Parenthesis 17 now available!

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We are very pleased to announce that the fall 2009 issue of Parenthesis has been published. Our 17th issue examines a unique confluence of fine printing and AIDS relief, Leonard Baskin is remembered as a printer and book designer by his friend and colleague Sid Berger, and Henry Morris recounts the early days of his Bird & Bull Press.

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In addition, Russell Maret demonstrates how to draw with smoke, Michael Russem shows off some of his collection of postage stamps created by designers of metal types, and many of the most exciting new press books are reviewed.

For a special treat, we’ve issued the journal with a letterpress cover featuring a specially commissioned wood engraving from Wesley Bates — all very good reasons to join the FPBA and receive a free subscription to Parenthesis.

The table of contents of Parenthesis 17 is shown below.


Oak Tree Fine Press, Nancy Bray

The Larkspur Press, Bob Baris

Working with Ronald Searle, Dennis Hall


Leonard Baskin and the Art of Printing, Sid Berger

The Early Days of Bird & Bull Press, Henry Morris

New Markets

Selling to a Niche Market: Some Personal Reflections, Jeremy Wilson

From Fine Press to Trade Books: Some thoughts on Changing Sides, Dennis Hall


Le Crapouillot,   Mike Barnes

Postage Stamps by Designers of Metal Types, Michael Russem


Drawing with Smoke, Russell Maret

Design Casebook: Lumiere Press, Michael Torosian

Hell-bent for Codex, Judith Rothchild

Making The Vandercook Book, Barbara Henry and Roni Gross

In Type

Remaking Gutenberg’s Donatus-Kalendar Type, Mike Anderson

Reviews: Press Books

Mediæval in Padua, Robert Bringhurst

Five Poems, Bruce Whiteman

A Legacy of Letters, Andrew Hoyem

An American Gallery, David Evans

Airs & Angels and Mad Farmer Poems, Jan Elsted

Insecta, Alice Schreyer

W2LZX, David Pankow

Reference Shelf

The Surface of Meaning Sebastian Carter

book art object Paul Razzell

In Black & White: A Wood Engraver’s Odyssey Pete Lawrence

Books Briefly Noted Paul W. Nash

Note: The moth shown above is an image from Linda Broadfoot’s Insecta, reviewed in P17, and the line drawing is a caricature of Henry Morris (artist unknown), which also appears in this issue.

— Paul Razzell

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