The Seizin Press was a small letterpress publishing imprint, founded in London in 1927 by Laura Riding (1901-1991) and Robert Graves (1895-1985). From 1930 to 1937, Seizin Press operated as a private press out of Deià, Mallorca. A Crown Albion flatbed printing press was bought by Riding and Graves and installed in their Deià abode, Ca n’Alluny (shown in my photo).
Besides work by Graves and Riding, Seizin Press published work by authors such as Gertrude Stein, Len Lye and James Reeves. Seizin Press ceased to exist on the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. In 1939 Riding and Graves terminated their companionship.
Some time after Robert Graves’ return to Mallorca in 1946, now with his second wife, Beryl Pritchard, the New Seizin Press was set up. Graves lived and worked in Deià until his death. He died December 7th, 1985. That’s 23 years ago, a week from tomorrow.
Ca n’Alluny, La Casa de Robert Graves, has been acquired by the Fundació Robert Graves and was refurbished and adapted for visitors. The house and its lovely gardens are now open to the public as a museum (telephone 971.646.185). Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday, from 10h00 to 16h00, and Sunday, from 10h00 to 15h00. Admission fees are 5 €.
The photo was taken in Deià, Mallorca, Spain. The date: November 27th, 2008. The time was 12:46:52.