A Private Press Pride & Prejudice

The Bowler Press of North Vancouver, Canada, is about to undertake a huge printing project (with your help): a hand-printed, letterpress edition of Pride & Prejudice in three volumes. Jarrett Morrison, proprietor of Bowler Press, will hand-set the text in Fournier typeface, with the accompanying italic. It will be cast from English Monotype matrices at the Bixler Letterfoundry in Skaneateles, NY. The paper--all 5,600 sheets of it--will be Zerkall mould made paper. A dozen of Morrison's wood engravings will illustrate each volume. They intend to produce 138 copies, to be bound by Alanna Simenson, of the Mad Hatter Bookbinding Co., in both standard and deluxe editions.

Here's where the "help" comes in: the Bowler Press is using the crowd-funding site Indiegogo to reach out to subscribers and other lovers of good print. Currently, donations amount to just over $8,300 of their $20,000 goal. There are "perks" for donations of $10 and up, so if you're an Austen fan without the $1,500 needed to purchase the standard edition, you can still help the press achieve its goal and come away with a letterpress-printed invitation to the Netherfield Ball.

To see and hear more about this project, watch as Morrison explains: