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25 September 2014

BATH BOOK FAIR OCTOBER 10TH AND 11TH

If you couldn't get to come and see us in York, which by the way is a fabulous fair, please come and see us in the Assembly Rooms in Bath. The fair is open from 1pm till 6 pm on Friday 10th October and from 10.30 until 4pm on Saturday 11th. As an added bonus, when you have seen all the books, you can imagine what it was like in Jane Austen's day.

27 August 2014

Come to York Book Fair 19th and 20th September 2014

You can see the full range of our books, including the latest Waterloo anthology dummy copies and the bespoke writing slope for the exemplary at the York National Book Fair on the 19th and 20th of September. Come and see us [and Britain's largest Antiquarian Book Fair] at York Racecourse. The postcode is YO23 1EX for those of you relying on satnav.

18 August 2014

Our Waterloo box arrives

The first prototype of the box for the Exemplary copies of our Waterloo anthology has arrived. It has been beautifully crafted in sapele wood and then finished in our bindery. There are more pictures in the gallery at waterloobook.co.uk  Now we have the box we can concentrate on the finish and the linings, so please keep in mind that it will change as we improve on the final details.

Please click on the title of this piece to see additional images.

14 August 2014

Limited edition chocolate!

I know that strictly speaking you can't really have limited edition chocolate. That said on a recent trip to Guernsey to discuss the Folio Society's edition of The Toilers of the Sea [ see previous posts ] I came across chocolatier Ben Le Prevost, click on his name to discover his extraordinary [ and we don't use that word lightly ] range of fantastic chocolates. My personal favourites include peanut butter on toast and basil. Invest in a box, you won't be disappointed, they look and taste fabulous.

2 July 2014

endpapers - a celebration

if you need to keep up with the world of contemporary art, then you will be familiar with Hyperallergic. if not click here to read thier lovely piece on book endpapers. Shown on the right is a rather lovely dandelion design, upside down on their blog as one eagle eyed commentator noticed [ otherwise I wouldn't have known ]

27 June 2014

RING OF BRIGHT WATER

Just 200 copies of this fabulous edition of the classic RING OF BRIGHT WATER are being released, get in the queue by clicking here. The book will help to support the Eilean Ban Trust who look after the island, home of Gavin Maxwell and the otters.

3 June 2014

TOILERS OF THE SEA LAUNCHED

On May the 8th I was delighted to help launch the Folio Society's limited edition of Victor Hugo's Toilers of the Sea.

Having lobbied and cajoled for over a year in order to persuade Folio to publish the first ever edition illustrated with Hugo's own illustrations, I was especially thrilled that we were able to launch the book in Hauteville House in Guernsey. I should thank the Guernsey Evening press for all their support and for this picture of the book, lying on the desk where Hugo wrote it!

I am also thrilled that Folio have already sold over 900 of the 1250 copies available, if you want one click this link, don't delay it will sell out soon.

29 April 2014

The Lytlewode Press

Television Comes To Ballarat

Written by Robert C. Littlewood Illustrated by Hilary Paynter

A personal memoir by Robert C. Littlewood with wood engravings by Hilary Paynter. Stoke-on-Trent : The Lytlewode Press, 2010. Quarto, gilt-decorated cloth in matching slipcase, 13pp., illustrated with three original wood engravings by Hilary Paynter (one signed). Limited to 275 copies signed by the author and artist. 

An autobiographical account of Littlewood’s childhood spent in Ballarat in the 1950s, and the wonderment of the introduction of television to Australia. Charmingly illustrated with original prints by England’s most highly regarded contemporary wood engraver. Limited to 275 copies printed on Zerkall mold-made paper and bound in Shropshire, England. Signed and numbered by the author. Printed by Paul Kershaw in Ripon, North Yorkshire. 

