The pre-history of Nowt Press

Nowt Press was founded in 2004 when Steve Hanson and Robert Galeta published New and Accurate Maps of the World, volume 1, in an edition of 200. This was followed by Hanson’s Beyond Retro and a scattering of pamphlets. Some spreads from New and Accurate Maps of the World volume 1 can be found here. Nowt Press then typeset Ken Sparnes’ Collected Poems, in collaboration with Girl in the Chemist and Hibrida of Bradford. The Collated Total was then issued, along with a hand-made improvisational edition from Guy Begbie. The last book issued in the ‘pre-historic’ phase was Steve Hanson’s Contango Tango. 

We gathered some press, mainly through the UWE Book Arts newsletter. Here are the relevant pages from Issue 27Issue 33 and Issue 49. In 2009, Nowt Press were involved in a Multiples symposium at Hereford College of Arts with Dr. Stephen Bury of The British Library (he is now the Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian at the Frick Art Reference Library).

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