New Lovecraft Limited Edition

September 20, 2005

News of the latest from Heavenly Monkey, courtesy of an e-mail from Rollin Milroy:Heavenly Monkey's new edition of H.P. Lovecraft's novella The Shadow Over Innsmouth will be launched at the upcoming Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair (October 8-9). The book, issued in two states, was developed from HM's digitally-printed edition of ten copies issued in 2002. The 60,000-word story was set in Centaur and Arrighi, and printed in from polymer plates by David Clifford at Black Stone Press. The book features the Hieronymus Bosch-inspired wood engravings created by Shinsuke Minegishi for the 2002 project (frontis shown below).

Lovecraft was primarily an author of short stories published in pulp magazines during the 1920s and '30s. Innsmouth is one of just a few novellas he wrote, and the only book published during his lifetime. It was a poorly produced hardcover of about 400 copies, of which fewer than half were sold. Except for the handful of austere (yet beautiful) chapbooks published by Roy Squires, Lovecraft's stories have remained the realm of small, genre publishers and cheap paperbacks since his death in 1937. Recent years have, however, seen a growing critical re-evaluation of his work, including a new collection of stories issued as part of the Library of America series earlier this year.

The two issues of the book (small octavo, 150 pp) take their names from Lovecraft's description of Innsmouth's inhabitants' odd countenance.

The Batrachian issue (125 copies with the imprint Heavenly Monkey Editions) was printed on Mohawk Superfine, with the engravings reproduced from polymer as chapter openings. These copies are hand-sewn and cased in gilt-stamped cloth. C$200

The Ichthyic issue (25 copies with the imprint Heavenly Monkey) was printed on Nideggen and features proofs of the six engravings printed at HM on gampi and sewn in as overlays to the chapter openings. These copies have been signed by the artist, and are hand-bound at the studio in a printed wrap inside a translucent limp case made from Reg Lissel's vellum paper. By advance arrangement with subscribers, five of these copies had the proofs hand-colored by the artist. Issued at C$600, this issue is fully subscribed (copies can be had from our regular dealers).

Further details can be seen at http://www.heavenlymonkey.com/upcoming.htm. Copies of both issues, including two colored copies, will be on display in Seattle at the booths of Wessel & Lieberman and Vamp & Tramp. This is the third book issued by HM in 2005. It follows a monograph by Charles van Sandwyk on several bookplates he created for a private collector in the 1990s (The Mouse & The Lizard, edition of 12 copies), and a newly discovered letter from T.E. Lawrence to a correspondent in British Columbia (An Invitation to British Columbia, edition of 50 copies), both of which were out of print upon publication.


Pennant and His Welsh Landscapes

September 16, 2005

New from Gwasg Gregyog:

Pennant and His Welsh Landscapes

THOMAS PENNANT was revered by contemporaries, notably receiving the accolade of that great arbiter of literary work, Samuel Johnson. He draws us inexorable into his absorbing narrative. He was sensitive to scenic impact, noting that near Leeswood 'Cambria here lays aside her majestic air and condescends to assue a gentler form'. The contents of houses are sharply observed: Pen Bedw held Sir Kenelm Digby's 'curious illuminated books';and Powys Castle's gallery was 'filled with bad paintings'. Castles and fortifications are to the fore. He contemplates on the ruins of the fort at Deganwy, and has 'melancholy reflections' at Conway Castle like some latter-day Gibbon. The classical scholar in Pennant frequently comes out: he finds the tradition of the Graves of the Men of Ardudwy 'nearly parallel with the Rape of the Sabines'. The Tour in Wales is a lively museum of this man's verve, knowledge, wit and language.

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.

A PROLIFIC and versatile painter, printmaker and illustrator, Rigby Graham has illustrated hundreds of books for both private and commercial presses. In his illustrations for Pennant and his Welsh Landscapes he has attempted to reflect the contemporary view rather than reproduce that of Pennant, and has compressed time, so that past and present often co-exist within a single image. Graham has attempted to inject vitality into the volume by using vibrant colours for each of the 16 full page and 4 double page illustrations, and in so doing has created dynamic and visually stimulating volume for Gwasg Gregynog.

Set in Monotype Baskerville and printed on Velin Arches pure cotton mould-made paper. The edition is limited to 165 copies, of which 150 will be hand-bound in quarter leather, titles in gold on the spine and both boards, and presented (together with an editioned set of prints) in a drop-back box. Both bindings have been designed by Rigby Graham. Also available unbound. 168 pages, 240 x 350mm.

Special binding-16 copies in a full-leather binding containing an additional set of prints and presented in a cloth-covered drop-back box.(1 copy remaining).

Quarter leather £550. Unbound sheets £300. The illustrations will be available as signed copies-please enquire for details.


Peggy Angus Exhibition at St. Bride’s

September 16, 2005
Peggy Angus: Inspirations & Influences
An exhibition at the St Bride Institute
Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London
16 November — 15 December 2005

Opening with a private view and illustrated lecture by Carolyn Trant
author of Art for Life
in aid of the Friends of the St Bride Library,
on 15 November 2005 at 6.30 p.m.
Entry £5 (concs. £3).
Further details will be available from the St Bride Library web site.

As well as prints and artwork by Peggy Angus, this exhibition will include the work of 5 craft workers directly inspired by Peggy:

  • Katherine Morris Hand-blocked wallpaper
  • Di Hall Tiles worth walking on
  • Carolyn Trant Artist’s books from Parvenu Press
  • Philippa Threlfall Black Dog of Wells decorative terracotta tiles
  • Barry Viney The teacher taught

Alcuin Society Wayzgoose

September 11, 2005

The Alcuin Society announces it’s annual Alcuin Wayzgoose 2005: A Letterpress Book Fair to be held Saturday, October 22 from 10am-4pm at the Vancouver Public Library (the one in British Columbia, Canada). Featured presses include Barbarian Press, Pie Tree Press, Heavenly Monkey, and others (do at least go to the Wayzgoose page and check out the web pages for the presses to be present – there’s a lot of interesting printing going on). For further information contact Eric L. Swanick at 604.291.4626 or wayzgoose@alcuinsociety.com.


News from Incline Press

September 4, 2005

The monumental Art for Life: The Story of Peggy Angus was finished a month or so ago, but I had forgotten to post it here:

Art for Life is a big book, 240 pages and 15 x 10 inches. It is letterpress printed on a Victoria Platten Press in Monotype Scotch Roman and Italic (’cause we thought Peggy would approve) on a bespoke Magnani paper. The book has been hand bound in the workshop of designer binder Stephen Conway, using quality 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, of course, Peggy singing Raggle Taggle Gypsy O.

The book is priced at £300 or $600 including all mailing and packing charges.

Also upcoming is A Paper Snowstorm: Toni Savage & the Leicester Broadsheets, a biography of this important figure in the English folk music scene of the 1960s which will contain a whole slew of broadsheets: facsimiles, originals, and new ones printed by Joe Quercus at the Aardvark Press, Alan Brignall at the Hedgehog Press and Cynthia Savage’s Fenice Press.

Due for publication November 1st 2005: A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, with colour illustrations by Chris Burke.