Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)SCEP
TitleSceptre Press Archive
Extent681 items
DescriptionA virtually complete collection of all the publications of the press including typescripts, proof copies, special issues and unpublished items
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered researchers
Finding AidsA paper catalogue is available as a PDF file by clicking in the document field below, or a copy is also available in the Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections.
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistorySceptre Press was founded by Martin Booth in the spring of 1969, using the money earned from a poem broadcast on the BBC Radio 3 programme 'Poetry Now'. The press's first publication was a broadsheet by Alan Brownjohn, entitled 'Being a Garoon', and this was followed by a number of other broadsheets in 1969 and 1970. Its first booklet, 'A Crow Hymn by Ted Hughes', was published in 1970. The press has primarily published poetry and verse, publishing the work of both well-known and lesser known poets including Robert Bly, Robert Creeley and Harry Guest. The press has also published short stories, a novel and radio play by Peter Redgrove and a number of posters. Sceptre Press ceased to operate in 1981.

Reference: Information supplied personally by Martin Booth; also extracted from his editorial introduction to 'Decadal: Ten Years of Sceptre Press' (1979)
AcquisitionThe archive was purchased from the publisher in 1974
Related MaterialUniversity of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department also holds the literary and personal papers of Martin Booth, founder of the Sceptre Press (GB 0150 MB).
Associated MaterialsThe only complete collection of Sceptre Press titles in existence was donated by Martin Booth to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in 2001.