The Petrarch Press

A complete bibliographic handlist of Peter Bishop’s Petrarch Press publications issued between 1986 and 1996.

The Gospel According to Thomas (1986)

The Gospel According to Thomas (1986)English translation of an important Gnostic manuscript discovered outside Nag Hammadi, Egypt, in 1945; translated from the Coptic by A. Guillaumont, H.-C. Puech, G. Quispel, W. Till and Yassah `Abd Al Masih. Printed in Spring 1986. Handset in Dante types, and printed on an 1865 Albion Super Royal handpress. Verse numbers in red. Edition limited to 155 copies: 10 copies (numbered I-X) on sheepskin parchment; 25 (XI-XXXV) on J. Barcham Green handmade Canterbury; 120 (unnumbered) on Rives all cotton Lightweight. All editions bound in boards covered in terracotta handmade Roma paper; printed spine label. Handmade paper copies in silk-covered slipcase; parchment copies in Roma-covered slipcase with linen trim. 6 x 9 inches; pages (12) 19 (5).


Rainer Maria Rilke: The Duino Elegies (1987)

The Duino Elegies (1987)Bilingual edition with German and English on facing pages; English translation by Stephen Garmey and Jay Wilson. With a previously unpublished translation of a letter from Rilke to Witold von Hulewicz replying to his questions on the Elegies; translated by Stephen Garmey. Set in Van Dijck and Lutetia types, and printed on an 1865 Albion handpress. Book design by Joel Friedlander. Illustration by Liza Casey. Edition limited to 260 copies: 10 (numbered 1-10) on sheepskin parchment; 50 (11-60) on handmade Wookey Hole paper; 200 (unnumbered) on Rives Lightweight paper. All editions bound in linen-covered boards; gold-stamped spine and front cover. Parchment copies in black cloth-covered clamshell box. 6 x 9 inches; pages (xii) 74 (5).


Marcus Aurelius: Look Within (1988)

Marcus Aurelius, Look Within (1988)Selections from the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. Designed and printed in Autumn 1988. Handset in Dante and Chochin Open types; printed in blue ink. Edition limited to 252 copies: 2 (numbered 1 & 2) on sheepskin parchment; 50 (3-52) on handmade Hayle paper; 200 (numbered 53-252) on all-rag Arches paper. Parchment copies bound in full blue goatskin with gold-stamped spine; gold silk covered slipcase with blue leather trim. Hayle copies in blue boards. Arches copies in blue wrappers. 5¼ x 7¼ inches; pages (16).


Epictetus: Encheiridion (1989)

Epictetus, Encheiridion (1989)Pocket-sized edition of Elizabeth Carter’s translation. Printed in Fall 1989. Dante types. Red initials and marginal numbers. Title in three colors. Edition limited to 100 copies: 2 (numbered 1 & 2) on sheepskin parchment; 98 (3-100) on Arches Text Laid paper. Parchment copies bound in full tan goatskin with gold-stamped spine; slipcase covered in goatskin, with silk pull-ribbon. 3 x 4 inches; pages (56).