Ishi Press was the first major publisher of English-language go books. Many of their titles are now out of print, although Kiseido have since republished a number of them. Ishi Press itself has only published one new book since 1994.
Ishi Press was founded in 1968 by Richard Bozulich and Stuart Dowsey. The Ishi Press was formally established as a Limited Company (kabushiki kaisha) in 1969. In 1971, Ishi Press was reorganized as a Japanese joint-stock company capitalized at 500,000 yen. James Davies joined Ishi Press at this time. In 1976, capitalization was increased to 2,000,000 yen.
The following is a complete list of Ishi Press go books. Those with codes beginning with H (except perhaps H7) were only distributed by, not published by, Ishi Press. Note that the codes G20, G38 and G39 were never used.
-- The Rules and Elements of Go G1 Modern Joseki and Fuseki, Volume 1 G2 Basic Techniques of Go * G3 Modern Joseki and Fuseki, Volume 2 G4 GO: International Handbook and Dictionary G5 The Middle Game of Go G6 Strategic Concepts of Go * G7 The 1971 Honinbo Tournament * G8 Go for Beginners G9 Go Para Principiantes G10 In the Beginning * G11 38 Basic Joseki * G12 Tesuji * G13 Life and Death * G14 Attack and Defense * G15 The Endgame * G16 Handicap Go * G17 Kage's Secret Chronicles of Handicap Go * G18 Test Your Go Strength G19 The Breakthrough to Shodan G20 reserved for a book of proverbs, but not for a reprint of Go Proverbs Illustrated G21 Dictionary of Basic Joseki, Volume 1 * G22 Dictionary of Basic Joseki, Volume 2 * G23 Dictionary of Basic Joseki, Volume 3 * G24 Enclosure Josekis G25 Appreciating Famous Games * G26 The Direction of Play * G27 Kato's Attack and Kill G28 Lessons in the Fundamentals of Go * G29 Reducing Territorial Frameworks * G30 An Introduction to Go G31 The Second Book of Go * G32 The Power of the Star Point G33 The Chinese Opening * G34 All About Thickness (softcover) G34H All About Thickness (hardcover) G35 The Great Joseki Debates G36 Opening Theory Made Easy * G37 Beyond Forcing Moves G38 unused G39 unused G40 The Go Player's Almanac * G41 The Magic of Go G42 All About Life and Death, Volume 1 G43 All About Life and Death, Volume 2 G44 The 3-3 Point Modern Opening Strategy * G45 Positional Judgment * G46 Cho Hunhyun - Life and Master Games
Ishi Press was a distributor, not the publisher of the following volumes:
H1 Invincible: The Games of Shusaku (hardcover) * H2 The Treasure Chest Enigma H3 Graded Go Problems for Beginners, Volume 1 * H4 Graded Go Problems for Beginners, Volume 2 * H5 Graded Go Problems for Beginners, Volume 3 * H6 Graded Go Problems for Beginners, Volume 4 * H7 Mathematical Go Endgames
The books with an * have been reissued by Kiseido, with a K-prefix replacing the G-prefix for the G-prefix series. H1 is now K01, H3-H6 now K46-K49.
Kiseido lists Kage's Secret Chronicles of Handicap Go as K17, but it is in fact still selling books from the first print run of Ishi Press G17.
Ishi Press's simple cover designs were used for many of the Get Strong at Go Parodies.
Bob McGuigan For what it's worth, Invincible--The Games of Shusaku was the first publication of the Kiseido Publishing Company and was published in 1982 when Ishi Press still existed and functioned.