THE GRUFFYGROUND PRESS

    Proprietor: Anthony Baker
     
    The Gruffyground Press has for some years commissioned fine printers in the UK to print limited editions of poetry and prints, so, whilst not printing books itself, as a publisher of books printed by UK fine presses it makes an appropriate appearance on the The Private Presses of the UK site. To give a pattern to its publications, each printer is associated with a different make of cover paper, albeit a different colour on each publication. This page lists all the items still in print. Unless otherwise stated, they consist of sheets sewn into a wrapper. Where the press concerned is also featured on this site a link is provided. For ordering see the details you need.

Mark Askam has prepared an exhaustive bibliography of the output of the Gruffyground Press and it is available in PDF format by clicking here - but please note that it is 5MB in size.

   
Telling Tales   poems by Anthony Thwaite, with a wood engraving by Simon Brett, 1983

16pp. Printed in black and brown in machine-set Lutetia type and handset Egmont Inline on white Zerkall paper by the Florin Press. 250 copies, signed by the author and the artist, in a brown Kozo paper wrapper with a grey Kozo paper label printed in black. £18.

 

Learning the Ropes   poems by John Mole, with a wood engraving by Colin Paynton, 1985

16pp. Printed in black and red in handset Perpetua on white Wookey Hole paper by the Libanus Press. 205 copies, numbered and signed by the author and signed by the artist, in a vermilion Mingei paper wrapper printed in red. £16.

 

Even the Flowers   poems by Freda Downie, with a wood engraving by Claire Dalby, 1989

16pp. Printed in black and olive in machine-set Fournier and handset Fournier and Fry's Ornamented on ivory Amatruda paper by the Libanus Press. 125 copies, numbered and signed by the author and signed by the artist, in an olive Mingei paper wrapper printed in black. 28.

 

Old Man   a poem by Edward Thomas, with a wood engraving by Colin Paynton, 1990

8pp. Printed in black and violet in handset Baskerville and Old Face Open on ivory Zerkall Alice paper by the Rocket Press. 240 copies, numbered and signed by the artist, in a violet Hahnemühle Bugra paper wrapper printed in black. £12.

 

To Robert Graves in Deya   a poem by James Reeves, 1992

4pp. Printed in black in machine-set Walbaum on buff Zerkall Silurian paper by the Rampant Lions Press. 350 copies in a yellow Canson et Montgolfier Mi-Teintes paper cover printed in black. £4.

 

Newark Abbey   a poem by Thomas Love Peacock, 1995

8pp. Printed in black and plum in handset Bell and Thorne Shaded on white Barcham Green Chilham paper by the Libanus press. 200 copies in a plum Mingei paper wrapper printed in black. £8.

 

A Fayre and Happy Milke-Mayd   a character by John Webster, 1995

8pp. Printed in black and cachou in handset Octavian and Golden Cockerel types on white Hahnemühle paper by the Rampant Lions Press. 205 copies in a cachou Canson et Montgolfier Mi-Teintes paper cover printed in black. £6.

 

The Planet Happiness   poems by David Sutton, with a wood engraving by Christopher Daunt, 1996

16pp. Printed in black and red in machine-set Plantin and handset Sistina and Hunt Roman on white Hahnemühle Bugra paper by the Rampant Lions Press. 185 copies, numbered and signed by the author and signed by the artist, in a red Canson et Montgolfier Mi-Teintes paper cover printed in black. £28. Five specials were bound by Anton Henley in Yate in full crimson Oasis lettered in gold with an orange silk headband and tailband and red Canson endpapers; one remains at £122.

 

Four Sonnets to a Coquette   poems by Alfred, Baron Tennyson, 1997

8pp. Printed in black in handset Arrighi Vicenza and Thorowgood on cream Zerkall paper by the Rampant Lions Press. 200 copies in a buttercup Canson et Montgolfier Mi-Teintes paper cover printed in black. £6.

 

Chez Monsieur Prieur   a poem by Paul Dehn, with a wood engraving by Simon Brett, 1997

10pp. Printed in black and violet in handset Haarlemmer on ivory Lana paper by the Rampant Lions Press. 175 copies, signed by the artist, in a violet Canson et Montgolfier Mi-Teintes paper cover printed in black. £12.

 

Success   a poem by David Sutton, 1997

4pp. Printed in black in machine-set Plantin and handset Hunt Roman on white Hodgkinson paper by the Rampant Lions Press. 60 copies in an azure Canson et Montgolfier Mi-Teintes paper cover printed in black. £4.

