Samurai Press 1906-1909

Founded in 1906 at Ranworth Hall, near Norwich, by Maurice Browne, Harold Monro, and others, with the object of publishing attractive and moderately-priced works of a transcendental nature, chiefly poetry, by young, aspiring, and little-known authors. The press moved to Cranleigh in 1906 at which point Arthur Sabin got involved with the hand printing. He moved into a post as a Keeper at the V&A in 1909 and printed some titles under the Temple Sheen Press imprint, and in 1922 became keeper of and transformed the Bethnal Green Museum for which he is best known. The Samurai Press published 30 books during its lifetime, some of which were hand-printed on the press that was later to be used by Douglas Pepler and Eric Gill at St. Dominic’s Press at Ditchling.  They wanted to set up a community of idealists as well originally. Details taken from the available history and bibliography of the press.

Whilst nice to have an example from the press, I have to say the poetry in this volume is woeful! By Arthur Locke a junior civil servant (1872-1932) writing as A. R. Thurlocke this volume The Rustic Choir and Other Poems was printed by Sabin in 300 copies in 1908.

See also The Poetry Bookshop, a later private publishing and bookshop enterprise of Harold Monro.

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