Octavo, Case bound within matching slipcase.  See more at www.lytlewode.com

28 April 2014

WATERLOO MAPS

An invitation to vist the Bathhurst Estate at Cirencester revealed a large folio of Waterloo maps, evidently sent to Lord Bathurst. The one illustrated is highly unusual having the centre flap stuck on in order to illustrate two different periods during the battle. I would be interested to hear if anybody has seen this particular map before.

26 March 2014

SUSAN ALLIX

Bazaar is a book large in format, noisy in colour, and crowded with textures and patterns. It contains a collection of observations on the experiences of visiting these chaotic, vibrant and expressive places, together with a series of eight original prints.

 The wanderings are set out in sections devoted to different subjects, among which are food and flowers, spices, personalities and a section on temple memorabilia. There are crabs with electric blue legs in Alexandria, spare teeth in Marrakesh, marigolds in Mysore, woven beds in Jaipur and cheroot-smoking ladies somewhere near Pindaya in Burma.

 The words and images are taken from writings and drawings and photographs made in the various locations. The text is designed and laid out simply and spaciously. It is printed letterpress in Optima – Roman and Italic – with titles in 36 point Roman Open, on 200gsm. Zerkall paper using colours that integrate with the prints.

 You can see more of Susan's stunning works at susanallix.com

26 March 2014

SUSAN ALLIX [2]

Susan incorporates intaglio processes such as etching, aquatint, drypoint, carborundum, and surface roll with hand colouring. Of the eight images, one is a lino cut and the large letters of the title page have also been cut in lino. The prints are complicated, using multiple colours and separate plates, often inked ‘a la poupee’ with further hand work in watercolour and acrylic. The paper for the prints is J. Green  310gsm. mould made, bought from the mill before it closed many years ago.

Each of the eight openings is enclosed in a sheet of hand made paper that extends beyond the edges of the printed pages, acting as a frame to accentuate the colour and atmosphere of the spread. Most of these papers have been made especially for this book in the paper-making town of Sanganer in India. Their brightness, pattern and shine help to create, in their close proximity to one another, something of the confusion and exhilaration felt in a crowded bazaar.

 The whole is enclosed in a binding of silk, leather and painted paper over boards, with endpapers and doublures of hand made paper. The spine is leather with the silks and paper arranged on the boards, and the ‘floating’ headband is made to accommodate the variations in pages. The title is lettered in wide spacing in coloured foils on the front board. Each book is different in colour and design, and is enclosed in a dark blue cloth box. The book measures 55x42 cms. (58x44 cms. boxed), has 86 pages and is in a limited edition of 14 copies.

 

20 March 2014

ARTISTS' CHOICE EDITIONS & INKY PARROT PRESS

Exhibitors on the FPBA stand at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair - No: 3

Publishers of books with a strong interest in illustration and Lewis Carroll. We will be exhibiting Illustrating Alice, exploring over 500 sets of illustrations for these two books, a new Through the Looking-Glass with illustrations by John Vernon Lord and the last few copies of Alice’s Adventures under Ground, typeset with Lewis Carroll’s original drawings, enlarged and coloured by Ian Beck.

see more of their work by clicking here:

14 March 2014

BOOKS ILLUSTRATED

Exhibitors on the FPBA stand at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair - No: 2

Books Illustrated have over the years specialised in original illustrations, championing some of our most loved and most famous illustrators. Now they are breaking out into publishing some stunningly illustrated books.

Shown here is Purr & Feather a collection of much loved poems about cats and owls, brought to life by Angel Dominguez, the award-winning illustrator who so richly illustrated ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ in 1996.

See more at www.booksillustrated.com

14 March 2014

THE OLD SCHOOL PRESS

Exhibitors on the FPBA stand at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair - No: 1

At The Old School Press, Martyn & Angela Ould print and publish new texts in limited editions with specially commissioned illustrations. We use traditional letterpress printing techniques – metal type and fine papers – and our books are hand-bound to our designs.

click here to go to their website www.theoldschoolpress.com

 

27 February 2014

FINE PRESS BOOK ASSOCIATION

We are thrilled to announce that there will be a Fine Press Book Association stand at this years London Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia from the 22nd to the 24th of May.

