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I am an independent researcher, editor, printing-historian, bibliographer, librarian and book-designer, also an amateur printer and writer of music and fiction.

Education

PhD (by publication), Oxford Brookes (2008)

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BOOKS

The gilded fly: short stories. Francestown: Typographeum, 1993.

The Corvinus Press: a history and bibliography. Aldershot: Scolar, 1994. With A.J. Flavell. Addenda and corrigenda (2002).

Early printed books: catalogue of the British Architectural Library, Early Imprints Collection. Volumes II–V. London etc: Bowker-Saur (later K.G. Saur), 1995, 1998, 2001 and 2003. With Nicholas Savage, et al. (Winner of the CILIP Besterman/McColvin medal, 2003).

Folio 50: a bibliography of the Folio Society 1947–1996. London: Folio Press and British Library, 1997. (Shortlisted for the Library Association’s Besterman medal, 1998).

Private press books 1992–1993. Pinner: Private Libraries Association, 2002. With David Chambers, Margaret Lock, Arthur Goldsmith, et al.

Private press books 1994–1998. Pinner: Private Libraries Association, 2002. With Margaret Lock and Arthur Goldsmith.

Private press books 1999–2001. 3 volumes. Pinner: Private Libraries Association, 2004. With Margaret Lock and Asa Peavy.

Journal of the Printing Historical Society: index nos 1 to 28, 1965–1999. London: Printing Historical Society, 2005.

Bibliophiles at Oxford: a celebration of fifty years of the OxfordUniversity Society of Bibliophiles, 1951–2000, with descriptive notes on the term cards. Witney: OxfordUniversity Society of Bibliophiles, 2006. With Justin Howes.

Private press books 2002–2003. 2 volumes. Pinner: Private Libraries Association, 2007. With Margaret Lock and Asa Peavy.

Folio 60: a bibliography of the Folio Society 1947–2006. London: Folio Press, 2007.

Private press books 2004–2007. Pinner: Private Libraries Association, 2010. With Margaret Lock and Asa Peavy.

The remains of Sherlock Holmes. Moreton-in-Marsh: Strawberry Books, 2010.

An epitome of the history of printing in sixteen leaves. [London]: Printing Historical Society, 2014 [i.e. 2015]. A history of printing, printed by the techniques described.

Private press books 2008. Pinner: Private Libraries Association, 2016. With Margaret Lock and Asa Peavy.

Private press books 2009. Pinner: Private Libraries Association, 2016. With Margaret Lock and Asa Peavy.

Private press books 2010. Pinner: Private Libraries Association, 2019. With Margaret Lock and Asa Peavy.

ARTICLES



‘The Dropmore and Queen Anne Presses’ in The private library (Autumn 1992, pp. 109–134). ‘Addendum’ in The private library (Winter 1993, pp. 181–[183]).

‘A nice young man: Viscount Carlow and the Corvinus Press’ in Matrix 12 (1992, pp. 67–77, 219–221). With A.J. Flavell.

‘A previously unrecorded book from the Corvinus Press’ in The Bodleian Library record (XIV, 1993, pp. 251–255).

‘Notable books: The diary of T.E. Lawrence MCMXI’ in The private library (Winter 1993, pp. 178–181).

‘The wet grass of bookishness: Hubert J. Foss as book designer’ in Matrix 14 (1994, pp. 139–148). With Peter Foden.

‘Collecting private press books’ in The private library (Winter 1997, pp. 145–181).

‘Andrea Pozzo’ and ‘William Thomas’ in The Mark J. Millard architectural collection. Volume II. Washington: National Gallery of Art, 1998.

‘Joel Biroco and the Herculaneum Press’ in The private library (Summer 1998, pp. 77–91).

‘Folio Fine Editions’ in Parenthesis (4, April 2000, pp. [22]–24).

‘Adventures in typography: Viscount Carlow, T. E. Lawrence and the Corvinus Press’ in The private library (Spring 2000, pp. [4]–47).

‘Notable books: Homo intelligens’ in The private library (Summer 2000, pp. 181–190).

‘Notable books: The palace of architecture’ in The private library (Winter 2000, pp. 83–87).

‘The abandoning of the long s in Britain in 1800’ in Journal of the Printing Historical Society (New series 3, 2001, pp. 3–19).

‘The Oxford Guild of Printers’ Millennium project’ in The private library (Summer 2001, pp. 82–89).

‘Pinxit, sculpsit, excudit, etcetera: some notes on the lettering which appears on plates’ in The private library (Winter 2001, pp. 148–187). Plus ‘Some additional notes …’ in The private library (Summer 2003, pp. 87–89).

‘The Agathynian Club’ in The private library (Summer 2002, pp. 81–101).

‘Rare architectural books’ in The private library (3 parts, Spring 2003, Winter 2003, Spring 2004).

‘Cataloguing rare books at the Royal Institute of British Architects’ in Refer (Spring/Summer 2003, pp. 7–12).

‘Tauramaria’ in Through the woods (volume 3, Autumn 2003, pp. 17–20).

‘Notable books: Eight letters from T.E.L.’ in The private library (Summer 2004, pp. [77]–85).

‘The “first” type of Gutenberg: a note on recent research’ in The private library (Summer 2004, pp. [86]–96).

‘Hansard’s typographical bank-note’ in Journal of the Printing Historical Society (New series 7, Autumn 2004, pp. 55–70).

‘Notable books: Plans, elevations, sections and details of the Alhambra’ in The private library (Autumn 2004, pp. 105–120, pl. III–VI).

‘Notable books: Behind us’ in The private library (Autumn 2004, pp. 121–134, pl. VII–VIII).

