Hot acrobats perform cheese fog polka



Talk by Brendan O’Brien tomorrow Tuesday 5th May at 12.15pm. All welcome.

Location: Tiakiwai (lower ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets.


Hot acrobats perform cheese fog polka is the unusual title of one of the more curious items of New Zealand fine printing in the Turnbull Library collections. Join Brendan O’Brien for an illustrated talk encompassing the work some of the most noteworthy private presses and handpress printers at work locally over the past 100 years. Looking at a diverse range of publications from those printed in a classical tradition at the Caxton and Nag’s Head Presses to the innovative design and illustrative work of Alan Loney and Tara McLeod, this talk will give an overview of the hand-made book in New Zealand.

© The Printing Museum 2014




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