Tryst Press ~ Utah
(Robert Buchert)


Works by Leslie Norris
Broadsides by Rob Buchert


The Allegory of the Olive Tree
By Joseph Smith, Jr.
Provo, Utah: Tryst Press, 2006. Edition of 60.

6.75 x 11"; 32 unnumbered pages. Printed from handset type on paper handmade for this edition. Hand painted illustrations using pigments made primarily from gemstones and rare earths, ensuring permanence. Initial letter gilded in 24 carat gold. Bound in gold silk and burgundy vegetable tanned calf and goat skin. Olive branches reach across both the front and back covers in bas-relief.

Tryst Press: "This is the first use of The Book of Mormon for a fine press edition.

"Winner of the 2008 J. Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design. The Allegory of the Olive Tree is a visually exquisite rendering of a passage of ancient scripture, translated into English by 19th century American prophet Joseph Smith, Jun. It is essentially Chapter 5 of The Book of Jacob, one of fifteen main sections of The Book of Mormon. As stated in The Book of Mormon, this allegory is the work of Zenos, a pre-diaspora prophet whose writings were historically included in the collection of Israelite prophecies. Zenos was familiar with olive husbandry and used it as a metaphor to shed light on the mixing and development of human races.

"The text of The Allegory of the Olive Tree is based on the original manuscript, printer's manuscript, and first three editions of The Book of Mormon, and is discussed in detail in Royal Skousen's Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, Part Four (Provo, Utah: The Foundation of Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, Brigham Young University)."


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A Treatise on the Religious Education of Daughters
By Reverend James Hervey
Provo, Utah:2005. Edition of 45.

5.25 x 9"; 30 pages. Letterpress printed using Caslon 337 type on paper handmade by Robert and Georgia Buchert. Bound in wine-colored cloth with illustrated paper dust cover. Illustrated end papers design by Robert Buchert. With a pale yellow ribbon place-marker.

Tryst Press: "The Reverend James Hervey was born in 1714. While a young man he was a follower of John Wesley, but maintained his Anglicanism while Wesley developed what came to be known as Methodism. Hervey's piety, simpler than Wesley's, earned him many admirers and his writings went into numerous editions during and after his lifetime. He died in 1757 and his Collected Works were in continuous publication until 1839.

"Hervey's Treatise on the Religious Education of Daughters, probably written between 1737, when the author took orders, and 1752, when he came into his family's living, shows a surprisingly progressive attitude toward the education and responsibilities of young women.

"This is no Vindication of the Rights of Woman (Wollstonecraft, 1792), but it is an interesting note in the record of social thought, particularly since, as far as we can tell, it is not mere theorizing, but the relating of actual practice and the effect of such liberal thinking on one household. Perhaps most importantly, this essay is an example of loving, active, and conscientious parenting, so vital to any place and time."

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By Robert Buchert
Provo, Utah: Tryst Press, 2004. Edition of 60.

13.5 x 23 cm with 36 pages. Hand-printed from hand-set type on handmade paper. Illustrations are hand-stenciled in opaque water color (pochoir). These are interpretations of original pastel drawings, rendered by intricate stenciling. Quarter cloth binding. Published in an edition of 60 numbered copies with copies 10 through 55 quarter bound in dark blue raw silk and black paper with black end sheets. The text paper is watermarked with constellations.

"Nocturnes" is the distillation of a series of poems, not initially written down or word processed but directly hand-set in metal printing type. In the introduction Buchert discusses his method of composition and some of his observations on the process. The accompanying illustrations are companion meditations expressed through another medium.

An experiment in composing while composing.


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Fantasy & Nonsense
Poems by James Whitcomb Riley
Illustrated with wood engravings by Berrot H. Hubrecht
Provo, Utah: Tryst Press, 2001. Edition of 230.

6.75 x 10.25", 54 pages. Letterpress printed from Munder Venezian type with Nimis titling. Printed on Johannot paper. Of the edition of 230: 10 deluxe, 10 in sheets, 210 standard. This is the standard version bound in quarter cloth of purple silk with red paper over boards.

Tryst Press: "Fantasy & Nonsense is the delightful union of the work of James Whitcomb Riley, 19th century American master of verse in dialect, and Berrot Hubrecht (aka Robert Buchert), whose whimsical wood engravings recall classic children's illustrations of the late Victorian era.

"Riley is typically remembered for his earthy depictions of rural Midwestern American life, but this unique compilation of poems, ranging from gobbledy-gook rhyming to gothic macabre, offers a devilishly playful view of the poet rarely revealed elsewhere in his work. His revelry in tales fanciful – delicious fascination with things spooky and strange – is the focus of this collection. While many past collections of Riley's work have been intended for young readers, this one is designed as an enchantment for all ages.

