The precipitating event that caused Rollin Milroy to leave the corporate world was a threatened move to Southern California. At the time he made this decision, however, he had already served an apprenticeship with the Barbarian Press in his native Vancouver and had studied bookbinding with the Canadian Bookbinder and Book Artists Guild. His first book, El Autobus Azul was published in 1998 under the imprint “A Lone Press.”

In 2000 Milroy changed the name of the press to Heavenly Monkey and has since published over forty books. In his words, he seeks opportunities for “contemporary applications of traditional book crafts.” A typical edition is twenty-five to fifty copies.

Milroy as a printer and publisher has acted very much in the mode of the traditional livre d’artiste in the sense that the artists and the authors selected by him are permitted to collaborate with great freedom to produce an exquisite book. The topics of the books are quite broad in scope: from a fifteenth century type designer for Aldus, Griffo de Bologna, to H.P. Lovecraft to Barbara Hodgson to Brigit Pegeen Kelly.

 

Books from Heavenly Monkey available from Boreas Fine Art:

[ Heavenly Monkey ]  Kelly, Brigit Pegeen, with aquatints by Briony Marrow-Cribbs.  Iskandariya.  Vancouver: Heavenly Monkey.  2007.

 

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