The following was sent to Cal Catholic by John Riess, one of the founders of Angelico Press.
I started Angelico Press with two colleagues in the fall of 2011. Our combined experience was 35 years in business and law, and 40 years in publishing, so we knew full well what we were getting ourselves into. Publishing is a notoriously difficult industry to succeed in, but we believed current changes in technology and distribution offered tremendous opportunities for a new business model and innovative marketing. We were also interested in forming a loyal community of authors and readers.
The company we created is a virtual one, with editors, proofreaders, graphic artists, marketers, and others working from NYC to Taos, NM, to the UK, Canada, Australia, and beyond. We began as a non-profit dedicated to making the rich tradition of Catholic intellectual, cultural, and spiritual life more available to families, students, and scholars. We intended primarily to reprint works of apologetics, theology, philosophy, political and social thought, spirituality, history, biography, and literature, giving careful attention to choice of titles, elegant book design, and affordable prices; and publishing an extensive selection of inexpensive ebooks to meet burgeoning demand. We felt that too many classics remained out of print, that too many reprinted works were available only in poor-quality editions or sold at unnecessarily high prices, and the demand for ebooks unmet.
Our network of new authors, however, grew rapidly and we found ourselves with submissions of outstanding new works by writers such as Christopher Ferrara, Stratford Caldecott, and Wolfgang Smith. So we began to publish new titles that engaged the modern world in its myriad aspects, such as Chris’s Liberty, the God That Failed, Stratford’s Beauty in the Word, and a new book by James Kalb on diversity. One additional goal we had from the outset was to be not only Catholic but also catholic. We hoped to publish books that offered avenues of insight for both children and adults into the spiritual life, adverting to the fullness of the Church’s tradition in ways not commonly found in the contemporary Catholic world. The mystical, metaphysical, esoteric, and symbolical dimensions of our faith are too little known by many, and yet are the very things so many hunger for. One of the many aims of Angelico Press is to address this situation, within the limits of our modest enterprise. And so we are now developing imprints to accommodate a broader range of subjects. One is devoted to retrieving the vision of a Christian cosmos, with five books by Wolfgang Smith on science and religion, Stratford Caldecott’s All Things Made New and his new work The Radiance of Being, books by Jean Borella, and many others.
We are committed to bringing tradition forward into modernity, without failing to conserve its essence, in an attempt to help till the soil of a new age of evangelization and Christian discipleship. We are likewise committed to serving readers of all stripes, with titles in production ranging from The Divine Comedy as Microcosmos and a work on Thomas Aquinas and the metaphysics of Tolkien, to historical novels and devotional classics such as The Spiritual Maxims of St. Francis de Sales and Gerald Vann’s Seven Swords and The Heart of Man, to children’s books like Joan Windham’s Sixty Saints for Boys and Sixty Saints for Girls and William Kingston’s outstanding The Seven Champions of Christendom. Something for everybody, in lovely editions, at prices nearly all can afford.
To read more about Angelico and/or order books, click here.
Worth looking into….may not be TAN books, which I like as well, but worth checking them out.
I looked at their website and they offer lovely books. I’m going to order the ‘Beauty in the Word” by Caldecott because he’s wonderful writer…makes me feel less critical for a while. ha He has a series on Youtube that is fantastic on the importance of beauty. I’ll order the book in a few weeks. Can’t wait. I like Tan books too, Abeca, but their bindings really leave alot to be desired…and the paper turns yellow so fast (high acid content)
Abeca, you’re right. We, like TAN, do many reprints. We’re strongly devoted to the evangelization through beauty so we really also pay special attention not only to the editing, but the typesetting, paper quality and cover design as well.
Dana, thank you so much for the compliment. We hope to grow more and more, but we’re very happy with the quality of good things we’re able to offer, as well as titles to come! Do enjoy the “Beauty in the Word.” We also love Caldecott’s clear and lyrical writing style, as well as his tremendous theological vision. As to the YouTube video series, you may be thinking of David Clayton of “The Way of Beauty.” Clayton and Caldecott actually have worked very closely together in the past, and share a very similar vision for beauty and education, although the seem to be working independently at the moment.
Let us know what you think of the book!
Angelico Press thank you. I for one never had any problems with the Tan books I bought except for one, which did fall apart and that was my book The Introduction to a devout life. But I am thankful that you take great detail in what you sell, when I’m ready to buy new books, I will try to remember to look at what you have. God bless you for restoring those wonderful treasures. Have you heard of A Catholic Girls Guide by Father Lasance, even the young mens Guide. It is an older classic but worth restoring. It’s hard to find. I’m a romantic so I don’t mind older books because of the romantic language they use…it’s beautiful. Well God bless you and keep up the good work in Christ. There are other older classics, that I have stored and I will look for them and when I find them, I’ll try to remember to post here, hopefully others will find and read them too. They are truly a beaut!
I will, and thanks for your response. And it was Roger Scruton I was thinking of. haha Thanks for reminding me. I thought about it later but was too lazy respond. Scruton is not a Catholic (or even a believer, if I’m not mistaken). I will check out youtube site you mentioned.
Scruton is in fact an Anglican. He published a book last year called ‘Our Church: A Personal History of the Church of England’
I remember The Way of Beauty now…I came across Clayton’s videos from visiting Joseph Pearce’s website when he was with Thomas More College in NH where I think Clayton taught? I have poor hearing though, and really struggled to hear what Clayton was saying. Thanks Justin for the Scruton info. I thought he’d left the church.
I ordered two Frank Sheed books from Angelico press and they are beautiful! I highly recommend this publisher to other readers. The cover for ‘To Know Christ Jesus,” is so moving, and the b&w illustrations from the original work are wonderful…binding is flexible and sturdy and paper quality is good. Thanks. I used to sell books on ebay and have made a few of my own books on my old book press, as well as a collector of sorts, so I’m pretty picky. I’ll get the Caldecott book later.
Dana thanks for letting us know….enjoy your books. : )