Posts Tagged ‘Michael Russem’

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

Postage Stamps by Type Designers: A Primer

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

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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