Friday, December 23, 2005

Logan Elm Press "Apology for Printers"

From the BookArts-L listserv:
The Ohio State University Libraries Logan Elm Press announces a limited edition of the "Apology for Printers" to be published on the occasion of The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary 1706-2006. Benjamin Franklin's short essay on the importance of a free marketplace of ideas first appeared in his Pennsylvania Gazette on June 10, 1731. ¶ This Logan Elm Press edition, with an introduction by Peter Givler, Executive Director of the Association of American University Presses, is accompanied by a multicolor reduction woodcut portrait of Franklin by Sidney Chafetz, OSU Professor Emeritus of Art. ¶ Peter Givler writes and lectures on the world of scholarly publishing and the stresses and opportunities created by the new communications technologies. ¶ Sidney Chafetz has produced an internationally acclaimed body of work as a printmaker that includes numerous portraits of authors and cultural icons. His multicolor reduction woodcut portrait of Franklin for this edition was printed by cutting away portions of the woodblock's surface after each color was printed, repeating this process of cutting and printing until almost none of the woodblock's surface remained.¶The text was composed in Langston Caslon 337, the close? version to Franklin's types, and printed on a Vandercook Proofing Press on Rives Heavyweight mouldmade paper off photopolymer plates. ¶ Limited to 150 numbered and signed copies, the edition will be handsewn into a non-adhesive self-wrapped structure of Hahnemühle Bugra and Zerkall papers over boards, and will be available in January 2006, priced at $250.00 per copy. ¶ Included with each copy is a separate Broadside of Franklin looking over a freshly printed sheet. ¶ Copies can be ordered before January 31, 2006 at the pre-publication price of $125.00, which includes Ohio sales tax & insured shipping. ¶To reserve your copy(s) now at the pre-publication price, please send a check, or a purchase order, made out to OSU Libraries Logan Elm Press, Attn: Robert Tauber, 1858 Neil Avenue Mall, Room 011, Columbus, OH 43210-1286.¶ For further information, please contact: or phone: (614) 688-3973.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Christmas Booklets from The Printery

The Printery has a slew of holiday booklets that would make great gifts for friends or family (or for yourself). The latest addition to their list of Christmas booklets is O. Henry's Gift of the Magi:
A true Christmas classic about a young, poor, and foolish (or were they?) couple who sacrificed for each other their greatest treasures. This 24-page booklet has been handset in Bulmer types, with a sprinkling of Parsons and Friar for ‘seasoning.’ It is printed in four colors on Arches Rives, a French mould-made sheet, and sewn into marbled paper wrappers. The title page ornament is hand colored. The original illustrations are by Steve Edwards. $27.50

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Sea Monsters

Cotton Socks Press recently released its latest book Sea Monsters. A description from the website:
Printed in an edition of only 20, this handmade letterpress book includes 4 etchings on copper printed chine cole onto BFK Rives printmaking paper. Text is printed in 10pt Italian Old Style with 20 pt Augustea for display. The book is handbound into dragon skin paper covers using paper handmade by Reg Lissel. $225.00
There are images of one of the etchings and of the book itself.

P.S. - Can someone tell me what "printed chine cole" means?

"The Room of Crosses"

New to me is Convivio Bookworks, a fine press run out of Florida. Their latest offering is The Room of Crosses, described as "a Florida folktale of sorts." It comes in a regular and deluxe edition, with the primary difference that the deluxe is bound in leather, the regular in cloth. Take a look at the webpage for the book to see photos and get the full details.