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The range of special interest books we have available encompasses a selection of niche interests such as book design, spirituality, Russian culture, beekeeping, and more.

Lose yourself in the vast and beautiful history to be found in our Russian art history books. These limited edition books on Russian artists detail their rise to fame in the engraving community and paint a vivid picture of art history in Russia at the turn of the 20th century through present day.

Our spiritual books invite you into a simpler setting revolving around the beauty of nature. Find your own inner peace and calm with these beautifully illustrated books. For more hobby-related topics, we carry book design and beekeeping books for the amateur book publisher or organic-minded farmer at heart.

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cover of "Thomas Bewick and Russia" by W E Butler describing Bewick's profound influence on Russian artists
Thomas Bewick and Russia
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By W E Butler. An essay on the profound influence of Thomas Bewick, wood engraver and designer, on a rising generation of Russian wood engravers at the turn of the twentieth century. Numerous illustrations together with a list of Russian artists influenced by Bewick. Paperback, 22 pp.
cover of So Loved by Sister Margaret Tournour, a contemplative book with twenty-three inspirational wood engravings by Sister Margaret accompanied by biblical texts.
So Loved
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By Sister Margaret Tournour. London: Primrose Hill Press, 2001. A contemplative book with twenty-three inspirational wood engravings by Sister Margaret accompanied by biblical texts. In an article in The Times, the world renowned British engraver Simon Brett characterized her strength as “the miniature, the small and delicate, and as Samuel Palmer noted of Blake, one [glimpses] here… corners of Paradise; the [most exquisite] pitch of intense poetry”. 198 x 129, 48 pp, paperback.


cover of Teddy Bears by Sue Pearson
Teddy Bears
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By Sue Pearson.  Cambridge: Silent Books, 1990.  A classic. Beautifully illustrated giving the reader an introduction to the gentle madness of teddy bear collecting, the care of the bears and a brief history of the teddy bear. The author is a leading authority on old bears and has lectured and exhibited her collection worldwide. Hardback, 60 pp.
cover of "Anatoli Iwanowitsch Kalashchnikow" by  Klaus Rodel containing a history of development of Russian engraving in honor of A Kalashnikov
Anatoli Iwanowitsch Kalashchnikow
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By Klaus Rodel. Forlaget Exlibristen, 1991. In German, Danish and English. A history of the development of Russian graphics (engraving) with numerous illustrations produced in honor of Anatolii Kalashnikov's 60th birthday. The text provides a fascinating overview of the history of great Russian artists preceding and including Kalashnikov. Over 55 pages with stunning full and part page illustrations. Paperback.
Cover of "Designing a Book" by Derek Brown, Primrose Hill Press,  demystifying the art of book design for the novice
Designing a Book
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By Derek Brown. Bicester: Primrose Hill Press, 2003. This attractively assembled book demystifies the art of book design for the novice and acts as a useful reference tool for designers tackling desktop publishing for the first time. Written with computer users in mind but including the traditional concepts of book design developed over centuries. Illustrated to guide the reader through the process of designing a book using either a Mac or PC with a focus on users in the United States and Britain.Paperback, 128 pp.   Available also in hardback.
Photo of The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde with wood engravings by Garrick Palmer.
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
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By Oscar Wilde with wood engravings by Garrick Palmer. London: Primrose Hill Press, 1998. In 1895 Oscar Wilde was imprisoned for homosexuality. On his release, bankrupt and disgraced, he fled to France where he wrote his poetic masterpiece The Ballad of Reading Gaol. This poem is here illustrated by Garrick Palmer’s extraordinarily powerful engravings giving a new dimension to Wilde’s cry of pain. Oscar Wilde died in Paris at the age of 46. 198 x 129 mm, 48 pp. Hardback with dustjacket.

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cover of the limited edition JAC Harrison: Artist and Engraver by Brian North Lee, an account of the bookplates by this important English engraver with numerous illustrations including 50 plates
JAC Harrison: Artist and Engraver
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By Brian North Lee. The Bookplate Society and Forlaget Exlibristen, 1983. A limited edition of an account of the bookplates by this important English engraver. Numerous illustrations including 50 plates and tipped in bookplate soft bound with paper wrappers. 135 pp.
Cover of The Bookplates of Robert Hancock, James Ross and William Bache,  a limited edition containing an essay by Brian North Lee on three 18th century engravers, including details on individual bookplates
The Bookplates of Robert Hancock, James Ross and William Bache
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By Brian North Lee. Exlibristen, 1986. Essay on three 18th century engravers, including details on individual bookplates. Limited edition (350 numbered copies) with numerous illustrations, stiff paper wrappers. 58 pp.
Cover of "Designing a Book" by Derek Brown, Primrose Hill Press,  which demystifies the art of book design for the novice
Designing a Book
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By Derek Brown. Bicester: Primrose Hill Press, 2003. This attractively assembled book demystifies the art of book design for the novice and acts as a useful reference tool for designers tackling desktop publishing for the first time. Written with computer users in mind but including the traditional concepts of book design developed over centuries. Illustrated to guide the reader through the process of designing a book using either a Mac or PC with a focus on users in the United States and Britain.Hardback, 128 pp.   Available also in paperback.
photo of Watermarks by Yvonne Skargon, a book containing passages from HD Lawrence, Virginia Woolf and others describing the beauty of waterways brought to life by stunning engravings by Skargon
Watermarks
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By Yvonne Skargon. Primrose Hill Press, 2003, Bicester. Skargon is one of the finest contemporary engravers with an enchanting talent for creating images of plants, nature generally and animals in particular (especially cats) with such vividness that we find ourselves transported by her books to a magical world of indescribably beautiful plants, rivers, lakes and streams and audacious and charming animals. In this book, we find passages consecrating the beauty of rivers, other inland waters and sea waters borrowing from John Clare, HD Lawrence, Edward Thomas, Virginia Woolf and others and brought to life by stunning wood engravings by Skargon. 245 x 170 mm, 48pp. Paperback.