Archive for the ‘Lone Oak 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

The Man Booker Prize and Oak Tree Fine Press

Friday, April 3rd, 2009


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

The Lone Oak Press & Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, November 12th, 2005

Abigail Rorer's Lone Oak Press recently published Of Woodland Pools, Spring-Holes & Ditches a collection of entries from Thoreau's Journal from the months of March, April, and May "to give a sense of the awakening spring and teeming life in the pools and woods at this time of year." Here are the details from the prospectus:

Accompanying the text are 28 engravings, some with hand-coloring, by Abigail Rorer and printed by the artist. She lives not far from Thoreau's Concord, Massachusetts home and the engravings are based on the landscape and pools that Thoreau explored and the similar landscape that surrounds the artist's home. Bradley P. Dean, renowned Thoreau scholar, has written a compelling introduction to the book. The book consists of 92 pages in a 10 x 8 inch landscape format. Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press designed the book and printed the text on Zerkall Book. Barbara Blumenthal bound the book with marbled papers by Iris Nevins. The type is Baskerville, cast by Michael & Winifred Bixler. There are 70 copies, bound in morocco leather with marbled paper sides in a clamshell case, with 14 accompanied by an extra suite of prints and one of the blocks as a boxed set. The regular edition is $1600 per copy, while the deluxe edition is $3000.

Further information can be obtained from

Abigail Rorer
16 Oliver Street
Petersham, Mass. 01366