2000 - 2013
Nicolas Louis Robert and His Endless Wire Papermaking Machine. newtown, PA: Bird & Bull Press, 2000.
Nicolas Louis Robert (1761-1828), a former artilleryman, is credited with inventing the first papermaking machine. Prior to the introduction of mass produced paper, printing and papermaking were relatively unchanged since Gutenberg's invention of the printing press in the mid-fifteenth century. Robert's machine used a continuous web to apply mass production to the process. Mechanized papermaking allowed for the vast increase in cheap and affordable printed materials in the nineteenth century. This book includes facsimiles of Robert's ink and watercolor patent drawings for his machine. The originals were purchased at auction by Leonard Schlosser in 1976 and subsequently donated to the New York Public Library in 1986.
Facsimile of ink and watercolor patent drawings for Robert's papermaking machine.
Henk Voorn to Henry Morris: Selected Correspondence, June 1967 - July 1981. newtown, PA: Bird & Bull Press, 2003.
Henry Morris identifies Henk Voorn as the "premier paper historian of his time." They first met in 1967 during a trip to Holland. It was Voorn who, after showing Morris his own collection of old Dutch ream wrappers, suggested the project that would eventually become Old Ream Wrappers. Morris continued a correspondence with Voorn from 1967 through 1981, selections of which are reprinted in this volume. Their letters provide information on the planning and publication of Old Ream Wrappers, as well as on further Bird & Bull Press publications and on the history of papermaking in general.
Sketch of Henk Voorn, 15 October 1986. Bird & Bull Press Archives.
Henk Voorn supplied this cartoon as an illustration for use in Henk Voorn to Henry Morris.
Son of the Bookbinder: With An Appendix Showing Samples of Some of the Finest Bookcloths Manufactured Today. newtown, PA: Bird & Bull Press, 2004.
Son of the Bookbinder is a memoir of Gregor R. Campbell's family bookbinding business, the Campbell-Logan Bindery, which was founded in 1949 by his father, Allan Campbell. The Campbell-Logan Bindery, which continues to operate today, has produced many fine bindings for private presses, including the Bird & Bull Press, as well as one-of-a-kind bindings for individual books. They also produce bindings for circulating library books. Included with the volume is a portfolio of sample book cloths, which is shown here.
The Foresters: A Poetic Account of a Walking Journey to the Falls of Niagara in the Autumn of 1804. newtown, PA: Bird & Bull Press, 2004.
Alexander Wilson (1766-1813) is best known for his nine-volume American Ornithology (1808-1814), which aimed to illustrate all of the birds of North America, and for which he is often described as the "Father of American Ornithology." This book reprints a poem that he wrote about a journey to Niagara Falls. He and two companions set out from Philadelphia in October 1804, arrived at Niagara Falls in mid-November, and returned to Philadelphia on December 7, 1804. The trip took them nearly 1,300 miles through the American wilderness, which is described in detail in the poem. The engravings in Morris' edition are by Wesley Bates.
The Foresters, printers' dummy, showing rough sketches of the illustrations, [circa 2004]. Bird & Bull Press Archives.
Proof of illustration of Niagara Falls, with Morris' manuscript notes, [circa 2004]. Bird & Bull Press Archives.
The Art of Intaglio Produced on a Letterpress. newtown, PA: Bird & Bull Press, 2010.
Intaglio printing involves printing off of a metal plate in which an image has been cut or etched below the surface. The process is time-consuming and expensive, but allows for a great amount of detail in the printed illustration. Intaglios are usually printed on presses which provide more pressure than a letterpress. After learning about intaglio while producing The Feel of Steel, Morris grew interested in trying to print intaglio using a letterpress, which led to the creation of this book. Alongside text about intaglio printing, this book contains twelve intaglio prints of eighteenth-century London tradesman's cards. One the original intaglio plates is shown alongside the book.
Dr. Rosenbach and Mr. Lilly: Book Collecting in a Golden Age. newtown, PA: Bird & Bull Press, 2010.
Dr. Rosenbach and Mr. Lilly uses surviving correspondence to tell the story of the business relationship between the book collector, Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., and the bookseller and collector, A. S. W. Rosenbach. Lilly's book collecting activities spanned a period from the late 1920s to the 1940s. This time period marked a high point in the history of book collecting, and was one in which many collectors assembled collections that would later form the core of many of America's research libraries. Lilly's collection of books and manuscripts would later be donated to Indiana University to form the Lilly Library, while Rosenbach's own collection would become the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia.
Chiyogami Papers. newtown, PA: Bird & Bull Press, 2011.
This book includes original specimens from the author's collection of chiyogami papers. The samples in this book were made in the 1940s and 1950s. The accompanying text chronicles the history, manufacture, and folklore surrounding chiyogami, which have hitherto received little scholarly attention. Chiyogami refers to the specific repeated patterns used in the papers.
Computer print-off with instructions to the binders for Chiyogami Papers, [circa 2011]. Bird & Bull Press Archives.
A Trip to Paris in July & August 1792. newtown, PA: Bird & Bull Press, L'an CCXX [i.e., 2012].
The son of an English merchant, Richard Twiss (1747-1821) wrote several books about his travels through Europe. His travel narratives were notable for including intentionally controversial and disparaging details, which likely helped to bolster the sales of his books. His trip to Paris occurred in the midst of the French Revolution, which is described at length in his account.
John De Pol: A Portfolio of his Wood Engravings. newtown, PA: Bird & Bull Press, 2012.
This portfolio contains prints which represent a selection of John De Pol's wood engravings. De Pol was a self-taught artist and is best known for his wood engravings. Morris and De Pol worked together on the miniature book You Can Tell a Book By Its Cover, which featured seven of De Pol's wood engravings. Additional engravings from this portfolio can be seen framed on the wall.
"The Old Manse."
"The Bath of Surprise."
These wood engravings were enclosed with John De Pol: A Portfolio of his Wood Engravings.
Busby's Street Scenes: Images of Street Hawkers and Criers in 19th Century London and Paris. newtown, PA: Bird & Bull Press, 2013.
Busby's Street Scenes is the final Bird & Bull Press book and marks the conclusion of Henry Morris's printing career. In the prospectus, Morris writes that "the increasing difficulty in finding exciting and interesting book projects, combined with advancing age (87), has convinced me it is now time to end my 55-year journey with Bird & Bull Press. So this is my last book. I want to thank all my subscribers for their many years of continued interest and support." The book reprints two of Thomas Lord Busby's illustrated chapbooks of the street hawkers and criers of London.