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It’s the end of the text.

Well, it’s done. Not the complete book, but the text for WELLS & SONNE, my sabbatical letterpress project is printed.  (And thanks to all the interns who went the extra mile with me. Please see their names on the blog.) Binding is next, then printing the art and tipping it onto the bound up pages. The complete art program, six illustrations that are three and four flat colors, will take between 1,600 and 2,000 hand pulled impressions. It should be easier than the text pages to print, because each color is on a separate plate and fewer things can go wrong on one plate than on a page that has 2,700 movable pieces.

Down to the wire on the text pages

Here at Lark Sparrow Press I’m down to the last five text pages that need to be printed for the WELLS & SONNE book. The brass name plates have been ordered and Rhiannon is just about done with the hand made end sheets. Amy will start up with the deluxe bindings. Then I will start on Derek’s wonderful illustrations. I’m finally feeling like all of the art will be ready for the Codex 2013 International Book Fair. It’s taken a small army of people to produce this book.

Thanks again to  to Hector, Lucy, Leslie and Lynette. Special thanks to Sarah for her unstinting contributions. And way to go to Sarah for snagging the a Hatch Show Print internship that starts in February!

Nothing is more discouraging than…

to find a misspelled word in a printed form (80 + pages). It means a reprint.

to find an open quotation mark where there is supposed to be a closed quotation mark in a printed form. It means a reprint.

to find bad kerning in an author’s name in a printed form because I’m using hand set type which doesn’t fit together optically. It means and hour of filing 12 point type and reprinting the form.


Wells & Sonne in November

The text portion of WELLS & SONNE is nearing completion. Interns and I have set over 100,000 typographic characters – mostly Cheltenham 12 point. Next week we begin printing the first 4-color image that will go into the book. It will require over 400 hand pulled prints to assure I’ll have enough closely registered prints to complete the edition.

Codex 2013 International Book Fair and Lark Sparrow Press

The work of the press will be on display at the Codex International Book Fare held in Berkley, CA February 10-13, 2013. The Codex Foundation mission is to preserve and promote the hand-made book as a work of art in the broadest possible context and to bring to public recognition the artists, the craftsmanship, and the rich history of the civilization of the book.

Lark Sparrow Press at American Printing History Association

The annual meeting for the American Printing HistoryAssociation (APHA) was held at Columbia College Chicago last week. The print work of Lark Sparrow Press was part of the exhibition program. The organization exists to:

1) To encourage the study of printing history, especially American printing history, in all its facets from a world context to national, regional, state and local interests, and including all the arts and technologies relevant to printing, book arts and letter forms; 
2) To produce and promote publications, exhibitions, conferences, lectures and other functions, at both national and local levels, by which information and ideas relating to printing history may be exchanged; 
3) To foster the development and maintenance of libraries and museums for the preservation of materials bearing on printing history, including specimens of printing and the equipment and materials used in printing; and 
4) To cooperate with other organizations, institutions and individuals to recognize the central importance of printing to humanity. “

Work on Wells & Sonne

This fall I am on sabbatical and with the help of interns am editioning an 80-page, illustrated, letterpress hand-printed book. This summer we have already set over 34,000 handset typographic characters and we are not half way through the book. The text will require 3,200 hand pulled impressions on my Vandercook and the art another 2,200 impressions. I am looking for a bound book release day in late December. (Phew!)