Archive for the ‘Abigail Rorer’ Category

Fine press chapbook commemorating the 80th anniversary of the first Robert Frost Christmas card with engravings by Abigail Rorer

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010


The Lone Oak Press just announced a new publication: Christmas Trees, which commemorates the 80th anniversary of the first Robert Frost Christmas card. As with all Lone Oak Press titles, the engravings are by Abigail Rorer. See more here.

The press also has a smart new website designed by Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press that’s worth clicking through.

— Paul Razzell

Fine Printing on the Kindle. A First?

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

“Everything new is old again.” So writes Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press who just announced that a book he designed and printed for Lone Oak Press is now available for the Kindle and in a hardcover trade edition.

The book is Of Woodland Pools, Spring-Holes and Ditches: Excerpts from the Journal of Henry David Thoreau. First published in a limited edition in 2005, the book featured the remarkable wood engravings of American artist Abigail Rorer in a standard edition (US$1600) and in a de luxe edition (US$3000). You can now download the digital facsimile from Amazon for a mere seventeen dollars. Free previews are available.

(Readers of the FPBA’s journal Parenthesis, should recall seeing one of Rorer’s engravings from this book reproduced on the cover of our fall 2005 issue. Rorer also contributed an illustrated article about her method of engraving the blocks for this book. A few copies of this issue are still available.)

Is this the first time a fine press book has been available for the Kindle or other mobile device? If there are others, please let me know. NAEditor [at] fpba [dot] com.

— Paul Razzell

The 2009 Oxford Fine Press Book Fair

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Awards Given at the 2009 Oxford Fine Press Book FairAmong the many highlights of this year’s Oxford Fine Press Book Fair were the Judges Choice Awards for best books in show and the Gregynog Prize for the finest letterpress book.The Judges for the Judges Choice Awards were Jerry Cinamon, Dennis Hall, and Sebastian Carter, and the five awards went to the following presses (listed in alphabetical order:Circle Press for The Burning of the Books, with Ron King’s wonderful gravure printsRussell Maret’s amazing tour de force of letterpress colour work, Aethelwold, EtcParvenu Press for Carolyn Trant’s haunting take on the fairy story, And other Fairy TalesShirley Sharoff for her extraordinary book construction The Waves; andWhittington Press for Portmeirion, in which Leslie Gerry’s digital prints show how electronic printing can become an autograph medium.Each press received a certificate specially inscribed by the calligrapher Andy Moore.The Gregynog Prize was awards to Abigail Rorer of the Lone Oak Press for her Mimpish Squinnies, a collection of colour wood engravings showing unusual botanical prints. The judges were David Butcher, Gaylord Schanilec, and David Vickers. Abigial received a prize of £500.Thanks to Sebastian Carter for notes on the prizes. A full report of the 2009 Oxford Fine Press Book Fair will appear in the Spring 2010 issue of Parenthesis.

The biennial Oxford Fine Press Book Fair is a must-see exhibition of fine press books from around the world. Over sixty presses from the UK, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Russia, USA, Canada, exhibit their work plus specialist book dealers and trade stands will make this the usual not-to-be-missed weekend.
This year’s programme of lectures included Ian Rogerson  discussing developments on printing colour up to 1939, Peter Lawrence and Simon Brett reflecting on the 25th anniversary of the re-foundation of the Society of Wood Engravers), Jeremy Greenwood talked about the wood-engravings of Eric Ravilious, and Nicholas and Mary Parry  discussed their work at the Tern Press.
Among the many highlights of this year’s Oxford Fine Press Book Fair were the Judges Choice Awards for best books in show and the Gregynog Prize for the finest letterpress book.
The Judges for the Judges Choice Awards were Jerry Cinamon, Dennis Hall, and Sebastian Carter, and the five awards went to the following presses (listed in alphabetical order:
Circle Press for The Burning of the Books, with Ron King’s wonderful gravure prints
Russell Maret’s amazing tour de force of letterpress colour work, Aethelwold, Etc
Parvenu Press for Carolyn Trant’s haunting take on the fairy story, And other Fairy Tales
Shirley Sharoff for her extraordinary book construction The Waves; and
Whittington Press for Portmeirion, in which Leslie Gerry’s digital prints show how electronic printing can become an autograph medium.
Each press received a certificate specially inscribed by the calligrapher Andy Moore.
The Gregynog Prize was awards to Abigail Rorer of the Lone Oak Press for her Mimpish Squinnies, a collection of colour wood engravings showing unusual botanical prints. The judges were David Butcher, Gaylord Schanilec, and David Vickers. Abigial received a prize of £500.
Thanks to Sebastian Carter for notes on the prizes. A full report of the 2009 Oxford Fine Press Book Fair will appear in the Spring 2010 issue of Parenthesis.