‘The sea-maiden’ in Through the woods (volume 4, Winter 2004, pp. 21–23).

‘Private press books 2003: a review’ in Matrix 24 (2004, pp. 128–135).

‘Central Saint Martins and the Folio Society’ in Sylvia Backemeyer (editor), Picture this: the artist as illustrator. London: Central Saint Martin’s, 2005, pp. 116–134.

‘The Cock Robin Press of Peter Beavan’ in The private library (Spring 2005, pp. [4]–32).

‘The farragon’ in Through the woods (volume 5, Winter 2005, pp. 25–28).

‘The electronic book’ in The private library (Winter 2005, pp. 148–152).

‘Notable books: Francis Meynell’s keepsake for the A.I.G.A.’ in The private library (Winter 2005, pp. 172–183).

‘Private press books 2004: a review’ in Matrix 25 (2005, pp. 164–171).

The private library (Spring 2006). April Fools issue of the journal, consisting entirely of spoof and fictional matter (published to mark the PLA’s fiftieth anniversary). Edited, illustrated and largely written (with a contribution from Richard Faircliff).

‘The distaff side: a short history of female printers’ in Ultrabold: the St Bride journal (2 parts, Autumn 2006, Spring 2007). Reprinted, in revised form, in the proceedings of a conference: Memoria las otras letras: mujeres impresoras en la Biblioteca Palafoxiana. [Puebla: Biblioteca Palafoxiana, 2009], pp. 69–79.

‘Private press books 2005: a review’ in Matrix 26 (2006, pp. 171–178).

‘Publications of the Private Libraries Association: a descriptive checklist’ in A modest collection: the Private Libraries Association 1956–2006. Pinner: Private Libraries Association, 2007.

‘The printing of A house of pomegranates’ in The private library (Spring 2007, pp. 27–39).

‘Bibliographical spoofs and parodies’ in The private library (Winter 2007, pp. [188]–208).

‘Private press books 2006: a review’ in Matrix 27 (2008, pp. 178–184).

‘Preparing a new edition of The role of line in art’ in Lewisletter (26, Spring 2008, pp. 3–6).

‘The shape of the soul’ in Through the woods (volume 6, Autumn 2008, pp. 50–55).

‘The Old Library cataloguing project’ in Trinity College, Oxford, report 2008 (2008, pp. 31–33).

‘The Samson Press archive at the Bodleian’ in The Bodleian Library record (21:2, October 2008 [i.e. 2009], pp. 256–261).

‘Private press books 2007: a review’ in Matrix 28 (2009, pp. 159–166).

‘The adventure of the scarlet thorn’ in Ellery Queen mystery magazine (February 2010, pp. 28–39).

Oxford companion to the book. 2 vols. Oxford: University Press, 2010. Substantial contributions in the areas of printing technology and history, including the main article on private presses.

‘Private press books 2008: a review’ in Matrix 29 (2010, pp. 103–108).

‘Private press books 2009: a review’ in Matrix 30 (2011, pp. 98–105).

‘The immortality of Sherlock Holmes’ in Cotswold homes (Winter 2012, p. 80). Reprinted in abridged form on the Cotswold homes website, http://www.cotswold-homes.com/culture/the-immortality-of-sherlock-holmes/

‘Private press books 2010: a review’ in Matrix 31 (2013, pp. 109–115).

‘The Woodlands Press’ in Parenthesis 28 (2015, pp. 30–35). With Hugh Macfarlane.

‘The wits who beset Sir Richard Blackmore’ in St Edmund Hall magazine (XVIII:6, 2015, pp. 143–149). An expanded text of the same article was published on the Hall website and is available through acadmia.edu.

‘Scaleboard: interlinear spacing before leading’ in Journal of the Printing Historical Society 25 (Winter 2016), pp. 71–83.

‘The woodcut: a ghost story in the manner of M. R. James’ in The Radcliffe legacy and other Oxford stories. Oxford: Oxpens, 2017, pp.112–119. Previously published in a limited edition by the Strawberry Press.

‘The first edition of Holtzapffel’s manual for amateur printers, 1839: a facsimile’ in Journal of the Printing Historical Society, new series 27 (Winter 2017), pp. 5–48. A facsimile with introduction, annotations and appendices.

‘Two rare table-top presses at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History’ in Journal of the Printing Historical Society, new series 27 (Winter 2017), pp. 49–60.

‘The adventure of the Paradol Chamber’ in The MX book of new Sherlock Holmes stories: part XI, some untold cases (1880–1891). London: MX Publishing, 2018, pp. 157–182. Reprinted in Phil Growick, editor, The art of Sherlock Holmes. London: MX Publishing, 2019, pp. 212–230.

‘The PHS Keepsake: an epitome of the history of printing in sixteen leaves’ in Parenthesis 36 (Spring 2019), pp. 20–25.

‘A checklist of published books’ in Edmund Marsden, edtor, Reverting to type: recollections of the Compton Press, book printers & publishers 1968–1980. London: Julian Berry, 2019, pp. 79–90.

‘A note on Peter Schoeffer’s book-list of “1470”’ in Journal of the Printing Historical Society 31 (Winter 2019).

‘The Old Library collections’ in St Edmund Hall: a college like no other. Oxford: St Edmund Hall, 2021.

 

Memberships



Bibliographical Society
Double Crown Club
Fine Press Book Association
Friends of the Bodleian
Friends of Saint Bride Library
National Printing Heritage Trust/Committee
Oxford Bibliographical Society
Oxford Guild of Printers
Oxford University Society of Bibliophiles
Printing Historical Society
Private Libraries Association

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