Sign of the George Press. Sign of the George Press books and pamphlets, 1973-1993:
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: Typ 970.73.2963
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Sign of the George Press.
Title: Sign of the George Press books and pamphlets,
Quantity: 1 collection (2 boxes (.5 linear feet)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Hand-set, illustrated books and pamphlets produced at the Sign of the George Press
by George P. Winship, Jr., son of Harvard librarian George Parker Winship.
91-138. Gift of George P. Winship, Jr.; received: 1991 November 8.; and 1992 May 2.
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open
Sign of the George Press Books and Pamphlets, 1973-1993 (Typ 970.73.2963). Houghton
Library, Harvard University.
George P. Winship (A.B. 1936) was an English professor at King College in Bristol,
Tennessee (1948-1979). He ran the college's press, The Sign of the George, and wrote
Collection of 26 hand-set, illustrated books and pamphlets produced at the Sign of
the George Press.
- 1973. Winship, G. P. (George Parker), 1914-. The Core of the Apple of Knowledge of Speech, Science, and Society.
The first publication, written to have something to print when I got my type; verses
about higher education.
- 1974. Before McGuffey: Early American Books for Children.
A miniature book, printed on a table press before I had a floor-mounted press to do
anything much bigger. It extracts the New-England Primer, in which George P.Winship Sr. had been much interested.
- 1974. Blake, William, 1757-1827. Auguries of Innocence.
An over-ambitious project to showcase the linocuts of Mrs. D. P. Mattice's art students.
- 1974. Benj. Franklin tells How to Fight Inflation.
Each of these "Poor Richard" sayings is set in a different font, as a specimen book.
- 1975. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790. Proposals relating to the Education of Youth.
One of a series celebrating the Bicentennial of 1776.
- 1975. Keats, John, 1795-1821. Ode to a Nightingale, with a Commentary by Ronald D. Powers.
Mr. Powers, the first apprentice in the King College printing activity, is now responsibly
employed in the McGraw-Hill publishing group.
- 1976. Donelson, John, ca. 1718-ca. 1780. The 'Mayflower' of the Old Southwest.
The Journal (1779-1780) of a founder of what is now Nashville; he started from near
where Bristol now stands. This was a student project and a part of the Bicentennial
- 1976. Winship, G. P. (George Parker), 1914-. Psalms and Psonnets.
- 1976. Smart, Christopher, 1722-1771. A Song To David.
This, I am sure, is our most ambitious publication; the text alone is 516 lines.
- 1977. Winship, G. P. (George Parker), 1914-. Soluble Problems.
Leaflet on the rationale of studying printing
- 1977. Winship, G. P. (George Parker), 1914-. Thoughtful Jestures: Austerity Sonnets.
Oblong booklet for about a dozen 7-line "sonnets," mostly facetious.
- 1978. Winship, G. P. (George Parker), 1914-. Psalm to the Sun: supposed to be a Prayer of the Pharaoh Akhenaton.
With several woodcuts by the paraphraser.
- 1979. Wheeler, Harry G. King College as I Remember It, 1918-1919.
Mr. Wheeler returned after a stop-out of about sixty years and graduated. Woodcuts by George P. Winston Jr.
- 1979. [from the "Gospel of Nicodemus"] The Descent of Christ into Hell.
This was produced because a major university in the region proved to have no copy
of this important text.
- 1980. Chermside, Caroline Pace, trans. The Dream of the Rood.
The translator drew several decorations.
- 1984. Winship, G. P. (George Parker), 1914-. A Peppery Psalter. Verse, signed Pat Winship.
- 1986. Winship, G. P. (George Parker), 1914-. Seasoned Salt. Verse.
- 1987. Thompson, Francis, The Hound of Heaven, with a wood engraving.
- 1988. Milton, John, 1608-1674. Ode on the Morning of Christs Nativity.
Format suggested in part by the edition of Thomas Mosher, but I used the 17th century spelling.
- 1989. Herbert, George, 1593-1633. He is Risen!
4-page leaflet for an Easter greeting, with four poems and a wood engraving by Melanie Snodgrass, a student. [This will serve as an example of numerous greeting cards and similar ephemera.]
- 1989. Remembered Rhymes.
Designed and supervised by Dr. Simoson (see below), who instructed the students in making woodcuts.
- 1989. Praise the Lord: Psalms 113 to 118, called Hallel.
The major production that autumn.
- 1990. Winship, G. P. (George Parker), 1914-. Baby Solomon's Psalm Book.
These verses for children were suggested to me by Dr. Andrew Simoson, who with Dr. Stephen Woolsey oversaw the students who produced and in part illustrated this book. These faculty
members are the heirs apparent of the task of running the press.
- 1991. Woolsey, Linda Mills, and others. Beast Songs. .
A student project supervised by Dr. Stephen Woolsey, whose wife contributed several of the poems. They are loosely related by zoology.
The woodcuts as well as the typesetting are by King College students
- 1992. Popcorn Pete (by Peggy Ann Collins Peake)
- 1993. Who Invented Sleep? (text by George Parker Winship, Jr. )
- 1993. Pat Winship's Recollections