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Stanislaw Gliwa  ... Oficyna Stanislawa Gliwy A collection  NOW SOLD

Stanislaw Gliwa  (1910 to 1986 )   was born in Krakow, Poland. During World War II he was captured by the Russians and spent years in their prisoner-of-war camps. Eventually he was released with other Poles and reformed into the Second Polish Corps which fought at Monte Cassino, Italy. It was there that Gliwa's gifts as an artist were noted, especially his drawings of battle scenes and the portraits of his companions. After the War he spent considerable time preparing a history of his unit. Then he went to live in England where he remained the rest of his life. In 1960 he married Maria, a Polish woman who had suffered at Ravensbruck Concentration Camp. They set up a printing press--the Oficyna Stanislawa Gliwy--and over the years produced a series of remarkable small booklets, illustrated with Gliwa's striking linocuts. Every year they also produced a linocut Christmas/New Year’s card. 
Gliwa in uniform He was the official artist during
the battle for Monte Cassino 1944 . His drawings of the battle 
lined the wall in his house in Southend-on-Sea
Early limnocut 1936

Gliwa linocut  used for Holdan Books' 
catalaogue 100 in 1968

We offer the following collection:

Books printed by the press, designed by Stanislaw Gliwa and with his linocuts
1] Kabdebo Tamas: Ketszivu. Number 022 of a limited edition of 300 copies. London : University College, Poetry Seminar/Workshop, 1973 ,  50pp.,  title and cover in black and red,  Poems in English and Hungarian. The English translation of the poems entitled “Twohearted”  starts from the rear of the book., woodcut on cover by Alan Dixon.
2] Waclaw Iwaniuk, Nemezis. idzie pustymi drogami .  Londyn : Oficyna Stanis?awa Gliwy, 1978  93pp.,  Number 140 of a limited edition of 350 copies. Linocuts by Stanislaw Gliwa.
3]  Wladyslaw Broniewski: Komuna Paryska. Fragmenty poematu. Konstanty Maria Sopoc?ko-drzeworyty. Londyn : Nak?adem i drukiem Oficyny Stanis?awa Gliwy, 1975.Number 12 0f 333 copies. 20pp., Wood engravings by Konstanty Maria Sopoc?ko. With a  loose wood-engraving printed on a separate sheet of hand-made paper and signed by the artist.
4]W.J. Stankiewicz: a guide to democratic jargon. Number 65 of an edition of 275 copies. 1976, 32pp., linocuts by Stanislaw Gliwa. This copy printed on  Italian Della Robbia handmade  paper.

5] Another copy, number  239 is one of the edition numbered 200 – 275 printed on Chariot paper 

6] J Jose Agorriz-Melgar: Poussiere Mienne.1965,Number 114 of 250 numbered copies signed by the Author. 27pp printed in red and black. Portrait. Decorated endpapers. Cream card wraps printed in red and black. Signed engraved (lino ?) portrait of the author opposite the colophon. Also with Gliwa’s linocuts on the end papers and one on the front cover. 
7] Alesander Janta: Po samo dno istnienia. 1972,  28pp., Number   230 0f 300 copies,  with Gliwa’s linocut illustrations,  red card wrappers, title on front cover also done in linocut. 
8] Mieczyslawa Urbanska: liryki.  One of 250 copies printed on Abbey Mills greenfield antique laid paper tipped in photograph of the author on frontispiece linocuts by Gliwa on cover, inside cover and  end papers. 
9] W.J. Stankiewicz: Normandia 1944. Number 72 of 133 numbered copies,1966, 24pp., drawing of the battle byWaclaw S. Liszkowski on double page. Text set by Maria Gliwa. Linocuts on cover and in the text by Gliwa
10] Kazimierz F. Vincenz , Wieslaw Wohnout, Tadeusz Nowakowski, Adele Tatarinoff-Eggenschwiler, Joh. Arnold Wirth, Jan Fryling: Nagroda imienia Anny Godlewskiej: ufundowana przez syna Juliana, 1963-1973. Nakladem Fundacji Nagfrody Im. Anny Godlewskiej. Drukiem Oficyna Stanislawa Gliwy, 1974, 80pp., One of 500 copies, 6 tipped-in photographs, linocuts by Gliwa on covers
11] Siecle a mains 72 Hornsey Lane, Highgate, Londres N.6, Angleterre,  9, 1967.  Direction Claude Royet- Journoud. Anne-Marie Albiach. 1967,  48pp.,  Number 22 of  550 hand numbered copies. Title on  front and rear cover are linocuts by Gliwa.  His 19th on the albion press hand-printed title.Contributions by John Ashbery, Lorand Gaspar, Anne-Marie Albiach, Burns singer, Micheal Deguy, Michael Auphan, Michel Couturier, Nathaniel Tarn. 
12] Siecle a mains 72 Hornsey Lane, Highgate, Londres N.6, Angleterre, 11. 1968. Direction Claude Royet- Journoud. Anne-Marie Albiach. Secretaire  de redaction Michel Couturier. Number 116 of  550 hand numbered copies.  Gliwa’s linocut designs on front and rear cover. Contributions by  Claude Royet- Journoud. Anne-Marie Albiach,  Michel Couturier, Uccio EspositoTorrigiani. With autograph dedication to the Belgian literary critic and poetess Juliette Decreus signed by Couturier and Royet-Journoud, dated 28.8.68 48pp., 
13] Jos Vandeloo: Schilfers hebben scherpe Kanten. Met een originele houtsnede door Frans Masereel en acht linoleumsneden door Paul Peter Piech. Oxford, Mouette press, 1974. 16pp., Printed on the handpress of the Oficyna Stanislaw Gliwa in October 1973. Total edition limited to 126 copies. Gliwa re-cut the 2nd design by Masereel, not accepted by the publisher (Wim Meeuws) into linoleum, this  features at the back edition. This is one of the 100 copies numbered 1 - 100 on Basingwerk Parchment paper, number 069.

