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


Designing Stamps

November 2, 2007

News from Kat Ran Press:

The Staff of Kat Ran Press is pleased to announce the publication of a new book by Lance Hidy:

An artist’s commentary on theory, gesture, photography composition, color, light, and the typeface Penumbra

Lance Hidy, the accomplished designer of books, posters, types, and stamps, takes us through the process of designing a postage stamp while explaining how the small Mentoring stamp relates to his larger body of work. Thirty-eight full-color reproductions illustrate the photographs, designs, drawings, and photographs which were part of the design process, as well as related posters and illustrations from the last thirty years of Hidy’s work.

64 pages. 5 7/8 x 9 inches
36 full-color and 5 black & white illustrations

Smyth-sewn paperback: $45 postpaid

Deluxe edition of thirty-five signed, numbered, and hand-bound copies: $155 postpaid shipped February 2008

For more details, please visit

Kat Ran Press: One Step Closer to Multinational Corporation?

June 3, 2007

The Offices of Kat Ran Press have announced another move. Apparently Georgia is out and Massachussetts is in:

Did We Say Georgia? The Staff of Kat Ran Press is pleased to announce the establishment of a temporary Boston outpost for the summer and autumn while we search for permanent offices in the area. During this time of transition, the Athens, Georgia, offices are being dismantled so that we can concentrate on our presence in what we often heard the Georgians call “The People’s Republic of Massachusetts.” We can now be reached at:

The Transitional Offices of Kat Ran Press for Typography
44 High Street #2
Charlestown, Massachusetts 02129

The Florence Offices of Kat Ran Press for Printing
221 Pine Street #108
Florence, Massachusetts 01062

Phone. 413-584-1152

Also note, if you haven’t already, that Kat Ran Press has a totally redesigned website, so be sure to stop by there for a visit if you haven’t in a while.

David Hodgdon & The Double Escape

September 20, 2006

Recently come to my attention is The Double Escape, a book written and illustrated by David Hodgdon and printed by Michael Russem.  Here are a few details:

The War of 1812 has few action narratives, especially ones produced by non-combatants caught up in an unwelcome conflict at sea. Dr. David Hodgdon, a historian and a descendant of the story’s 19th century author has researched the events at sea off the New Jersey coast in the winter of 1813; official records reproduced in the new book were compiled from maritime archives in the U.S. and in England, these have been added to the local documentary evidence substantiating the capture of the Salem boat Fox,whose master Samuel Hodgdon, left an epistolary record of his coasting voyage to Philadelphia. The letters are part of the Willard Peele Papers now in the Phillips Library of the Peabody Essex Museum. […]

The edition of 60 copies is a letterpressed text on Zerkall paper with Baskerville types from Michael and Winifred Bixler. The text is complemented by 14 line drawings by David Hodgdon depicting life at sea during the closing years of the Napoleonic wars; Oxbow Press has produced 12 offset reproductions of archival documents supporting the short story. Lisa Van Pelt has bound the edition with Hahnemühle Bugra paper over boards and slipcased the 10 x 15” folio edition. Each copy is available for $650 post paid

See the book photos for a detailed look, or contact David Hodgdon.

Kat Ran Press Moving Sale

July 7, 2006

Kat Ran Press is moving to Athens (Georgia, not Greece, I believe) and is having a moving sale. Here are the details:

As we prepare to expand and establish a second office in Athens, we’re hoping to lighten our load before the move. With this in mind we’re holding a Kat Ran Pre-Move Sale on all the in-print titles listed below. Visit our site and place an order before July 15 to save as much as 30% off published prices! Now is the perfect time to start a Kat Ran collection or, if you already have a Kat Ran collection, consider giving a Kat Ran book as a gift to a friend, family member, client, colleague, or that special someone.

BUY 1 book and SAVE 15%!

BUY 2 books and SAVE 20%!

BUY 3 books and SAVE 25%!

BUY 4 books and SAVE 30%!

Add $10 shipping and handling for the first book and $5 for each additional book.

Titles offered at these reduced prices include:





Limited quantities of these titles are available and we’d love to find homes for these books before our move. As a further incentive, place an order by July 7 to receive FREE SHIPPING!

The Lone Oak Press & Henry David Thoreau

November 12, 2005

Abigail Rorer's Lone Oak Press recently published Of Woodland Pools, Spring-Holes & Ditches a collection of entries from Thoreau's Journal from the months of March, April, and May "to give a sense of the awakening spring and teeming life in the pools and woods at this time of year." Here are the details from the prospectus:

Accompanying the text are 28 engravings, some with hand-coloring, by Abigail Rorer and printed by the artist. She lives not far from Thoreau's Concord, Massachusetts home and the engravings are based on the landscape and pools that Thoreau explored and the similar landscape that surrounds the artist's home. Bradley P. Dean, renowned Thoreau scholar, has written a compelling introduction to the book. The book consists of 92 pages in a 10 x 8 inch landscape format. Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press designed the book and printed the text on Zerkall Book. Barbara Blumenthal bound the book with marbled papers by Iris Nevins. The type is Baskerville, cast by Michael & Winifred Bixler. There are 70 copies, bound in morocco leather with marbled paper sides in a clamshell case, with 14 accompanied by an extra suite of prints and one of the blocks as a boxed set. The regular edition is $1600 per copy, while the deluxe edition is $3000.

Further information can be obtained from

Abigail Rorer
16 Oliver Street
Petersham, Mass. 01366

New from Kat Ran Press

January 12, 2005

Kat Ran Press has recently released Sleep, a short story by Haruki Murakami (one of my favorite authors) accompanied by four color etchings by John Gibson:

In the fall of 2004, the entire staff of Kat Ran Press was particularly pleased to announce the publication of its newest book, Sleep, a short story by Haruki Murakami with multi-color etchings by John Gibson. Translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin, Takashima Professor of Japanese Humanities at Harvard University and author of Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words, “Sleep” was originally published in the New Yorker and recently adapted for the stage by Complicite, the London-based theater group, and the Setagaya Public Theater of Japan.
Murakami Title PageConsidered by many to be Japan’s most popular and influential author, Murakami tells the story of a woman who ignores conventional wisdom by embracing more than two weeks of sleeplessness (with the aid of Anna Karenina). Composed in Dante types by Michael and Winifred Bixler of Skaneateles, New York, the fifty-six pages of Sleep have been printed at Kat Ran Press on handmade Twinrocker papers. The four etchings by John Gibson, whose paintings may be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Museum at the Rhode Island School of Design (among others), have been printed by Peter Pettengill and his exemplary staff at Wingate Studio in Hinsdale, New Hampshire. The entire edition has been carefully bound in full leather and boxed by Claudia Cohen at her Seattle, Washington, bindery. Forty-five numbered copies, signed by the author, translator and artist, are available for $1500. An additional fifteen lettered copies are intended for the individuals who participated in the making of the book and are not available at any price. Inquiries welcome.