Archive for the ‘Greenboathouse Press’ Category

Greenboathouse Press, Jan van Krimpen, and a 3-week Typographic Adventure

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

As Jason Dewinetz’s latest blog post attests, there is no point in doing things by half-measures: if you are going to write a bibliography of every book designed by Jan van Krimpen, you had better lay your hands on every one, and that is just what Jason has set out to do, travelling from British Columbia to New York, Belgium, Holland, and New Jersey to compile a thorough list of books designed by Van Krimpen between 1914 and 1956.

At his Greenboathouse Press blog, Jason offers an overview of his trip, with photographs from visits to the Meermanno Museum of the Book in The Hague, the Enschedé Museum in Haarlem, the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp, and the Dale Guild Typefoundry in Howell, NY.

I was intrigued by Jason’s phrase “‘goody bags’ of ephemera designed by Van Krimpen” (in the post’s Holland section). I had never considered the possibility of goody bags being connected with such things!

I look forward to seeing the fruits of Jason’s research. Read about his typographic adventure here.

— Paul Razzell

Alcuin Society awards for best-looking limited-edition books of 2010

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

It’s always exciting to see the winners of the annual Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada — especially when FPBA members appear in the top of the list. This year, Crispin Elsted of Barbarian Press and Jason Dewinetz appear three times in the Limited Editions category. And Andrew Steeves of fine press/trade hybrid Gaspereau Press, who also designs the North American issues of Parenthesis, appears four times in various categories. Nice work, gentlemen!

Each year, the Alcuin Society gives award for the best book designs in the the following categories: childrens’, limited editions, pictorial, poetry, prose non-fiction, prose fiction, and reference; the jury changes from year to year. This time round, the entries were judged by Alan Brownoff, Dr. Shelley Gruendler, and CS Richardson. Here’s a few photos of the judges at work. This year there wee 37 winning titles from 217 entries, from 9 provinces and 96 publishers.

In the Limited Edition Category, the winners are:

First prize: CRISPIN ELSTED, designer of The Play of Pericles, Prince of Tyre … by William Shakespeare, edited with commentary by Crispin Elsted; illustrated by Simon Brett (Barbarian Press).

Second prize (tie): JASON DEWINETZ, designer of Alphabetum Romanum: the Letterforms of Felice Feliciano, c.1460 (Greenboathouse Press).

Second prize (tie): LINDA GUSTAFSON, designer of Words Have No Meaning, edited by Zengetsu Myokyo (Enpuku-ji Press).

Third prize (tie): RAPHAËL DAUDELIN, designer of L’Absent by Fernand Ouellette, illustrated by Christian Gardair (les éditions du passage).
Third prize (tie): JASON DEWINETZ, designer of Light & Char by Jake Kennedy (Greenboathouse Press).

The full list of award winners in all categories can be seen here.

— Paul Razzell

The private-press spirit in a nutshell

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

“I decided simply to publish an edition, if for no other reason than that I would then have a copy myself.”

This quote, from Jason Dewinetz of Greenboathouse Press, really sums up the private-press spirit. The edition Jason is referring to is Felice Feliciano’s Alphabetum Romanum, “an instructional treatise on the correct rendering of Roman capital letters, written by Feliciano in 1463.” Jason is redrawing Feliciano’s letters from scratch, and will issue a new edition of the work in the (hopefully) not-too-distant future. You can learn more about Jason’s work on the Alphabetum Romanum and other Greenboathouse Press projects on his blog.

Above: A page from the original 1463 manuscript (left), the 1960 Officina Bodoni edition (centre) and a working drawing for the Greenboathouse Press edition (right).

—Paul Razzell

Guest Post Number 1: Lunch with the Typophiles by Jason Dewinetz

Friday, June 26th, 2009


Jason Dewinetz of Greenboathouse Press was recently paid the honour of being invited by the Typophiles to give a presentation at their spring luncheon in New York City.

Jason is a fine designer and printer and it is no wonder his work caught the eye of the Typophiles. The subject of his presentation was contemporary fine printing in western Canada, which means he talked about the works of the big three of Canada’s west: Barbarian Press, Jim Rimmer’s Pie Tree Press, and Heavenly Monkey.

I’m very pleased that Jason agreed to contribute an account of his visit to New York to the this blog. The following article is the first in a series of occasional Guest Posts to be featured on the FPBA blog. If you have an idea for a Guest Post, we’d love to hear about it. Please address it to Paul Razzell at NAEditor [at] FPBA [dot] com.

Read ‘Lunch with the Typophiles.’

— Paul Razzell