Announcing Dymaxion Press

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Announcing Dymaxion Press

1K_Dymaxion
Mar 24, 2023, 3:30 pm

Please allow me the opportunity to announce Dymaxion Press, a new small (with aspirations to be fine) press located in Tucson, AZ.

https://dymaxionpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/dymaxionpress

We have just announced our first title for pre-order: Lolly Willowes. This 1926 feminist satire from Sylvia Townsend Warner is a delight to read and featuring new art from up-and-comer Katy Horan (http://www.katyart.com/). We are only planning to print 350 copies which will be bound in canapetta, printed on mohawk superfine, and housed in a slipcase. Please head to our website to check out the edition, sign up for our newsletter, and consider ordering an edition not only for the pleasure of reading this classic but also to help support a new venture. Having pre-orders was not my first choice (I would much prefer to have the finished product in hand before opening it up for sale) but that was unfortunately not an option for now. I am working with my binder to get a mock-up right now and it is going to look great on the shelf and feel great in the hand. I will be sharing it with the newsletter and update the site as soon as I have pics in hand.

Our second title is also in the works (a pre-Tolkien fantasy classic) that I am desperate to print letterpress because this title deserves it. I also got prelim sketches for some of the art yesterday and it is going to look sooo good! As for future titles, we are dedicated to equity not only in which titles we hope to acquire but also in sourcing artists, contributors, and other collaborators. Science fiction and Weird fiction are big passions of mine so there will be plenty of that but there are also plenty of foreign classics that are in desperate need of the fine press treatment too.

I know this group is for fine press editions and Dymaxion is not yet at that level, but, if we are fortunate enough to be successful and grow, I do have plans to expand deeper into fine press territory with more letterpress and handbound titles. Books have always been my passion and I can't deny that I always enjoyed reading my fine press editions so much more that any mass market. My background is not only in buying/selling used and rare books but also managing a medium-scale production line and bookbinding as a hobby (working on a rebind of Yourcenar's The Abyss right now). When I lost my job last year for supporting my employees instead of drinking the Kool-Aid of upper management, I knew I wasn't fit to try to keep working my way up the corporate ladder and that it was time to pursue what I had always wished I was doing--making beautiful books that would match the words within, enhance the reading experience, and last for generations to come. Thus Dymaxion Press was born.

Please check us out and let me know if you have any questions.

-Kenyon

2L.Bloom
Mar 24, 2023, 3:41 pm

>1 K_Dymaxion: This looks fantastic and I appreciate the mission and goals you have laid out. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

3gmacaree
Mar 24, 2023, 4:06 pm

Unfortunately the shipping costs to the UK have taken this out of my 'immediate purchase' range.

4booksforreading
Mar 24, 2023, 8:43 pm

>1 K_Dymaxion:
Thank you for letting us know!
Good luck! I hope that all your plans come to fruition.

5Shadekeep
Mar 24, 2023, 10:01 pm

Great choice of first book, and I like the Buckminster Fuller-esque name. Since this volume isn't letterpress I'm looking at it more like a small press take on a Folio Society title. With that framework the price seems reasonable, so I'll probably back it. It is a risk to seek pre-orders on your first attempt with no stock in hand or previously completed work, so I hope it pans out for all involved. Hopefully you left a little budgetary margin in case anything goes awry.

Good luck with this!

6K_Dymaxion
Mar 25, 2023, 3:04 pm

Thank you all and I appreciate all the well-wishes! Keep an eye out for updates on the first title and that announcement of the second title.

7ExLibrisDavid
Mar 28, 2023, 8:59 pm

>1 K_Dymaxion: "there are also plenty of foreign classics that are in desperate need of the fine press treatment too"

I'd love to see a fine (or even fine-ish) press version of Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa! Regardless, wishing you and Dymaxion Press all the best!

8jveezer
Jun 6, 2023, 12:44 am

Lolly Willows sounds right down my alley. I was going to try to check it out first but my library doesn't have it (Should I be surprised?).

9filox
Jun 6, 2023, 7:06 am

Too bad they only ship to a handful of countries, was looking forward to this one.

10wcarter
Set 10, 2023, 5:54 pm

And it is all over with the new Dymaxion Press for the time being, but may be revived.
An email today stated :-
"Due to unforeseen project delays and various difficulties, we are no longer certain when our edition of Lolly Willowes will be released, nor how the physical aspects and various contributions will have to change before the edition is finally published.
In light of these uncertainties, we will be staggering refunds for all Lolly Willowes preorders over the next week."
........
"When we know more about the release of this edition, all initial supporters will be the first to know, and we will honor your early support by retaining the $145 price tag, or offer you the edition at cost if the final price exceeds this price point.
Any future offerings from Dymaxion Press will be made only when the final product is in hand."

11edkennedy
Set 10, 2023, 6:22 pm

>10 wcarter: I have seen many presses over the years who promise big things and then struggle to follow through. I now only subscribe to books from established presses with track records.

12jveezer
Set 10, 2023, 7:19 pm

Bummer! Sad to see anyone contributing to publishing and presses in this way not making it. And I just picked up the NYRB edition of Lolly to read so I could decide whether to purchase. I guess I have plenty of time to decide now...

13kdweber
Set 11, 2023, 1:56 am

>11 edkennedy: I have a different approach, I’m willing to help support an up and coming publisher with an interesting (to me) project. I ordered this book back in March and I believe the publisher has been open and forthright with their customers and is doing the right thing refunding our money. I hope they are eventually successful.

14Shadekeep
Set 11, 2023, 7:52 am

Ah, sorry this didn't pan out. I liked their starting book choice and it would have been great to have another publisher in the fold. Maybe it will come together for them later.

15RRCBS
Set 11, 2023, 8:53 am

>13 kdweber: I agree, I was happy to back them and hope that they manage to work things out. They are being very open in my opinion. I’ll definitely order again if Lolly comes through.

16edkennedy
Set 11, 2023, 8:36 pm

>13 kdweber: I agree with you, they are behaving very honorably here. It is other presses who I worry are in over their heads.