We have just bought a small collection of hand-made books published by the Tern Press, which was started in 1973 by Nicholas and Mary Perry.
To find these scarce and handsome books go into the stock-list and put in the word ‘tern’ in the Publisher search box.
In starting the project, Nicholas Parry said: “Our initial aims were to relate each subject to a relative set of materials. To think of the book as an overall work of art, rather like an opera, with a body (stage – props – paper – binding), intellect (thoughts – words – libretto), and feelings (music – colour – prints), to try, as in all art, to produce a form that lives and breathes.
Thus our books are not conceived, designed, produced through process, but are perceived, arranged and produced through craft.”