In 2013, it was announced that Henry Morris, of Bird and Bull Press will be stepping down and closing shop. This is sad news for the small press and the fine art press movement, as Bird and Bull have been displaying a commitment to excellence and invention for the last sixty years.
What began as a fascination for medieval paper was quickly turned into professional at-home paper making by Mr. Morris, who since then developed a fine art press specializing in the history of printing, book design and papermaking. Although sold by subscription and with never a very large output, Bird and Bull have been identified as key to providing valuable information in the history of printing through the ages. Fuelled by Henry Morris's interests, his output included small volumes on the history of British, Western and European papermaking, previously 'lost' techniques, rare machines as well as Chinese papermaking, and achieving different designs in paper.
Many of the Bird and Bull's own volumes contained Morris's own handmade paper, and his volumes would display the use of different paper-techniques to achieve different textures and colors in one volume.
Some of Bird and Bull's most collectible items are their annual omnibus of papermaking techniques, essays and examples, always fitted with an actual samples of vegetable-fiber or linen paper from famous mills. These omnibuses will no doubt form a catalog of experiments, technique and history that would in turn be invaluable for any historian of printing and typographic arts. Each volume of the Bird and Bull omnibus typically fetches at least $400 dollars at auction.
Morris, Henry. Five on Paper. Bird and Bull Press (1963). A Collection of Five Essays on Papermaking, Books and Relevant Matters
Morris, Henry. Omnibus. Bird and Bull Press (1967). Instructions for Amateur Papermakers with Notes and Observations on Private Presses, Book Printing and Some People who are Involved in These Activities
Voorn, Henk. Old Ream Wrappers. Bird and Bull Press (1969). An Essay on Early Ream Wrappers of Antiquarian Interest
Morris, Henry. A Visit to Hayle Mill. Bird and Bull Press (1970). Written from Notes Made During a Visit to J Barcham Green, Limited
Morris, Henry. Guilford and Green. Bird and Bull Press (1970). Part I: A Visit to Hayle Mill, Written from Notes Made During a Visit to J. Barcham Green, Limited. Part II: Dear Friend at Home: Letters Written by Nathan Guilford on a Journey to Kentucky in 1814.
,. Proceedings at a Meeting of the Vat Paper Makers. Bird and Bull Press (1970). Held at the Bell Hotel, Maidstone on Tuesday, 8th of March, 1853
Rosenwald, Lessing. The Fortsas Catalogue, A Facsimile. Bird and Bull Press (1970). A Facsimile, with an Introduction by Lessing J. Rosenwald
Spiller, Robert E. The Philobiblon Club of Philadelphia. Bird and Bull Press (1973). The First Eighty Years, 1893 - 1973
Morris, Henry. Paper Maker, A Survey of Lesser-Known Hand Paper Mills in Europe and North America. Bird and Bull Press (1974). And an Account of a Unique Publication, with a Selective Index
Schlosser, Leonard B. Pair on Paper. Bird and Bull Press (1976). Two Essays on Paper History and Related Matters: More Adventures in Papermaking, etc., by Henry Morris, and Some Early Milanese Paper Wrappers
Sumner, James. The Mysterious Marbler. Bird and Bull Press (1976). With An Historical Introduction, Notes and 11 Original Marbled Samples by Richard J. Wolfe
Morris, Henry. Bird and Bull Pepper Pot. Bird and Bull Press (1977). Ingredients: Choice Bits of Uncommon Paper-Making, Publishing and Printing History Simmered in a Tasty Broth of Poetry, Current Events, and Amusing Anecdotes, Lightly Seasoned with a Dash of Obscenity, and with Selected Portions of Tripe Added As In The Old Original Recipe
Claire de Durfort,. Ourika. Bird and Bull Press (1977). John Fowles, translator
Wolfe, Richard. American Medical Botany. Bird and Bull Press (1979). 1817-1821. Examination of Origin, Printing of America's First Color Plate Book
Barrett, Timothy. Nagashizuki. Bird and Bull Press (1979). The Japanese Craft of Hand Papermaking. Illustrated by Richard Flavin
Morris, Henry. Flight of the RB-1. Bird and Bull Press (1980). Coast To Coast in Forty-Three Hours
Weisse, Franz. The Art of Marbling. Bird and Bull Press (1980). Samples of marbled papers by Richard J. Wolfe
Taylor, W Thomas. Twenty-One Years of Bird and Bull. Bird and Bull Press (1980). A Bibliography, 1958-1979
Morris, Henry. Japonica. Bird and Bull Press (1981). A Study and Appreciation of the Art of Japanese Paper
Murray, John. Practical Remarks on Modern Paper. Bird and Bull Press (1981). Introductory Essay By Leonard B. Schlosser
Harlan, Robert. Chapter Nine. Bird and Bull Press (1982). The Vulgar Bible and Other Unfinished Projects of John Henry Nash
Bliss, Cary S. Pair on Printing. Bird and Bull Press (1982). Atkins' The Original and Growth of Printing. William Caslon and the First English Type Specimen Book
Wolfe, Richard. On Improvements in Marbling the Edges of Books and Paper. Bird and Bull Press (1983). A Nineteenth Century Marbling Account Explained and Illustrated with Fourteen Original Marbled Samples
Feather, John. English Book Prospectuses. Bird and Bull Press (1984). An Illustrated History
Schmoller, Hans. Mr Gladstone's Washi. Bird and Bull Press (1984). A Survey of Reports on the Manufacture of Paper in Japan; The Parker Report of 1871
Wolfe, Richard and Paul McKenna. Louis Herman Kinder and Fine Bookbinding in America. Bird and Bull Press (1985). A Chapter in the History of the Roycroft Shop
Schmoller, Hans. Chinese Decorated Papers. Bird and Bull Press (1987). Chinoiserie for Three: Hans Schmoller, Tanya Schmoller, Henry Morris
Wolfe, Richard. Three Early French Essays on Paper Marbling. Bird and Bull Press (1987). 1642-1765. With an Introduction and Thirteen Original Marbled Samples by Richard J. Wolfe.
