Letterpress & Binding Studio

Heavenly Monkey is the private press of publisher Rollin Milroy, dedicated to creating books for people interested in contemporary applications of traditional book crafts: handmade papers, letterpress printing, and bindings that emphasize both aesthetic and structural integrity. Our books are designed as objects to be experienced both intellectually and physically; innovative use of technology from any era, and its skillful application are the studio’s guiding principles.

With only a few exceptions, all HM books are printed on dampened paper using a Washington-style handpress.

A list of currently available books can be found through Abebooks.com, with Heavenly Monkey in the publisher field.

In addition to private collections, copies of our books can be found in the British Library, the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, the University of Alberta, the Lilly Library, Yale, Brigham Young, the University of Calgary, McGill University, the University of Toronto, the University of California, the University of Washington, and New Zealand's Turnbull Library. Those are the ones we know about; since most of our books are placed by booksellers, there undoubtedly are other institutions not on this list.

For those who ask Where’d the name come from? suffice to say, the answer is not nearly as interesting as the question.

HM does not solicit subscribers, & prefers that collectors have the freedom to pick the books that appeal to their interests. HM does not do any commission work nor open the studio for visits (but will happily answer questions by email & offer whatever help or suggestions we can).

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