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Album of jobbing printing by the Perpetua Press belonging to Vivian Ridler

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MS. 12264
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A lined notebook containing pasted-in ephemera printed by Vivian Ridler's Perpetua Press, including stationery, business cards and invitations. Includes three small photographs (c.1935) of the press in action featuring his friend and press co-founder David Bland.


  • Creation: c.1931-1955


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. 12264

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12264


A scrapbook album containing ephemera printed by Vivian Ridler's Perpetua Press.

Biographical / Historical

Vivian Hughes Ridler CBE (2 Oct 1913-13 Jan 2009) was a printer and typographer who founded the Perpetua Press while still in school. In 1931 he apprenticed to a printing firm in Bristol. In 1936 he took a job as assistant to the Printer of the University of Oxford, John Johnson. In 1938 he married the poet Anne Bradby, who was the niece of Sir Humphrey Milford, the London publisher for Oxford University Press (OUP). During World War II, Vivian Ridler served with the Royal Air Force as an intelligence officer. After he was demobilised in 1947 he became a lecturer in typography and a freelance designer. In 1948 he returned to the OUP and from 1958 until he retired in 1978 he held the post of Printer to the University of Oxford at OUP and from 1968-1969 was president of the British Federation of Master Printers. With his own Perpetua Press he published around thirty books during his retirement.

Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased 2016 from S.P.Tuohy.

Related Materials

See also the Archive of Anne Ridler and Vivian Ridler, MSS. 6372/1-81.

Catalogue of an album of jobbing printing by the Perpetua Press belonging to Vivian Ridler
Charlotte McKillop-Mash
Language of description
Script of description
Catalogued with the generous support of the Roy Davids bequest.
Edition statement
First edition.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom