Smith&Press is a
unique publisher specializing in early printed books. The focus is
on books that are typically not available or prohibitive to purchase
for institutions and collectors alike. We consider three aspects of a book to create
distinctive offerings for the world to enjoy.
The first aspect
considers the art of the book to be an essential part of the
experience of early printed books. This governs the full spectrum of
the book from printing to binding.
The second aspect
is focused on the affordability of the content. We produce small
production runs of reference editions that are intended to be
reasonably priced while providing a high quality copy of the book.
Reference editions are art books in their own right. They are hand
bound and printed on high quality paper to provide a copy that any
collector or scholar would cherish for years.
The third aspect is
the interpretation of the content of these works. We work with
various scholars to provide a translation of these books into
English. Translations are published separately from the facsimiles
and focus more on the content rather than the art of the book.
employs a number of artists and craftsmen that collaborate to
produce very high quality facsimiles of certain important early
works. A group of conservators, binders, printers, paper makers,
smiths, carpenters and historians collaborated on our offerings. We encourage you to
contact us with any questions or comments.
manage the translation, digitization and publication of our
books so that we can control the quality and costs to bring you
works that are generally unavailable or very rare. Many of
our works are from a privately held collection. We sell directly
to end users to minimize the soaring cost of distribution and middlemen. We
maintain the inventory of our works in house to assure proper
handling and care of our books. When we represent the works of
others, we make certain that the quality is what you would
expect of us. If you purchase one of our own publications
from any other party, you can be assured that it will ship from
our facility as we do not allow any other vendor to stock our