Costmary Press publications

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Costmary Press publications

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Special Collections and Archives

Costmary Press publications

Repository: Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.
Title: Costmary Press publications collection
Inclusive Date(s): 1992-2019
Author: Finding aid prepared by Anita Clary
Creation: Finding aid encoded by Anita Clary using the OhioLINK EAD Application in 2018
Origination: Keller, Dean H.
Extent: .5 cubic feet (1 half-size record storage box)
Physical Location: 11th floor
Finding Aid Identifier: OhKeUSC0201
Abstract: This collection contains projects printed by The Costmary Press, a small private press operated as a hobby by Dean H. Keller. Represented are quotations and poems by local and nationally known poets, printed in the form of broadsides or chapbooks; keepsakes; and other small printed publications.
Language(s): The records are in English

History of The Costmary Press

Dean H. Keller is former Curator of Special Collections, Associate Dean, and emeritus professor at the Kent State University Libraries, where he had a long and distinguished career. He and his wife, Patricia, reside in Kent, Ohio.

A course on the history of books and printing piqued Keller's interest in printing. Printing as a Hobby, by J. Ben Lieberman provided basic information and motivated Keller to take up printing as a hobby. The book promoted the "Liberty" press kit which Keller acquired and used to print his first three items--stationery for his wife (Patricia) and her cousin--in 1965. He then purchased a used 6-inch by 10-inch Chandler & Price press from a church in Akron, Ohio and an assortment of Bodini type and a Hamilton type cabinet from Commercial Press in Kent, Ohio. The name Costmary Press came from Patricia Keller's interest in herbs; costmary, also known as Bible leaf, was used in Colonial times as a marker for the Bible or prayerbook and its pungent leaves were chewed to keep the listener awake during long sermons. A colleague made a drawing of the costmary leaf which has been used as Keller's printer's mark since it was introduced in 1969. In 2007, The Costmary Press acquired a font of 12 point Bewick Roman type. Most of the Press' projects have been printed on the Chandler and Price press.

Scope and Content

The Costmary Press publications collection spans the years from 1992 through 2019. It contains broadsides and chapbooks of poetry, quotations, and keepsakes. There are, generally, two categories of poetry: poems by poets who are closely tied to Kent State University, and non-Kent poets who may have some relationship with the University. Many of the poems were first published by The Costmary Press; several were later collected in books by their authors.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is arranged in chronological order of The Costmary Press print date.

Separated Material

Many of The Costmary Press publications dated 1970-2012, including three catalogues and an anthology, are housed in the Special Collections & Archives book collection, and are cataloged in KentLINK.

Preferred Citation

The Costmary Press publications collection. Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Dean H. Keller

Bibliography

The Costmary Press: A Catalogue, 1965-1999 provided information used in the History notes of this finding aid.

Controlled-access Headings
The following are found in this collection:

Subjects:
Costmary Press -- Archives
Small presses -- Ohio -- Kent
Letterpress printing -- Ohio -- Kent
Hand-printed books -- Ohio -- Kent
Hand presses -- Ohio --Kent
Organizations/Corporations:
Costmary Press
Functions:
Letterpress printing
Occupations:
Printers
Typographers
Material Types:
Poetry
Hand-printed books
Broadside poems
Letterpress types
Foundry types
Keepsakes



