Vivian Ridler: Diary of a Master Printer

In 1970 one of Oxford’s great institutions, Oxford University Press, was in crisis—beset by financial woes, management infighting, industrial strife, and a technological revolution. This previously unpublished, vivid diary gives a no-holds barred insider’s account of a critical year. Vivian Ridler, as Printer to the University, was at the heart of a major part of the business, the Printing House, for centuries known as the pinnacle of book production in Britain—indeed the world. Here he writes candidly of the challenges he faces from powerful unions and ever more demanding publishing colleagues. His acute and often humorous observations bring the story alive. This one is a reader, not a looker. By this we mean it’s mostly words—although it is nicely produced and nice to look at. There aren’t many pictures, though. But it tells a good story about printing at a pivotal time.
  • Author: Vivian Ridler
  • Editor: Colin Ridler
  • Size: 6.1 × 9.2 inches
  • Pages: 320
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Perpetua Press, 2022