanks for the information.

I have also backed the standard hardcover option - it seems to me like an excellent and under-tapped pricepoint for a classic short story in letterpress (as do others, clearly, from the speed that the kickstarter counter is dropping).

I look forward to seeing more from you in the future.

21Sorion
jan 11, 2020, 1:42pm

As a fellow Portlander I had no choice but to support them in this endeavor. I chose their hardbound collector tier and am looking forward to seeing a local printer get off the mark in a big way. Also I'm a sucker for anything Poe or Tolstoy and can't pass up the chance to pick up both in private press formats.

22sdawson
Redigeret: jan 11, 2020, 1:57pm

>21 Sorion:

Oooh, you had me at Tolstoy! Or Dostoevsky.

>16 grifgon:

Glad to see your introduction here and hear a bit of the back story. I hope for great success for No Reply Press. I can not be the only one who is curious about the name though...

-Shawn

23gmacaree
jan 11, 2020, 2:58pm

>22 sdawson: I almost hope Griffin doesn't reply ...

24wcarter
Redigeret: jan 11, 2020, 5:58pm

Strangely, they seem to reply to requests very rapidly!
I have reserved copy "C" from the 26 leather bound editions.

>16 grifgon:
I have added Trovillion Press to the Fine Press wiki here.

25sdawson
jan 11, 2020, 5:53pm

26grifgon
jan 11, 2020, 8:11pm

As much as I'd like to leave the origin of our name in unreplied-to obscurity...

The name goes back to 2012, when I was a playing card designer. I started a little playing card company with a friend (who is now involved with the press). We spent about an hour at a vegan frozen yogurt shop (very portland) thinking of names. Unable to come up with anything, we emailed a friend to put him on the case. His email account, however, had been suspended, so we received an automatic response with the subject, "No Reply".

If that isn't a sign from the corporate branding gods, I don't know what is.

The playing card company is long dormant, so when I met the craftspeople behind our press, and we discussed what we'd call ourselves, we just borrowed the old name.

27grifgon
jan 11, 2020, 8:17pm

>24 wcarter: wcarter:

That's wonderful! I love the Trovillions' work. They have a wonderful story too. If I remember correctly, their hometown (where the press was located) became sort of a haven for fascists before and during the Second World War. They used their press to stand up to the local menace, at considerable risk to their own lives!

28ultrarightist
jan 12, 2020, 12:43am

>24 wcarter: Perhaps you should add the Jericho Press, too, which is also new to me.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jericho_Press

29wcarter
jan 12, 2020, 1:20am

>28 ultrarightist:
Jericho Press is already listed, in the Active List, above the Inactive List in which Trovillion Press is listed.

30elladan0891
Redigeret: jan 12, 2020, 10:29pm

>16 grifgon:
Welcome! I'm glad you didn't take offense at my remark. Wishing you and your partners best of luck and much success.

Do you have any near future plans to publish longer works? Perhaps a ~100-page novella?

31grifgon
jan 14, 2020, 3:17am

>30 elladan0891: elladan0891

Exactly my thinking. So far, we've stuck to short stories and essays because our cylinder press is *extremely* low-tech. Each spread is inked and printed manually. Most big letterpress operations use Heidelbergs (which, after the setup, are basically automatic) or at least Vandercooks that have electric roller which are self-inking. The success of this campaign will probably mean that we can acquire (or rent access to) a better machine. We'd still want the machine to be hand-operated, but a self-inking cylinder press that could do 4-up rather than just 2-up would be nice!

I think after "The Masque of the Red Death" is completely shipped, we'll likely plan on something around 100 pages for our next edition — just as you suggest. We have a few interesting leads. The incredible Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt may be willing to write us an introduction to one of the plays. I've been in discussion with the Isaac Assimov estate about getting the rights to one of his works — they have been very stingy in the past with giving out rights, but for the reason of some "publishing politics" they seem receptive to us.

32ironjaw
jan 14, 2020, 4:42am

>31 grifgon:

Thank you for your update. I would cherish to see a production of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea or even Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet.

33SebRinelli
jan 14, 2020, 4:48am

>31 grifgon: That sounds extremely promising on the technical part. Fingers crossed. I also much appreciate your contributions here on the forum. Somehow, this interaction makes me feel more connected to your edition.

Please allow me fsome feedback on your plans to publish yet another letterpress edition of one of Shakespeare's plays. There are already many beautiful and very collectible letterpress editions out there, i.e. the one of Folio Society or the Limited Editions Club who have published Shakespeare's oeuvre in its entirety. Officina Bodoni, Julius Schröder, Shakespeare Head Press, Thornwillow, Cranach Presse, Alberto Tallone, Ganymed, Anvil Press, Caliban Press,... I guess the list could go on forever, have all published various plays or the sonnets. Unless you take a unique approach like the Barbarian Press did with their Pericles, your edition will most likely engender little interest, at least in my case.

What about Catullus' mini epic 64 (!), the homeric hymns, one or two of Orwell's essays (imagine illustrations done by Walton Ford!), Shelley's poems with some calligraphic work (hard to find in an affordable edition. Please correct me if I am wrong), or one of Wilde's tales (same like with Shelley's poems)?

I guess, I wish I could start a fine press at some point :D

34hiphopopotamus
Redigeret: jan 14, 2020, 7:42am

>31 grifgon:

I'm in complete agreement with >33 SebRinelli: on the Shakespeare, there is already so much choice... and I'm also in vigorous agreement with his suggestions too - one or two of Orwell's essays (shooting an elephant/such such were the joys) would be a particularly inspired choice; to me these types of publications, and by that I mean the *slightly* more obscure publications from authors that are extremely well-established in the more "traditional" novel canon - seem so overlooked by private presses.

I'd also like to see some more "modern" plays (ie less than 100yrs old) in letterpress, particularly with modern artistic interpretations - anything by Noel Coward and an interesting artist would have me camping at your door.

>33 SebRinelli: - if you do start that press, do let me know ;)

35dlphcoracl
jan 14, 2020, 11:20am

>33 SebRinelli:

Seb: Similar to Wm. Shakespeare's works, Oscar Wilde's short stories and tales have been published ad nauseum in fine and private press editions - no need for another. If you are interested in Oscar Wilde, I can make numerous recommendations for you to explore.