The following presses will be represented: Old School Press, Inky Parrot Press and Artists' Choice Editions, Hand & Eye Letterpress, Caliban Press, Gateway Publishing, Sherwin Beach Press, Susan Allix, Books Illustrated Limited, The Folio Society, Lytewode Press, Queen Anne Press and Extraordinary Editions. Please see our links page to find details of all the presses.

I hope to profile each press over the weeks leading up to the show, so watch this space. This is a rare opportunity to see the work of a number of the country's leading fine, art and letterpresses all together in a single London location - not to be missed.

 

10 February 2014

buy the folio societys limited edition of toilers of the sea

The Folio Society now have their web page live, click here if you wish to buy a copy of the limit edition. Its already proving popular so please don't delay.

For more lovely Channel Island books click here

22 January 2014

FOLIO SOCIETY TO PUBLISH TOILERS OF THE SEA

I am delighted to be able to announce, that such has been the response to our campaign to persuade the Folio Society to publish a definitive edition of The Toilers of the Sea, that they have decided to go ahead and the book is now in production.

The Toilers of the Sea has never been published with Victor Hugo’s original artwork. The 36 images he bound into his original manuscript are absolutely stunning and help bring a whole new perspective to this the greatest of all Channel Island novels.

6 January 2014

THE LITTLE RIVER - DOUBLE WINNER AT FINE PRESS FAIR

Michael Kuch created the etchings and paste-paper images, printed the copperplates and designed the book with oversight from Liv Rockefeller and Ken Shure. Dale Guild Type Foundry cast the 18 point Parsons [Will Ransom’s only metal typeface] Russel Maret created the fleuron and title lettering based upon a Ransom design. The letterpress was undertaken on a Vandercook Universal IV by Art Larson.

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6 January 2014

THE LITTLE RIVER - DOUBLE WINNER AT FINE PRESS FAIR

The popularity of Margaret Wise Brown’s classic, Good Night Moon" endures in America today, over 60 years after her death, such that you can chart birth rates by the sales of that book. She composed The Little River in 1950 and it has never been published before. Margaret gave the manuscript to her fiance, the father of publisher Liv Rockefeller. The book comes complete with a facsimile of the original manuscript and essays by Michael Kuch describing his printing techniques and Liv Rockefeller who describes the role Margaret played in her life as well as the alternative endings to the manuscript. There are only 60 copies of this absolutely beautiful book and there aren’t many left.

6 January 2014

THE LITTLE RIVER - DOUBLE WINNER AT FINE PRESS FAIR

The Little River by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Michael Kuch of the Double Elephant Press and published by Two Ponds Press was the very worthy winner of two awards a the Oxford Fine Press Fair, unsurprisingly receiving both the Judges Choice Award and the Parrot Prize award for the best illustrated book of the last two years.

26 November 2013

EXEMPLARY EDITION OF THE SAS WAR DIARY WINNER

The Exemplary Edition of the SAS War Diary has been won by a Telegraph reader from Northern Ireland. We are especially delighted that the winner comes from Paddy Mayne's hometown of Newtownards and that in a quirk of fate our winner comes from a community that has been raising funds for a copy of the Diary to be placed in their local library. So this very special copy of the Diary has gone to a home where its significance is understood and where it will be hugely appreciated.

5 November 2013

1.33 HIGHLY COMMENDED AT BRITISH BOOK AWARDS

The Illuminated Fightbook was highly commended at the  British Book Design and Production Awards 2013 last night, as were our friends at the Folio Society so we feel in good company. Congratulations to the V&A who pipped us to the post with their David Bowie book.

