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Bird and Bull Press

A Farewell to a Great Printer: Bird & Bull Press

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 Morrisís 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 Bullís own volumes contained Morrisís 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 Bullís 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.

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Imberdis, J. Papyrus or the Craft of Paper. Bird and Bull Press (1961).

Price, Arnold H. Three Erfurt Tales 1497-1498. Bird and Bull Press (1962).

Morris, Henry. Five on Paper. Bird and Bull Press (1963). A Collection of Five Essays on Papermaking, Books and Relevant Matters

Strouse, Norman. The Passionate Pirate. Bird and Bull Press (1964).

White, William. A Babylonian Anthology. Bird and Bull Press (1966).

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

Morris, Henry. Visit to Hayle Mill. Bird and Bull Press (1970).

Morris, Henry. The Bird and Bull Commonplace Book. Bird and Bull Press (1971).

,. Bird and Bull 13. Bird and Bull Press (1972).

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

Morris, Henry. Roller-Printed Paste Papers for Bookbinding. Bird and Bull Press (1975).

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

Shaw, George Bernard. Flyleaves. Bird and Bull Press (1977).

Claire de Durfort,. Ourika. Bird and Bull Press (1977). John Fowles, translator

Simpson, Henry I. The Emigrant's Guide to the Gold Mines. Bird and Bull Press (1978).

Bachaus, Theodore. The World's Worst Marbled Paper. Bird and Bull Press (1978).

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

Valls I Subira, Oriol. A Lively Look at Papermaking. Bird and Bull Press (1980).

Morris, Henry. Flight of the RB-1. Bird and Bull Press (1980). Coast To Coast in Forty-Three Hours

Bachaus, Theodore. Private Presses of San Serriffe. Bird and Bull Press (1980).

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

Fraser, Claude Lovat. A Book of Simple Toys. Bird and Bull Press (1982).

Stoneback, H R. Cartographers of the Deus Loci. Bird and Bull Press (1982). The Mille House

Harlan, Robert. Chapter Nine. Bird and Bull Press (1982). The Vulgar Bible and Other Unfinished Projects of John Henry Nash

Craig, Gordon. Gordon Craig's Paris Diary. Bird and Bull Press (1982). 1932-1933

Morris, Henry. Japanese Paper Balloon Bombs. Bird and Bull Press (1982). First ICBM

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

Craig, Gordon. Paris Diary 1932-1933. Bird and Bull Press (1982).

Franklin, Colin. Dove Press: The Start of a Worry. Bird and Bull Press (1983).

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

Currie, Kit. Mr Dench's Horse or Life in the Antiquarian Book Trade. Bird and Bull Press (1985).

McClure, Floyd Alonzo. Chinese Handmade Paper. Bird and Bull Press (1986).

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. First Fine Silver Coinage of the Republic of San Serriffe. Bird and Bull Press (1988). The

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

Nevins, Iris. Spanish Marbling. Bird and Bull Press (1991).

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

Constant, Samual Victor. Calls, Sounds and Merchandise of the Peking Street Peddlers. Bird and Bull Press (1993).

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. Broadside Vignettes. Bird and Bull Press (1997).

Hunter, Dard and Henry Morris. Dard Hunter and Sons. Bird and Bull Press (1998).

Adams, John W. The Indian Peace Medals of George III or His Majesty's Sometime Allies. Bird and Bull Press (1999).

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

Morris, Henry. Nicolas Louis Robert and His Endless Wire Papermaking Machine. Bird and Bull Press (2000).

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

Bates, Wesley and Henry Morris. The Booksellers of San Serriffe. Bird and Bull Press (2001). Three wood engravings

Berger, Sidney. Forty-Four Years of Bird and Bull. Bird and Bull Press (2002). A Bibliography, 1958-2002

Voorn, Henk. Henk Voorn to Henry Morris Selected Correspondence. Bird and Bull Press (2003). June 1967 - July 1981

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

Morris, Henry. My Log and Diary. Bird and Bull Press (2005). 1994-2005

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