36kermaier
jan 14, 2020, 11:43am

>31 grifgon:
If you're considering Asimov, perhaps some Ray Bradbury would be in order?

37SebRinelli
jan 14, 2020, 12:29pm

>35 dlphcoracl: I would be delighted!

I know only of the Arion Press edition and the early Folio Edition but in both cases the illustrations do not appeal to me.

38RATBAG.
jan 14, 2020, 1:20pm

>31 grifgon:

Please
Please
Please
Please
Please consider Lovecraft's The Colour out of Space.

Thank you and keep up the good work! Best of luck and success to you.

39dlphcoracl
Redigeret: jan 14, 2020, 4:16pm

>37 SebRinelli:

Below is a summary of numerous Oscar Wilde fine & private press editions that are worthy of consideration:

1. The House of Pomegranates and Other Stories, Methuen & Co. With sixteen illustrations by Jessie M. King (1915). The Jessie King art nouveau illustrations are absolutely stunning. This book is difficult to find in collectible condition and it is expensive, typically $1200-$1800 depending on condition.

2. The Oscar Wilde set from Methuen and Co. (1908). This is a 14-volume set printed on hand-made paper with limp vellum and gilt bindings. These books are often sold separately.

3. The Oscar Wilde books from Charles Carrington & Co. (Paris): Carrington published a 14 volume deluxe set on Japan vellum paper with full limp vellum and gilt bindings in 1908. These books are often sold separately and they are indeed luxe. Be certain the book you are purchasing is from the deluxe edition of 80 copies and not a lesser edition.

3. The Ballad of Reading Gaol: numerous private press editions worth considering including: Old Stile Press, Roycrofters, Carpathian Press (the deluxe edition of 25 copies in full green morocco binding by master bookbinder Anthony Wessely is especially sought after).

4. De Profundis: Officina Bodoni and the Folio Society Fine Press edition from 1991.

5. The Fisherman and His Soul, Grabhorn Press, 1939. Limited to 200 copies. Stunning.

6. The Young King and Other Stories (1953). This is one of the oldest and best FS titles, with beautiful wood engravings by John Gaastra which are colored in black, red and varying shades of blue.Printed letterpress (I think) by the Shenval Press in Great Britain. Be certain it has the original dust wrapper, with a design that matches the design on the covers of the binding. Elegant little book.

7. The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, Beehive Books, 2018. This is not letterpress but the illustrations and binding design by Yuko Shimizu are worth the price of admission. Also includes a distinctive slipcase with die-cut, foil blocked design. Only $100 and for a large quarto-size book. Beautiful and a personal favorite. Link below.

https://beehivebooks.com/shop/fairytales

40elladan0891
jan 14, 2020, 4:01pm

>37 SebRinelli: LEC also published several Wildes:

1937 The Ballad of Reading Gaol
1938 Salome in two volumes in French and English; LEC's baby brother, Heritage Press, also did a completely different Salome exclusive (not sure what year)
1957 The Picture of Dorian Gray
1968 Short Stories
1973 Lady Windermere's Fan and The Importance Of Being Earnest

FS published several different editions of Wilde's works throughout the years, check the link below and search for "Wilde":
https://wiki.librarything.com/index.php/Groups:BOOKS_PUBLISHED_BY_THE_FOLIO_SOCI...

41elladan0891
jan 14, 2020, 4:26pm

>31 grifgon: I've been in discussion with the Isaac Assimov estate

Nice, wishing you best of luck with Asimov! Just try to avoid that double-s typo when conversing with his estate ;)

42kermaier
jan 14, 2020, 4:57pm

>37 SebRinelli:
And the Bowler Press edition of The importance of Being Earnest -- really nice little production.

43grifgon
jan 14, 2020, 7:11pm

>33 SebRinelli: SebRinelli: I agree entirely, both on the dullness of another Shakespeare, and that Barbarian's Pericles is the exception that proves the rule. Our interest at the moment is more regarding what Stephen Greenblatt's contribution might be. I've found that great scholars tend to allow themselves a little more leeway in the ideas they present in small editions than in big trade editions. I think Neil Rudenstine's introduction to the Thornwillow Sonnets is a good example. But generally, I'm in total agreement.

To you and hiphopopotamus' point, George Orwell would be fantastic. His estate is notoriously reluctant to give out rights. I have tried and will keep trying. The other one is Borges' estate. But I'll keep knocking on that door until they let me in.

>35 dlphcoracl: dlphcoracl: I am studying your list of recommendations carefully. I really like the Arion illustrations. Is there anything by Wilde that you think has been seriously overlooked by publishers (fine and otherwise)?

>36 kermaier: kermaier: Absolutely! Ray Bradbury is a personal favorite of mine, and his work can inspire such great art.

>41 elladan0891: elladan0891: This is what happens when you post during the halftime of an extremely close Trail Blazers game. Thanks for the help: I hereby declare you an honorary editor of No Reply Press. Welcome to the team! (I've just panic-searched my correspondence with the estate and thankfully not a superfluous S in sight.) :D

44supercell
Redigeret: maj 4, 2020, 5:36pm

Denne meddelelse er blevet slettet af dens forfatter.

45dlphcoracl
Redigeret: jan 14, 2020, 8:00pm

>43 grifgon:

No.

Frankly, Oscar Wilde is well represented in the fine & private press literature. I omitted the Arion Press book because SebRinelli mentioned that he didn't like the illustrations. Incidentally, the least expensive of the choices listed - the vintage Folio society book published in 1953 - is a jewel and the coloured wood engravings are distinctive and beautiful. The short story collection is also well chosen. Of the expensive editions, the Methuen & Co. book illustrated by Scottish artist Jessie M. King (1915) in the original blue binding with elaborate artwork on the covers is beyond compare, truly a desert island book - with prices to match (see links).

https://www.ebay.com/itm/JESSIE-KING-OSCAR-WILDE-FIRST-EDITION-1915-HOUSE-OF-POM...

https://www.nocloo.com/jessie-marion-king-a-house-of-pomegranates-1914/

46SebRinelli
jan 14, 2020, 11:39pm

>39 dlphcoracl: >40 elladan0891: Thank you very much for your recommendations! I will give them a carefull consideration.

