Midnight Paper Sales announces the publication of Mayflies of the Driftless Region, an artistic study of mayflies accompanied by descriptions by Prof. Clarke Garry, entomologist at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The edition is limited to 400 copies: 50 specials bound in full calf “contained in a custom enclosure incorporating a selection of hand-tied flies” and also including a portfolio of extra prints and a set of progressive proofs of one image, with the images printed on Gampi Torinoko; the 300 limiteds will be quarter bound in goat with slipcase; 50 copies will remain in sheets for custom binding. For pre-publication orders received before December 1, 2005, the specials will be $960 and the limited $400 and $320 for the sheets; following the December publication date, prices will become $1250, $500, and $400, respectively. To order or to make other inquiries, contact Gaylord Schanilec at Midnight Paper Sales, Stockholm, WI, 54769-5513, e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s some rather nice illustrations up on the Solmentes Press website. David Esslemont has apparently been working with watercolors while artist in residence at the Wordsworth Trust. There’s a wonderful panorama of Grasmere to greet you on the Solmentes home page and there are also illustrations from his current work on an edition of Wordsworth’s Prelude.
Mark your calendars (as if you haven’t already): Oak Knoll Fest XII will be held October 1-2. This year’s theme is leaf books, influenced by the big leaf book exhibition at The Caxton Club of Chicago:
The theme of Oak Knoll Fest Twelve is “The Private Press and Leaf Books, a Noble Tradition?” Joel Silver, Curator of Books at the Lilly Library and recent contributor to the Caxton Club’s Disbound and Dispersed, the Leaf Book Considered will speak on Saturday morning at 10am giving us a history of the leaf book with a glimpse as to why the private press world was chosen to do them. The panel discussion on Sunday at 10am will consider not only the practical but also the ethical side of the leaf book. Joel Silver will moderate the panel which will be composed of Jerry Kelly of Kelly-Winterton Press, John Randle of the Whittington Press, Michael Thompson, President of the Caxton Club and an attorney with a special interest in the ethical side of leaf books; other participants will be named later.
Now that Oak Knoll has posted the first rumblings of Oak Knoll Fest, my favorite time of year has arrived. I’ll constantly go back to the site to see which printers/presses have signed up, gleefully counting down the days until October – this probably sounds pathetic, but Oak Knoll Fest is so much fun! If you’ve never been, you really must go. Where else can you look at so many fine press books and talk to so many printers? Well, there is the Oxford Fine Press Book Fair, but for those of us on this side of the Atlantic, Oak Knoll is it.
The Changing Book: Transitions in Design, Production & Conservation is a conference/fair being held at the University of Iowa from July 22-25, 2005. The focus is on book structures/binding, but there’s lots of other interesting things to do as well. The event coincides with an exhibition honoring the bookbinder Bill Anthony (at the University of Iowa Museum of Art).