Monmouth, United Kingdom
For many years now, we, Frances and Nicolas McDowall, have been working with artists/printmakers to produce fine books, printed by hand in enviably idyllic surroundings. We are proud to have been responsible for a substantial catalogue of books, copies of which are to be found in major libraries throughout the world. Although many titles have long since sold out, copies of a significant number of books are still available. High technical standards are paramount, whether we use older printing methods or take advantage of new technologies and materials to achieve the results we desire. Above all the operation has always been (and will remain) ‘hands-on’ for the two of us and entirely bounded by our capabilities, enthusiasms and energies at any given moment. Nicolas designs and prints the books, working closely with the artist involved and sometimes with the author… where the text is not, as it often is, an established or rediscovered classic. Occasionally he is himself author and / or artist. Frances is the Press’s link with the outside world and she produced sheets of delicious handmade paper. A number of our books were printed on her paper and copies of one of them (The Affectionate Shepheard) are still available to purchase.
Parcels up to 2 kg usually go by first class post within the UK at £5; over that weight or overseas we send by courier at cost. At present that seems to be the most reliable and economic method.