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As many of you may know, Kay has not printed for several years due to health problems. So, perhaps the heading below should say “Who were we?”

For those of you who don’t know, in 2019, all of The Printery’s equipment, types, accoutrements, etc. were acquired by the Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. So, what operated as The Printery under Kay’s proprietorship since 1970, has been reincarnated as The Printery Book Arts Lab and is housed at Central Print in St. Louis, which is a non-profit arts organization with a mission to keep letterpress printing alive. You can learn more about Central Print at

The Printery Book Arts Lab was “officially” christened at a gathering in October, 2019. In collaboration with the Mercantile Library, Central Print will develop wonderful programs to further its mission of preserving letterpress printing, through preserving and making available for use, Kay’s high-quality letterpress equipment and type inventory.

When Kay first saw the beautiful new home for his beloved equipment and type, and saw the big sign that says “The Printery Book Arts Lab,” his exact words, with a big smile on his face, were “Lab. That’s where you can play around.” It pleases all of us to know that he is happy with the new home of The Printery.

Who are we?

Printerybooks1The Printery is a fine press in Kirkwood, Missouri (a suburban St. Louis community). Founded in 1970, we produce a few private press books and booklets, based on the printer’s interests and sometimes on his current mood!

In addition to our “regular” publications we have Christmas pieces that we promote at the appropriate time each year.

Please spend a little time learning about us on the “About Us” and “Bio” tabs and then browse down through the other tabs to become familiar with our in-print publications (both books and booklets) as well as some pieces we’re proud of, but no longer can offer for sale because they are out-of-print.

You’ll even find a tab called “Other Books for Sale” that is a listing of books out of our library (i.e., non-Printery books) that we are offering for sale. We’re not a book dealer, but have a few books we’d like to part with and offer them for sale.


Please feel free to send any inquires to us as indicated below:

The Printery
(314) 821-1465 — voice
1717 Winesap Lane
Kirkwood, MO  63122