Important words — the painstakingly chosen bon mot — the lexicographical gem — Ernest Hemingway regarded the careful selection of each to be so crucial that, in his rough drafts, he would set four, five typewriter spaces between each one to be continuously mindful of each word’s singular worth.
Under the direction of Scott Vile, the Ascensius Press seeks to reflect the care every great writer takes in converting thoughts and concepts into words, and you can experience our commitment to the writer’s art in every work we produce; in the typographical design, paper selection, hand-sewn spines, choice leather bindings, and fine marbled paper.
We have had the pleasure of publishing our own exquisitely
designed letterpress editions of such great works as Thoreau’s
The Maine Woods and Edith Wharton's
Ethan Frome. We have also designed
and produced both letterpress and offset works for many
of the nation's preeminent private libraries including
Carter Brown Library, the Boston
Athenaeum, and the Grolier
Club. We work with other dedicated designers to manage
and supervise the printing of their works as well. Underlying
it all is a focus on meticulous detail and unparalleled
For a printing quote or to discuss a book design, please call us at 207.780.1288.
The Ascensius Portfolio:
ESF: Extra Special Fine Press Publishing
Book Design & Production
Quality Offset Lithography
Association of Rhodes Scholars
Ben Kinmont, Bookseller
The Boston Athenaeum
Boston Public Library
McKittrick Rare Books
Charles Wood, Bookseller
Society of Massachusetts
The Grolier Club
Jensen Baird Gardner &
John Carter Brown Library
The Marine Society of Salem
Marvin Sadik Fine
The Massachusetts Historical
College, The Geisel Library
The Somerset Club
University of Denver
Wilsey Rare Books
The Maine Woods/Thoreau (45 copies) 2000, v, 240 pp.
Ethan Frome/Edith Wharton (50 Copies)2002, vii, 112 pp.
The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth/Thomas Jefferson (5 copies) 1997, vii, 36 pp.
The Metamorphosis/Franz Kafka (100 copies) 1993, vii, 48 pp.
Stephen Harvard Award 2000 and 2002
Member, Letterpress Guild of New England 1989
Member, The Society of Printers, 1992
Member, The Grolier
Library, Bowdoin College
Library, Harvard University
New York Public Library
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