47gmacaree
jan 15, 2020, 12:01am

Melville's Bartleby, the Scrivener might not be a bad choice. There's the Indulgence Press version, but it's a popular enough (and well-taught enough) work that there must surely be demand for more than 100 copies in the fine press world.

48RATBAG.
jan 15, 2020, 12:20am

>43 grifgon: Borges would be quite stunning, methinks.

49jveezer
jan 15, 2020, 3:02pm

>31 grifgon: Please, please, please consider some writers outside of the Western White Male Canon. As I've been writing about on my blog, The Whole Book Experience, the WWMC has more than it's share of books published by fine and private presses as it does in the publishing world at large. Maybe some Harriet Wilson, Ambai, Roxane Gay, Louise Erdrich, Ursula Le Guin, Anne Carson, Simone Weil, Woolf, Clarice Lispector, Anaïs Nin, Dubravka Ugrešić, Niviaq Korneliussen, Waubgeshig Rice, etc. There are so many to consider...

50dlphcoracl
Redigeret: jan 15, 2020, 4:46pm

>49 jveezer:
>31 grifgon:

Many of the authors you (>49 jveezer:) have listed are truly obscure and I think you need to separate the wheat from the chaff with your female author recommendations. Better choices, imho, may be a short story from Mavis Gallant, Alice Munro or Doris Lessing or a selection of poetry from Elizabeth Bishop or Jorie Graham. Publishing works from authors outside of the WWMC that few other people have ever heard of is a surefire recipe for a small, fledgling private press to go out of business very quickly. Feminist literature may be your cup of tea but it does not cast a very wide net.

51kermaier
jan 15, 2020, 4:51pm

I have a book from Michael McCurdy's Penmaen Press (1978, limited edition of 200 signed by the authors and illustrator) called Banquet, which presents five short stories by Joyce Carol Oates, Maxine Kumin, Rosellen Brown, Jean McGarry and Lynne Sharon Schwartz, with wood engravings by Gillian Tyler.

>49 jveezer:
While it's a very nice production, with very good fiction and artwork by women, Joyce Carol Oates is the only author whose name I knew already.

>50 dlphcoracl:
On the other hand, if the Penmaen Press was able to make it work financially 40+ years ago, perhaps others should feel emboldened to try something similar today.

>49 jveezer:
On the other other hand, the Penmaen Press printed a trade edition simultaneous with the signed, limited edition, which changes the financial picture.

>50 dlphcoracl:
On the other other other hand, if a trade edition was justified then, perhaps at least a limited edition could be made to work now.

Of course, Penmaen Press had a lot more history and work under its belt than No Reply Press has so far, so maybe the situations aren't as comparable as I've implied.

52LolaWalser
Redigeret: jan 15, 2020, 5:37pm

>50 dlphcoracl:

Feminist literature may be your cup of tea but it does not cast a very wide net.

Literature by women authors isn't necessarily correctly nor aptly described as "feminist literature". As for the width of the net, women authors address themselves to as wide an audience as white men do.

Feminism is a special topic and therefore addresses people interested in that topic, but not exclusively people of one gender. I didn't get from jveezer's post that they were thinking specifically of feminist works.

>49 jveezer:

Seeing the criticism you got, I feel an obligation to thank you in public for reminding us that non-male non-white authors worthy of fine press treatment exist.

53dlphcoracl
Redigeret: jan 15, 2020, 5:57pm

>52 LolaWalser:

I understand the difference between a female author and a feminist author. A number of jveezer's suggestions were indeed feminist authors, i.e., writers concerned with gender identity, female inequality, etc., specifically: Ambai (aka C.S. Lakshmi), Roxane Gay, to a lesser extent Anaïs Nin (erotica rather than feminist issues). I am not suggesting that adventurous readers should not explore them but I AM saying that a small private press just starting out can, and should, focus on authors (both male and female) with a wider and more general reading audience. The female literary figures I suggested will appeal to a much wider and less specialized readership.

54grifgon
jan 15, 2020, 5:55pm

>49 jveezer: This is a little "hush hush," and not yet 100% assured, but we are in the final steps of putting together an edition with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I heard her speak last year and was blown away. I got in touch immediately afterward and she and her agent were receptive. If it works out, we would be publishing an essay called, "Literature As Religion". Currently just waiting on some publishing house bureaucracy to clear up...

I mention this because her essay addresses EXACTLY the point you make.

>50 dlphcoracl: I've met Jorie Graham a few times and would love to work with her... Would especially love to persuade her to write an introduction sometime. Hopes and dreams!

55jveezer
jan 15, 2020, 7:21pm

>54 grifgon: Adichie would be a "must have" for me. Love her work. My list of suggestions were authors with short works that would be easier for the press you are currently working with. Of course I would love to see Half of a Yellow Sun but that would probably take a Heidelberg. We Should All Be Feminists would probably sell out quickly I'm sure! ;)

>50 dlphcoracl: Sure, I would love to see those authors. At least they are women, feminist or not. But I would be more happy to see writers of color.

>52 LolaWalser: Thanks for your words!

56Glacierman
jan 15, 2020, 8:25pm

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie? Who is that? Obviously not my cup of tea. If I've never heard of this person, then I don't run in those circles. Which is fine. Others do and others are obviously interested.

Which means that no matter what you do, you will gain the interest of some and loose the interest of others. That is just the way the ball bounces.

57grifgon
jan 15, 2020, 9:52pm

>56 Glacierman: Oh I highly, highly recommend her work! You are exactly right: Any pick of title is going to excite some and give others a big yawn.

58gmacaree
Redigeret: jan 15, 2020, 11:57pm

>54 grifgon: I would love Adichie. I'd also be interested in classical works from outside the standard canon -- Kalidasa comes to mind, as does Attar of Nishapur. Outside of Melville my main collecting interest is in Chinese literature, especially poetry, so I'd find releases along those lines irresistible.

