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Thyrsus Press is a fine art print shop in Berkeley, California.We use a combination of traditional print media: engraving, etching and relief, alongside texts usually hand set in lead type.   contact@thyrsuspress.com.

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Printing

We work in handset lead type when possible, and have a growing collection of vintage metal typefaces. Imagery is created by engraving, etching, linocut, collagraph, pochoir and polymer. Our shop is currently equipped with a Vandercook SP-20, a 1914 Chandler & Price 12x18 platen press, a whomping Conrad Etching Press, and a cute little Vandercook 01 Proof Press. 

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philosophy

We see print making as an expressive practice and are most excited about the experimental spirit inherent in the making of prints.

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Publishing

We like to republish neglected historic work that speaks to us and that deserves to be read by new readers.  We are a small operation and the way we go about things is s...l...o...w. We are particularly interested in unearthing the work of California's lost Bohemians. 


"While all melts under our feet, we may well grasp at any exquisite passion, or any contribution to knowledge that seems by a lifted horizon to set the spirit free for a moment, or any stirring of the senses, strange dyes, strange colours, and curious odours, or work of the artist's hands, or the face of one's friend."

- Walter Pater, The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Literature, 1873