The Floating Island Publications Records document the works
published by this small press, which was located in Point Reyes Station, CA, from 1976-1996.
Michael Sykes awoke one morning in June 1975 with the idea to begin publishing an
occasional gathering of material and to call it Floating Island. He had given the idea some
consideration before, over the years 1969-1974, while he owned and operated a bookstore in
Point Reyes Station, CA. The main inspiration for the name Floating Island comes from the
geological fact that the ground on which Sykes stood, the Point Reyes Peninsula, is
"floating to the northwest at the dizzying rate of 2-4 inches per year, being an upthrust
eastern portion of the Pacific Plate which grinds horizontally against the American Plate
along the San Andreas fault."
Number of containers: 18 cartons, 13 oversize boxes
Linear feet: 35.75
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