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Print archive of Corvus Works, by Christopher Wakeling

Identifier: Coll-2110

Scope and Contents

This is a mixed collection of printed works by the fine press typographic studio "Corvus Works", founded by Christopher Wakeling.

  1. Fine press books (transferred to Rare Books collections);
  2. Single sheet publications (broadsides);
  3. Printed ephemera and prospectuses arranged by year.


  • Creation: 1999-2024


Language of Materials

Mainly English and French, with some quotes in German, Latin, and Italian.

Condition Description

Excellent condition.

Biographical / Historical

Christopher Wakeling studied Information Graphics at Nottingham Trent University from 1984 to 1987. Immediately after graduating with a BA(Hons), he was employed in London as a designer in several studios (Conran Design Group, Michael Peters & Partners, and Addison), and then as a partner in New Leaf Associates, a typographic design and production studio, from 1994 to 1999.

Wakeling had his own early workshop, originally kept at his parents' home in North Yorkshire, where he was printing on an Adana 8x5 and a demi-foolscap Cropper. In Summer 2004, he permanently moved his workshop to Shotley Bridge, Durham, and brought it under the freelance studio banner "Typographic Design Unit" (TDU).

In 2005, Christopher Wakeling started teaching typography and letterpress printing at Northhumbria University two days per week, while continuing his freelance design work under the TDU banner, designing books and printed literature. His letterpress workshop was used for self-promotional pieces, ephemeral work for family and friends, and other printings of personal interest. Printing continued on the Cropper and a German-built A3 Victoria parallel platen press. In 2025, Wakeling acquired a 1964 built Korrex Hannover press.

Between 2012 and 2017, Wakeling's position at Northumbria University became full-time, which meant his TDU projects were limited, although personal ephemera work continued, as did occasional published booklets.

Following a long illness, Wakeling reverted to part-time at Northumbria University, and commercial book design work under the TDU name was closed down. Instead, Corvus Works was established to concentrate on the long-held aim of designing, printing, binding and publishing limited edition books. The Cropper and Victoria were sold, and a single large parallel press was bought: a Schelter & Giesecke Phoenix IV.

Christopher Wakeling is a UK committee member of the Fine Press Book Association, and a member of the Oxford Guild of Printers.


14 Volumes

9 folders

8 posters

Immediate Source of Acquisition

First tranche acquired (some material purchased, some donated) in March 2022. Rest of the material acquired via annual subscription from 2023 onwards.

Accession no. SC-Acc-2024-0004.


Accruals expected.

Separated Materials

The fine press books have been transferred to the Rare Books collections.

  1. RB.P.3394: Tommy Armstrong (Blackhill, 2019)
  2. RB.P.3395: The Raven (Blackhill, 2017)
  3. RB.P.3396: Jan Tschichold (Blackhill, 2018)
  4. RB.P.3397: A plea against standardisation (Blackhill, 2020)
  5. RB.P.3398: Shakespearian punctuation (Blackhill, 2020)
  6. RB.P.3399: The Raven (Blackhill, 2018)
  7. RB.P.3400: A winter's tale (Blackhill, 2020)
  8. RB.F.1218: Le cimetiere marin (Blackhill, 2021)
  9. RB.F.1219: Claude Garamond (Blackhill, 2022)
  10. RB.F.1220: Sabon (Blackhill, 2021)
  11. RB.S.5013: The lambton worm (Blackhill, 2019)
  12. RB.S.5014: The Pied Piper of Hamelin (Blackhill, 2022)
  13. RB.S.5015: Typographic environments (Blackhill, 2023)
  14. RB.S.5016: Giovanbattista Palatino (Blackhill, 2023)

Condition Description

Excellent condition.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Aline Brodin and Elizabeth Quarmby Lawrence in January 2024, using biographical information provided by Christopher Wakeling.

Print archive of the Corvus Press, by Christopher Wakeling, 1999-2024
Aline Brodin
January 2024
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

Centre for Research Collections
University of Edinburgh Main Library
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Edinburgh EH8 9LJ Scotland
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