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 particularly research libraries whose budgets have 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 photography, printing and binding. Nothing is spent on marketing, advertising, office management etc. All these costs are met by private sponsorship or the necessary time is given voluntarily.
This means we're a very small outfit, and we produce only about one book a year (or less). Of the six 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 publisher!
A selection of the manuscripts that have been digitally captured have been transformed into facsimile publications of the highest quality by the Faculty of Music. These are new scholarly editions with extensive introductions and commentaries by leading musicologists.
To date five books have been published – all available for sale below- and there are plans to publish new facsimiles at a rate of around one per year.
Postage and packing charges
UK postage and packing of all DIAMM publications is free.
For deliveries outside the UK postage and packing will be calculated during the checkout process. The charges range from £6.50 to £45 depending on the weight of the book and the shipping address.
It is also possible to arrange to collect copies in person from Oxford.
DIAMM facsimiles are also stocked by OMI - Old Manuscripts and Incunabula (New York).
Booksellers can purchase DIAMM Publications at bookseller discount rate by requesting an order form by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Booksellers will be issued with an invoice once their order is accepted.
For telephone enquiries the DIAMM office number is +44 (0)1865 241323 10.00 am to 7.00 pm.