Heavenly Monkey has two new books to report: TOPOS and The Simple Line; the former has been published and the latter should be out shortly. Here are the details (as provided by Rollin Milroy):
The last book for 2006 is TOPOS. A feast for paper collectors, it presents a dozen new paste paper designs by HM’s long-time collaborator, Reg Lissel, each rendered on his own handmade cotton paper. (The idea for the book was born last Spring, while writing a profile of Lissel for Parenthesis magazine, which is slated to run in the upcoming issue.) The samples are full pages sewn into the quarto-sized book. The title page is printed on a white-on-white paste paper sheet, and the papermaker’s introduction (set in 18-pt Centaur) is printed damp on his HM Text paper. The edition is just 25 signed & numbered copies, cased in full cloth, with a printed handmade paper jacket.
The book with which we kick off 2007 in Charles van Sandwyk’s The Simple Line. This is a brief essay by the artist (known most recently for his Folio Society edition of Wind in the Willows) about his approach to & passion for copper engraving, accompanied by six original prints plus a title page illustration colored by him. The essay was originally written for his book Twenty-One Years, Twenty-One Prints, issued in an edition of just 10 copies, each containing over 40 original etchings, all bound up in full leather by Claudia Cohen. That book (issued by the artist) is scheduled to come out around the same time as The Simple Line. The essay was set in 18-pt Centaur and printed on Somerset paper (its setting and content are identical in the two books, including the four tipped-in etchings). The Simple Line (quarto, 12 pp) is issued in an edition of 50 copies, signed and numbered by van Sandwyk, and cased in full linen by Claudia Cohen.