In terms of more modern work, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston are under-represented in fine press. I will also take this opportunity to continue my minor quest to see Stephen Jay Gould given his due :)

59RATBAG.
jan 17, 2020, 6:37pm

And, backed! :)

But oddly enough, I wasn't asked for a shipping address, did this happen to anyone else?

I am - sort of - new to Kickstarter.

60jsg1976
jan 17, 2020, 8:04pm

I went back to my copy of Tales of Mystery and Imagination (the Calla Editions version that also has the Harry Clarke illustrations), and Masque of the Red Death is only 7 pages long - and not small type. Even assuming really large margins/type for this version, i feel like it would be hard to stretch this out more than 24 pages or so. I appreciate what they’re doing (and I backed them for the bookmark), but to me that is just too much money for a story that short (even with letterpress and and all the care they are taking to make this a beautifully designed/printed book). Hopefully when we see the longer format work >16 grifgon: references above it’ll be at a not-too-much higher price point.

61sdawson
Redigeret: jan 17, 2020, 8:15pm

Shipping won't happen for a long time, I think this was a June production date. Typically Kickstarter projects ask for shipping address just before they are ready to ship.

62Niurn
jan 18, 2020, 5:39am

I backed the hardbound and I’m delighted to see such an interesting exchange with the NRP editor. Thank you.

63RATBAG.
jan 18, 2020, 10:29am

>61 sdawson: Ah, noted. Thank you!

64U_238
okt 13, 2020, 10:33pm

Have any others received their copies?

I received mine and am quite happy with it; can share photos if there is interest.

65const-char-star
okt 13, 2020, 10:46pm

>64 U_238: I’m looking forward to receiving mine, but it hasn’t shipped yet. I suspect the recent break-in at their office may have pushed the shipping timeline a bit. Which state did you end up getting?

66kdweber
okt 13, 2020, 11:39pm

My copies were stolen. Should take awhile to replace.

67edgeworn
okt 14, 2020, 5:28am

Apparently, my copy was also stolen. Mid November at the earliest I understand for a copy to be sent to me.

68mnmcdwl
okt 14, 2020, 9:59am

I haven’t received my copies yet and also assume it is due to the break in—I have all 6 of their books on order and my understanding from the Kickstarter post is that the production of Preludes was particularly affected. I am looking forward to when they eventually come, and hope that the press is able to get back on its feet soon.

69SebRinelli
okt 14, 2020, 12:23pm

I feel very sorry for you guys and for No Reply in particular. What a blow!
I got my copy last week and I am very happy with it. Considering the asking price a printing job well done wrapped in a nice and very well executed binding.

70gmacaree
okt 14, 2020, 2:20pm

I'm still waiting on mine -- I don't think I've heard anything about it, but obviously with 2020 being 2020 some hiccups are expected and entirely forgivable

71c_schelle
okt 14, 2020, 2:52pm

>64 U_238: I haven't hear from them personally since August. Since I also ordered Preludes and opted to have everything sent in one go I wasn't expecting the books yet.

I hope they will recover soon from the break-in.

72U_238
okt 14, 2020, 5:32pm

I will try to take a few photos and share them. Was also quite saddened to hear about the break-in at their store.

73sdawson
okt 14, 2020, 6:25pm

I am still waiting as well. The break in has hampered this I believe.

74const-char-star
Redigeret: jan 11, 11:22am

It looks like No Reply Press is doing another Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/noreplypress/a-scandal-in-bohemia-by-arthur...

This one is a letterpress edition of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes short story “A Scandal in Bohemia”. Some very attractive looking pen-and-ink illustrations, from what I can tell.

75punkrocker924
jan 11, 11:44am

I pledged for the leather on this one. The artwork looks beautiful to me, perfect for Sherlock Holmes.

I got the collector package on their last Kickstarter and went for slipcases, and was very happy with the books I received. My only complaint was that each was a little short, but A Scandal In Bohemia looks much longer, so I'm happy that's been addressed, and for a similar price.

76Dr.Fiddy
jan 11, 2:32pm

I pledged for the De Luxe version. It'll be my first No Reply Press book, so really looking forward to it 😊

77jsg1976
jan 11, 2:43pm

If I didn’t already have a letterpress version of this story (Thornwillow’s), I would have subscribed. Really happy to see them moving on to larger works though.

78jeremyjm
Redigeret: jan 11, 4:16pm

>77 jsg1976: Despite it's inclusion in the Thornwillow edition, I backed this as I particularly like the artwork.

No Reply also announced an edition of 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock'. This was also recently printed by Thornwillow as part of their Dispatch series. The No Reply edition is a larger format, and includes an introduction by Christopher Ricks.

79punkrocker924
jan 11, 4:19pm

>78 jeremyjm: I receive the monthly chapbooks from Thornwillow and got their Prufrock, which was slightly underwhelming, so I jumped at the No Reply Press Prufrock when I got the broadside advertising it. Looks like an altogether different/better with moldmade and marbled papers and the introduction by Ricks. I can't recommend his lectures enough, by the way, for anybody interested in great old school literary criticism. Many are available on YouTube.

80const-char-star
jan 11, 4:20pm

>78 jeremyjm: Yeah, they had Prufrock cooking for awhile, but they hadn’t posted pictures of the mockups until very recently. It also looks to be the largest format book they’ve produced so far (7 x 10¾ in).

81jsg1976
jan 11, 5:06pm

>78 jeremyjm: >79 punkrocker924: >80 const-char-star: well, thanks to your enabling, I’ve subscribed for the Prufrock, despite having the Thornwillow dispatch version, as this is qualitatively different. It’ll be my first No Reply publication, so I’m really looking forward it.

82filox
jan 11, 5:39pm

>74 const-char-star: The artwork looks amazing, too bad I'm not at all interested in the title....

83wcarter
Redigeret: jan 11, 7:09pm

Ordered the quarter-leather edition of A Scandal in Bohemia with Solander box.
Very pleased with the other No Reply editions I own.

84astropi
jan 14, 10:36am

I'd love to see some pictures from those of you that have a volume or two :)

85wcarter
Redigeret: jan 14, 11:40pm

86astropi
jan 15, 12:09am

>85 wcarter: thanks. Those are advertisements by the press, correct? I much prefer pictures by people that have the book and can point out what they like, or don't...

