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Accession Number: 86-013


Peppermint and Abraxas Press fonds. -- 1975; 1980-1985. -- 8 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

Peppermint and Abraxas Press are privately owned by Richard Miller and operated out of Toronto. Peppermint Press was established in 1973 as the printer's private publishing company (Taken from: Kotin, David B. "Reader, Lover of Books." Toronto: University of Toronto, 1981.) and Abraxas Press was established in 1978. Private printing presses in Canada are usually Canadian-owned, owner-managed and limited to an annual list of one to ten titles per year, receptive to new writers, rarely profit-making and often subsidized by government grants. These small private presses often make contributions to the advancement of new literary work and to Canadian cultural life. (Taken from: "Literary Presses in Canada, 1975-1985: A Checklist and Bibliography." Halifax: Dalhousie University, 1988.) Some publications printed by Peppermint include "Pocket Pool: Poems and Parables" by David Berry in 1975; "The Lavender Nightingale" by Catherine M. Buckaway in 1978 and "Stories of the Witch Queen" by Gena K. Gorrell in 1985. Abraxas Press has published a number of broadsides and helped to publish "The Lavender Nightingale".

Custodial History

This fonds was created by and in the custody of Richard Miller, founder of Abraxas and Peppermint Press, and purchased by the Friends of Bata Library in 1985 before it was the donated to the Trent University Archives in 1986.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of publications and broadsides from Abraxas and Peppermint Press.


Title based on the creators of the fonds.

This fonds was donated by the Friends of the Bata Library.

Restrictions: N

Previously known as Private Presses Collection.

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Box 1


1. bound, boxed copy of Stories of the Witch Queen, by Gena K. Gorrel, Wood engravings by N.R. Jackson #11 - Peppermint Press 1985 Cavan, Ontario

2. press announcement for Witch Queen

3. receipt for purchase of Witch Queen

4. bound, boxed copy of Pocket Pool by David Berry #47 - signed by the author and photographer Rolf Lockwood - Peppermint Press 1975 Cavan, Ontario

5. soft cover copy of Pocket Pool

6. 1 copy (pamphlet style) Waiting for George by Catherine M. Buckaway - Abraxas Press 1985

7. 1 copy (pamphlet style) Purloined Pronouncements on a Private Press - Abraxas Press 1981 - the remainer of the collection is examples of print techniques, some using quotations

8. "Trifles make Perfection"

9. From Eric Gill drawings from life

10. "Garden Making"

11. "He that plants trees others beside himself"

12. Christmas wishes 1983

13. Abraham Lincoln

14. William Morris

15. Bdsho