The Bricks of Venice by Peter Harris, which was mentioned here during its production phase, has been published. The release party was on February 16 at the opening reception for an exhibition of Peter Harris’s original watercolours at The Arts Club, London. As noted on The Old School Press website, the price of the book is currently £220 (E330, US$390), with shipping charged at cost; a prospectus is available upon request. Contact The Old School Press via their online form for more information.
[The following is excerpted from a listserv message by Paul W. Nash. Designer Bookbinders can be found online at http://www.designerbookbinders.org.uk]
Designer Bookbinders is initiating a section of reviews of new and recent letterpress publications in its magazine The New Bookbinder. The society wants to support small presses and to let its members know what is currently available, partly with an eye to their obtaining suitable volumes for fine binding. For this last reason, it is a particularly good idea to send the society review copies of books which are available in unbound form (although they are interested in all fine books). Designer Bookbinders promise to return all review copies once they have been examined (they don’t say as much, but I imagine it would be considered a kindness to include return postage). The society is interested in reviewing books from presses around the world, regardless of language, format, extent, illustration, etc. The only criterion, as I understand it, is that they be finely-printed and/or hand-crafted books which would appeal to craftsmen and women.
The New Bookbinder is an annual publication, and for inclusion in the next issue books would need to be received by the end of February (so there is not much time, although this deadline may have a little flexibility in it).
If you would like to pursue this option, you can send books to, or make enquiries of: The New Bookbinder, Designer Bookbinders, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AR, UK. E-mail: TNB@designerbookbinders.org.uk. The editor of the magazine is Nesta Davies.
There is also an option to take out advertisements in the magazine, and the editor is trying to keep the cost of this down, in order to encourage small press involvement. At present a 50 x 90 mm advertisement costs £25.00. Larger adverts can be arranged.
A Pisan Canto by Sam Hamill is the latest book from Pointed Press:
One hundred and fifty copies will be designed, printed and bound at Pointed Press in Philadelphia. The typeface is Minion and the images are printed from woodblocks designed for this book by Tricia Treacy. The text paper is a custom mold-made calendared vellum and the cover paper is handmade by Saint Armand in Montreal, Quebec. The first ten are cased in a handmade portfolio. All copies are numbered and signed by the poet. 42 pages.
For advance orders, the cost is $175; for orders after the February 2005 publication date, $200. The deluxe edition is $350. Shipping and handling is an additional $8 per book.
To order, contact Tricia Treacy at
915 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
February 24, 2005, 6 p.m.: Stephen Shore, photographer and chair of the photography program at Bard College, will remark on his photography and recent project with Arion Press, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, for which Shore contributed thirty-three photographs of sites in and around New York relevant to the novel. Refreshments served from 5 p.m.
Events take place in the Arion Press gallery (1802 Hays Street, The Presidio, San Francisco). Seating is limited, please call to reserve: (415) 561-2548.
In my mailbox this week was a prospectus for a new book from Press on Scroll Road:
Some Rules of the Game: Essays on Garden Design by Sir Francis Bacon, Henry Mitchell and Roger Swain
SOME RULES OF THE GAME includes the essays “Of Gardens” by Sir Francis Bacon, “Up and Down the Garden Path – Or, Designs for Gardening” by Henry Mitchell, and the first printing of “A Light Touch” by Roger Swain. It was printed from handset Cloister Lightface type in two colors on a most beautiful dampened Twinrocker handmade paper on an iron handpress. Abigail Rorer provided a small engraving and Priscilla Spitler carefully bound the edition in cloth-covered boards. 11 x 8 inches, 48 pages, in an edition of 54 copies. Designed, composed, and printed by Bob Baris. $240.00.
Please send orders, adding $5.00 postage, to:
Press on Scroll Road
2210 Scroll Road
Carrollton, Ohio 44615
Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 PM
“Tom Killion’s Woodcut Prints of the California Landscape: Adapting Japanese Techniques to Letterpress Printing”
Humanities Auditorium, Scripps College Campus
Claremont (Southern California)
Tom will show slides of his recent work and printmaking techniques, focusing on his High Sierra series and multi-block coastal landscapes. Free and open to the public.
March 26-27, 2005
Printmaking Workshop: “Making Japanese-Style Woodcuts on the Letterpress”
Scripps College Press
Claremont (Southern California)
This two-day workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to Killion’s methods of blending Japanese-style woodcut printmaking techniques and letterpress printing using oil-based inks. On the first day, Tom will introduce students to Japanese carving tools and their use, and students will spend the day carving a wood or linoleum “key” block. At the end of the day, the key block image will be transferred to a second “color” block, which students can begin to carve as well. The second day will be devoted to printing a two-color image from students’ blocks, using the key block registration technique on Vandercook proof presses. Blocks, tools, inks and Japanese papers will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring a 5×7 design for a relatively simple two-color image.
9:30-4:30 each day. Limited to 12 students. $175.00 includes most materials.
Call (909) 607-3866 for information or send check directly to: Scripps College Press, 1030 Columbia Avenue, Claremont CA 91711 to insure a place.