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James Freemantle

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James Freemantle printing on a Columbian Press
James Freemantle printing on a Columbian Press

James Freemantle (born 1979) is an English bibliographer, private press historian, printer and book-collector.

His official posts include as Chairman of the Private Libraries Association,[1] Trustee and Honorary Secretary of Milton's Cottage,[2] and Member of the Double Crown Club, for which he is also Dinner Secretary.

He has written for journals and magazines including The Private Library, Double Dagger, Parenthesis, Illustration and Matrix, amongst others and has published a book on the History of the Caradoc Press.

He has been a Judge at the Oxford Fine Press Fair,[3] curated an exhibition on the Private Press editions of Milton's Paradise Lost, engaged in speaking engagements on the history of the book, including at the Court Barn Museum and before the Oxford Guild of Printers, and been interviewed by Printweek, Fine Books & Collectors and Intelligent Collector

James is also the proprietor of the St James Park Press, a Fine press printing by letterpress in London, England, whose work is in the collections of the National Art Library at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Library at Tate Britain, and the Bodleian Library,[4][5][6] and has been exhibited at Bath Spa University,[7] the Museum of English Rural Life,[8] and the University of York, amongst others.[9]

Select writing

  1. The 1931 Ashendene Press Daphnis & Chloe (The Private Library, 6th Series, Vol. 5:4, 2012)
  2. Vellum (The Private Library, 6th Series, Vol. 6:4, 2013)[10]
  3. Golden Cockerel Press Flinders' Voyage (The Private Library, 6th Series, Vol. 7:1, 2014)
  4. I. M. Imprimit (The Private Press Today (St Bride Exhibition), 2015)
  5. Fine Press Report (Parenthesis, Journal of the Fine Press Book Association, Spring 2016, No. 30 (ed. Sebastian Carter)
  6. The Engravings of Mark Arman (Matrix 34, Whittington Press, 2017)[11]
  7. The Caradoc Press (The Private Library, 6th Series, Vol. 9:1 & 2, 2017)
  8. Paradise Lost and the Private Presses (2017)[12][13][14]
  9. The Diary of a Pressman (Double Dagger, Issue 2, Autumn 2017)[15]
  10. Collecting Whittington Posters (Matrix 35, Whittington Press, 2018)[16]
  11. Book Fair Report (Parenthesis, Spring 2019, No. 36)
  12. The Art Society Press (Illustration, 2020)

Select St James Park Press publications

  1. The Twelve Labours of Hercules (St James Park Press, 2017)[17][18]
  2. On the Birmingham School of Art, 1940 (St James Park Press, 2018)[19] - see Eric Gill
  3. An Albion in the Antarctic (St James Park Press, 2019)[20][21] - the definitive study for Aurora Australis
  4. King Arthur (St James Park Press, 2020)
  5. Nineteen Eighty-Four (St James Park Press, 2021)


  1. ^ "PLA Who Are We?". Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  2. ^ "About Milton's Cottage". Milton's Cottage. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  3. ^ "Prize Winners at the Oxford Fine Press Fair". Fine Press Book Association.
  4. ^ "Sonnets 2016". Bodleian Libraries. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  5. ^ "Moby-Dick Extracts 2019". Bodleian Libraries. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  6. ^ "Sonnet 150". The Conveyor. 2017-03-29. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  7. ^ "A Show of Hands". Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  8. ^ Calendar, The Events (2017-06-29). "The Hogarth Press at 100: Celebrating Leonard and Virginia Woolf's work". The MERL. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  9. ^ "St James Park Press (@st_james_park_press) • Instagram photos and videos". Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  10. ^ "Vellum and Parchment, and a special offer". Patricia Lovett.
  11. ^ Randle, John; Randle, Rosalind; Whittington Press; Fine Bindery (Firm) (2015). Matrix. 34, number thirty-four, summer 2016. 34, number thirty-four, summer 2016. OCLC 1022282172.
  12. ^ Lindall, Terrance (26 July 2017). "[Milton-L] Two New Milton Publications forthcoming". Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  13. ^ Freemantle, James (2017). Catalogue of an exhibition of books and printed ephemera on Milton's paradise lost and the private presses. Sheffield [England: Northend Creative Print Solutions. OCLC 1102270653.
  14. ^ Barry, Rebecca Rego. ""Paradise" & Private Presses". Fine Books & Collections. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  15. ^ "Issue 2 — Double Dagger — Letterpress printing in the digital age". Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  16. ^ Randle, John; Randle, Rosalind; Sellars, Jill; Whittington Press; Fine Bindery (Firm) (2018). Matrix 35: a review for printers & bibliophiles. OCLC 1081333240.
  17. ^ "Item Details Page for The twelve labours of Hercules". Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  18. ^ Freemantle, James; St. James Park Press (2017). The twelve labours of Hercules. OCLC 1053888324.
  19. ^ Gill, Eric; Randle, John; Freemantle, James; St James Park Press (2018). On the Birmingham School of Art, 1940. London: St James Park Press. OCLC 1056176939.
  20. ^ "COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Eye Candy #11 | Fine Press Forum | LibraryThing". Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  21. ^ "The final aisle of the 2020 Virtual Oxford Fine Press Book Fair". Retrieved 2020-07-16.
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