87wcarter
jan 15, 1:28am

>86 astropi:
No, a mixture of my photos and press photos.
If they do not satisfy you, try this -
https://www.librarything.com/topic/328752

88const-char-star
jan 17, 7:25pm

For those on the fence about backing “A Scandal in Bohemia,” be advised the quarter-leather De Luxe copies are 4/5ths of the way sold through with just 6 copies remaining at the early bird price.

89booksforreading
jun 4, 8:26pm

For these of you who might not know, today and tomorrow are the last days of subscription pricing for The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot (https://www.noreplypress.com/limitededitions/prufrock?ss_source=sscampaigns&...)

I cannot recommend No Reply Press books enough. Each of their productions is better then previous one, and I think that this is one of very promising fine press publishers in the USA!

The only association that I have with them is that I am a happy customer.

90whytewolf1
jun 4, 9:40pm

>89 booksforreading: Yes, the edition looks magnificent. I've ordered mine.

91kdweber
jun 4, 9:58pm

>89 booksforreading: Already ordered.

92ultrarightist
jun 5, 12:41am

>89 booksforreading: I second the assessment and sentiment

93ChrisG1
jun 5, 11:44am

I noticed No Reply Press is located in Portland, Oregon - which interested me, as I live in the area. Here's a short feature article about them from a local paper: https://www.southeastexaminer.com/2021/01/no-reply-press/

94kdweber
jun 5, 3:44pm

>93 ChrisG1: Hmm, I've been to OMSI, the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, hiked and biked the Tilikum Bridge but I've never been to Ladd Circle.

95filox
jun 5, 6:43pm

>89 booksforreading: Eh, I think they're an interesting new press but the one book I have from them isn't great. I'll try to find some time and post a pictorial review.

96const-char-star
jun 5, 7:22pm

>95 filox: Which book and what are your criticisms, if I may ask?

97punkrocker924
jun 5, 8:41pm

I have several of the No Reply Press books so far and I agree with the sentiment that they get better each time, Prufrock arrived this week and it's amazing. Though it's obviously a finer book than Masque of the Red Death with marbled paper and an author's signature, I think my favorite is still Masque because I just love the illustrations with the black on red. I'm curious to see what they do next because so far all have appealed to me except one.

98ironjaw
Redigeret: jun 6, 10:00am

I also had an issue and contacted the proprietor and explained my concerns. I was told I had received a defective copy and a replacement would be sent. Griffen is attentive and understood my concerns. I was thrilled to be offered a replacement. They are getting better with each release and they are tweaking and improving their releases. I can't fault the service and fast response and I believe they are the ones to watch in this space. What's great is they are affordable

99grifgon
jun 6, 12:28pm

Thanks for the kind words everybody! We've certainly been working hard to improve with each edition, and we're starting to gain the confidence to undertake bigger projects. (I manage the press, and am happy to answer questions of any nature about our work.)

>95 filox: You're more than welcome to return the book for a refund, or to trade it out for another of ours if you want to give another a try! The last thing we want to do is saddle you with a book you don't particularly like!!!

>97 punkrocker924: Here's a sneak peek. The printing just finished after nearly two years of work on it. No Reply's biggest limiting factor is the press machinery itself — we use a tabletop platen press and a Vandercook Universal I proof press. Basically, this means that every page is printed by hand, and the impression is supplied entirely by arm strength. This proved enormously tricky for this next project, because the woodblocks are so big. So, each woodblock (I think there are eight of them) had to be overprinted multiple times to get the black ink to be, well, black. We're really pleased with the results in the end, and excited to have worked with two such eminent artists. (In the case of Michael McCurdy, we started this process over five years ago, and he has since passed away. I think this may be his final fine press project.)



100Lukas1990
jun 6, 1:26pm

>99 grifgon: That looks stunning! Wow!

101whytewolf1
jun 6, 2:21pm

>99 grifgon: That looks fantastic, and I looove Adichie! So exciting!

102jveezer
jun 6, 4:18pm

ADICHIE? *tries unsuccessfully to stop hyperventilating*...

103kermaier
jun 6, 6:06pm

Prufrock looks like it will be beautiful, but I think the format is too large for the poem, so I passed. I’d much rather read an octavo than a slim quarto for work like this.

104MobyRichard
jun 6, 7:20pm

>99 grifgon:

Ver impressive! Is there a preorder list?

105mnmcdwl
jun 7, 6:26am

>99 grifgon: That is some beautiful press work and an exciting choice in authors. It’ll definitely be another No Reply Press book that I can’t wait to order and see in person.

106SebRinelli
jun 10, 4:41pm

>102 jveezer:

Not what I would call a traditional fine press but letterpress:
https://www.toc.berlin/products/pre-order-now-toc-2-half-of-a-yellow-sun-by-chim...

107jveezer
jun 10, 5:39pm

>106 SebRinelli: Looks nice. I would love to re-read the book in that edition and see how it reads and feels in the hand. Too many other competitors for my book budget to justify a buy myself however.

108gmacaree
jun 11, 1:33am

>106 SebRinelli: Dear me, I think I'm becoming enabled

109RRCBS
jun 11, 8:19pm

>106 SebRinelli: do you own this book? I ordered it this morning but then later noticed on their website that the books have “sewn and glued binding”… which I guess is true of most sewn books. Still worried!

110SebRinelli
jun 12, 2:59am

>109 RRCBS:
No and as I said, I wouldn‘t consider it fine press despite the fact that it is printed letterpress. I own another book of the same printer and the printing is flawless, crisp, and has a deep black. However, in my opinion, letterpress needs to be done on beautiful and heavy paper to really shine. In your case, I would expect a high end hardcover signed by the author with a printing that is pleasing to the eye but no wow factor. For 138€, that is really good value.

111RRCBS
jun 12, 5:53pm

>110 SebRinelli: I reached out to TOC and they advised that the book does have a sewn binding. I didn’t expect fine press, but to me a sewn binding is a basic expectation at that price (not to mention why bother with letterpress then glue the pages together). They responded really quickly with a lot of serial and pictures. Really looking forward to the book and to their future output!

