Draught Horse Press

Draught Horse Press still exists, but only as an online bookstore (no publishing, no printed catalog) and under a different name, Cumberland Books. Its future is uncertain. Sales continue to slide, no surprise in this era of shifting technologies for the creation and delivery of books. But the bad news is the good news—it continues under its own momentum, and a change in direction would be unlikely to improve things.

Here’s the cover of our 2005 catalog. It’s a beautiful picture, but I wonder now if it celebrates a kind of isolation that appeals mainly to affluent moderns. A farmer struggling to get by would be more likely to how long the drive would be to the nearest neighbor for help—or to the off-farm job that funds this operation.

Catalog2005

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