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Nanci Lee

Hsin by Nanci Lee (cover)

Nanci Lee was born of a Chinese Mother and a Syrian father, that marriage didn’t last long and Nanci was put up for adoption. Her chap book Hsin is a series of poems dealing with the adoption and its trials. Hsin is a Chinese word meaning that there are many truths and nothing is clear. The book has several abstract water colours that are in keeping with Hsin and allow the reader to interpret in many ways. The book is printed on St. Armand’s autumn leaves an acid free machine made paper.

For sale | Price $45.00 + $5.00 shipping



Phil Hall

X - coverX - inside pagesThis is a series of abstract poems illustrated by abstract artist Michele LaRose.

A very few copies remain as of April 6, 2016 | Price $40.00


The Vunfortunate Report & Tragicall Tidings of Leslie Barger

John Wall Barger

The Vnfortunate Report & Tragicall Tidings of Leslie Barger - coverThe Vnfortunate Report & Tragicall Tidings of Leslie Barger - inside pagesJohn’s Grandfather was discovered in bed with another man’s wife Leslie Barger cam out of the bed and shot and killed the husband. This is a series of Poems that deals with that occurrence. The book has several original abstract water colours. The one shown shows how the life lines of the three participants merge and end in chaos.


The Truth About Rabbits

Winnoa Linn

The Truth About Rabbits - coverThe Truth About Rabbits - inside pagesWinnoa is a well-known spoken word poet who’s poems are characterized by extremely long lines. The book has several wood engravings by Larry Thompson of Greyweathers Press and collaborates with Thee Hellbox Press to produce this excellent book.

Several copies remain as of April 6, 2016 | Price $40.00


The Sky These Days

Susan Gillis

The Sky These Days -coverThe Sky These DaysThis book is a series of poems in the Japanese Tanka style where the first and second parts don’t seem to be related and this is the reason for using a ligature to join or bind the two parts as ligature gets its name from the Latin ligat meaning to bind or join.

1-2 copies remain as of April 6, 2016 | Price $40.00


Out of the Mouth

Shane Neilson

Out of the Mouth - coverOut of the Mouth - inside pagesShane’s son developed seizures around age two and this is a powerful series of poems that deal with that aspect. The art work shown is by my hand and shows the seizure in silver and the meds in gold that never completely cover the seizure.

Several copies remain as of April 6, 2016 | Price $50.00


The Paradise Project

The Paradise Project, by Merilyn Simonds, is now available for purchase. Read about the project

To buy a copy, email:

Payment can be made via cash, cheque or e-transfer.

$150.00 + HST ($19.50) and $15.00 shippingline

The following are available in limited quantities for purchase:

You Stand

You Stand - cover

The cover of ‘You Stand’

A medium length poem by Cori MacLean Mayhew concerning young love with a Hungarian emigrant who had escaped the Communist invasion of 1958.

The handmade cover paper from the Ontario College of Art and Design carries the turmoil, the love and flowers involved with this story.

Printed in a numbered limited edition of 50 copies using 12 point Bembo Roman and a 8 x 12 Chandler Price Press.

Price $15.00 postage paid.



Inside 'You Stand'

Inside ‘You Stand’



Streets - cover

The cover of ‘Streets’

This poetic monograph is a poem by Bruce Kauffman dealing with the old and the new construction of buildings seen in Kingston Ontario, Canada.

The poem is supported by two soft-block prints by Hugh Walter Barclay.

We printed a limited edition of 40 copies on St. Armand’s acid-free Peat Moss Canal Paper. Size 7.5” by 10.5”.

Price $12.00 postage paid.


Inside 'Streets'

Inside ‘Streets’


Limited Editions

Join the Cosmic Dance: Reflections

on the Art of Living

Virginia Hamilton, a Vipassana teacher, interviews Dr. Susan Babbitt, a professor of philosophy who has an aggressive form of cancer. Dr. Babbitt has experientially faced the most fundamental philosophical question: the meaning of existence. Using her outstanding intellectual abilities, Dr. Babbitt has developed some simple and eloquent answers to that profound question. Virginia sums up the interview by saying to Susan,
“What you are saying is such a gift to others.”

