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New Biographies of Jim Rimmer and Wesley Bates

Friday, November 7th, 2008

News from Gaspereau Press:

This fall, Gaspereau Press celebrates the lives and work of two Canadian artists and their outstanding contributions to book publishing: JIM RIMMER is a printer, illustrator, typographer, type designer and typefounder. At his Rimmer Type Foundry in New Westminister, BC, he has created 190 digital and seven metal typefaces, including Amethyst and Albertan. He is the author of Pie Tree Press. WESLEY BATES lives in Clifford, Ontario, where he runs West Meadow Press, publishing limited-edition letterpress books and broadsides. Known primarily as a wood engraver, Bates’s work has been commissioned by leading trade and fine-press publishers in both Canada and the United States. He is the author of In Black & White.

Both books are available in illustrated, cloth-bound hardcover editions. To place an order, book an interview or reading, or to request an excerpt or review copy, please contact Emily Leeson at emily@gaspereau.com or call 902 678 6002.

In Black & White: A Wood Engraver’s Odyssey

Author: Wesley Bates
Publisher: Gaspereau Press
Genre: Autobiography
Details: $59.95 / 9781554470587 / trade hardcover
Release date: 24 October 2008

In Black & White is Wesley Bates’ account of his career as a freelance illustrator for both trade publishers and private presses. Through Bates’ collaborations and friendships, and his participation in annual affairs like the Typocrafters conference and the Grimsby Wayzgoose, we meet the private-press publishers of Larkspur, Aliquando, Bird and Bull, and Appletree Alley presses. We follow Bates’ growing interest in book arts and typography which resulted in his establishing his own West Meadow Press in 1984.

Bates also describes some of the techniques of wood engraving and printmaking, describing the rise, fall and later resurgence of wood engraving in both the book and advertising industries. Colour and black-and-white reproductions of Bates’ prints illustrate both the examination of technique and the story of an exciting career so far.

This book is a trade hardcover. The text is typeset in Dante and Gill Sans and printed offset on wove-finish paper making 148 pages trimmed to 7 × 10 inches. The sheets are Smyth sewn, and case bound in cloth-covered boards stamped in foil. The book includes over 75 illustrations.

Wesley Bates was born in the Yukon and raised in Saskatchewan. He now lives in Clifford, Ontario, where he runs West Meadow Press. Known primarily as a wood engraver, Bates’ work has been commissioned by numerous publishers, including Penguin, Random House, McClelland & Stewart, The Porcupine’s Quill and Gaspereau Press.

Pie Tree Press: Memories from the Composing Room Floor

Author: Jim Rimmer
Publisher: Gaspereau Press
Genre: Autobiography
Details: $59.95 / 9781554470624 / trade hardcover
Release date: 24 October 2008
A new and expanded trade edition of Jim Rimmer’s letterpress limited-edition original makes available the autobiography of this gifted type designer and private-press printer.

Beginning with his less than shining early academic career, Rimmer recounts his first experiences setting type at Vancouver Technical High School and leaving school after grade ten for a six-year apprenticeship in the composing room at J.W. Boyd & Sons in the 1950s. With stories about the colourful characters who inhabit the printing trade and his alternately calamitous and successful attempts at refurbishing printing and typecasting machinery, Rimmer revels in the influences and misadventures that have shaped his life.

Pie Tree Press contains reproductions of Rimmer’s illustrations and presswork, as well as samples of his original metal and digital type designs. The book also includes photographs and detailed descriptions of Rimmer’s unique typecutting processes and a new chapter on his experiences with Giampa Textware creating digital fonts in the 1980s and 90s.

This book is a trade hardcover. The text is typeset in Rimmer’s Amethyst Pro and printed offset on wove-finish paper making 128 pages trimmed to 7 × 10 inches. The sheets are Smyth sewn, and case bound in cloth-covered boards stamped in foil. The book includes over 30 illustrations.

Jim Rimmer is a designer, illustrator, typographer and type designer. Rimmer was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, and worked for many years as a commercial designer. He was type director at Lanston Monotype during the 1970s when it was based in Vancouver. At his Rimmer Type Foundry in New Westminster, BC, he has created 190 digital and seven metal typefaces.