112SebRinelli
jun 12, 6:26pm

>111 RRCBS:
Fair point and I am glad to hear it is sewn. Thanks for clarifying with them!

113whytewolf1
Redigeret: jun 12, 7:08pm

>111 RRCBS: As I understand it, it's really not that unusual for books to be sewn and then glued for extra strength,

114CenturyPress
jun 12, 10:21pm

>113 whytewolf1: I think you're correct. From my understanding, almost all books that are sewn are technically 'glued' afterwards. For hardcover books at least, a piece of mull (cotton weave) is applied with glue over the sewn signatures to keep them together and the backbone of the book flexible.

Glue itself might get a bad rap if we're discussing something like perfect binding, where the pages are not sewn, and glued directly into the spine of the book. Discount paperbacks are typically made this way.

115Glacierman
jun 12, 11:15pm

>114 CenturyPress: You are correct. Some modern designer binders use new techniques that do not require gluing, but these are not by any means standard. The majority of hand binders stick to the tried-and-true that you have described.

116RRCBS
jun 13, 5:25am

>113 whytewolf1: Agreed, but I’ve been let down before and wanted to make sure.

117gmacaree
jun 17, 5:06am

>116 RRCBS: Mine just arrived -- definitely sewn, nice production. I think the type is a little too small and the paper a little too thin, but €140ish for a signed letterpress version of a novel of this length (and calibre) is a very good deal, and complaints seem a little churlish.

That said, I'd have paid at least double for a slipcased edition with nicer paper and perhaps a 1" increase in page size all around.

118ironjaw
Redigeret: jun 18, 5:36am

Denne meddelelse er blevet slettet af dens forfatter.

119RRCBS
jun 18, 7:17am

>117 gmacaree: I just got mine too and quite happy with it! They have a subscription program that gives you a book every month…not interested in that but hopefully that means that they’re planning on coming out with more books soon!

120gmacaree
jun 18, 10:37am

>119 RRCBS: Yeah, I'll be keeping an eye on them

121cpg
jun 18, 12:48pm

>114 CenturyPress:

It seems that a large percentage of books that aren't discount paperbacks also have perfect bindings. It's a shame.

122ErikSpiekermann
jun 21, 3:04pm

>117 gmacaree: the size of a book to read (like a novel) is defined by a few things: being able to hold it in your hands limits the width (our hands haven't changed since the Venetians defined the optimal page size more than 500 years ago); the size of the press is another factor: we need 8 pages in a forme to make it economical to print and bind. A forme with 6 pages or 12 is printable, but costs way more at the binders (I'm not talking about a run of 10 books, but 1000). On our Heidelberg Cylinder at p98a, where the TOC books are printed, we can print 8-up of this size (135x215mm; 5.3x8.5 in) with ease. Thicker paper would mean the pages wouldn't lie flat without two hands holding a spread down, plus with 464 pages the spine would be too thick for the width of the book. Good letterpress printing is not defined by the depth of the impression, but by the least possible deformation of the characters. The lines have an average of 55 characters, i.e. 8 average English words plus spaces. That is considered the most comfortable line length. Slightly larger type (as we have it in our first book by Deborah Levy) would be possible from a legibility point of view, but would have required another 32 pages, 2 formes recto/verso. That would be another almost 2 daysof printing, plus the problem with binding mentioned above.
We’re not aiming at the Fine Press market, but at people who actually read the books (thus contemporary authors) and want an object that is worth keeping (or giving away). Our motto at p98a.berlin is Preservation through Production. We can keep our presses running and we can train younger people if we make the equipment do what it was designed for: printing thousands of publications to a high standard of design and production. A print run of 1000 makes it reasonably priced. The books are carefully set in typefaces chosen for each project. No automatic line breaks, elaborate colophon, carefully chosen endpapers, cover stock and hand-printed dust covers. Instead of a slipcase, we have a cardboard box that can serve as slipcase but also protects the books in shipping. Blind embossing, head bands, etc are all standard.

123ErikSpiekermann
jun 21, 3:07pm

>119 RRCBS: we have more titles in the works as I write this. John Banville “The Sea” is at the proof reader’s, Richard Sennett “The Craftsman” is on my computer being typeset. One more to come this year, then at least 6 titles for 2022. Each one individually designed and bound.

124ErikSpiekermann
Redigeret: jun 21, 3:30pm

>110 SebRinelli: letterpress used to be the only method around until the 60s. Newspapers, brochures, tickets, magazines, books – everything. Good letterpress doesn’t need heavy paper or a deep impression. Kissing the page is how we learnt to print. Heavy impression would kill metal type and create a smudgy image. Thanks to the hipster printers in US cities, using polymer plates on their Heidelberg Windmills, letterpress made a comeback and thus survives, but at the expense of the art of fine printing. With no type to damage, people now expect type to be embossed in thick cotton paper. That works for business cards and wedding invitations, but not for books. Also, beautiful paper can be thin although that would be more difficult to print on.

125whytewolf1
jun 21, 3:29pm

>123 ErikSpiekermann: Hey Erik. Thanks for the "sneak peek" at the upcoming titles and the targeted number of releases for next year. I am very pleased with my copy of "Half of a Yellow Sun" and am looking forward to your future releases!

126ErikSpiekermann
jun 21, 3:31pm

>124 ErikSpiekermann: thanks. Good to hear. I have the privilege of designing and typesetting our books. Which means that I get to read first what Birgit, our publisher, choses.

127gmacaree
jun 21, 6:09pm

>122 ErikSpiekermann: A thoughtful response, thank you. I promise not to be offended by the suggestion that we don't actually read our books :)

128SebRinelli
jun 21, 6:09pm

>124 ErikSpiekermann: great to see you on this forum! I moved to Berlin a few weeks ago and eversince wanted to visit p98a.

Most on this board are very well aware of the printing history, tradition, and techniques.
I also think I described the quality of your printing in very fair words if not praised it for what it is. However, I feel entitled to my opinion, and clearly stated it as my opinion and I still feel that the results differ if you print on (dampened) Richard de Bas, Magnani, or Barcham Green. Wild Carrot, H.P.M. or Horton Tank are certainly no hipster presses but enjoy a stellar reputation and printed with a certain impression.
I think it is very unfair to compare their books to wedding cards.

