The Press was started by Dennis Hall in 1980 at Oxford Brooks University, the title reflected the then Oxford Polytechnic. The Press has an obsession about illustrations and has published more than ninety titles.
 

In 2002 a new imprint was created by Dennis Hall and Carol Manheim. The original intention was to give artists an opportunity to choose a subject and illustrate it.

Carol Manheim has been an antiquarian bookseller and member of the ABA since the nineteen eighties. She specialized in out-of-print 20th Century Art, Design and Photography books.