Publications at the Centre for the Book

University of Otago Library Otakou Press Printer in Residence programme

The annual creation of the Otakou Press Printer in Residence programme at the University Library.  Download the catalogue of the titles printed 2003–2009 providing full production details.  A link attached to any title indicates that copies are still available for sale, with the sale price at the end of the entry.  Contact Dr. Kerr if you wish to purchase any items.

Spread from XXXXWords 2014 Printer-in-Residence Project2014: XXXXXwordsPeter Vangioni, owner-operator of Kowhai Press, Christchurch, and curator at the Christchurch Art Gallery, printed poems and images by Michael Morley, an artist based at Port Chalmers. The nine poems were printed on the Columbian Press; the 5 dark images were printed on the Albion. The poems and images are bound in black buckram, and wrapped in a white embossed dustwrapper. An additional suite of 26 A-Z images were printed, signed by Morley. The book and prints are available: book NZ$140.00; each print NZ$200.00.

Poster of Sentence from Reimke Ensing from 2013 Project2013: Broadsheets. This year’s project involved three printers—Dr John Holmes (Frayed Frisket Press); Rob Lamb (Mirrorcity LetterPress) and Tara McLeod (Pear Tree Press)—printing eight posters of quotations by New Zealand female writers/poets: Jenny Bornholdt, Riemke Ensing, Charlotte Grimshaw, Bernadette Hall, Fiona Kidman, Elizabeth Knox, Cilla McQueen, and Emma Neale.  These broadside pieces are colourful and range in size and shape. 100 copies were printed, and the University bindery supplied the four-flap cover. Copies are still available at NZ$200.00 (incl gst).

  • 2012: Distractions, a limited edition of 100 copies of a volume of poetry by Kevin Cunningham (1945–2002), who studied English at Otago University and at Liverpool University. In the 1970s, Cunningham started and ran the Amphedesma Press (in partnership with Bill Manhire), which published editions of New Zealand poetry. Printed by John Holmes, the volume includes an introduction by Manhire, who the poems to include.  Loosely tipped into the volume, bound by the University bindery, is an image of Cunningham by Joanna Paul, and poems on Cunningham by Manhire and Alan Roddick. Copies are still available at NZ$90.00 (incl gst).
  • 2011: Skew-whiff, 10 poems by Peter Olds with 8 illustrations by Kathryn Madill. This colourful ‘graffiti-like’ edition was printed by John Denny, owner-operator of Puriri Press, Auckland [$250.00 (incl gst)]
  • 2010: PRIME, a multi-coloured edition of 7 poems by Australian and New Zealand poets: Stephen Edgar, Robert Adamson, Sarah Holland-Batt, Les Murray, Sue Wootton, Michael Harlow, and Vincent O’Sullivan. Printed by Caren Florance, a hand-craft printer who runs her own Ampersand Duck press in Canberra.

For more details on the programme, see the Special Collections Website.

New Zealand Colonial Texts Series

The English Department is proud to offer an ongoing series of edited reprintings of pre-1930 New Zealand fiction as part of its NZ Colonial Texts series.  Titles published to date are:

  • Arthur J. Rees, The Merry Marauders (1913), ed by Julian Kuzma and Lisa Marr.  ISBN 978-0-473-13030-4  $20
  • William Baldwin, Tom Hungerford: A Story of the Early Days of the Otago Goldfields (1872), ed by Jim Sullivan.  ISBN 978-0-473-18077-5  $20
  • Jean Devanny, Lenore Divine (1926), ed. by Kirstine Moffat.  ISBN 978-0-473-21286-5  $25
  • The Passionate Puritan, a 1921 novel by Jane Mander, edited with an introduction by Damien Love, and co-published with Erewhon Press. ISBN 978-0-473-26979-1  $20

Other titles that suitably qualified editors might wish to propose are most welcome.  All titles are available from the English Department ($5 shipping within NZ; other locations at postage costs).  Having produced these titles digitally, we aim to keep them in print and orders are always welcome.

Script & Print

The quarterly research journal of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand, Script & Print is edited by Dr. Shef Rogers.  The journal publishes in all areas that form part of, or are related to, physical bibliography: the history of printing, publishing, bookselling, type founding, papermaking, bookbinding; palaeography and codicology; writing, editing and textual bibliography. No countries or periods are excluded. The interdisciplinary approach to these subjects is often described, collectively, as Book History or Print Cultures. Script & Print has only a marginal interest in the general field of reference bibliography, documentation and information retrieval.

For further information about the journal or the Bibliographical Society, please see the BSANZ website.

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