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Pangur Ban
a cat-themed type specimen


Written in the margins of a 9th-century manuscript, the poem Pangur Ban describes the relationship between an Irish monk and his cat. Our version of the book features two linocuts by the artist and muralist Philippa Threlfall whose wonderful murals and terra cotta tiles have long delighted us.

The poem was hand-set in the unusual uncial typeface Samson designed by Victor Hammer. The title page also displays Rudolf Koch's Neuland Inline -- we like the fact that Koch's son Paul cut the matrices for Samson in 1930. Both founts came from Dale Guild Type Foundry in the USA.

Once again we have called upon our colleague Bill Severson, whose annual trip to Oldham in 2010 included the making of this custom-designed paste paper especially for the boards of the book. All copies have been hand sewn and cased here at the Press by Bill and Graham.

The book is a single section of eight leaves of Velin Arches, cased in board covered with Bill Severson's paste paper with a cloth spine (11 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches). A title label is pasted to the spine. The numbered edition is somewhat less than 200 copies.

Last updated 1 September 2012