 

The song of the Gruffyground Press   A few copies of this tribute by Sebastian Carter at the Rampant Lions Press are for sale. Please write for details.

 

The Story of Sigurd   poems by Alison Brackenbury, with a wood engraving by Jane Lydbury, 2002

16pp. Printed in black and turquoise in machine-set Bulmer and handset Dartmouth on white Saunders Waterford paper by the Rampant Lions Press. 130 copies, signed by the author and artist, in a turquoise Canson et Montgolfier Mi-Teintes paper cover printed in black. £32.

 

The Trees are Down   a poem by Charlotte Mew, with a wood engraving by Linda Holmes, 2002

8pp. Printed in black and maroon in machine-set Romulus and handset Open Roman Capitals on white Zerkall paper by the Rampant Lions Press. 125 copies, signed by the artist, in a maroon Canson et Montgolfier Mi-Teintes paper cover printed in black. £12.

 

I Syng of a Myden   an anonymous medieval carol, 2003

4pp. Printed in red in handset Samson on cream Vélin d'Arches paper by the Rampant Lions Press. 100 copies in a Canson et Montgolfier Mi-Tientes paper cover printed in red. £2.

 

The Phoenix and Turtle   a poem by William Shakespeare, 2003

12pp. Printed in black in computer-set Granjon Lettre Françoise Civilité on cream Frankfurt Cream paper by the Bieler Press. 220 copies in a grey Curtis Flannel paper cover printed in black. 12 (but see An Elegie below).

 

A Clearer Light   poems by John Levett, with a wood engraving by Barry Woodcock, 2004

16pp. Printed in black and blue in machine-set Imprint and computer-set Cristal on white Inveresk Somerset paper by the Rampant Lions Press. 130 copies, signed by the author and artist, in a blue Canson et Montgolfier Mi-Teintes paper cover printed in black. 40.

 

Menelaus and Helen   a poem by Rupert Brooke, 2006

8pp. Printed in black in handset Goudy Old Style on ivory Fabriano Tiziano paper by the Celtic Cross Press. 80 copies in a red Fabriano Tiziano paper cover printed in black. 6.

 

Tell me not Here   a poem by Alfred Edward Housman, 2007

8pp. Printed in black in handset Van Dijck on white Losin handmade paper by The Old School Press. 55 copies in a black Somerset paper cover printed in Trump Gravur in blind. 6.

 

A Poet's Prayer   poems by John Whitworth, with a wood engraving by Peter Brown, 2009

16pp. Printed in black in handset Dante with Castellar on white Ruscombe paper by The Old School Press. 120 copies, signed by the author and the artist, in a buff Somerset paper cover printed in blind. 32.

 

Elegy to the memory of an unfortunate lady   a poem by Alexander Pope, 2010

11pp. Printed in black and rose in handset Caslon on oatmeal Barcham Green Renaissance paper by the Evergreen Press. 45 copies in a rose St Armand paper cover printed in black. 14.

 

Ghosts   poems by Jeffrey Turner, 2012

8pp. Printed in black and mauve in handset Univers on Bockingford paper by the Evergreen Press. 125 copies in a mauve St Armand paper cover printed in mauve. 12.

 

The way through the woods   a poem by Rudyard Kipling, with a wood engraving by Andy English, 2012

8pp. Printed in black and green in handset Modern No 7 and Gresham on Magnani paper by the Evergreen Press. 130 copies, signed by the artist, in a green St Armand paper cover printed in green. 12.

 

An Elegie   a poem by Ben Jonson, 2014

8pp. Printed in black in computer-set Granjon St Augustin Civilité on cream Frankfurt paper by the Bieler Press. 220 copies in a grey Curtis Flannel paper cover printed in black. 6.

In series with Shakespeare's The Phoenix and Turtle (see above), but printed in a different Granjon Civilité. (Special price for the Shakespeare and Jonson together, 14.)

 

The Mirror   a poem by John Holloway, with a wood engraving by Harry Brockway, 2016

8pp. Printed in black and grey in machine-set Granjon on white Rives mould-made paper by the Old School Press. 90 copies, signed by the artist, in a grey Somerset paper cover printed in blind. 12.

 


Ordering information   Please send orders and enquiries to The Gruffyground Press, Ladram, Sidcot, Winscombe, Somerset BS25 1PW, UK. Prices include postage and packing to the UK. Payment should be made in sterling drawn on London, international money order, or Eurocheque, made out to 'Anthony Baker' please. Foreign orders will have postage and packing added to the invoice. Phone +44 (0)1934 843685.

 

    Copyright Anthony Baker 2016.