Fine presses


Barbarian Press, British Columbia, Canada

Fancy: 8 Odes of John Keats, 2015
With 15 wood engravings by Andy English.

Keats thought himself a failure and was not revered in his own lifetime. But after his death at the age of 25 from consumption in 1821, thanks to his good friends who kept his work in the public eye and particularly to Shelley he was soon considered to be one of the greatest of all English poets. He wrote the ‘Great Odes’ in 1819, the Ode to Psyche, Ode on Melancholy, Ode to a Grecian urn, Ode to a Nightingale and To Autumn. This book contains these five great odes plus three others, Ode: Bards of Passion and of Mirth, Ode on Indolence and Fancy from which the book takes its title.

Edition of 140 copies, of which 90 constitute the Regular state, and 40, the Deluxe, with 10 copies hors commerce. Text printed in Poliphilus and Blado with Poliphilus Titling for display, in various colours with black on Zerkall Book mould made paper. Bound in quarter green silk with decorated paper and numbered 1–90.