An occasional newsletter about forthcoming books and events

February 2018

In this newsletter . . .

out soon: Alchemy of the Planets

Oxford Fine Press Book Fair

Oxford Guild of Printers Wayzgoose


progress on
Alchemy of the Planets

Images and words inspired by planetary missions, by Philip and Psiche Hughes and Carmen Boullosa

to be published at the
 Oxford Fine Press Book Fair

read the previous news item on this title

We now have display copies for this new title. So it seems a good moment to give an indication of how it looks. Below you'll find some photos of a copy. We are taking orders now and hope to have copies for sale at the Oxford Fine Press Book Fair (see below).

The case is made of a lightweight sandwich of aluminium and polypropylene and measures 415mm by 375mm by 95mm (about 16.5" by 14.75" by 3.75").

The front carries a silk-screened version of the image on the title page, itself derived from one of Philip Hughes's images for the moon Enceladus which features inside.

A flap at the side lifts, allowing the front cover to be opened. An eight-page introductory section lies on the top; as well as introducing the book and its provenance it lists the sources of the images from which Philip Hughes has drawn inspiration and gives details of the construction of the book.

The box is lined with hard foam that keeps the contents snugly inside. The side flap is secured with a magnetic strip.

Beneath the introductory section is the first of the twelve sections, each devoted to a planet or planetary moon. We start nearest the sun with Mercury and as we go deeper into the box we travel out through the solar system finally reaching the minor planet Pluto.

The next photograph shows one of the openings, this one from the section on Mercury, with Philip Hughes's interpretation of an image from one of the Messenger spacecraft. On the left above the grey rule we see Carmen Boullosa's response in the form of a poem in Spanish, and Psiche Hughes's translation into English beneath it.

Each section is devoted to a planet or moon and comprises between two and six openings which are bound into their own zigzag, itself wrapped in a translucent paper. The whole contains thirty-two of Philip's stunning images.

You can read more about the book at our website.

Copies are £1,900 each plus shipping at cost.


we shall have a stand at
The Oxford Fine Press Book Fair

At its new venue

1100-1800 Saturday 24 March
1000-1700 Sunday 25 March

Kassam Conference Centre, Oxford

This is being held at a new venue on the southern edge of Oxford. There will be more than 90 exhibitors and the usual lectures and awards.


we shall have a stand at
Oxford Guild of Printers Wayzgoose

Advance notice

 Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall
Oxford Brookes University

1000-1700 Saturday 3 November

The Oxford Guild of Printers will hold its biennial Wayzgoose in the substantially refurbished Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall this coming November. This space should accommodate at least 40 tables. The price for a full-sized table will be £45 with the usual inducement: only £30 if booked and paid for before 31 July.
Please contact Miles Wigfield directly to book a table. Cheques drawn to ‘Oxford Guild of Printers’ may be sent to him at Coneygar Lodge, Quenington, Glos GL7 5BZ. Please let him know if you would prefer another way of paying.


We hope you have enjoyed this update on the Press's activities.
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