5 November 2013

WATERLOO BINDING FINALISED

The final tests of the embroidered binding for the exemplary copies of the Waterloo book have now been completed and the results are spectacular. We had the binding on display at the Oxford Fine Press Book Fair and the design went down a storm. Our congratulations and thanks go to Phil at Ludlow Bookbinders for a fantastic piece of craftsmanship.

30 October 2013

TOILERS OF THE SEA UPDATE

We launched our campaign to persuade the Folio Society to create a limited edition of Victor Hugo's Toilers of the Sea in Guernsey last weekend. There was a piece on the Channel TV evening news, which you can see by clicking here. There was also a fabulous centre page spread in the Guernsey Evening Press which has created a great deal of interest and which featured several images by Hugo, including his stunning image of Les Douvres which you can see beside this piece.

30 October 2013

WIN THE EXEMPLARY EDITION OF THE SAS WAR DIARY WORTH £15,000

The Telgraph of Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of November will feature two, 8-page pullouts featuring material from the SAS War Diary. One lucky reader will also be able to win an exemplary edition of the SAS War Dairy worth £15,000. You can see the promotion on the Telegraph website,

3 October 2013

ILLUMINATED FIGHTBOOK SHORTLISTED FOR BRITISH BOOK AWARDS

We are delighted to announce that the Exemplary Edition of 1.33 has been shortlisted in the Limited Edition and Fine binding category of the British Book Design and Production Awards 2013

2 October 2013

Guernsey Lilly at Kew

We are delighted that the library at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew have purchased a copy of the Guernsey lilly for their library. Bibliophiles may wish to know that they already hold an original copy of Douglas' work.

16 September 2013

SAS WAR DIARY AT DSEI

We raffled a copy of the Services Edition of the SAS War Diary at DSEI 2013 and the response was overwhelming. The draw took place at Noon on Friday 13th and our thanks go to Tim Porter the managing director of Clarion Events, the organisers behind DSEI, for picking the winner. Our very worthy winner wishes to remain anonymous.

4 September 2013

THE SPACE PIRATES OF ROQUAINE

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I know that this is a book blog but I cannot resist bringing The Space Pirates of Rocquaine to your attention. Released this summer in a limited edition of just 500 copies this is an album to make your heart sing. If you could bottle this infectious energy and enthusiasm you would make your fortune, as it is sit back and rock along with the pirates.

 

1 September 2013

Illuminated Fightbook Exemplary Edition

The final touches are just being out on the Exemplary Edition of the Fightbook. Each copy is bound in 300 year old oak boards with a veiny vellum spine, they look absolutely stunning. Each copy is then presented in a bespoke leather pouch which also has a pocket for the companion volume. There are only 26 lettered copies and several have already been sold. We will hold the £1500 price until September after which it will rise to £1750.

3 July 2013

Diary EXEMPLARY EDITION at DSEI

The Exemplary Edition of the SAS War Diary will have its first public unveiling at DSEI, the worlds largest arms and security fair, at EXCEL in London's docklands from the 10th to the 13thSeptember.

Each Exemplary will be bound in a fine hide, with gilt edges and contain over 300 real photographs stuck into the book to best replicate the original scrapbook, in addition each copy will be signed by 22 wartime members of the Regiment and the LRDG. The books will be presented in an Oxford blue leather covered box, lined with Cambridge blue silk. A six inch solid silver winged dagger is embedded in the top of each box. The Exemplary will be strictly limited to 22 lettered copies.

Please email mm@extraordinaryeditions.com. For further information.

