Pegana Press Books

Welcome To Pegana Press

Makers of Fine Letterpress Books

          Here at Pegana Press we strive to create the kind of books which add to the enjoyment of reading a good story.  We are Mike and Rita Tortorello and we love books.

          We met in 1982 at EWU where we were both enrolled in the Audio Engineering program at that school's prestigious RTV dept., and we became life long partners when me married in 1984.   Mike began collecting books of the Fantasy/Science Fiction genre nearly 40 years ago and the idea for Pegana Press evolved out of our desire to create the kind of books we had been collecting.  In 2009 Pegana Press began operation using a Vandercook SP 15 press.  The first project to roll off the press was a broadside edition of Rhymes From A Suburb by Lord Dunsany.  Pegana Press took its inspiration and its name from the work of Lord Dunsany.

          While looking for material to create our first book, Mike discovered Paris, A Poem written by Hope Mirrlees, who is best known for her work Lud-In-The-Mist.  The poem had a fascinating history, and was so rare that no copies were available when he began searching it out.  Working from scans, he recreated the layout of the text of the original, which is an important part of the poem.  The project took over a year to complete, laboriously type setting each letter while recreating the layout of the original work.

          The next project was to collect the short stories of Lord Dunsany which had appeared in early magazines, and which had never again appeared in print.  These previously uncollected stories were gathered from libraries, and were released as Lost Tales volume 1 with the authorization of the Dunsany Estate.  It was followed up by volumes 2 and 3, both containing previously unpublished works, provided by the Estate, as well as manuscripts provided by collectors.

          While Mike hand sets each letter and space of type which appears on the page, he is also responsible for choosing the content, which always requires much research and time.  A lot of thought goes into the design of each book, as well.  Materials are chosen carefully to enhance the book.

          Rita became the binder for Pegana Press in 2012.  All of our books are hand made with loving care from start to finish.  And we hope to continue to operate that way for many years to come.

         We currently have 7 titles available and are in the process of releasing our 8th book, The Golden Key written by George MacDonald with illustrations by Charles van Sandwyk.  We hope to have it ready to ship by mid October.

Autumn is a wonderful season to hide away with a book.  We wish you Happy Reading, from your friends Mike & Rita at Pegana Press.

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