Detailed Description of the Collection

In the entries below, the Costmary Press Catalogue numbers (if assigned) are provided with the following notation: "CPC ##."
Box 1 / Folder 1
The Costmary Press Bookmark, Fall, 1992
Physical Description: CPC 60. Keepsake for a talk about The Costmary Press given for the Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society.
Box 1 / Folder 2
Nurmi, Martin K. David Johnson, Dec. 29, 1995, February, 1998
Physical Description: CPC 66. Broadside. Unnumbered of 50 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 3
Quotation from a Scriptorium, April, 1998
Physical Description: CPC 68. Two pages in a printed folder, stitched binding. Unnumbered of 25 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 4
Hassler, Donald M. Love Affair with Death: Gaiser Dimittis, May, 1998
Physical Description: CPC 69. Broadside. Unnumbered of 50 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 5
Hunt, Leigh. Rondeau, February, 1999
Physical Description: CPC 70. Broadside. Number 10 of 12 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 6
Four nature poems by Gilbert White, Erasmus Darwin, and Ralph Waldo Emerson (2), February, 1999
Physical Description: CPC 71. Chapbook; six pages, stitched binding. Number 10 of 12 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 7
Horn Book (facsimile), October, 2000
Physical Description: CPC 88. Contains the alphabet and Lord's Prayer. The wooden paddle was cut by Ray Craig. Colophon attached by a string. Number 10 of 12 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 8
Elliot, David. For Anne, February, 2001
Physical Description: CPC 91. Broadside. Number 30 of 36 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 9
Sternlieb, Barry. Printing by Hand, Summer, 2001
Physical Description: CPC 93. Broadside. Number 12 of 40 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 10
Lowell, James R. Early Spring, May, 2002
Physical Description: CPC 100. Broadside. Number 40 of 50 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 11
Meyer, Lewis. I think that..., May, 2002
Physical Description: CPC 101. Broadside. From Meyer's book "The Customer is Always." Number 7 of 16 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 12
Noel-Tod, Jeremy. Edgeland, June, 2002
Physical Description: CPC 102. Broadside. Number 36 of 46 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 13
Elliot, David. In Antique-Rusty Golden Rome 1961, December, 2002
Physical Description: CPC 103. Broadside. Number 31 of 40 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 14
Tener, Robert L. View to the West, February, 2003
Physical Description: CPC 105. Broadside. Number 22 of 30 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 15
Rogers, A. Robert. Ambition, March, 2003
Physical Description: CPC 106. Broadside. Number 22 of 30 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 16
Chipps, Lloyd. E. W. P., April, 2004
Physical Description: CPC 107. Broadside. Number 9 of 40 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 17
Zimmer, Paul. Zimmer and the Moment, May, 2004
Physical Description: CPC 109. Broadside. Number 9 of 24 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 18
Some American Writers Who Practiced the Printing Trade, July, 2004
Physical Description: CPC 111. Keepsake; broadside. Number 7 of 12 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 19
Hassler, David. Close to the Ground, July, 2004
Physical Description: CPC 112. Broadside. Number 37 of 42 copies, signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 20
Anderson, Maggie. The Map, September, 2004
Physical Description: CPC113. Broadside. Number 49 of 75 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 21
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. Dante, November, 2004
Physical Description: CPC 114. Broadside; printed on handmade paper. Number 8 of 25 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 22
Kryss, Tom. Two for the Asphodel, November, 2004
Physical Description: CPC 115. Two pages in paper folder with a printed label, unbound. Number 5 of 40 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 23
Papyrus..., April, 2005
Physical Description: CPC 116. Keepsake; broadside; printed on papyrus. Number 4 of 4 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 24
Klein, Jane. Sarah is Four, June, 2005
Physical Description: CPC 117. Broadside. Number 26 of 30 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 25
Kryss, Tom. Real Time, June, 2005
Physical Description: CPC 118. Broadside. Number 36 of 40 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 26
William Dean Howells on the Spanish-American War, November, 2005
Physical Description: CPC 119. Quotation; one page in a printed folder. Number 8 of 16 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 27
Pangur Ban, January, 2006
Physical Description: CPC 122. Poem by a 9th Century Irish monk in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Broadside; printed on handmade paper. Number 8 of 16 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 28
From The Philobiblon of Richard de Bury, January, 2006
Physical Description: CPC 123. Quotation; broadside. Number 8 of 16 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 29
80: A Keepsake in Honor of Frank Klein's 80th Birthday, February 16, 2006
Physical Description: CPC 124. Keepsake; broadside. Number 98 of 100 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 30
Kryss, Tom. In Reserve, February, 2007
Physical Description: CPC 131. Broadside. Number 25 of 40 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 31
Gildzen, Alex. Fall Flow, November 23, 2007
Physical Description: CPC 138. Broadside. Number 32 of 36 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 32
Some Ohio Authors, November 25, 2007
Physical Description: CPC 139. A list printed on paper cut in the shape of the state of Ohio. Number 8 of 16 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 33
Some Ohio Used and Rare Booksellers, December 2, 2007
Physical Description: CPC 140. A list printed on paper cut in the shape of the state of Ohio. Number 8 of 16 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 34
Tener, Robert. The Perfume of Snow, January, 2008
Physical Description: CPC 141. Broadside. Number 19 of 24 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 35