3 July 2013

Toilers of the Sea

Toilers of the Sea

I have recently been chatting with Joe Whitlock-Blundell at the Folio Society. I was explaining that I had always wanted to see a full English translation complete with the 36 illustrations that VIctor Hugo bound into the original manuscript. I have long maintained that these images were as important to the novel as the text and that the two make a single integrated artwork. Joe is hugely enthusiastic and tells me that if I can find enough people to agree that Folio will produce one one their wonderful limited editions, complete with all the images. So I am going to start a Channel Island wide campaign to see if we can't get a complete Toilers published. Email me for more details: info@clearvuepublishing.com 

25 June 2013

FROM THE LONDON ANTIQUARIAN

Lots of old friends and lots of new ones at the London Antiquarian Book Fair. Derek Hood was taking his turn on the Designer Bookbinders stand and Shepherds were showing off their indestructible Explorer notebooks from their Wiltshire Barn Project, which helps with the rehabilitation of services personnel. The Explorer is ideal for Christmas, but hurry as they are selling like hot cakes and rightly so..

 

New friends included Judith Wiesner, expert conservator. Judith gave us a crash course in paper conservation, showing us why you really shouldn't try this at home. If you have valuable paper that needs restoring look no further. You can check out the before and after images on her website if you need convincing.

 

We were also delighted to meet Enitharmon, one of the few British publishers commissioning collaborations between distinguished artists and writers. We brought a copy of Side by Side by Gilbert and George and lusted after the sumptuous My Yorkshire by David Hockney, in a deluxe limited edition. Not only have they have been publishing stunning books since 1997 they are based around the corner from us, once we’ve been round for coffee, we’ll tell you what they are up to next!

 

Last and not least Glyn and the team from the St Bride Foundation, keeping the art of printing alive, with classes and a world class typographic library. When you are in London you need to go and see them - really you do.

4 June 2013

BOOK EXPO FAVOURITE

Back from the Book Expo in an absolutely sweltering New York, but hey, we go so you don't have too. Sadly there was no sign of either Scriptorium or Moliero, both of whom had been listed as attending from an out of date list. However we did catch up with the charming Giorgio Armaroli from Scripta Maneant, who was showing their facsimile of the British Library's Pslater of Robert de L'Isle.

Containing two of the masterpieces of the fourteenth century, the 39 pages of the Psalter are lavishly embellished with gold and of the 450 copies being made, 40 will be completed in 22 carat gold tooling. The results are well worth the wait and the book was getting a lot of attention at the show. Our photos weren’t taken under the best of conditions, but they do show something of the impact the book has. The facsimile comes complete with a companion volume and is packaged in a Perspex box for more information visit Scripta Maneant.

23 May 2013

BOOK EXPO AMERICA

We are off to New York for Book Expo America and hugely looking forward to it. Among the specialist publishers exhibiting are , Heritage Edizioni and Scripta Maneant, whose De Lisle Psalter which is wholly printed on vellum looks absolutely stunning. We are also keen to see works by Scriptorium for the first time as they have just produced their first work on vellum. Hopefully when we get back we can fill you in on the details.

10 May 2013

ILLUMINATED FIGHTBOOK PUBLISHED

The Illuminated Fightbook has now shipped to all subscribers. Thanks to the bravery of the Royal Armouries in allowing the original manuscript to travel to our printers Senecio, the reproduction is absolutely spot on. One RA curator declared himself "gobsmacked" when he first saw the facsimile. The picture shows some of the fine detail and the bleed through of the image on the reverse, just part of the mass of detail we have been able to capture. Look out for our launch at Live at the Antiquarian Bookfair.

The Illuminated Fightbook will also be on display at the London Antiquarian Book Fair on the 13th, 14th, and 15th June.

 

9 May 2013

OXFORD FINE PRESS FAIR

The list of presses and booksellers attending this year's Oxford fine press book fair in November has just been released and it is looking to be the biggest and best fair yet. We will bring you a list of the delegates and as many links to their websites as we can manage. Apologies if you are left out - just get in touch and we will put you on the blog. Of the presses, publishers and booksellers there are two Canadian , eleven from the USA, three from France, two from Ireland, two from Germany, two from Spain and one each from Australia, Russia and the Netherlands.