"Berrot Hubrecht's penchant for the fantastic is equally beguiling. His clever wood engravings breathe colorful life into goblins, witches, mythical creatures, and things unseen. The text was printed from a handset type, one which brightly heightens the effect of so much humor and charm."




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Rabbi Ben Ezra
By Robert Browning
Provo, Utah: Tryst Press, 1995. Edition of 120.

5.375 x 3.625", 60 pages. Printed letterpress on handmade cattail paper from Bembo types. Line drawings printed from photopolymer plates. Casebound paper over boards. Illustrated by Darren Breen.

Rabbi Ben Ezra was first published in Browning's Dramatis Personae in 1864. This printing by Rob Buchert is accompanied by Darren Breen's illustrations and is dedicated to Buchert's wife, Georgia.

Tryst Press: "Rabbi Ben Ezra, the famous work of religious optimism by Victorian poet Robert Browning, was the first of Tryst Press's collaborative works. It is a small but powerful, wonderfully cohesive pocket book, a gem that you'll enjoy having with you at home and in your travels.

"Darren Breen's clever and minimalistic illustrations harmonize perfectly with this contemplative poem."

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in His hand
Who saith, 'A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!



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Works by George Leslie Norris, a Welsh-born poet. Norris moved to Provo, Utah, in 1983 for a six month residency at Brigham Young University. He remained there until his death in 2006.

Leslie Norris: Unpublished and Uncollected Poems
By Leslie Norris
Provo, Utah: 2006. Total edition of 400: 30 deluxe; 370 standard.

6 x 9"; 208 pages: Four chapbooks in a stiff brown paper slipcase: Recollections (35 pages); The Small World (47 pages); Translations (47 pages); and The Ballad of Self and Self and other Poems (56 pages). Illustrations by Robert Buchert.

Tryst Press: "Leslie Norris: Unpublished and Uncollected Poems is a four-volume softcover set of the celebrated Welsh writer's previously unavailable poems. Printed posthumously, this work had its inception some months before the passing of Norris, and was urged forward by his wife following his death. The Ballad of Self and Self and Other Poems comprises poems from earlier decades of Norris's long, fertile career. Translations presents Norris's wonderful renderings of works by Dafydd ap Gwilym, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The Small World contains, first, a poetical autobiography, which was yet a work-in-progress at the end of Norris's life; and second, his most recent verse. Recollections is an assemblage of memories excerpted from a recent email correspondence between Leslie Norris and Linda Evans, an MA student studying at the Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales (CREW) at the University of Wales, Swansea.

"Several special contributors pay homage to Leslie Norris in this set.”
$48 Standard edition

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The Chichester Carols
By Leslie Norris
Provo, Utah: Tryst Press, 2004. Open Edition.

6 x 8"; 28 pages. Softcover chapbook. Letterpress printed with Caslon Old Style 337 type on Mohawk Superfine (text).

Tryst Press: "The Chichester Carols is both a cheering and reflective collection of poems for Christmas, penned by Leslie Norris. A handful of these poems have been turned into songs and performed by others; all of them are full of Norris's own warm music, however, and are excellent meditations for the Christmas season or any other.

"A delightful forward by Leslie Norris introduces the carols. Charcoal illustrations by Brian Kershisnik quietly decorate this lovely chapbook."

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Winter Wreath
By Leslie Norris
Provo, Utah: Tryst Press, 2000. Edition of 120.

6 x 8.5"; 60 pages. Letterpress from ATF Garamond. Printed on Ingres paper and bound in quarter cloth and green paper imprinted with a pattern of falling leaves. Wood engravings by Robert Buchert.

Tryst Press: "Leslie Norris uses the passage of the cold months as a vehicle for work from all periods of his career. Selected and arranged by Norris, the poems move from the introspection of late autumn, through sublime reflections on the Nativity, to the emotional and spiritual release of early spring.

“In his introduction to the edition, Norris recalls harsh childhood winters in the foothills of the Brecon Beacon – desolate cold moors, erratic winds, and continual rains – and compares them to the even colder winters of Utah where he now resides. Poems are drawn from both previously published and unpublished works, including his work for children.

"Norris's lauds and accomplishments are numerous. His work has been critically acclaimed, collected, anthologized, editioned in multiples, translated and appreciated the world over. His writings have earned him a permanent place in the cultural consciousness.”



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