Some [1960s & 1970s] Coach House

Photos of a selection of visually-interesting Coach House items from the first decade or so of the life of the press that I am lucky enough to have copies of, in alphabetical order.

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Proof of Barbara Caruso print from the cover of Nelson Ball’s The Pre-Linguistic Heights in the background.

Some history of the renowned press can be found here, including a video tour of the space with Stan Bevington. There is little I can say about the accomplishments of Coach House in terms of the aesthetic book-objects that they produced in the early years that hasn’t already been said by someone more articulate than I. This post is a simple visual acknowledgement of the beauty of the work they brought into the world of Canadian small press.

Ball, Nelson. The Pre-Linguistic Heights. Toronto: The Coach House Press, 1970.

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Coleman, Victor. One Eye Love. Toronto: The Coach House Press, 1967.

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“PRINTED IN CANADA BY MINDLESS ACID FREAKS”

Cull, David. Cancer Rising. Toronto: The Coach House Press, 1970.

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Drawings by Elizabeth Cull.

Davey, Frank. Weeds. Toronto: The Coach House Press, 1970.

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McCaffery, Steve. Ow’s Waif. Toronto: The Coach House Press, 1975.

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Endpapers.

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McFadden, David. Poems Worth Knowing. Toronto: The Coach House Press, 1971.

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bpNichol. Two Novels. Toronto: The Coach House Press, 1969. [Second Edition Pictured].

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Ondaatje, Michael. The Dainty Monsters. Toronto: The Coach House Press, 1967.

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Phillips, David. The Dream Outside. Toronto: The Coach House Press, 1967.

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Rosenblatt, Joe. The LSD Leacock. Toronto: The Coach House Press, 1966. [Second Printing pictured]

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Wah, Fred. Among. Toronto: The Coach House Press, 1972.

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A pair of international writers:

cobbing, bob. bill jubobe: selected texts of bob cobbing 1942-1975. Toronto: The Coach House Press, 1976.

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Warsh, Lewis. Part of My History. Toronto: The Coach House Press, 1972.

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Cover by Joe Brainard.

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And as a little bonus, two House of Anansi titles (both of which one the Governor General’s Award) that were designed and printed at Coach House (see Stephen Cain’s dissertation, “Imprinting Identities: An Examination of the Emergence and Developing Identities of Coach House Press and House of Anansi Press (1967-1982) for further discussion of the relation between the two operations).

Bowering, George. The Gangs of Cosmos. Toronto: House of Anansi, 1969.

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Ondaatje, Michael. The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Left-Handed Poems. Toronto: House of Anansi, 1970.

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Like many, I buy these when I see them. It is striking today, pulling them down from the shelves all together, to note that each of these titles is by a male writer. I don’t see too many women listed in the early years from Coach House in Tweny/20. I’m not sure how Anansi fared along these lines.

 

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