Rampant Lions Press
The Rampant Lions Press was a fine letterpress printing firm in Britain, operating from 1924 to 2008. The firm was founded by Will Carter (1912–2001), publishing its first book in 1936, and was continued by his son, Sebastian (b. 1941), from 1966.
It started life as a private press in 1924, when Will was still a schoolboy. After the war, his interest in printing was such that he decided to try to establish the Press on a commercial footing, and did so in Cambridge in 1949. From that date until the formal closure of the Press at the end of 2008, Rampant Lions has been among the most highly regarded letterpress printing-offices in Britain. The skills of Will and Sebastian Carter in design and press-work have been recognized by publishers, who commissioned work from them, and by collectors, who have sought out their publications since the 1950s. Sebastian Carter also has an international reputation as a writer on type and typography.
Besides printing, Carter also designed two fonts for Monotype, Klang and Octavian, the latter with David Kindersley. He also designed signage and a font for Dartmouth College, where he was artist-in-residence for a time.
- Sebastian Carter, "A Valediction Forbidding Mourning: Closing the Rampant Lions Press Workshop", in Parenthesis; 19 (2010 Autumn), p. 9–11
- Carter, Sebastian, et al. The Rampant Lions Press: a printing workshop through five decades (Rampant Lions, Cambridge, 1982). ISBN 0-902591-12-6 (pbk), 0902591118 (cased).
- Carter, Will (Summer 1954). "Some observations of a small printer" (PDF). Monotype Recorder. 40 (2): 9–24. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
- Rogers, Timothy (22 March 2001). "Will Carter obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
- History, The Rampant Lions Press.
- "Klang MT". MyFonts. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
- "Octavian MT". MyFonts. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
- Rampant Lions Press website (including a catalogue of books in print)
- Obituary of Will Carter: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/will-carter-728942.html