The Private Press of Ian & Helen Macdonald Information for friends and collectors of our miniature books and present hobbies in retirement.
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The Gleniffer Press The Gleniffer Press was established by Ian & Helen Macdonald as a private press in 1968. The press commenced work in Paisley (Scotland) and moved to Wigtown by 1997 finally closing in 2007. During both periods of operation, the press became world famous for making fine limited edition miniature books including some of the smallest in the world. The Gleniffer Press appeared in the Guinness Book of Records several times for world breaking records. In 1985 Ian was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to the U.S.A. to study microbibliography and was presented with their Silver Medal in 1986. The press moved from Paisley to Wigtown in 1997 when Ian retired after a long career as an air traffic engineer in Civil Aviation. Wigtown in 1997, became Scotland’s National Book Town and Ian was one of the first elected directors of the Wigtown Book Town Company ,the work of which led to the creation of the now flourishing Wigtown Book Festival Company. On retirement in 2007 from making miniature books both Helen & Ian were made life members of the Miniature Book Society in recognition of the work they had done in promoting microbibliography. In 2006 both Ian & Helen were elected Honorary Life Members of the Wigtownshire Astronomical Society which Helen founded, helping to encourage better understanding of the dark skies of beautiful Galloway. The National Library of Scotland mounted a beautiful exhibition of The Gleniffer Press miniature books at Edinburgh in 2013 which attracted many visitors. We no longer make or sell miniature books and cannot offer valuations on them. Copies of our books can often be found on Ebay and in Antiquarian Book Shops. Since retiring in 2007 from the press, Ian has developed other interests including a Garden Steam Railway (GWR), Amateur Radio (GM8AVM) and making a series of short movies about other peoples hobbies & passions (FAT ROBIN FILMS). The films are being made primarily for the Moving Image Archive of the National Library of Scotland. Helen is activite in lots of local cultural groups in Wigtown and the local community. By clicking on the various buttons above we hope you can find out more about our press and interests since retiring. You will also find out more about how to collect miniature books, how to email Ian or visit his Facebook page via the Contact button at the top of this page. We hope you enjoy our website and are happy to have your enquiries, comments and suggestions.