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John Stones previews an exhibition of past and present work by creative publisher Circle Press

Books printed on wax, made up of mirrors or containing ingenious pop-ups are the kind of unorthodox ideas that have given the Circle Press, founded in 1967 by Ron King, its reputation for creatively rethinking what was possible with a book.

An exhibition of Circle Press’s work is currently being staged at Pentagram, fellow inhabitant of London’s Notting Hill, simply because the partners like the company’s work. But the show also coincides with the publication of a catalogue raisonné, Cooking the books: Ron King and Circle Press, published with the Yale Center for British Art.

As well as showcasing classic works from Circle Press, it will also present work by newer artists such as Karen Bleitz, who has worked with Circle Press since graduating from Camberwell College of Arts in 1997, Victoria Bean, a Royal College of Art graduate, and Sam Winston, recommended to King by Pentagram co-founder Alan Fletcher. l

New Blood at Circle Press runs at The Gallery at Pentagram, 11 Needham Road, London W11 until 20 May

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