Kryss, Tom. The Case for Hope, January, 2008
Physical Description: CPC 142. Broadside. Number 35 of 40 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 36
Kafka, Franz. Life's splendour..., January, 2008
Physical Description: CPC 143. Quotation; broadside. Number 8 of 16 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 37
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano. Governments can err..., January, 2008
Physical Description: CPC 144. Quotation; broadside. Number 8 of 16 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 38
Selections from "Ballads of Books" Chosen by Brander Matthews, New York, 1887, January, 2008
Physical Description: CPC 145. Chapbook, six pages with printed cover, sewn binding. Number 8 of 16 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 39
Tener, Robert L. A Cadence of Cold, March, 2008
Physical Description: CPC 148. Chapbook, six pages with printed cover, sewn binding. Number 20 of 24 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 40
Bookmark for 60th anniversary of The Bookseller, Inc., Akron, Ohio, March, 2008
Physical Description: CPC 149. Keepsake. Unnumbered of 60 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 41
Lagerlof, Selma. Robin Redbreast from "Christ Legends", October, 2012
Physical Description: CPC 227. Quotation; broadside. Number 25 of 30 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 42
Swanberg, Ingrid. Three Bird Songs, October, 2012
Physical Description: CPC 228. Chapbook, four pages with printed cover, sewn binding. Number 32 of 35 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 43
Cauble, Don. On a hair-pin curve just under a blond's left eye, October, 2012
Physical Description: CPC 229. Chapbook; nine pages with printed cover, sewn binding. Number 36 of 40 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 44
Heyen, William. The West: Five Scherzi, November, 2012
Physical Description: CPC 230. Chapbook; eight pages with printed cover, illustration, sewn binding. Number 31 of 35 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 45
Smith, Larry. Walking a Field into Evening, December, 2012
Physical Description: CPC 232. Broadside. Number 26 of 35 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 46
Of Books, December, 2012
Physical Description: CPC 233. Quotations; eight pages in a printed folder. Number 7 of 25 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 47
Of Printing, January, 2013
Physical Description: CPC 234. Quotations; six pages in a printed folder. Number 7 of 25 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 48
Hassler, Donald (Mack). Trigonometry for David Tarvainen, January, 2013
Physical Description: CPC 235. Broadside. Number 17 of 20 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 49
Lowell, James R. 11.x.64, February, 2013
Physical Description: CPC 236. Broadside. Number 54 of 60 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 50
William Dean Howells on Printing, October, 2013
Physical Description: CPC 239. Quotations; two pages, tied binding. Number 6 of 12 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 51
Paper, January, 2014
Physical Description: CPC 240. Quotations; two pages, folded. Number 6 of 12 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 52
W. D. Howells on A. Trollope, May, 2014
Physical Description: CPC 241. Quotation from "Heroines of Fiction." Broadside. Number 6 of 12 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 53
Heyen, William. From the Fields, Summer, 2014
Physical Description: CPC 242. Chapbook; six pages with printed cover, photo illustration of Walt Whitman, stapled and taped binding. Number 29 of 35 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 54
Lawless, James (Jim). Night; Basho...; Japanese death poem, September, 2014
Physical Description: CPC 243. Chapbook; one page, printed on paper purchased at the Crane Paper Musum, Dalton, Massachusetts. Number 25 of 40 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 55
Heyen, William. Chip, September, 2014
Physical Description: CPC 244. Broadside; illustrated by the poet. Number 31 of 35 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 56
Lawless, James (Jim). Flurry, January, 2015
Physical Description: CPC 245. Broadside. Number 35 of 40 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 57
Lawless, James (Jim). Two Poems, January, 2015
Physical Description: CPC 246. Two pages in a printed folder. Number 34 of 40 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 58
Autographs of Governors of Ohio: A Catalogue, February, 2015
Physical Description: CPC 247. Cover and title pages printed at The Costmary Press; text typewritten and photocopied. Twenty-one pages with printed covers, stapled binding. Number 7 of 10 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 59
Lawless, James (Jim). Where's the moose?, April, 2015
Physical Description: CPC 249. Broadside. Number 36 of 40 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 60
Lawless, James (Jim). Snow: Four Poems, April, 2015
Physical Description: CPC 250. Chapbook; four pages with printed covers, sewn binding, errata slip. Number 25 of 40 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 61
Dunbar, Paul Laurence. Untitled, on Orville Wright as a printer, June, 2015
Physical Description: CPC 251. Broadside. Number 6 of 16 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 62
Lines by "a modern poet", August, 2015
Physical Description: CPC 252. Quoted by Sir Walter Scott in "Guy Mannering." Broadside. Number 6 of 16 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 63
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. Catawba Wine (final verse), September, 2015
Physical Description: CPC 253. Broadside. Proof; 4 copies printed.
Box 1 / Folder 64
Kenyon, Jane. Otherwise, December, 2015
Physical Description: CPC 254. Broadside. Number 6 of 12 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 65
Block, Lawrence. From The Burgler Who Painted Like Mondrian, December, 2015
Physical Description: CPC 255. Quotation; broadside. Number 6 of 12 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 66
Lawless, James (Jim). Missouri Botanical Garden: Seven Haiku and a Photograph, December, 2015
Physical Description: CPC 256. Chapbook; two pages with printed cover, photograph, sewn binding. Number 36 of 40 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 67
