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5th June 2023
Following on from Sylvia Gosse's painting 'The Printer', this week we have women who have run their own publishing press, using traditional letterpress methods, ink, and hand-set type. This is Nancy Cunard (1896-1965) poet and heiress, who founded the Hours Press in 1928 in Normandy, moving it to Paris in 1929. Over four years, she published twenty-four titles, including books by Ezra Pound and Samuel Beckett. Her wealth allowed her to take financial risks that other publishers could not, and the Hours Press became known for its beautiful book designs and high-quality production.
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