Archive for the ‘Kat Ran Press’ 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

Get your fix of fine printing at the Boston Antiquarian Book Fair

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Does it seem to you that the folks in Boston are a tad spoiled with all the private-press and fine-printing activity in that neck of the woods? (Mental note: perhaps Parenthesis should spotlight Massachusetts fine printing in a forthcoming issue. . . .) At any rate, from April 30 through May 1, the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers are sponsoring a book fair in Boston. While the bulk of dealers will be antiquarian, Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press will be manning a table to pass out FPBA (and APHA) literature and to show and offer/sell fine-press books—from his own and from other presses. Mark your calendars now.

— Paul Razzell

Cast your vote for best book of 2009 in the New England Art Awards

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

This morning I learned that Kat Ran Press’s The Certainty of Numbers has been nominated for the New England Art Awards’ Best Book of 2009. According to Kat Ran Press’s Michael Russem, “These awards are sponsored by The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, which, despite the fact that it presently has a picture of Paris Hilton at the top of its Web page, seems to be a useful survey of New England museums and galleries. If (alas) a Republican can win Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat, then our little book, printed in an edition of sixty copies has a chance at winning the Best Book title of 2009.” To vote, click here. The Book category is at the top of the page so just click the dot next to Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press in Cambridge and Florence, Mass., publisher of ‘The Certainty of Numbers,’ written by Bruce Snider and illustrated by Michael Russem. Enter your name and e-mail then click submit ballot at the bottom of the page. The whole thing shouldn’t take more than a minute.

We wish Michael and the whole Kat Ran Press team the best of luck.

— Paul Razzell

Postage Stamps by Type Designers: A Primer

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009


On Wednesday, September 23, Michael Russem will be giving a talk to The Typophiles at the National Arts Club in NY about postage stamps designed by type designers. Work by Eric Gill, Jan Van Krimpen, S.L. Hartz, Hermann Zapf, Jean-Benoit Levy, Wim Crouwel, Gerard Unger, and Min Wang will be discussed. More details are available here.

Michael writes about this subject in a wonderfully illustrated article in Parenthesis 17, due out at the end of September. Become an FPBA member now and receive your copy of Parenthesis 17.

—Paul Razzell

The Certainty of Numbers

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Kat Ran Press is marking their 15th Anniversary with “The Certainty of Numbers,” a poem by Bruce Snider accompanied by an original, number-themed drawing by Michael Russem. Read all about it over at the Offices of Kat Ran Press.

–John Russell

A New Site for Sarah Creighton, Bookbinder

Friday, February 27th, 2009
Sarah Creighton has just published a new site showcasing her work as a bookbinder for the last twenty-seven years. Sarah trained with Arno Werner and David Bourbeau, and went on to work with Gray Parrot and Hugo Peller before establishing her own bindery in 1982. Since then she’s bound editions for The Limited Editions Club, Pennyroyal Press (including the Pennyroyal-Caxton Bible), Warwick PressKat Ran Press21st EditionsELM Press, and Chelonidae Press. Over thirty of her bindings and boxes—in addition to a few of her own prints—can be seen at
—Michael Russem

Five Poems by Charles Simic

Friday, February 15th, 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

Friday, November 2nd, 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?

Sunday, June 3rd, 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
E.mail. michael(at)

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.