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The biennial Oxford Fine Press Book Fair is a must-see exhibition of fine press books from around the world. Over sixty presses from the UK, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Russia, USA, Canada, exhibit their work plus specialist book dealers and trade stands make this a not-to-be-missed weekend.

This year’s programme of lectures included Ian Rogerson  discussing developments on printing colour up to 1939, Peter Lawrence and Simon Brett reflecting on the 25th anniversary of the re-foundation of the Society of Wood Engravers), Jeremy Greenwood talked about the wood-engravings of Eric Ravilious, and Nicholas and Mary Parry  discussed their work at the Tern Press.

Among the many highlights of this year’s Oxford Fine Press Book Fair were the Judges Choice Awards for best books in show and the Gregynog Prize for the finest letterpress book.

The judges for the Judges Choice Awards were Jerry Cinamon, Dennis Hall, and Sebastian Carter, and the five awards went to the following presses (listed in alphabetical order:

  • Circle Press for The Burning of the Books, with Ron King’s wonderful gravure prints
  • Russell Maret’s amazing tour de force of letterpress colour work, Aethelwold, Etc
  • Parvenu Press for Carolyn Trant’s haunting take on the fairy story, And other Fairy Tales
  • Shirley Sharoff for her extraordinary book construction The Waves
  • Whittington Press for Portmeirion, in which Leslie Gerry’s digital prints show how electronic printing can become an autograph medium.

Here’s a few photos of the Judges Choice winners:

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Visitors visibly impressed with Russel Maret’s letterpress tour de force Aethelwold, Etc.

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Carolyn Trant’s And other Fairy Tales (Parvenu Press).

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Leslie Gerry and his vivid Portmeilion (Whittington Press). Each press received a certificate specially inscribed by the calligrapher Andy Moore.

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The Gregynog Prize was awards to Abigail Rorer of the Lone Oak Press (shown above with Leonard Seastone) for her Mimpish Squinnies, a collection of colour wood engravings showing unusual botanical specimens. The judges were David Butcher, Gaylord Schanilec, and David Vickers. Abigial received a prize of £500.

Thanks to Sebastian Carter and Martyn Ould for notes on the prizes. A full report of the 2009 Oxford Fine Press Book Fair will appear in the Spring 2010 issue of Parenthesis. To become a member of the Fine Press Book Association and receive a subscription to Parenthesis, click here.

— Paul Razzell

The Man Booker Prize and Oak Tree Fine Press

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

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Not surprisingly, the Man Booker Prize organization is keenly following the books coming out of Oak Tree Fine Press. Oak Tree Fine Press’s First Chapter Series is a new collaboration between Man Booker Prize-winning authors and numerous artists to raise money for children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS. Oak Tree Fine Press collaborate with Nobel and Booker prize-winning authors, and noted artists in a unique publishing program. Artists who have worked with Oak Tree include Yoko Ono, FPBA member Abigail Rorer, Stephen Alcorn and many other luminaries.

The amazing story of Oak Tree Fine Press will be featured in the fall 2009 issue of Parenthesis. Definitely something to look forward to.

Above: A portrait of Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing by Abigail Rorer for Lessing’s On Not Winning the Nobel Prize (Oak Tree Fine Press, 2009).

— Paul Razzell