The Palace Print Shop & Bindery


Publishing Since 1976, The Press of the Palace of the Governors has been involved in producing limited edition books printed on historic equipment at the exhibit. These award-winning volumes are printed letterpress on archival quality papers and hand bound. Subject matter generally deals with some aspect of New Mexico's publishing or literary history. Titles still in print and available through the press include:

"Broncho" vs Bicycle

“Broncho”vs Bicycle
, a tale of the Old West set to verse in the 19th century by Captain Jack Crawford, The Poet Scout. A star of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and a pioneer in the Black Hills, Crawford wrote hundreds of short stories, songs, poems and plays depicting the frontier experience. His “Broncho” vs Bicycle is a rollicking tale of a race between a big wheel bicycle and a “lightning” bronco, with dance hall dames, tenderfoot cyclists, and trail-worn cowboys completing the cast of unforgettable characters. The poem comes to life through the whimsical drawings of cartoonist Sarah Laughlin and races across 20 pages to a surprise ending.

1987 Edition limited to 250 numbered copies
Text hand set in Goudy Light
Printed on Nideggen paper
Hand bound in exposed, printed boards
Price $50

Bulletin in Bold Characters, a bibliography and history of the Seton Village Press launched near Santa Fe by famed naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton. The book was written by proprietor/printer Maurice Taylor, who shared responsibility for the publishing venture with his wife Marceil, an illustrator and bookbinder. Highlighting his association with Southwest poets, authors, and artists, Taylor details the design decisions and work that went into crafting more than twenty Seton Village Press limited editions produced from 1938 through 1943. Though brief, the five-year history reflects a rich contribution to the literature of the region. The handsomely crafted edition is punctuated with line artwork reprinted from the orginal Seton Press editions.

1990 Edition limited to 165 copies
Text set in Spectrum
Printed on Rives Heavyweight Buff paper
Hand bound in quarter cloth and leather  with printed paper covers
Quarter cloth price $150
Quarter leather price $175


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