Barbara Henry


Barbara Henry holds an MFA in painting from American University and studied typography at the University of Iowa with Kay Amert. She was, between 1985 and 2004,  Curator of Bowne & Co., Stationers at The South Street Seaport Museum in New York City. During this time, she adopted the name Harsimus Press for books she produced in her own studio. In addition to her work at the press, she teaches workshops at The Center for Book Arts in New York.

Harsimus Press is named for Harsimus Cove, a neighborhood in downtown Jersey City, New Jersey, on the western bank of the Hudson River across from the southern tip of Manhattan. The name is derived from the Native American (Leni Lenape) “Crow’s Marsh”. It is dedicated to the exploration and interpretation of texts in metal and wood type​ and the relationships between text and illustration. Since adopting the name in the late 1980’s, books have ranged from stories told in linoleum cuts to specimen books of metal and wood type to chapbooks of poetry and literary criticism.  The press has now moved to Pottstown, Pennsylvania, by a creek named Manatawny in the same Lenape language. 


  • Artist Books
  • Calligraphy
  • Fine Press & Fine Binding
  • Literary/Writing
  • Letterpress
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Publishing
  • Teaching