Great Books Made Right
Century Press is an Ottawa-based publishing company that handcrafts classic books built to endure the test of time.
We pride ourselves on pairing high-quality, environmentally conscious materials with artisanal letterpress printing.
We are uncompromising in our support for local, Canadian printers and binders.
I just want to take a moment to say how much I like your edition of “The Call of the Wild.” This is my third Century Press book, and it is a pleasure to see how each book grows. I think this is the most beautiful volume of the three, with its gorgeous blue leather cover, light blue ribbon marker, matching blue snowflakes on the introduction page and the following title page, and the blue drop capital for each chapter - not to forget the blue type on the initial title page or the blue flame on the candle (nice touch!). The illustrations are extraordinary, like fine etchings. The letterpress printing is crisp and impressions obvious as you run your fingers over the text. As usual, the introduction gives a sense of history to the book and urges the reader forward to the story itself. Thank you for this impressive volume. Here’s to your continued growth and success!
As with previous issues this new one shines - the goat skin binding is great, the use of blue creates a really great contrast to the printed black. And the paper holds the impressing of the letterpress machine to give a great tactile feel. Lovely.
The Call of the Wild
Absolutely adore my copy of The Call of the Wild. Excellent communication and postage. The book it self is gorgeous with stunning illustrations and two toned letterpress. The introduction by Jonah Raskin was very informative and enjoyable. Overall immensely happy with this product and cannot wait for the next book!
This is a beautiful book that made a great gift.
Having been a bit disappointed with the condition of my copy of The Sun Also Rises I still held high hopes for Call Of The Wild, one of my favourite books from childhood, and I was not disappointed. The blue leather is beautiful, lovely binding and the print is nice and consistent throughout with not too much bite on the page. The two colours are subtle but really add to the quality overall. The interior artwork is really striking and it is all together an incredibly nice edition. It's quick becoming one of my favourite books in my (admittedly small) collection.
The only concern I had is it was just wrapped in tissue paper and a stiff envelope and that does not feel like a lot of protection for a book coming all the way to the UK from Canada (via Amsterdam) then sitting in the rain all day outside my front door. Especially given the cost of international shipping. Arrived in imaculate condition thought so I'll just be stressed when I inevitably order whatever Century Press are putting out next. They keep getting better.
I love the pops of color added to the letter press design! It’s another gorgeous design and execution. Customer service is also too notch. I love the way this collection is growing on my shelf and can’t wait to see what they do next!
The introduction was exceptional
Century Press continues to impress with Call of the Wild. The fit and finish is excellent.
Still some issue with inconsistent inking but definitely improved since the last book. Everything else is quality.
Was so thrilled to receive my copy and no question, it is the best, most beautiful Century Press title yet. I am so excited to add it to my collection and can’t wait for the next title to be released!
The size is the same as their first two titles - perfect for reading. The two color (letterpress) printing works really well and the illustrations are utterly lovely. The leather has a nice hand feel and the overall design is cohesive. I really can’t wait to see what’s next!
Love it. Beautiful craftsmanship!
I feel the production keeps getting better, and I can't wait to see what you do next!
One of the earliest books I read growing up gets a wonderful treatment! Lucky to get one of the special paste paper editions!
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