A Maker of Books

Michael Richards

Printing is like religion. We live in sin, but with the hope of perfection before us.’

Alec Bolton’s life circled around books and writing. He joined the editorial department of Angus & Robertson in 1950 and served as the first publisher at the National Library of Australia in the 1970s and 80s, meanwhile winning acclaim as an Australian book arts practitioner with his Brindabella Press.

He worked with modest resources in a small printery at his home in Canberra. His editions of writers such as Barbara Hanrahan, Les Murray and Kenneth Slessor are now scarce and sought after.

In A Maker of Books, Michael Richards tells the story of Alec Bolton’s life and career, tracing his growing expertise, ambition and recognition. At the heart of everything was the poet Rosemary Dobson, his wife, who first suggested Alec take up letterpress printing and who wrote three of Brindabella’s loveliest books.

This is an account of passion: that of a publisher and of the books he made.

Release
Sep-2022
ISBN
9781922507365
RRP (AUD)
$39.99
Pages
480
Format
Hardback
Category
Memior

Michael Richards

Michael Richards has been a bookseller, a librarian (St Anne’s College Oxford and the National Library of Australia), an historian and exhibitions curator, and is now a letterpress printer.