Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - September - 2005 Issue

Private Press and Fine Printing from Oak Knoll Books

Private261

Private Press 2000-2005 from Oak Knoll Books.


Here is a random sample: The Goat Secret, by Bill Griffiths, published in 2000, by the Tern Press. This book recounts the legend of Kaldi, an Abyssinian (now Ethiopia) goat herder who supposedly discovered coffee. As the story goes, Kaldi was tending his flock one day when he noticed his goats became more lively when they ate the berries of a certain plant. He decided to try the magic berries himself, and noted they had a most invigorating effect. Instead of having the sense to take out a patent on his discovery, which would have made his descendants incredibly wealthy, he shared it with the monks at a local monastery, who found that it helped keep them awake during their prayers. They must have thought it a miracle. All of this supposedly happened a thousand years ago, and though it probably never did, it still makes a good story. Priced at $35.

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