New & Upcoming from Heavenly Monkey

October 4, 2008

This Fall, Heavenly Monkey will release a special publication of the last chapter of the upcoming book Elements in Correlation. This chapter covers the influence of the Doves Press on Rollin Milroy’s approach to printing and is accompanied by a leaf from the Doves Press’ 1914 collection of Shelley’s poems. Only 23 copies will be produced, and I gather that most (if not all) of Heavenly Monkey’s productions sell out directly to subscribers, but I’m sure copies will be available from a few booksellers. To learn more about everything that Heavenly Monkey has going on, check out the New & Upcoming page or take a look at a PDF of the latest HM catalog.


Ann Muir

August 5, 2008

Ann Muir, paper-marbler extraordinaire, died last month. Nancy Campbell has a nice tribute at Book Patrol.

New from Chester Creek Press

July 3, 2008

Bob Walp of Chester Creek Press has just published Crows on Bare Branches, a book of poems by Tom Sexton, former poet laureate of Alaska and Professor Emeritus at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. Here are the details:

50 copies printed letterpress on Johannot mouldmade paper with Kennerley Old Style types. Illustrated by the printer with six multi-color illustrations printed from woodcuts and polymer plates. Bound by hand in a long-stitch style binding with a Twinrocker handmade paper jacket and Hahnenmule Bugra endsheets. Enclosed in a wrap around Asahi bookcloth covered hard case.
Signed by the author and illustrator.
50 copies, 5 x 8 inches, 36 pages.
$240.00 plus shipping

For more info, visit Chester Creek Press online.

Call for Entries: Pressing South

June 27, 2008

Pressing South: A Juried Exhibition of Letterpress Printing from the Southeastern United States is looking for participants. All letterpress printers/artists in the Southeast are eligible and encouraged to submit an entry form before October 7, 2008. All of the details are available at

The Vampire & the Seventh Daughter

May 8, 2008

Larry Thompson of Greyweathers Press sends word of his latest publication (be sure to visit Larry’s blog for further information, including in-depth descriptions of the production process for this book):

Cover of The Vampire and the Seventh Daughter

On Saturday, April 26, Greyweathers Press launched its latest letterpress work, an original short story by Larry Thompson titled The Vampire and the Seventh Daughter. This gothic trifle is hand printed with cold type, using our house font, Italian Oldstyle, for the text and the blackface type, Goudy Text, for the cover, title page and opening lines of the story. It is illustrated with five linoleum cut illustrations, and it has been printed in a limited edition of 75 on Arches Text Wove paper from France, with black Mohawk Ultrafine for covers. Cover label hand painted by Holly Dean. Every book is protected from vampires by a tiny cross bound into the front cover.

The Vampire and the Seventh Daughter is pamphlet bound, 8 pages long, 12″ tall x 6.5″ wide. $60 per copy plus GST in Canada and shipping. To purchase email Larry Thompson at or call (613) 269-3714.

Gaylord Schanilec’s Sylvae

May 4, 2008

I realized this morning that I never posted about Sylvae, Gaylord Schanilec’s latest effort which came out more than a few months ago. Working with Ben Verhoeven, Gaylord has created a fascinating history of his farm as seen through the trees on the property. Here are the details:

Standard Edition
8 x 12 inches. 192 pp. 120 numbered copies.
Text and images printed on Zerkall book laid.
Quarter leather bare wooden board lapped case binding. In a slipcase.
Copies will be available December 2007 / January 2008.
Retail: $1200

Large Paper Edition
10 x 15 inches. 192 pp. 26 lettered copies.
Text pages printed on handmade paper. Images printed on a special making of Zerkall no. 7625.
Quarter leather Medieval style laced wooden board binding. Contained in an
enclosure along with a separate box of 25 specimens (one for each species represented.)
Copies will be available 2008.
Retail: $7500

Even if you can’t buy a copy, try to find an opportunity to see this book – it’s one of my favorites. You can see a number of images from the book online: .

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