Ronald King and Circle Press

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Artist Ronald King established the Circle Press in 1967, its name deliberately evocative of a self-sustaining supportive network of artists working together. It is renowned for its experimental approaches to the book form, and for working in collaboration with artists and poets. In 1988 the Press moved to London. A biography of the Press The Looking Book was published in 1996.

We hold several examples of the work of the Press, not least 3 of King’s concertina alphabet books. In 1983 Alphabeta Concertina was published: a double-sided concertina alphabet book made up of 26 pop-up capital letter – A-M on one side of the strip, and N-Z on the reverse. In 2007 King published two additions to the series. Alphabeta Concertina Minuscule is a reply to the original 1983 book, but with the letters in lower-case. It was made in collaboration with poet Richard Price.

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