Sunday, January 30, 2005

Caveworks Press Book Launch

Book Launch/Performance
Come enjoy Eulenspiegel Puppet Troupe’s dramatic adaptation of “Crazy Eddy on the Judgment Day.” A unique entertainment with music and additional readings by the author, Mary Swander. Other puppet productions the same night.

2005: March 5, 8PM and March 6, 2PM
Tickets: $12
Puppets and Pastries, Dessert Theatre for Adults
Owl Glass Puppetry Center
319 N. Calhoun Street,
West Liberty, Iowa

Friday, January 28, 2005

Old School Press: The Bricks of Venice

The Old School Press has a new book coming out in February 2005. The Bricks of Venice, written and illustrated by Peter Harris, is a contemporary and historical account of Venetian architecture.
The 96pp of text have been printed in 14/16pt Bembo on a large page of Magnani mould-made paper. These pages have then been bound into a volume with a hand-blocked paper on the boards - the paper has been prepared especially for the edition by Alberto Valese in Venice, using a pattern taken from the facade of Ca' d'Oro, one of the finest Gothic palaces on the Grand Canal, and just along from the building in which Peter Harris and his wife lived. Each illustration has been printed on a separate sheet of 225gsm Somerset paper made of 100% cotton , making it easier to follow the illustrations when they are called for in the text and also to frame and display them individually. To print the images I have used an Epson 2100 printer using pigment-based inks thereby assuring good longevity of the images. The seventy-two sheets of images are separated by chapter with sheets of brown Fabriano Ingres on which captions are printed to accompany the images. These sheets are collected in a solander box which is covered in another paper from Alberto Valese - a repeated tile pattern in grey. The solander box and bound volume are presented in a slip case in a soft yellow cloth with a spine label. The binding has been carried out by The Fine Bindery.
Further information can be obtained from the Old School Press website.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Caveworks Press: Crazy Eddy on the Judgment Day

Crazy Eddy on the Judgment Day by Mary Swander is the newest publication by Caveworks Press:
Crazy Eddy on the River

Swander writes the roiling river; her language moves with elemental force, unstoppable. Upturned, near familiar phrases momentarily surface like a favorite article of clothing and are submerged again, often with comic results. Humorous stories within stories emerge, like "Samson of Wisconsin," dwarf Crazy Eddy's giant nemesis, and how he defeated him. Swander's rural midwest roots cling tight to her stories and capture their idiosyncratic characters with a close relative's unflinching eye.

Hand set in Garamond and Engraver's Shaded type and printed on Mohawk Superfine. Bound in Fraser covers with Thai Mango endpapers. Binding assisted by Margaret Whiting and Julie McLaughlin. Printed in an edition of 125, and illustrated with linoleum cuts by Julie Russell-Steuart in one of the coldest summers on record.

To learn more about this book or Caveworks Press, visit

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

New from Kat Ran Press

Kat Ran Press has recently released Sleep, a short story by Haruki Murakami (one of my favorite authors) accompanied by four color etchings by John Gibson:
In the fall of 2004, the entire staff of Kat Ran Press was particularly pleased to announce the publication of its newest book, Sleep, a short story by Haruki Murakami with multi-color etchings by John Gibson. Translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin, Takashima Professor of Japanese Humanities at Harvard University and author of Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words, “Sleep” was originally published in the New Yorker and recently adapted for the stage by Complicite, the London-based theater group, and the Setagaya Public Theater of Japan.
Murakami Title PageConsidered by many to be Japan’s most popular and influential author, Murakami tells the story of a woman who ignores conventional wisdom by embracing more than two weeks of sleeplessness (with the aid of Anna Karenina). Composed in Dante types by Michael and Winifred Bixler of Skaneateles, New York, the fifty-six pages of Sleep have been printed at Kat Ran Press on handmade Twinrocker papers. The four etchings by John Gibson, whose paintings may be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Museum at the Rhode Island School of Design (among others), have been printed by Peter Pettengill and his exemplary staff at Wingate Studio in Hinsdale, New Hampshire. The entire edition has been carefully bound in full leather and boxed by Claudia Cohen at her Seattle, Washington, bindery. Forty-five numbered copies, signed by the author, translator and artist, are available for $1500. An additional fifteen lettered copies are intended for the individuals who participated in the making of the book and are not available at any price. Inquiries welcome.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Wordsworth Trust Artists-in-Residence

This year, David Esslemont is one of three Wordsworth Trust artists-in-residence. On Saturday, January 22nd, Esslemont will be giving a presentation (with Iain Bain) on printing as part of the Wordsworth Trust's Weekend Arts & Book Festival.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Forthcoming from Gwasg Gregynog

PENNANT AND HIS WELSH LANDSCAPES is a new title from Gwasg Gregynog that will be available later this year:
Readings from Thomas Pennant's The Tour in Wales (1776-1784), selected and edited by Gwyn Walters. Illustrated with colour woodcuts by Rigby Graham, the selection retains, in an elegant prose, that rich mixture of history, typography and comment which gave the original work pioneer status and instant acclaim. 200 copies for sale in a quarter-leather binding. 16 copies for sale in a full-leather binding containing an additional set of prints and presented in a cloth-covered drop-back box. Details to be finalized. Fall 2005
Go to Gwasg Gregynog News to view some sample prints from the book.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Solmentes Press: Folly and Wickedness of War

David Esslemont published a new book in the Fall of 2004:

On the Folly and Wickedness of War
Two eighteenth-century essays

Printed in an edition of 100. The typeface is Adobe OpenType Bembo, the paper is acid-free mould made 145g Zerkall 7625. Bound by David Esslemont in full paste-grained paper boards.

16 pp, 250 x 163 mm (10 x 6.5 inches)

Sixty copies for sale: £50 ($95) plus postage

Further details are available from his website:

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Incline Press: "Art for Life"

ART for LIFE: The story of Peggy Angus
by Carolyn Trant
with a forward by Tanya Harrod

Art for Life will be letterpress printed in monotype Scotch Roman and Italic ('cause we thought Peggy would approve) on a bespoke Magnani paper. The book is large, 15 x 10 inches, and hand bound in the workshop of designer binder Stephen Conway, using bookcloth and a patterned paper made from one of Peggy's designs. As those who knew her will appreciate, Peggy's output is much too large to be contained between the covers of a simple book. The pages are filled with photos, reproductions and prints. The book needs to be specially housed. In consultation with Stephen Conway, a slip case has been devised to hold the book and a specially-designed portfolio. This will contain four facsimile sketchbooks and a CD of Peggy taken from the tapes Carolyn made while working on the book with her. On the CD are a few of her stories of life in the 1940s, opening and closing with a song.

The price for the book has been finalized at £288 or $520 (at the present rate of exchange) plus postage at cost. We are offering a discount to subscribers who are willing to pay a little in advance, and such subscribers' names will be printed in the book in alphabetical order. There will be a ten percent discount off the final price in exchange for the subscription. A pre-publication payment of £100 or $200 will reserve your copy. Email us if you have any queries, or print out our order form and post it to us at 36 Bow Street Oldham OL1 1SJ. Full details will also be found in our printed prospectus.