129grifgon
jun 21, 6:25pm

>128 SebRinelli: +1 to your comments, thank you.

There are many, many splendid letterpress shops in the United States that work hard to bring the joys of letterpress to readers and book collectors. They employ a variety of choices around impression. There's no supreme authority about what on the bite/kiss spectrum is best. For my tastes, I think Phil Abel at Hand & Eye and the Elsteds at Barbarian Press nail it. Enough impression to see and feel, but not enough to make it a distraction.

My opinion: Without a little bite, what's the point in printing letterpress as opposed to other "kissing" technologies?

130ErikSpiekermann
jun 22, 9:40am

Yes, Phil does great work. He may well soon use our polymer plates and he prints on a Heidelberg very much like ours.
We do print with a bite, but not the deep impression that people now want on their business cards.
There are, however, physical and mechanical constraints when printing on a cylinder press. We print a full form with 8 pages. If we just had one small page in the press, we could pretty much emboss the type. But the pressure would have to grow by the square with every doubling of the page size. That’s the physical part. Mechanically, there is only so much a Heidelberg can stand before the bearings break. There are special cylinders for embossing and die-cutting, but ours isn’t one of those.
It is difficult to discuss the physical property of a printed page if not everybody has held those pages in their hand.

131ErikSpiekermann
Redigeret: jun 22, 10:19am

>128 SebRinelli: I am only pointing out what popular letterpress is doing these days. I am glad that polymer plates helped letterpress survive and, of course, we print with a bite. You’re right: why else would we print letterpress if not for a deeper impression and blacker black than watery offset?

There are, however, limits – not only mechanical ones as I explained above, but if you press small type like 9 or 10pt too deeply into soft or even wet paper, you lose definition. It’s ok if you print 14 or 16pt type as the Folio Society’s Shakespeare editions do. But our books cannot be that size, nor that volume, as they are meant to be held in your hand, not placed on a table.

If we printed books on the materials you mentioned and especially on dampened papers, we would have to print each sheet by hand, preferably on a platen press or even a Columbian or other antique press. But we want our books to be affordable and just offer that little bit extra typographic and printing quality that normal hardbacks cannot (or will not) provide. So we need a reasonable run (998 in our case) and we need to fit more than a double spread in each forme in order to be able to bind them mechanically rather than by hand. I own plenty of Fine Press books myself, but none of them I would read in bed or in a comfortable chair. Nor do any of them contain 464 pages of contemporary literature by today’s authors. The TOC books open a new category – not fine print, but quality letterpress at an affordable price. Post-digital printing with all the advantages of digital type and none of its disadvantages.

When I’m done with my work on TOC books, I’ll go back to printing a very short run of a folio with the work of Louis Oppenheim, a German graphic- and type designer who died in 1935. We have his type (made by the Berthold foundry in Berlin) in many sizes, from 12pt to 40 line, in metal and wood, and I'll print them from the original type in a short run on a proofing press. Not on dampened paper as that cannot be done on a proofing press, but certainly on heavy stock with a noticeable impression/bite, while taking care not to destroy the fonts. They are rare and irreplaceable.

132ErikSpiekermann
jun 22, 10:09am

>127 gmacaree: there is reading and there is reading. I read my Shakespeare edition from the Folio Society. But I don’t read it as I do a contemporary novel of 464 pages. Folio Society books are objects and then literature. TOC books are literature that also qualifies as beautiful objects, for a reasonable price.

133ultrarightist
jun 22, 10:11am

>129 grifgon: "Without a little bite, what's the point in printing letterpress as opposed to other "kissing" technologies?"

Hear, hear!

134ErikSpiekermann
jun 22, 10:14am

>129 grifgon: BTW: Phil Abel would take exception at being thrown in with “…many splendid letterpress shops in the United States…” as his shop is in London.

135ErikSpiekermann
jun 22, 10:15am

>133 ultrarightist: quite. You’ll see that our printing has as much bite as both legibility and press work allow

136ironjaw
Redigeret: jun 22, 10:28am

>135 ErikSpiekermann:
Erik, thank you for being here and sharing your thoughts and ideas. It’s rare we receive an insight into what goes into publishing and the decisions taking. I quite enjoy reading your posts and Griffen as well from No Reply and this makes it all worthwhile

On another note, when I was living in Copenhagen, I visited Berlin so many times, driving down. Loved the city and had such fun.

137grifgon
Redigeret: jun 22, 12:10pm

>134 ErikSpiekermann: I'm sure the Elsteds would also take exception, considering they're in Vancouver, but I don't think I said either one is in the United States. Rather, I said that they nail their printing impression. I don't think they'd take exception to that?

Edit: This gave me a chuckle — a minute after posting this I received an import duty notice for a pallet of sheets from Phil. Suffice it to say, I *wish* he was in the United States.

138grifgon
jun 22, 12:26pm

>131 ErikSpiekermann: I really like your approach to the TOC books. That "they open a new category" sounds right. It sounds like you're taking all the advantages of modern book publication — digital typography, machine binding, thinner archival papers, etc. — without losing the artistic integrity that most modern trade books abandon. In my opinion, that fills a much-needed space in the world of publishing and book arts.

Will TOC embark to publish original titles? In other words, do you and the TOC team see the company as an independent publishing house as well as a maker of well-made books?

139ironjaw
jun 22, 1:04pm

>135 ErikSpiekermann: On another note, I was pondering the annual membership of 12 volumes. I think your approach, design, ans signature with a limited 998 run hits the spot. Have you considered an introductory newsletter just like the Limited Editions Club as a companion printed on nicer paper and letterpress. That would tip me over but I’m still hesitant as I don’t know your publication schedule and what books are forthcoming. Other than that I like your approach.

