Chepman & Myllar Press


The dawn of a new millennium and century heralds the birth of a new Press by Harry McIntosh – typographer, typefounder and printer. He is still actively involved in the casting of types and the production of books printed from these types after over fifty years – the last of Scotland’s traditional craftsmen. The Press takes its name from Scotland’s first printers – Walter Chepman and Androw Myllar; the device of the latter influencing the design of the press's mark. The aim of the Press is to maintain the traditions and craftsmanship of these two inspired men along with those of all the famous printers that followed; to promote the ‘guid’ Scots tongue and that of the Gaels, with the use of English and other languages when required; and to preserve the ancient craft of printing – the ‘Black Art’. All projects are drawn from the wealth of Scottish writings in prose and poetry – old and new – literature, art, the sciences, history, music, folklore, folk-songs and tales – from Ossian to the present day. Only the finest materials and skills are used in these limited editions, with support from the best of Scotland’s craftsmen and academics.


Harry McIntosh

Chepman & Myllar Press

385 Queensferry Road

Edinburgh EH4 7AG


tel +44(0)131 336 2849

fax +44(0)131 336 5065


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This is the first project to be undertaken by the Press. This hitherto unpublished French translation of Robert Burns’s Tam o’Shanter by the eminent Professor of French, Alan J. Steele,  reflects his deep insight for Scots through the French language. There is an Introduction by Professor Douglas Dunn and a Bilingual Introduction by Professor Peter France, both readily confirming this. The illustrations are by Douglas Percy Bliss which were first used in The Devil in Scotland (London: Alexander MacLehose, 1934). Printed by letterpress and typeset in Monotype Garamond with text paper in Zerkall mould-made. Bound in cloth with end-papers and label of the Press. Limited edition of 200 copies. Why not join our List of Subscribers? For further information, please contact us.

Type has been used to produce books for over five hundred years. Here is an interesting present for yourself or a friend that will remind you of this. The reflection of the types on the CD-Rom reads the correct way, which is helped by the angle created by the included stand. The standard types read ‘PRINTING TYPES’, but this can be personalised to any name within the limits of the line. All types are in Scotch Roman (Series 46) and include two printer’s ornaments and a specimen of a matrix used to produce type. The personalised version includes a short dedication under the front label flap and name on the spine. The use of a CD-ROM is not merely to reflect the types, but to ‘cock a snook’ at the threat of new technology to the printed book. The book is here to stay – especially those well produced using letterpress by private presses throughout the world. A good book is a joy to handle and is very collectable.

Standard: £15.00 Personalised: £20.00
Plus Postage: £1.00 (UK), £2.00 (Elsewhere)


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