About the book:
Book artist Hugh Walter Barclay views the text as a powerful verbal art form and as such has created a visual art form to complement that power.

The dancers appear to emerge from the text and through the cover. The dancers on the frontispiece represent life and death, human conditions that are joined and natural.

The text is printed on dampened St. Armand’s handmade paper. The wrappers are Japanese suma sora while the exquisite marble endpapers, representing the cosmic dance, come from Bangladesh.All materials including the cover boards are acid-free to ensure longevity.

The edition is limited to 99 copies of which only 92 are offered for sale.

The Book Arts Commitee of the Canadian National Library has selected Join the Cosmic Dance by Susan E. Babbitt and Virginia Hamilton to be included in the Book Arts section of the National Library. We understand that these books tour Canada from time to time, and we will advise through this web site concerning the times and locations of these tours.

Size: 16 cm. X 28.5 cm.
Price per copy: $195.00 + $15.00 shipping
To buy a copy, email: h.w.barclay@sympatico. ca
or phone: 613 546 7885.

Books will be shipped upon receiving a cheque or purchase order.
Mail to Thee Hellbox Press, 241 Glengarry Road, Kingston, ON K7M 3J6

Join the Cosmic Dance - outside cover


Join the Cosmic Dance - inside cover

Inside cover

Join the Cosmic Dance - title page

Title page

Join the Cosmic Dance - sample pages

Sample pages


1927 Nursing Vignettes

Hugh Barclay

Three stories told by Hugh’s mother who was a nurse in the Michigan Thumb during the late twenties. We have a few copies left at $12.00 each for those who may like one.

1927 Nursing Vignettes - cover

1927 Nursing Vignettes – cover

1927 Nursing Vignettes - inside pages

Inside pages with graphic


The First Paradise, Odetta…

The First Paradise Odetta...

The First Paradise Odetta… – cover

The First Paradise, Odetta… is a long poem taken from Pier Paolo Pasolini’s novel Teorema. Pasolini is primarily known as a film maker. However, there is an awakening interest in him as an important poet, scholar and novelist. Poet Antonino Mazza translated the poem into English. He is one of a handful of scholars who believe that the creative genius of Pasolini should reach a wider readership.

This book is designed on a quarto format (9 X 12) with the original Italian and the English translation on facing pages. Included in the book is a powerful introductory poem Homage to Pier Paolo Pasolini by Antonino Mazza. Bodoni types are impressed into dampened St. Armand acid-free handmade paper using brown ink. The use of chocolate brown ink and the Bodoni types impart the important but gentle voice of the poem spoken to Odetta, explaining the effects of Catholicism on a middle-class girl.

The verbal aesthetics are heightened by six reduction soft blocks rendered in warm yellows and oranges. These images, created by Hugh Walter Barclay, provide a visual metamorphosis that complements the text. Three-dimensional cast paper replicas of a bronze medal created by Italian sculptor Luciano Ceschia to commemorate Pasolini’s death are set into the interiors of the cover boards. Dark brown end papers carry a watermark “PPP 85” to honour the tenth anniversary of Pasolini’s death. Handmade Japanese Sugiaya is used to cover the boards. When tilted, this overlaid paper creates the illusion of three-dimensional peaks and valleys upon which the title appears to float. Pasolini was bipolar and wrote on the peaks not the valleys. Because of Pasolini’s communist affiliations, the text is biased slightly to the left.

Binding of this book was completed by Emrys H. Evans of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto.

The launching of the book took place at the Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto on February 3, 1986. One hundred and fifteen numbered copies were offered for sale, and some are still available. (Update July 2012 – only one copy left)

Numbers will be assigned as orders are received. Should you wish to purchase a copy, please send a cheque or purchase order for $200.00 to:

Thee Hellbox Press, 241 Glengarry Road, Kingston, ON K7M 3J6

Close-up of text

Close-up of text



Text with graphic

Text with graphic

Inside cover accent

Inside cover accent

2 thoughts on “Buy a Book

  1. Hello, is the last copy still available?

  2. Scott Hartman on said:

    Any chance that one copy of Pasolini is still available?

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