Extra! Extra! Two Oak Knoll Titles among Michael Dirda’s Holiday Book Recommendations in the Washington Post!

December 14, 2017 Leave a comment

The reviews are in just in time for 2017 to come to a close, and we couldn’t be more proud of ourselves and our authors for turning out such wonderful books. Below is a great listing recommendation for the end-of-year from the Washington Post, which includes a couple of our books, The History of the Limited Editions Club (Carroll Grossman) and The Privately Printed Bible (Ron Patkus). Both were designed by our BFF from New York, the very talented Jerry Kelly.

25395397_1292962187476213_217902487_nMichael Dirda has written an excellent article for the Washington Post about his book recommendations for the holiday season, which included two titles that are published by Oak Knoll Press. The two titles mentioned are The Privately Printed Bible and The History of the Limited Editions Club. Both titles are designed by award-winning designer Jerry Kelly and would make wonderful holiday gifts.

Link to the Washington Post article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/michael-dirdas-wondrous-holiday-book-recommendations/2017/12/10/c2ce58e8-daaa-11e7-b859-fb0995360725_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.be0665957e04


The Privately Printed Bible


The Privately Printed Bible is the first book to offer a broad survey of the history of private and fine press printings of biblical texts. Author Ronald Patkus focuses on English-language examples from the United Kingdom, Ireland, and North America, and includes more than 500 works in his study. He begins with the late nineteenth century revival of printing which took place in England under the influence of William Morris, and continues on through the twentieth century. Along the way he describes key texts, such as the Doves Bible, the Oxford Lectern Bible, the Golden Cockerel Four Gospels, the Spiral Press Ecclesiastes, the Pennyroyal Caxton Bible, and the Arion Press Bible. He also discusses lesser-known works that are part of the story.



The History of the Limited Editions Club


Author Carol Grossman began collecting the LEC in the 1960s and has been conducting research with this book in mind for many years. In addition to presenting the rich history of the enterprise and the people involved in great detail, she examines the legacy and reputation of the books left to bibliophiles, scholars, booksellers, and collectors.



Oak Knoll Gift Certificate: https://www.oakknoll.com/pages/books/89146/gift-certificate

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Miniature Book Collection

December 12, 2017 Leave a comment

This news clip on NBC Nightly News, https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/university-of-iowa-cataloging-4-000-tiny-literary-jewels-1113552451716, about the University of Iowa and their collection of 4,000 miniature books has inspired us to show off our collection. Check out all of our miniature book titles at this link: https://www.oakknoll.com/specialties.php?category_id=245&action=browse&orderBy=custom2

We also have a micro miniatures collection as well! All micro miniatures are available at this link: https://www.oakknoll.com/searchResults.php?action=catalog&category_id=1091




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Meet our new employee, Malayna Lewis.

November 15, 2017 Leave a comment

My name is Malayna and I am the new Communications Assistant at Oak Knoll.


In addition to my new position at Oak Knoll, I am currently enrolled in my last year at Wilmington University for a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management with a minor in Human Resource Management. I spend my spare time sourcing for selling clothing and vintage items in eBay. I spend my down time at home with my pets, attending local events, and learning about new subjects of interest through reading books and online research.

I have always had an interest in publication, so joining Oak Knoll is a great opportunity to expand my knowledge and experience.. I am extremely excited to start this position and I am looking forward to  work withing the staff, as well as with authors, publishing partners, and customers.

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Meet our Fall Intern: Dan Dicriscia

September 26, 2017 Leave a comment

dan about me imgHello faithful Oak Knoll blog readers! My name is Dan and I will be your beloved intern this fall. I am a current senior at the University of Delaware and I major in (you guessed it) English, my concentration in professional writing. In my time as an undergrad I’ve studied all kinds of writing, from professional, to creative, to writing lines of HTML code, and through all of the coursework I’ve done I’ve learned, if it is not a number, I can handle it fairly well. Oak Knoll was an unknown place to me until a professor of mine pointed me in the direction of the quaint bookstore in old New Castle. I walked into the shop not long after, and I was sold before I even sat down for the interview. I’ve read my fair share of non-fiction; however, books about books never appealed to me until I saw the shelves and boxes full of titles that piqued my interest the same way a new song from my favorite artist does when it comes on the radio. During my time as an intern, I also hope to learn as much as I can about the publishing portion of Oak Knoll being that it is nothing short of an enigma to me. One day, as I continue to tone my writing muscles, I hope to publish my own work, so I will be basking in this experience and soaking in as much knowledge as I can.

I fill almost all of the short amount of time I have away from school and work with music. After graduation, I plan on finding a career that combines my writing skills with my unwavering adoration of music. I’ve been a guitarist for close to 13 years, and dived headfirst into the musical world since the beginning, trying my hand at anything from drums to piano. You can also find me, on any given day, rooting for whatever Philadelphia sports team is in season, playing Super Smash Bros, or hiking a trail with some pretty views.

I am nothing short of eager to begin the adventure I’ll be setting out on at Oak Knoll. It has been just one day and I already feel a great sense of camaraderie among the staff here, and I look forward to writing, proofreading, photo-taking, and of course getting coffee for my new co-workers during my time here.

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The TLS Reviews “A Publishing History of a Prohibited Best-Seller”

July 22, 2017 Leave a comment

We could hardly have hoped for a more positive review! (See our listing HERE.)

“Collectors, booksellers, cultural historians and librarians are the target audience of Robert Thake’s scrupulous, meticulous, sumptuously produced and painstakingly researched biography of a book: the abbé de Vertot’s history of the Knights Hos­pitallers of St John of Jerusalem. . . . Thake is omniscient and his lusciously illustrated book a model of scholarship.”  — David Coward

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Our 2017 Publishing and Distribution Catalogue is now available!

July 11, 2017 Leave a comment


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Authors and other friends at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair

March 12, 2017 Leave a comment

Robert Thake (A Publishing History of a Prohibited Bestseller), Michael Broomfield (bibliographies of Robinson Jeffers and John Updike), Jamie Kamph (Tricks of the Trade), Jenny Hille (Endbands from East to West), and Rob Fleck with Gaylord Schanilec, fine press printer and engraver.

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