14] Same: One of the edition of 26 copies on Auvergne paper, marked A- Z , this is marked T

15] Jos Vandeloo: Splitter haben Scharfe Kanten. Mit einem Originalholzschnitt von Frans Masereel und 8 Linolschnitten von Paul Peter Piech. Limitierte Auflage von 126 Exemplare, dies ist eins der Exemplare auf Basingwerk Parchmentpapier. Gedruckt auf der Handpresse von Stanislaw Gliwa derOficyna Stanislawa Gliwy. 16 Seiten. Oxford, Mouette press, 1974. 16pp., Printed on the handpress of the Oficyna Stanislaw Gliwa in October 1973. Total edition limited to 126 copies. Gliwa , re-cut the 2nd design by Masereel, not accepted by the publisher Wim Meeuws into linoleum, this  features at the back of this private press edition. this is one of the 100 copies numbered 1 - 100 on Basingwerk Parchment paper, *** = see: Ritter Cb 101 Number 037

16] Same: One of the edition of 26 copies on Auvergne paper, marked A- Z , this is marked H

17] A separately printed copy 
of the frontispiece for 
Sylvia Plath’s Three Women. 
This was a linocut by the printer 
Gliwa, it is signed by Gliwa in pencil. 

*** The booklet was published by Turret Books and  privately printed at Oficyna Stanislawa Gliwy in 1968. [24] pp. It is a poetic work that was written especially for broadcasting; the production was recorded on August 2, 1962 and broadcast on September 13 . The Booklet itself is now extremely rare

Gliwa at work (see poster on the wall as described further on ) 

Also included is the original linocut block  cut by Stanislaw Gliwa after Frans Masereel’s original design  rejected  by the publisher, but included at the end of the numbers 13 to 16.

Added is an assortment of peripheral materials from the period  1968 to 1974 when Splinters was finally printed, 8 long  handwritten letters and 3 cards  by Gliwa to Wim Meeuws and typed copies of letters/replies to him  by Wim Meeuws, publisher of Schilfers hebben scherpe kanten/Splitter haben scharfe  Kanten with 4 proofs of this book, samples of paper Gliwa suggested to use. Also 8 signed letters by the the Belgian writer Jos Vandeloo written to Wim Meeuws between May 1968 and  January 1978 and copies of letters by Wim Meeuws to this writer, the author of the splinters booklet. In the first letter dated 17th May 1968 Vandeloo agrees with the publication of this bibliophile edition. In his last letter dated 31 January 1978 Vandeloo thanks for the copy of the German edition and congratulates on the quality he looks forward to the Dutch edition and suggests some ways to advertise the booklet in Belgium and Holland. The last letter is that of the publisher Wim Meeuws dated 8 February 1978 which accompanies 12 copies of the all the editions including the specials marked J and V asking Vandeloo to sign 6 copies marked A,B and C and return these to Oxford. The rest was silence. Vandeloo ( 1925 to 2015 ) never replied , he never returned the copies signed as promised. 

With proofs on various papers of the Masereel woodcuts and also one each in the final stage which accompanied the special editions 

Facsimile letter from Masereel in 1968
With a poster  ( about A-3 ) for an exhibtion of 4 private press printers in 1968. Gliwa explained to me in 1975 that for this he used a linocutting method , reduction linocut, whereby he would print a first stage, then continue cutting for a next stage/colour and print again. thus the poster could never be re-printed. After each layer of colour is printed, more is cut from the block until the print is finally finished and the block destroyed. 

And the Invitation to the exhibition of 4 private press printers including Piech and Gliwa in 1968. Printed by Gliwa.

7 unrelated sections/proofs from other Gliwa titles

With the 8 linocut blocks made by Peter Paul Piech used by Gliwa in the printing process 
and correspondence to and from Piech (Taurus press of Willow Dene) and the original linocut block 
prepared  by Stanislaw Gliwa after Frans Masereeel’s original design 

An extremely rare collection of  19 of the original Christmas and New Year’s cards designed with linocuts and all printed by Stanislaw Gliwa  on his handpress and sent to their friends by Maria and Stanislaw (Stantsi ) Gliwa between 1949 and 1986, from 1974 onwards sent to the Meeuws family. Some of which shown here:




1974 / 1975

1975 / 1976 reverse


Unknown year

Other peripheral materials:

Catalogue One Hundred produced by the bookshop Holdan Books/Oxford in 1974.  The linocut for this cover was an earlier Chrismas card which Gliwa produced every year. This one shows the 3 wise men as travelling printers. See image above. 
*** see description of all Christmas cards .

Gliwa’s handprinted leaflet in which Thomas Kabdebo wishes a prosperous New Year to afford a volume of his £2.00 twin book of Anglo-Hungarian poetry

Catalogue 2 of the Mouette Press/Oxford  containing a facsimile of Frans Masereel’s letter  and subscription offers for the Vandeloo/Masereel editions

Some Gliwa linocuts sent as examples of his work

For the background of this website page we also used a Gliwa linocut 

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