Books in print and available
An amulet for the binding of guns, spears, swords, daggers and all implements of war. Syriac text edited and translated by Erica C. D. Hunter. With one hand-coloured illustration reproduced from the manuscript in the John Rylands Library, Manchester.
opposite p. 3: MS John Rylands Library MS Syriac 52, fol. 41v.
Paper, 1992. 200 copies on Zerkall paper. Types: Drugulin's Nestorian Syriac, and Monotype Garamond.
£10 or $14
Captain Kidd and two others. Verses from A book of Americans by Stephen Vincent Benét illustrated with wood-engravings by Nancy Ruth Jackson.
10 pp. Paper, 1997. 150 copies on Zerkall paper. Types: Monotype Octavian and Albertus. ISBN 0 9511627 8 0.
£20 or $28
The Epistle of secrets. Translated from the Latin by Rodney G. Dennis and edited by J. F. Coakley.
Iii + 44 pp. Cased, 1998. Types: Monotype Joanna, with Hebrew words in Stam and Monotype Mayer, the latter having its first showing here., 150 copies on Zerkall paper, of which 90 are for sale. ISBN 0 9511627 9 9.
The Epistle of Secrets is one of the earliest texts of Christian kabbalah, and the first to be printed, in 1487 or 8. We have it only in a Latin translation from the Hebrew - or perhaps it is an original composition - by Paulus de Heredia, a Jewish Christian convert and supposed teacher of Pico della Mirandola. In spite of its importance, the Epistle has never been reprinted, and this is its first translation into any modern language.
£30 or $40.
Elementale quadrilingue: a philological type-specimen (Zürich 1654). Repro-duced with a commentary by John Huehnergard, Geoffrey Roper, Alan D. Crown and the editor J. F. Coakley.
13 pp. Cased, 33 x 23 cm. 2005. Types: Monotype Walbaum and various founders' types in the relevant languages from the Jericho Press collection. Paper: Zerkall mould-made. One hundred copies.
In 1654 the Zürich printer J. J. Bodmer published a broadside entitled Elementale quadrilingue, supposedly a guide to reading Samaritan, Arabic, Hebrew, and Syriac, by the famous Johann Heinrich Hottinger; but really, not so much a work of philology as a specimen of types newly made by the punchcutter Balthasar Köblin who was then working for him. This type-specimen survives in a perhaps unique copy in Houghton Library, unrecorded until lately. Our edition includes a same-size facsimile, with commentary devoted to Hottinger and to the three new types (Arabic, Syriac, and Samaritan).
£50 or $70
The Hebrew types of the Jericho Press. A specimen with notes by J. F. Coakley.
25 pp. Cased, 25 x 16 cm. 2010. Types: Bell, plus various Hebrews. Sixty numbered copies.
The Jericho Press has accumulated Hebrew types, and Monotype matrices for Hebrew, over the years. This is a specimen showing what these are, and adding some typographical history by the way. The history of Hebrew types, especially for the modern period, remains a rather little-known subject; and this is so in particular for Monotype Hebrew, even though Monotype dominated the look of scholarly Hebrew printing in the letterpress era. I hope it will be valuable to others to have some notes on the history and design of these types.
£45 or $65
Psalter collects. An introduction and sampler by Bridget Nichols.
12 pp., in a decorated paper cover, 24 x 16 cm. 2011. Types: Latin and English in Ehrhardt, with Albertus. Paper: Zerkall mould-made. On the colophon page is a wood-engraving of Ely Cathedral by Andy English. Fifty copies.
Psalter collects are Latin prayers composed for use at the end of the recitation of the Psalms. Three collections of these collects (Roman, African, and Spanish) survive in liturgical manuscripts of the ninth to the eleventh centuries. Bridget Nichols gives a short introduction to the three collections, and a sample of two collects from each with a commentary.
£17 or $25
Brother Gregory, In praise of Ely. Translated by Janet Fairweather.
16 pp. Cased, 2011. Type: Monotype Octavian. Paper: Zerkall mould-made. One hundred copies.
Brother Gregory was a monk of Ely in the early twelfth century. His praise of Ely - its natural beauties as well as its abbey - is part of a Latin poem The Life and Miracles of St. Ætheldreda. The English translation by Janet Fairweather is illustrated with five wood-engravings (including the headpiece shown here) by Andy English. You can see a description of his work on this book on his blog.
A few copies remain at £40 or $55.
F. F. Irving, Easter in Ula, Salmas.
11 pp., cased. Type: Octavian with Albertus, printed on Zerkall mould-made paper. With a four-colour map engraved by Andy English. 21 x 15 cm. Sixty copies. 2012.
