The Press was started by Dennis Hall in 1980 at Oxford Brooks University, the title reflected the then Oxford Polytechnic. From the start, the press specialised in illustration and most books were printed litho, the smaller books printed in-house, the larger by Didcot Press. I took early retirement in 1987 and by 2015 had enjoyed designing and publishing over 80 books.

In 2002, a new imprint was created, being a partnership of Carol Manheim and Dennis Hall. The original intention was to give artists a chance to choose their own subject and illustrate it. Some of our books reflect this aim,, John Vernon Lord always wanted to illustrate The Hunting of the Snark and this gave him an opportunity to complete his wish. But there has also been an increased interest in 20th century art related books.

Carol Manheim is an American who has lived in this country for 30 years. She has been trading in out- of-print 20th century Art, Design and Photography books since 1984. She has had books in Antiquarius, Museum Street and Biblion. She is a member of ABA. The partnership makes sense with Dennis being responsible for design and production of the books and Carol specialising in sales and promotion, in which she has had considerable experience.

All recent books have had the type and illustrations (normally from the original artwork) prepared for printing by Charles Hall in Cornwall, printed under Keith Stubley’s supervision at Northend Creative Print Solutions in Sheffield and bound by Ludlow Bookbinders.