18 April 2013

from the London Book Fair

We saw less limited editions and facsimiles at the fair this year, but were very happy to catch up with the glamorous Lucia and Francesca from Franco Cosimo Panini. You may remember Panini as producers of stickers and books to put them in for children, however Lucia's father was an enthusiastic antiquarian book collector and that led him into publishing renaissance masterpieces. Click on their name to see the fabulous books on their website.

Also at the show was Armin Sinnwell of Faksimile Verlag. Armin always has something stunning on display and this year he excelled himself with the Codex Aureus, which he is proudly showing off in the photo. It is a breathtaking work and limited to just 333 copies.

12 April 2013

1.33 AT LONDON BOOK FAIR

Extraordinary Editions are delighted to have the first copies of 1.33 the Illuminated Fightbook on display at the London Book Fair next week on the 15th, 16th and 17th. The first copies will then be sent to subscribers before the end of April.

The Illuminated Fightbook will also be on display at the London Antiquarian Book Fair on the 13th, 14th, and 15th June.

12 April 2013

Guernsey Lilly at St Pierre Park

The Guernsey Lilly will be on display at the bank holiday Antiques Fair at the St Pierre Park Hotel, St Peter Port on May 6th from 10am to 5pm. We will have some of our other books on display as well and look forward to seeing you there.

12 April 2013

Here come the fairs...

Its that time of year again as the London Book Fair starts on Monday. We will be there - stand R801 - do please come and see us. We'll also be having a good look around for limited editions and facsimiles, although it looks as if there are less specialist publishers than last year.

This year we are also visiting Book Expo America, in New York in late May where we will be checking out what's happening stateside.

Then we'll be back for the London Antiquarian Book Fair on June 13th , 14th and 15th. In a new innovation LIVE at the Antiquarian Book Fair will be featuring binding, calligraphy, and letter press work. Look out for our seminar, Everything You Wanted to Know About Books But Were Afraid to Ask.

June will see us at the International Medieval Conference in Leeds and then we'll be at the Oxford Fine Press Fair in Oxford in November. It only happens every other year and is undoubtedly the finest fine press and art book show in Europe, not to be missed.

In between we'll be bringing you sneak previews of up and coming editions and looking at some of the finest binding in the country. If you love books - keep an eye on us.

 

12 April 2013

ILLUMINATED FIGHTBOOK AT LONDON BOOK FAIR

Extraordinary Editions are delighted to have the first copies of 1.33 the Illuminated Fightbook on display at the London Book Fair next week on the 15th, 16th and 17th. The first copies will then be sent to subscribers before the end of April.

The Illuminated Fightbook will also be on display at the London Antiquarian Book Fair on the 13th, 14th, and 15th June.

26 February 2013

ILLUMINATED FIGHTBOOK APPROVED FOR PRINT

After several months of detailed proofing the Royal Armouries let us have the original 1.33 manuscript at Senecio the fine art printers. Master printer Adrian Lack was then able to make a proof copy describer as "jaw dropping" by one Armouries staff member. The proofs were passed and the full print run will take place next week.

7 February 2013

I never met a book...

I NEVER MET A BOOK...

I no sooner see a book: I need it!
   [Even though I'll never read it],
     Books in any binding, any font;
Though it’s always my ambition      
   To acquire a first edition —            
     I never met a book I didn’t want! 

Of my rivals in the chase: (God bless ’em!)    
  How I long to dispossess ’em —           
    Dreams of bookish burgling haunt my sleep,
Though the smell of vellum lingers 
  On a dreaming felon’s fingers —
    I never dreamt a book I didn’t keep! 

‘Would you care to borrow this?’: I have it!    
  (Swear me out an affidavit!)         
     Flattery finds fools who never learn;
Those who loan ’em — losers weepers!    
  I disown ’em!  Finders keepers! —          
     I never took a book I could return!

By kind permission of Felix Dennis

4 February 2013

DAIRY PRESENTED TO NEWTOWNARDS LIBRARY

 

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of teacher Peter Forbes and the pupils of Movilla High School a copy of the SAS War Diary was presented to the public library in Newtownards, Paddy Mayne's home town, on what would have been his 98th birthday.

