Cheap Street Press was a small publishing company started up and operated by the husband-wife duo, George and Jan O'Nale, in their rural home near New Castle, Virginia. Cheap Street concentrated on publishing limited edition books, signed and numbered, of science fiction and fantasy works. Their books were renowned as excellent examples of the book-making arts, having been hand-printed letterpress by George on fine (often handmade) paper and hand-bound in fine cloth and leather with matching drop-back boxes.
Their books were typically issued in editions of 50 to 200 copies, and sold for up to $250 each. They approached primarily only authors who they identified for excellence in writing quality.
George and Jan O'Nale were hermitic in their habits, living in a fairly unpopulated area in the Virginian countryside. They were eccentric and irascible, and were known to suddenly and arbitrarily fall into contention with individuals with which they came in contact.
In 2002, the O'Nales donated their collection of books and press materials to Tulane University, and then committed suicide in the spring of 2003, citing increasing health problems.
A sampling of books published by Cheap Street Press:
- At the Double Solstice by Gregory Benford
- Paperjack by Charles de Lint
- Torturing Mr. Amberwell by Thomas M. Disch
- The Adventures of Cobble's Rune by Ursula K. Le Guin
- Ervool by Fritz Leiber
- The Girl Who Heard Dragons by Anne McCaffrey
- Red Noise by John Sladek
- Flying Saucer Rock and Roll by Howard Waldrop
- The Arimaspian Legacy by Gene Wolfe
- On Saint Hubert's Thing by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
- A Rhapsody in Amber by Roger Zelazny
Other items published by Cheap Street Press:
- Pamphlet: The Complete Twelve Hours of the Night by "William Ashbless" (William Ashbless is actually a penname for James P. Blaylock & Tim Powers.)