F. F. Irving was an English missionary who lived among the Assyrian Christians in Persia in the 1890s. This is his description of Easter observances in the village of Ula in 1895.
£15 or $20
The Greek types of the Jericho Press. A specimen with notes by J. F. Coakley.
22 pp. Cased, 25 x 16 cm., 2014. Types: Garamond, plus various Greeks. Sixty numbered copies.
A companion volume to The Hebrew types published in 2010. The Jericho Press collection includes most of the Monotype Greeks in academic use, as well as Proctor's famous type of 1903 (see Lancelot Andrewes and Archimedes above) and 'Alexandrian' and 'Sussex' uncials (the latter perhaps never before shown). Along with the specimen showings, the book includes some previously unpublished information on the history of Monotype New Hellenic, and of Will Carter's Greek type designed (but never produced) for the Cambridge University Press.
£45 or $75.
Hebrew types and Greek types together £75 or $125.
The collect in the eucharist and how to sing it.
15 pp. Cased. 2016. Types: Monotype Octavian and Ehrhardt, plus Deberny & Peignot's plainchant type acquired from the Stanbrook Abbey Press. Fifty numbered copies.
Our third book on the Collects. If you attend the eucharist in an Anglican cathedral or Anglo-catholic church, you probably hear the priest chant the collect. But many priests do this somewhat ad lib and do not follow any of the correct historical 'tones' for this chant. They are set out here, and being easy to learn, will we hope be of use to some priests who aim at good practice. A wider readership may also like to be informed about this liturgical subject. The frontispiece, engraved by Simon Brett, shows a priest at the altar praying the collect.
£36 or $46
The story of the holy Mar Pappos and 24000 who were martyred with him. Syriac text from a Cambridge manuscript, with short introduction and English translation by J. F. Coakley.
iii + 38pp. Cased. 2017. Type: Monotype Perpetua. Paper: Mohawk Superfine.
This purports to be the story of a Roman general and his 24,000 Christian soldiers who were martyred in a town near Antioch in the year 309. The story is, to all appearances, of no historical value at all, and it borrows much of its substance from the old Edessene martyrdoms of Shmona, Guria and Habbib. The Syriac is, at least, straightforward and easy to read. The text is here printed in the estrangela font designed by F. C. Burkitt in 1899 (last used by us for The Church's bridal feast (1992 and long out of print).
£36 or $46
(Postage & packing on this book is $12 to the U.S.A. or £3.50 within Britain.)
St Hilda of Whitby. A cantata by Wendy Cope. With a wood-engraved frontispiece by Andy English.
5 pp., 28 cm. In paper wrappers. 2018. Types: Monotype Ehrhardt and Albertus. Paper: Zerkall mould-made. Eighty copies numbered and signed by the poet and the wood-engraver.
The story of the 7th-century St Hilda, Abbess of Whitby, and Caedmon, the herdsman who sang his hymn for her, is told by Bede, Hist. eccl. 4.24. It is the subject of Wendy Cope's cantata, written for the 125th anniversary celebrations of St Hilda's College, Oxford in February 2018.
£16 or $21.
(Postage and packing on this book are £2 within Britain.)
St Ephrem. A hymn on the Nativity (Hymns on the Nativity 11). Edited and translated by Sebastian Brock.
10 pp., 21 x 20 cm. In paper wrappers. 2019. Thirty copies.
A typically striking and paradoxical hymn of Ephrem. The text is set in the large bold estrangela type (S12 in my book The typography of Syriac) that we rejoice to have but have used all too seldom since Dr Brock's earlier edition and translation of Ephrem in 1986.
Please e-mail for availability and price.
The Ship of the Fens: a gathering of wood-engravings of Ely Cathedral by Andy English.
This collection is of 17 striking engravings of the Cathedral, the work of the engraver over many years of fascination with this building.
20 pp., 26 x 18 cm. 2019. Eighty copies on Zerkall 'Edwina Ellis' paper; with a short introduction and captions in Monotype Walbaum.
£50 or $65. Postage for this book is £2 within Britain.
Six Syriac hymns in English with their English versions and music. Edited by the printer.
A very small number of Syriac hymns have found their way into English hymnbooks. This is an edition of six (of which only one is likely to be at all familiar to those who sing hymns), printed in various Syriac types in the Jericho Press collection, with their translations and tipped-in images (from hymnbooks) of the music.
27 pp. on Zerkall mould-made paper. The types are Syriac (estrangela, serto, and eastern) and Monotype Ehrhardt. August 2019. Forty numbered copies of which thirty are in blue cloth, and ten are in quarter leather and Japanese decorated paper.
In cloth, £25 or $32.
In leather and Japanese paper (shown above), £50 or $62.
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