Five Poems by Charles Simic

February 15, 2008

Goshen Editions, associated with the artist Brooke Schnabel, has recently published Five Poems by Charles Simic accompanied by Mr. Schnabel’s etchings. Details:

Goshen Editions is pleased to announce the publication of Five Poems, our new book by U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic, with hand-colored etchings by Brooke Schnabel. Presented as loose sheets in the tradition of the French livre d’artiste, this new edition was composed in the 14-point Monotype cutting of Giovanni Mardersteig’s Dante by Michael & Winifred Bixler in Skaneateles, New York. The typography and letterpress printing on sheets of Arches Cover were carried out by Michael Russem at the Florence Offices of Kat Ran Press. Each of Mr Simic’s poems is accompanied by a hand-colored etching by Brooke Schnabel. The five etchings were printed and hand-colored by the artist at his studios in Florence and Goshen, Massachusetts. The folded sheets—measuring 11 x 15 inches—were gathered into a cloth-covered clamshell box made by Sarah Creighton at her Easthampton, Massachusetts, bindery. The edition is strictly limited to thirty copies signed by the poet and artist, and is available for $650.

Five Poems Title Page


Advertising in the Next Issue of Parenthesis

February 15, 2008

From the good folks at Fine Press Books Association:

There is still time to place an ad in the upcoming Parenthesis 15 — publication of the Fine Press Book Association. Get the word out to publishers and letterpress devotees worldwide. Contact Michael Barnes for layout, placement, and rates: or 604-833-0612.

10th Anniversary Book from Heavenly Monkey

February 11, 2008

Heavenly Monkey is celebrating their 10th Anniversary this month by reissuing an old favorite. The details:


February, 2008 marks the tenth anniversary of HM publisher Rollin Milroy’s first letterpress book, El Autobus Azul – Handmade Papers from Costa Rica. In the decade since then Milroy has published 24 more titles, but El Autobus Azul remains one his most requested, and least seen books. To celebrate the anniversary – and get rid of the leftover scraps of samples that have been kicking around the studio for a decade – Heavenly Monkey is issuing a special revised edition of El Autobus Azul. Like the original, the anniversary edition is a miniature (50 copies, 41 pp, cased in printed paper over boards). It contains four tipped-in samples (each about 1 x 2 inches), a new preface, and two relief prints not in the original.

El Autobus Azul Painted JacketEl Autobus Azul Case

Six copies of the anniversary edition of El Autobus Azul are being specially bound, and issued in a dustjacket featuring an original painting of a butterfly on the front cover by renowned calligrapher Martin Jackson, who will also render the title along the spine. Proceeds from the sale of these copies are being donated to a fine arts elementary school in Vancouver which both Milroy’s daughter and Martin’s grandson attend. Given their shared connection to the school, Martin’s reputation as a lepidopterist, and Costa Rica being a major migration center for the creatures, the anniversary edition of El Autobus Azul seemed a tailor-made opportunity to once again collaborate.

Further details and images can be seen on the HM News page.