The St James Park Press is the private press of James Freemantle, the Press originally situated close to St James’s Park in London, from which it took its name; now printing from 401½ Studios.
Printing by letterpress on a Hopkinson & Cope (Crown Broadside) Albion Press from 1861, a J. & R. M. Wood (Half Sheet Post) Albion Press from 1869, and an Arab (Crown Folio) from 1906, amongst other such presses; the Press holds a number of composition types, including Caslon, Centaur, Dante and Joanna, as well as a large range of display and decorated types.
The primary concern of the Press is the fine printing of illustrated books, by letterpress. There is a focus on utilising wood-engravings or original illustrative work. Occasionally, the Press will agree to print commissioned work on behalf of a publisher or individual.
Works by the Press have been purchased and can now be viewed at such public institutions as the National Art Library at the V&A, the Tate Library, Yale University Library, the National Library of Wales, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, and the Bodleian Library.