Civil War Letters from Deep Wood Press

January 30, 2007

Paul Taylor and Deep Wood Press are pleased to announce:

“Give My Love to All Our Folks”: Civil War and Post-War Letters of Clinton DeWitt Staring and Charles Staring


Limited to 100 exquisitely handbound copies
Fully annotated, illustrated, appendices, bibliography, 6 1/2 x 9 3/4″, 80 pgs.

Thirty-seven previously unseen and unpublished letters from two Union brothers writing to a third brother in Herkimer County, New York. DeWitt Staring served in the 26th NYSV and the 3rd New York Light Artillery. Charles served with the 121st NYSV.

74 signed and numbered trade copies, printed in two colors on Fox River Teton and bound in gray book cloth and blue Hahnemuhle Bugra paper, copper foil stamped title on spine and cover. $75 + $5 shipping

26 signed, lettered, and slipcased deluxe copies, printed in two colors on mouldmade Frankfort paper by Zerkall, bound in three-quarter leather gray Harmatan goat and blue Hahnemuhle Bugra paper, copper foil stamped title on spine and cover, slipcases covered in gray book cloth with copper foil stamped title. $125 + $5 shipping

Both editions are letterpress printed from lead type in the face Garamond.

All orders must be prepaid.
PayPal cash transfer, check, money order payable to:
Paul Taylor, PO Box 99343, Troy MI, 48099-0343


Three Truly New Books from Incline Press

January 13, 2007

Contrary to my last post, these items truly are recent (or soon to come) productions from Incline Press:

The first is a retelling of Aesop’s fable of The Miller, His Son & Their Ass, which unfortunately doesn’t have a website and, more unfortunately, is sold out. The Incline website indicates that “Copies may still be available from Oak Knoll Books in the US and Collinge & Clark in London or Bruce Holdsworth Books in St Leonards on Sea — all are on the web.” If you’re bummed about this, become a subscriber and never miss out on another Incline book!

Next up is Sunspots: Poems by Ray Greenblatt with a tri-tone linocut by Bert Eastman. From the description:

We thought these poems deserved special treatment, so we’ve selected hand-made paper imported from India, purchased bright new founts of 16 point Weiss Italic type from the Bauer Foundry in Barcelona Spain for hand setting, and asked Bert Eastman to make us a tri-tone linocut after a marble relief of the sun in the Archaeological Museum at Bergama in Turkey. Beyond that, the poems are reliant on their language for adornment and illustration.

We are sewing the tri-fold leaves in an unglued binding with golden Irish linen thread onto yellow ribbons which tie to keep the book closed. It is then slipped into an archival manilla chemise with a title-label.

The edition is of 100 copies only and costs £45.00 including delivery or £36.00 for unsewn sheets.

Sunspots Illustration
Last is a printing of the first Justin Howes Memorial Lecture delivered by James Mosley, Handmade Type: Thoughts on the preservation of typographic materials:

Three hundred and fifty copies of this lecture have been printed on Zerkall Butten paper using Monotype Caslon cast by Harry McIntosh at Speedspools. The title-page border uses 19th-century Figgins ornaments recast by Stevens Shanks in the 1960s.

The book is two sections, 24 pages, 10 x 6 inches, and cased in stiff card with a square spine.

£3.00/$5.00 from each book sold will be donated to the Justin Howes Memorial Lecture fund.

(Relatively) New from Incline Press: Garden Relicts

January 13, 2007

Garden Relicts by Bert & Molly Eastman was published by the Incline Press last Fall or perhaps even last Summer [I really am behind on things!]. From the website:

As with gardening, this is a joint effort. While Molly may hold the pen and Bert the knife, each looks over the shoulder of the other as the work progresses, making this a thoroughly integrated collaboration. There are twenty-one pages, printed recto only, hand set in 24 point Bembo italic and illustrated with fifteen one, two and three colour linocuts and copper relief etchings. The stab-sewn binding has been done by hand in the workshop of Chris Hicks using cloth hinges and an original Curwen Press Elizabeth Friedlander patterned paper over the boards. Printed on Magnani paper in an edition of 140 copies, all numbered and signed.

Order a copy or get in touch with Graham & Kathy.

Something New from Press on Scroll Road

January 13, 2007

From the prospectus:

Three Essays by David Kline
with engravings by Abigail Rorer
& an afterword by the printer

Three Essays was printed from handset Cloister Lightface type on Twinrocker paper in an old iron handpress. Sheila Waters drew the title page initial and Abigail Rorer contributed two engravings. The binding is by Priscilla Spitler. 10.5 x 6.5 inches, 28 pages, in an edition of sixty copies. $225.00, postpaid. Please send orders to:

Press on Scroll Road
2210 Scroll Road SW
Carrollton OH 44615

David Kline writes from the farm where he was born in Holmes County, Ohio. A member of the Amish community, he farms there with his wife & children and the help of his neighbors & horses. He is the author of two collections of essays, Great Possessions and Scratching the Woodchuck.