140birgitmschmitz
jun 22, 3:52pm

>139 ironjaw: hi, I‘m Birgit and I’m working at TOC with Erik. As publisher I‘m working at the programm:
2021
Deborah Levy, The Cost of Living
Chimamanda N. Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun
John Banville, The Sea (nesrly ready to print)
Richard Sennett, The Craftsman
William Boyd, Any Human Heart
2022:
Claire Messud, The Woman upstairs
Wolfram Eilenberger, The Time of the Magicians
And 4 more TBA.

All contemporay fiction and none-fiction, most of them prize winning or with an impact on writing, literature and society.

141birgitmschmitz
Redigeret: jun 22, 4:00pm

Would you mind to explain, what is “ an introductory newsletter just like the Limited Editions Club as a companion”? Sounds like a pretty good and nice idea?

142birgitmschmitz
jun 22, 3:59pm

>138 grifgon: At the moment we focus on limited edition, but there are a few ideas for original title, some translation from German. For information about new books, you can sign up for our newsletter at www.toc.berlin There are some great authors on the list for 2021: Banville, Sennett, Boyd.

143abysswalker
Redigeret: jun 22, 4:06pm

The Eilenberger title was new to me, and looks intriguing, so I thought I would highlight the full title for others here:

Time of the Magicians: Wittgenstein, Benjamin, Cassirer, Heidegger, and the Decade That Reinvented Philosophy

(By Wolfram Eilenberger)

144birgitmschmitz
jun 22, 4:13pm

>143 abysswalker: thanks. It‘s a brilliant book on brilliant minds. And very entertaining.

145ironjaw
Redigeret: jun 22, 5:44pm

>140 birgitmschmitz:
Dear Birgit, guten Abend!
Thank you for coming here online on LibraryThing to share your schedule and thoughts. I appreciate you and Erik taking your time to connect with prospective readers such as myself. Your venture excites me very much and the publishing list sounds quite interesting though I must admit I have not read any of them as my interests are more towards non-fiction but I am slowly and progressively working through fiction to become an all rounded individual. But that's the purpose of being here to find authors and books unfamiliar to one self.

What I find appealing is that you include the author's signature, limitation, ribbon marker, letterpress, uniform binding as well as affordability. The price point matters to me so it sparks my interest that you can provide all this while also being affordable. Could you care to share whether the spines are Smythe sewn or glued? Also have you thought about including Man Booker prize titles? Or would that increase the price?

With regards to the letters, I was referring to the American publisher Limited Editions Club (LEC) founded by George Macy in 1929 that published one fine press book a month on subscription and with their books included an A4 newsletter named Monthly Letter that included information on the book, author, illustrations, paper, printing and publication as well interesting tidbits and notes. They were and still are a delight to read and formed an introduction to the book. I have included an example of the 1939 version of Hamlet by The Limited Editions Club, (myself being born in Denmark and having lived there for many years before moving to the UK) in PDF available on Google Drive.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Snu4URnvB3UJxcQvQkaZpzG23GCokEO8/view?usp=shari...

146LBShoreBook
jun 22, 6:09pm

>145 ironjaw: Their next publication is the 2005 Booker prize winner. I am not familiar with it but I tend to like the Booker shortlist books so will likely purchase that one when it comes out.

147ironjaw
jun 22, 6:57pm

>146 LBShoreBook: that’s good news. I must admit I haven’t checked all the titles in the list provided by Birgit. I only looked one or two so I’m happy to hear this. How are you finding your TOC edition?

148LBShoreBook
jun 22, 7:32pm

>147 ironjaw: I like it. I think the descriptions on these boards are accurate - the cover and paper are pretty basic but there are nice touches throughout - they even have a few pages at the end that describe the font and why chosen, why they chose the cover art, etc. It's priced pretty well for what it is.

149ironjaw
jun 23, 3:55am

>148 LBShoreBook: which one did you buy?

150birgitmschmitz
Redigeret: jun 23, 4:10am

>145 ironjaw: wow. This is a great suggestion.
For the binding: it is sewn. We will put more photos of details on the website soon. We have just won the German prize for Best Bookdesign: https://www.stiftung-buchkunst.de/de/die-schoensten-deutschen-buecher/2021/alle-...
They mention the very smooth “Aufschlagverhalten” (I don’t know what the right technical term in English is, something like light book opening 🤔).

151ironjaw
jun 23, 6:52am

>150 birgitmschmitz: congratulations with the award. I believe what you here a overall package is quiet unique especially in Europe (sad that we are out due to Brexit so I’ll have to whether I’ll be charged any custom charges and taxes when order from you). What I’m trying to say is that it’s a positive breath of fresh air from Germany when for the last couple years most interesting publications have come from the US. That’s always had me worry about shipping charges

152LBShoreBook
jun 23, 12:51pm

>149 ironjaw: Half of a Yellow Sun

153const-char-star
aug 2, 9:10am

Look like No Reply’s Above All Else Do Not Lie is available for preorder as of this morning: https://www.noreplypress.com/limitededitions/above-all-else-do-not-lie

154SebRinelli
Redigeret: aug 2, 3:19pm

Just placed my order. Beautiful piece of work. Congratulations, grifgon!

155ultrarightist
aug 2, 4:21pm

I also placed my order today. The woodcuts look amazing.

My only complaint with No Reply Press is that they do not live up to their name. They always reply to my queries. :-)

156kdweber
aug 2, 4:52pm

I've ordered a copy as well.

157SDB2012
aug 2, 7:46pm

I still can't believe I let The Masque of Red Death slip by.

If anyone has a copy they'd part with or know where I can find one, let me know.

158jsg1976
Redigeret: I går, 1:00am

In case anyone wants to read the commencement address that is the subject of No Reply’s latest to decide whether you’re interested in subscribing for this book, it is available here: https://speakola.com/grad/chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-harvard-class-day-2018

159booksforreading
I går, 12:30pm

>158 jsg1976:
Thank you very much!

160ultrarightist
I går, 4:20pm

>158 jsg1976: Thanks. I am purchasing it primarily because of the beautiful woodcuts and secondarily to support the press, despite some of the political commentary.

161mnmcdwl
I går, 6:36pm

>158 jsg1976: Thank you for this. I had ordered this on the basis of the woodcuts and the author’s reputation, but had not seen this particular address. Now that I have, it only reconfirms my decision to order.