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A Show of Hands


Catalogue for an exhibition of letterpress printed posters, books and ephemera inspired by the manicule or printer's fist, held at Corsham Court, Bath Spa University, 27 September to 19 October 2019 and touring thereafter

'A Show of Hands' celebrates one of printing's most famous visual icons: the printer's fist or manicule. The exhibition – curated by Tim Jollands, Visiting Reasearch Fellow at Bath Spa University – features posters, books and ephemera from 87 letterpress printers from across the UK, all of whom are featured in this lavish catalogue, which captures the essence of letterpress printing and the skills of its practitioners.

"The allure of letterpress is romantic, acquisitive, obsessive and dangerous. It steals your time and money as it wheedles its way into your heart."
Exhibitor Joe Swift, Distant Press

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Still available

Corsham in Focus & Devizes in Focus

A big thank you to all those who bought the books and took part in our photographic treasure hunts around Corsham and Devizes. We were delighted with the scale of the response and applaud all of your hard work in tracking down Andy’s devilish subjects. Thank you, everyone, for entering into the spirit of the hunt and for all the lovely comments that accompanied your entries.


Many of you have asked where and when the next hunt will take place. We have decided to take a break from them for a while to focus on other projects but will be in touch if/when we decide to extend the series.

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