Currently at Movilla there are pupils who are great grandchildren of one of Mayne's men, Billy Hull, and one of those pupils helped with the fundraising.

[picture Courtesy of the Newtownards Chronicle]

 

23 November 2012

DIARY COMMENDED BRITISH BOOK AWARDS

 

The SAS War Diary 1941-1945 received a " Highly Commended"  in the Limited Edition and Fine Binding category at the British Book Awards. We are delighted that all the hard work put in by the team at Ludlow Bookbinders, our designers MCML and all the members and staff of the SAS Regimental Association, was recognised by the judges.

 

2 November 2012

1.33 GOING INTO PRODUCTION

We are delighted to announce that after consultation with the Royal Armouries the Facsimile Edition of I.33 is going into production. We are calling in our sponsorship pledges and accordingly the sponsorship list and with it the opportunity to purchase the book for £600 will close on December 1st 2012.

17 October 2012

SAS WAR DIARY SHORTLISTED FOR BRITISH BOOK AWARDS

Extraordinary Editions are delighted to announce that the SAS War Diary 1941-1945 has been shortlisted in the Limited Edition and Fine Binding category of the British Book Awards. The awards ceremony is in November and we are keeping our fingers firmly crossed until then.

21 September 2012

GUERNSEY LILLY on display for the Nerine Festival

The first bound copies of the Douglas facsimile and Helen Brock's companion volume will be on display at the Priaulx Library, Candie Gardens, St Peter Port during the Nerine Festival in Guernsey from the 6th to the 20th October 2012.

The Priaulx Library is open from 9.30am to 5.00pm, Monday till Saturday and is to be found above the festival greenhouse, at the northern end of Candie Gardens.

We hope that the library will also have on display their two original Douglas manuscripts and related materials.

31 May 2012

I.33 AT THE ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR

The Facsimile Edition of I.33 was on display at the Antiquarian Book Fair and there was a great deal of interest in the project. The books next outing will be at the International Medieval Conference in Leeds from the 9th to the 12th of July

31 May 2012

WATERLOO ANTHOLOGY LAUNCHES

Extraordinary Editions are delighted to announce the launch of their Waterloo anthology. This magnificent volume contains an unparalled collection of Waterloo materials collected from archives worldwide. The writing is especially selected to bring the battle to life and to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and the anthology contains over 200 illustrations, sketches and diagrams. The book comes with a collection of maps in a separate portfolio and the two are housed together in a slip case.

14 March 2012

EXEMPLARY EDITION LAUNCHES AT SANDHURST

 

The Exemplary Edition of the SAS War Diary broke cover last night at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst courtesy of the Sandhurst Foundation. The Foundation hosted a presentation of two copies of the Diary to the Academy including a Navigators Edition. After a lecture from Gordon Stevens the alumni were delighted when Major Mike Sadler shared some of his favourite stories from the early days of the Regiment.

23 February 2012

I.33 AT THE PARK LANE ARMS FAIR

The Facsimile Edition of I.33 will lbe at The Park Lane Arms Fair on next Sunday March 4th. The fair is at the Marriot Hotel, Duke Street W1 and runs from 10am until 4pm.

21 February 2012

I.33 LAUNCHES AT SWASH IN THE ROYAL ARMOURIES LEEDS

The facsimile edition of I.33 will launch this weekend the 25th and 26th of February at SWASH the Symposium on the Western Arts of Swordsmanship through History at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

SWASH is the flagship event of the British Federation for Historical Swordplay and Extraordinary Editions are delighted to be revealing the designs for I.33 over the weekend.

9 February 2012

I.33 RESTORATION AND PHOTOGRAPHY

I.33 is being restored at the Leather Conservation Centre in Northampton and as part of the process the book has been "pulled" or taken apart as the layman might call it. Extraordinary Editions took the opportunity to photograph each page as it lay flat with a high resolution digital camera, radio linked to a series of flash lights that help to ensure perfect lighting and later perfect reproduction. Photography was by Gary Ombler.

