From our Hands
to Yours

Wesley B. Tanner has been publishing fine limited editions since 1971

Passim Editions 

Arif Press

Limited Editions

We are proud that our books have featured some of the finest writing of the  twentieth century, and to support our vision of the ideal book our editions are made with the patience and practice of of our over five decades at the type case.

For over 500 years the tactile beauty of printing with handset metal type has remained the premiere printing process due to the brilliant and crisp bite of the letters into lush paper.  All of our books are hand made with the finest materials

Book Design

Designing books for trade publishers has been a sustaining feature of the Press. Our work have been the objects of library exhibits and won numerous awards. In 2013 and 2017 two of our book designs have been featured in the American Institute of Graphic Art's 50 Books shows

Bespoke Bookplates

We create  bookplates for bibliophiles and product labels for craftspeople. Each label is printed by hand on our antique letterpress equipment using the finest mould-made papers available. Our use of quality materials means your labels will last for hundreds of years. Our unique stock of type ornaments and wood engravings make for an unforgettable impression

W. B. Tanner, Printer

Fine Letterpress Printing Since 1963

Printing has been a family tradition since G.A. Tanner and his two brothers opened a shop and a newspaper in 1870s Toledo. (Though family lore has it that Jacob Thanner was the first printer in our line, dating back to 1498 in Leipzig.) Wesley has been a letterpress printer since wandering into a printing class in junior high school in 1960. Three years later he entered the trade at 16 years old after landing a job at Press Baza, one of the early California Beat poetry presses.

We also offer award-winning book design services; book production; and letterpress book printing for limited editions. Artisans of all crafts are encouraged to contact us with ideas for other products.

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