Logan Elm Press “Apology for Printers”

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The Ohio State University Libraries Logan Elm Press announces a limited edition of the "Apology for Printers" to be published on the occasion of The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary 1706-2006. Benjamin Franklin's short essay on the importance of a free marketplace of ideas first appeared in his Pennsylvania Gazette on June 10, 1731. ¶ This Logan Elm Press edition, with an introduction by Peter Givler, Executive Director of the Association of American University Presses, is accompanied by a multicolor reduction woodcut portrait of Franklin by Sidney Chafetz, OSU Professor Emeritus of Art. ¶ Peter Givler writes and lectures on the world of scholarly publishing and the stresses and opportunities created by the new communications technologies. ¶ Sidney Chafetz has produced an internationally acclaimed body of work as a printmaker that includes numerous portraits of authors and cultural icons. His multicolor reduction woodcut portrait of Franklin for this edition was printed by cutting away portions of the woodblock's surface after each color was printed, repeating this process of cutting and printing until almost none of the woodblock's surface remained.¶The text was composed in Langston Caslon 337, the close? version to Franklin's types, and printed on a Vandercook Proofing Press on Rives Heavyweight mouldmade paper off photopolymer plates. ¶ Limited to 150 numbered and signed copies, the edition will be handsewn into a non-adhesive self-wrapped structure of Hahnemühle Bugra and Zerkall papers over boards, and will be available in January 2006, priced at $250.00 per copy. ¶ Included with each copy is a separate Broadside of Franklin looking over a freshly printed sheet. ¶ Copies can be ordered before January 31, 2006 at the pre-publication price of $125.00, which includes Ohio sales tax & insured shipping. ¶To reserve your copy(s) now at the pre-publication price, please send a check, or a purchase order, made out to OSU Libraries Logan Elm Press, Attn: Robert Tauber, 1858 Neil Avenue Mall, Room 011, Columbus, OH 43210-1286.¶ For further information, please contact: tauber.1@osu.edu or phone: (614) 688-3973.