Saturday, November 12, 2005

The Lone Oak Press & Henry David Thoreau

Abigail Rorer's Lone Oak Press recently published Of Woodland Pools, Spring-Holes & Ditches a collection of entries from Thoreau's Journal from the months of March, April, and May "to give a sense of the awakening spring and teeming life in the pools and woods at this time of year." Here are the details from the prospectus:
Accompanying the text are 28 engravings, some with hand-coloring, by Abigail Rorer and printed by the artist. She lives not far from Thoreau's Concord, Massachusetts home and the engravings are based on the landscape and pools that Thoreau explored and the similar landscape that surrounds the artist's home. Bradley P. Dean, renowned Thoreau scholar, has written a compelling introduction to the book. The book consists of 92 pages in a 10 x 8 inch landscape format. Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press designed the book and printed the text on Zerkall Book. Barbara Blumenthal bound the book with marbled papers by Iris Nevins. The type is Baskerville, cast by Michael & Winifred Bixler. There are 70 copies, bound in morocco leather with marbled paper sides in a clamshell case, with 14 accompanied by an extra suite of prints and one of the blocks as a boxed set. The regular edition is $1600 per copy, while the deluxe edition is $3000.
Further information can be obtained from

THE LONE OAK PRESS
Abigail Rorer
16 Oliver Street
Petersham, Mass. 01366
978-724-6672
loneoakpr49@earthlink.net