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Happy Birthday Brian

04 Apr 2012

Happy Birthday Brian

Today is the birthday of late Genesis founder, Brian Roylance. Brian started the company in 1974, when he had the idea to reproduce nautical logs in traditional, hand bound limited editions. Starting with Capt. William Bligh's THE LOG OF HMS BOUNTY, he went on to reproduce documents including Charles Darwin's JOURNAL OF A VOYAGE IN HMS BEAGLE, with a foreword by Prince Charles, and James Cook's JOURNAL OF HMS RESOLUTION 1772-1775, with a foreword by Earl Mountbatten.

Brian felt that the Beatles' lyrics should be preserved in the same way as these historical documents, and a chance meeting with their publicist Derek Taylor would allow this dream to become reality. George Harrison was impressed with the craftsmanship of Brian's books, and the two went on to publish I ME MINE in 1980.

The book changed the company's course from publishing historical voyages to making rock history. A number of books with George and other Beatles followed, and over 60 different signed music books have been made to date. 30 years after I ME MINE, Jimmy Page published his photographic autobiography on Brian's birthday in 2010.

The company's beginnings have not been forgotten, and Genesis continue to revisit their roots with historical as well as musical books. Our founder, father and friend will also always be remembered.

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James Cook's Journal of HMS Resolution 1772-75

James Cook's Journal of HMS Resolution 1772-75

James Cook

£650

The Journal of a Voyage in HMS Beagle

The Journal of a Voyage in HMS Beagle

Charles Darwin

£795

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