24 January 2012

SAS WAR DIARY AT MILITARIA 2012

 

The SAS War Diary will be on display at MILITARIA 2012 this Sunday 29th of January. This is Europe's premiere indoor military collectors exhibition and you'll find us on 187 in Hall One from 9am until 4pm with several editions on display and an opportunity to examine them in detail.

9 December 2011

ORIGINALS EDITION at British Military Tournament

 

The SAS War Diary was on display at the British Military Tournament at Earl's Court on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of December. It was hugely well recieved [as was the tournament] especially the Originals Edition. We have now sold or have orders for over 75 of the 100 copies of the Originals Edition so if you are thinking of getting one please don't leave it too late.

22 November 2011

DIARY TEAM WIN AWARD

 

The team behind the SAS War Diary have just won the Limited Edition and Fine Binding category at the British Book Design and Production Awards for 2011 for their work on the King's Survey of the Channel Islands. The judges said the book was,"a beautiful, excellently crafted product any book lover would be proud to own. With good design, crisp printing, exceptional high quality quarter leather binding and a well thought out choice of materials, this is a first class presentation. A joy to hold."

20 October 2011

DSEi News

 

We have had a great deal of support from the many friends we made at DSEi. You can now find us on the Defense Media Network and Defense Procurement International websites. We would also like to thank Top of the Range , specialists in extreme equipment and clothing, for letting all their customers know about us.
If you can help spread the word please send us an email and we will supply you with our e-brochure and order form.

5 October 2011

Current Order Line Status

 

We have solved the phone problems that have plagued the past few days and we have extra staff on hand. It is now much easier to reach us by phone and we would like to thank you for your patience. We are also delighted to announce that the Victoria Cross and Originals Editions are selling exceptionally well. If you are interested in either of these editions we would ask you to register your interest sooner rather than later.

28 September 2011

Diary Order line News

 

As the Diary is such an important and valuable work Extraordinary Editions oversee all aspects of the ordering and delivery process. We do not use call centres or service providers. When you call or email us you are dealing with us directly. This means that there are still some delays processing orders, but please be assured they are all in hand.

25 September 2011

Unprecedented demand for The Diary

 

We have been overwhelmed not just with orders, but also with affection and support for the Regiment. We are aware that our phone lines are very busy and that it can be difficult to get through. We are doing everything that we can to alleviate the situation. We will have extra staff on standby and please be assured that every message left on the phone line will be answered. If you wish to order a copy of the Diary and are able to email us please do so, your order will be accepted from the time of your email and confirmed and finalised when we get back to you. We wish to thank everybody for their patience, kind words and support.

23 September 2011

Welcome to our new website

The SAS War Diary website is designed to be easily naviagable and to supply our customers with everything they need to know about the Diary. If you have any problems, comments or suggestions please e-mail mm@extraordinaryeditions.com

It is designed by Chris Barrow at Archive

22 September 2011

SAS War Diary launches

 

This evening the Special Forces Club hosted the launch of the public edition of the SAS War Diary. Representatives of the SAS regimental Association mingled with the BBC, the Telegraph, History Today and a cross section of what one used to call the great and the good.

13 September 2011

SAS War Diary previews at DSEi

 

The SAS War Diary went on display at DSEi the world's largest defense and security show at ExCel London from 13th to 16th September. The Diary was incredibly well recieved, attracting attention from the Minister for Defence procurement among many others.

8 July 2011

SAS War Diary printed

The SAS War Diary's first print run was completed today July 8th 2011. The diary has been printed on a specially ordered Munken paper of an exceptionally heavy weight of 240 gsm in order to most closely replicate the paper of the original. Printing took place at Butler ,Tanner and Dennis in Frome the UK's largest specialist book printer.