An internationally recognized engraver, Abigail Rorer’s work can be found in major insitutional and private collections, in the publications of various fine presses as well as in the books from her own press, the Lone Oak Press.

New from Inferno Press

January 7, 2007

Paul Razzell sends news of his latest publication:

Sem Hartz and the Making of Linotype Juliana

There are few things we enjoy more than an engrossing book about Dutch type design. By the same token, there are few things more frustrating than not being able to find books published in English that deal with the work of a favourite Dutch designer. Such is the case with Sem Hartz, a gifted engraver and designer who lived—and died—under the shadow of his colleague, Jan van Krimpen. Perhaps for this reason, Hartz did not receive the critical and biographical attention one would expect of such an accomplished figure.

Cover of Hartz BookFrustrated by the dearth of information about Hartz in English, Inferno Press commissioned Mathieu Lommen, a curator at the Special Collections Department at the Amsterdam University Library and friend of Hartz, to write the story of the design of Linotype Juliana. Sem Hartz and the Making of Linotype Juliana is the first publication in the English language dealing exclusively with the making of this face. It is the kind of book Inferno Press was created to publish.

Lommen’s text has been laser-printed on archival paper using a newly digitized version of Juliana. In fact, this will be the inaugural appearance of this font. Photographic reproductions of Hartz’s early drawings for Juliana are tipped in. The cover is letterpress-printed on a Nepalese Lotka paper (various colours) or on an orange Zerkall Ingres. 8 ¼ by 5 inches. 15 pages. 100 copies. Stitched into soft covers. Price C$40. North American orders add C$5/copy. Elsewhere add $7/copy. Quantity discounts available.Hertz Book Title Page

Books may be ordered directly from the Press by email or by calling 604 731 6365. We accept payment from PayPal accounts, international money orders or (in Canada) personal cheques. Cheques must be made out to Paul Razzell.

Our address is INFERNO PRESS 1857 West 4th Avenue, No. 227 Vancouver, B.C., V6J 1M4 Canada

New Miniature Book from Shoestring Press

January 6, 2007

Notes by Czeslaw Miloscz is the title of Shoestring Press’ new Miniature Book (size is 2 1/4″ X 3″).  Notes was printed from polymer plates on a Washington Handpress with sepia illustrations printed by offset lithography on Rives paper. The book was bound at the press with signatures sewn on tapes and bound on boards; the spine is Japanese silk. Both the spine and the slip case are gold-stamped with the title. The edition is limited to 48 numbered and signed copies.  $75 plus $5 shipping and handling.

To order, contact: Shoestring Press, 3 Monte Vista Road, Orinda, CA 94563.

Heavenly Monkey Rings in the New Year

January 3, 2007

Heavenly Monkey has two new books to report: TOPOS and The Simple Line; the former has been published and the latter should be out shortly.  Here are the details (as provided by Rollin Milroy):

TOPOS title page The last book for 2006 is TOPOS. A feast for paper collectors, it presents a dozen new paste paper designs by HM’s long-time collaborator, Reg Lissel, each rendered on his own handmade cotton paper. (The idea for the book was born last Spring, while writing a profile of Lissel for Parenthesis magazine, which is slated to run in the upcoming issue.) The samples are full pages sewn into the quarto-sized book. The title page is printed on a white-on-white paste paper sheet, and the papermaker’s introduction (set in 18-pt Centaur) is printed damp on his HM Text paper. The edition is just 25 signed & numbered copies, cased in full cloth, with a printed handmade paper jacket.

Image from The Simple Line The book with which we kick off 2007 in Charles van Sandwyk’s The Simple Line. This is a brief essay by the artist (known most recently for his Folio Society edition of Wind in the Willows) about his approach to & passion for copper engraving, accompanied by six original prints plus a title page illustration colored by him. The essay was originally written for his book Twenty-One Years, Twenty-One Prints, issued in an edition of just 10 copies, each containing over 40 original etchings, all bound up in full leather by Claudia Cohen. That book (issued by the artist) is scheduled to come out around the same time as The Simple Line. The essay was set in 18-pt Centaur and printed on Somerset paper (its setting and content are identical in the two books, including the four tipped-in etchings). The Simple Line (quarto, 12 pp) is issued in an edition of 50 copies, signed and numbered by van Sandwyk, and cased in full linen by Claudia Cohen.

Visit Heavenly Monkey’s New & Upcoming page for more info or contact the press.  These books (and more) will be available for viewing at the upcoming CODEX Foundation International Book Fair.