For Frank Klein, the Bookseller, on his Ninetieth Birthday, January, 2016
Physical Description: CPC 257. Six quotations in a printed folder. Number 30 of 35 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 68
Stoneburner, Tony. Writer in Minnesota in 1861, January, 2016
Physical Description: CPC 258. Broadside. Number 46 of 50 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 69
Chesterton, G. K. The Donkey, March, 2016
Physical Description: CPC 260. Broadside. Number 6 of 16 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 70
Heyen, William. Three Love Poems, May, 2016
Physical Description: CPC 261. Chapbook; four pages with printed cover, photographs, sewn binding. Number 29 of 35 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 71
Trollope, Thomas Adolphus. Charles Dickens, October, 2016
Physical Description: CPC 262. Cover and title page printed at The Costmary Press. Text is photocopy of chapter from the 1st Amer. Ed. of "What I Remember." Twelve pages with printed cover. Number 6 of 16 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 72
Rist, Johan. And Frederick William he..., October, 2016
Physical Description: CPC 263. Quotation; translated by William Blades. Broadside. Number 6 of 16 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 73
Lawless, James (Jim). Parallel peeing, October, 2016
Physical Description: CPC 264. Broadside. Number 32 of 40 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 74
Lawless, James (Jim). A poem should not mean but be, October, 2016
Physical Description: CPC 265. Broadside. Number 34 of 40 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 75
Lawless, James (Jim). Punchki, October, 2016
Physical Description: CPC 266. Broadside. Number 29 of 40 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 76
Howells, William Dean. What Shall It Profit?, November, 2016
Physical Description: CPC 268. Broadside. Number 6 of 16 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 77
Psalm 121, November, 2016
Physical Description: CPC 269. Broadside. Number 6 of 16 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 78
Rags..., November, 2016
Physical Description: CPC 270. Quotation from unknown 18th Century author cited by Dard Hunter. Broadside; printed on handmade paper. Number 6 of 16 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 79
Holme, Constance. From The Things Which Belong--, January, 2017
Physical Description: CPC 271. Quotation. Broadside. Number 6 of 16 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 80
Cather, Willa. Two Poems, January, 2017
Physical Description: CPC 272. Chapbook; two pages with printed cover, sewn binding. Number 6 of 16 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 81
Hassler, Donald (Mack). Old Pictures at Christmas, February, 2017
Physical Description: CPC 273. Broadside. Number 35 of 40 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 82
Harshman, Marc. Monastery, February, 2017
Physical Description: CPC 274. Broadside. Number 144 of 150 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 83
William Dean Howells on Reading, April, 2017
Physical Description: CPC 275. Quotations; two pages, tied binding. Number 6 of 12 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 84
Heyen, William. Young Man Jack, May, 2017
Physical Description: CPC 277. Chapbook; four pages with printed cover, photographs, sewn binding. Number 32 of 35 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 85
Holme, Constance. My life..., August, 2017
Physical Description: CPC 279. Quotation. Broadside. Number 6 of 12 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 86
Browne, Irving. 3 Poems, November, 2017
Physical Description: CPC 280. From his "Ballads of a Book-Worm." Fourteen pages in a printed folder. Number 6 of 12 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 87
Hassler, Donald (Mack). Old News, December, 2017
Physical Description: CPC 281. Broadside. Number 25 of 30 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 88
Van Gundy, Doug. Spillway, December, 2017
Physical Description: CPC 282. Broadside. Number 56 of 60 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 89
Fanthorpe, U. A. BC : AD, December, 2017
Physical Description: CPC 283. Broadside. Number 7 of 20 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 90
The Costmary Press: A Catalogue, 2011-2018, January, 2018
Physical Description: CPC 284. Covers printed at The Press; text typewritten and photocopied, alphabetical index of all items printed at The Press. Ten pages with printed covers, sewn binding. Number 6 of 14 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 91
Kryss, Tom. DNA, March, 2018
Physical Description: Broadside. Number 13 of 50 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 92
Lawless, James (Jim). The nother, last closing: Olde Erie Book Store, July, 2018
Physical Description: Broadside. Number 6 of 20 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 93
Lawless, James (Jim). Eight Poems, August, 2018
Physical Description: Eight pages in folder with printed label. Number 28 or 40 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 94
Blevins, Richard. To Jim Lowell, September, 2018
Physical Description: Broadside. Number 56 of 60 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 95
Lawless, James (Jim). Missouri Botanical Garden: 7 Haiku and 7 Photographs, September, 2018
Physical Description: Chapbook; seven pages, tied binding. Number 11 of 14 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 96
Hassler, Donald (Mack). Pat and Dean: A Couple, January, 2019
Physical Description: Broadside. Dated 1982. Number 5 of 16 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 97
Hassler, Donald (Mack). From Trantor to Mesklin by Way of Dhalgren, January, 2019
Physical Description: Broadside. Dedicated to "our colleague Kevin Floyd." Number 20 of 24 copies. Signed by the author.
Box 1 / Folder 98
Thomas Carlyle on Printing, January, 2019
Physical Description: Broadside. Two quotes. Number 7 of 12 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 99
Auden, W. H. From For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio, January, 2019
Physical Description: Broadside. Number 6 of 12 copies.
Box 1 / Folder 100
Untitled - Notice of closing of The Costmary Press, 2019
Physical Description: Broadside.