Private Press

Private Press at Forum Auctions is primarily focused on the limited edition, hand-crafted books produced by the famous private presses of the 19th and 20th century. These books incorporate the work of some of the leading typographers, illustrators, binders and book designers of their time, and are highly collectable.

Our specialists have many years of experience in this field and are available to provide valuations and advise best path to market for any Private Press books you may have, as well as advise on probate and insurance valuations for single items or collections. Please view the Experts section below for more information.

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Rupert Powell

Rupert Powell

Deputy Chairman, International Head of Books

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Dido Arthur

Dido Arthur

Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Justin Phillips

Justin Phillips

Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Max Hasler

Max Hasler

Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Rhiannon Spence

Rhiannon Spence

Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Hester Malin

Hester Malin

Junior Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Cosima Benson-Colpi

Cosima Benson-Colpi

Junior Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Lydia Gardner

Lydia Gardner

Junior Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Leo Hessian

Leo Hessian

Trainee Cataloguer, Books and Works on Paper

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Simon Luterbacher

Simon Luterbacher

Consultant, Books and Works on Paper

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What defines a Private Press book?
Private Press books are produced in small limited editions by private or independent presses, often with a focus on craftsmanship and quality, utilising traditional printing methods and high-quality materials. Private Press books are therefore distinct from the limited editions produced by larger-scale publishers, sometimes as limited, deluxe alternatives to that publisher's 'trade edition', often numbered & signed by the author and/or illustrator, but still derived from a much larger print-run.
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