The Petrarch Press

Events and announcements from the Petrarch Press.

A Recent Commission

Printing the Book on the Chandler & Price Platen Press.LAST YEAR, THE PRESS RECEIVED a commission to produce a small letterpress edition of poetry: a personal volume of 50 sonnets for the author’s own distribution. The author had heard of the Press from a colleague who had seen our fine-press publications, and preferred the handmade quality of our letterpress editions over a plain paperback, print-on-demand booklet.   More…


Our Developing Bindery

Laying PressUntil recently, the Press has focussed mainly on printing with the iron handpress. Last year we installed new equipment that is enabling us to expand our in-house bookbinding capabilities. Tools and materials used by the Apollo Bindery, formerly operated by Peter Cohen, are gradually being integrated into the pressroom from their storage space.   More…


Meet us at CODEX 2009

CODEX Foundation Logo.CAN YOU BELIEVE TWO YEARS have almost passed since the first CODEX book fair in 2007 gathered together an impressive congress of the world’s finest private presses, book artists, artisans, curators, collectors, and scholars?

With such an impressive beginning, we wouldn’t dare miss the 2009 biennial CODEX International Book Fair and Symposium, scheduled from February 9 through 11, 2009 on the campus of The University of California Berkeley. We have reserved our place among the 120 booths for printers and international publishers and we hope to see you there.   More…