Morris, Henry. The Bird and Bull Commemorative 100 Coronas. Bird and Bull Press (1988). The First Fine Silver Coinage of The Republic of San Serriffe. Including an account of this legendary republic and its connection with the Bird and Bull Press. With a description of similar numismatic rarities and a 30-year checklist of work produced by the Press, 1958-1988.
Heaney, Howell. Thirty Years of Bird and Bull. Bird and Bull Press (1988). A Bibliography, 1958-1988
Morris, Henry. Trade Tokens of British and American Booksellers and Bookmakers. Bird and Bull Press (1989). With Specimens of Eleven Original Tokens Struck Especially for this Book
Morris, Henry. The Private Press-Man's Tale. Bird and Bull Press (1990). Line drawings by Lili Wronker
Hall, Edwin. Sweynheym and Pannartz and the Origins of Printing in Italy. Bird and Bull Press (1991). German Technology and Italian Humanism in Renaissance Rome.
Harris, Elizabeth. The Art of Medal Engraving. Bird and Bull Press (1991). A Curious Chapter in the Development of 19th Century Printing Processes
Koretsky, Elaine and Donna Koretsky. The Goldbeaters of Mandalay. Bird and Bull Press (1991). An Account of Hand Papermaking in Burma Today
Nevins, Iris. Varieties of Spanish Marbling. Bird and Bull Press (1991). A Handbook of Practical Instruction with Twelve Original Marbled Samples.
Stewart-Murphy, Charlotte. History of British Circulating Libraries. Bird and Bull Press (1992). The Book Labels and Ephemera of the Papantonio Collection
Blades, William. Numismata Typographica. Bird and Bull Press (1992). The Medallic History of Printing
Heaney, Howell. Three Lions and the Cross of Lorraine. Bird and Bull Press (1992). Bartholomaeus Anglicus, John of Trevisa, John Tate, Wynkyn de Worde, and De Proprietatibus Rerum
Ayme, Marcel. Five Short Stories. Bird and Bull Press (1994). The State of Grace, The Dwarf, Rue de l'Evangile, Legend of Poldevia and The Seven League Boots. Illustrated by Gaylord Schanilec
Morris, Henry. Two Birds with One Stone. Bird and Bull Press (1994). My Log and Diary 1980-1993
Middleton, Bernard. Recollections. Bird and Bull Press (1995). My Life in Bookbinding
Meunier, Charles. La Relieuse. Bird and Bull Press (1996). Charles Meunier's Plaquette 1900
Blades, William. Rarities of Numismata Typographica. Bird and Bull Press (1996). Four Examples of Early Dutch Printers' Bookbinders' and Booksellers' Guild Medals, Cast in Sterling Silver from Original Specimens.
Morris, Henry. Vignettes. Bird and Bull Press (1999). An Eclectic Assemblage of Anecdotes About Papermaking, The Private Press, Printing and Its History, Book Collecting, Numismata Typographica and Much More
Wilson, Alexander. The Foresters. Bird and Bull Press (2000). A Poetic Account of a Walking Journey to the Falls of Niagara in the Autumn of 1803. 13 wood engravings by Wesley W. Bates.
Berger, Sidney. Handmade Papers of Japan. Bird and Bull Press (2001). A Biographical Sketch of Its Author and An Account of the Genesis and Production of the Book
Berger, Sidney. Forty-Four Years of Bird and Bull. Bird and Bull Press (2002). A Bibliography, 1958-2002
Campbell, Greg. Son of the Bookbinder. Bird and Bull Press (2004). With an Appendix Showing Samples of Some of the Finest Bookcloths Manufactured Today
Bates, Wesley. In Black and White. Bird and Bull Press (2005). A Wood Engraver's Odyssey; fold out original woodcut print
Bregman, Alvan. Emblemata. Bird and Bull Press (2007). The Emblem Books of Andrea Alciato, A Leaf Book, With Eight New Emblems By Henricus De Nova Villa
de Nova Villa, Henricus. So Long Hot-Metal Men. Bird and Bull Press (2007). The Comprehensive Bird and Bull Type Specimen