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Thyrsus Press is a fine art print shop in Berkeley, California.We use mostly traditional, with some some digital tools, to make engravings, etchings and letterpress works.   contact@thyrsuspress.com.

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Printing

We work in handset lead type when printing test whenever 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 Conrad Etching Press, a Vandercook 01 Proof Press, a Guillotine Paper cutter and binding equipment.

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philosophy

We see print making as as much of an expressive practice as it is a beautiful mode of reproduction. We are most excited about the experimental spirit inherent in the iteration of prints.

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Publishing

We like to publish poetry and are interested in unearthing the work of California's lost Bohemians and other underexposed voices.


"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