Oriflamme: A Spasmodical. Christchurch: The Caxton Club Press, April 1933.
Established in October 1932 by eight Canterbury University College students, the aim of the Caxton Club Press was the study of printing and typography. Unbeknownst to the University, the press’s principal founder, the Dunedin born poet and printer Denis Glover, believed that ‘any young man with the means of disseminating opinion would be unworthy of his salt if he didn’t try to print something that would practically reform the world overnight’ (90).
Influenced by the Auckland University College radical student journal Phoenix, the Caxton Club Press produced its own, Oriflamme, in April 1933 as its first publication. The contributed article ‘Sex and the Undergraduate’ by Patrick Robertson caused Oriflamme not only to sell out within two hours, but also to be suppressed by the College Council.
The Caxton Club Press was the predecessor of The Caxton Press.
~ On loan courtesy of the Hocken Library
Denis Glover. Hot Water Sailor (Wellington: A. H. & A. W. Reed, 1962)