Producing DIAMM Publications
DIAMM Publications was set up to create facsimile publications of the highest quality without the price markup of conventional publishers. High-quality colour printing is expensive, and the price only comes down when doing runs of tens of thousands, for publications like glossy exhibition catalogues. With runs of a few hundred the unit cost is dramatically higher, but we felt that if we could produce publications without the usual overheads of a publishing house (office costs, phone bills, support staff etc.) then we could create books that were affordable by individuals and research libraries, whose spending budgets have been seriously diminished in the last few years. The profit margin on our publications is therefore extremely small, and is used only to subsidize future publications. All income is spent on the actual cost of photogrpahy, printing and binding. Nothing is spent on marketing, advertising, office management etc. All these costs are met by private sponsorship or given voluntarily.
This means we’re a very small outfit, and we produce only about one book a year. Of the five publications and one collaborative publication we’ve produced, three have won the AMS Claude V. Palisca prize (Bologna Q15 (in collaboration with LIM Editrice), The Eton Choirbook and the Ferrell-Vogüé Machaut Manuscript); an enviable record for such a small outfit!
The next outputs from DIAMM publications planned are facsimiles of the Anne Boleyn MS (Royal College of Music), the Baldwin Partbooks (Christ Church Oxford, with reconstructed missing tenor book) and the Sadler partbooks (Bodleian Library Oxford, collaborative digital reconstruction of these heavily damaged books), and a large-format publication of the Striggio mass and motet in 40 parts, edited by Davitt Moroney.
To obtain the Ferrell-Vogüé Machaut Manuscript please visit the online shop.
Resellers enquiring about discount sales or libraries requiring a pro forma invoice should contact the finance officer.
Work is under way by Margaret Bent on the introductory study for the facsimile of the Old Hall Manuscript (British Library Add. 57950), a volume of similar size to the Eton Choirbook.
As soon as publication dates for any publications are known we offer an early-bird discount on the full price of about 25%. If you would like to be notified about new releases please email us at diamm[at]music.ox.ac.uk.
Other projects in prospect include:
- The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book
- Aosta C15 (introduction by Peter Wright)
- The Caius Choirbook
- The Bolzano fragment