Monday, July 28, 2008
A poem by Dan Carr with three woodcuts by Julia Ferrari created after hiking the Rattlesnake Mountains along the western edge of Squam Lake, New Hampshire. Squam, a large lake north of the more widely known Winnipesaukee, was featured in “On Golden Pond.” It has many coves and several islands and consists of two connected lakes. The early Algonquin name meant highland goose lake. It is the home of a large population of Loons, aquatic birds that have been called the most ancient surviving bird (now thought to be covergently evolved for similar habitat to the ancient grebe). Their call still evokes the sense of the prehistoric. Abenaki tribes lived on the hospitable shores of the lake for many centuries. The view from the popular Rattlesnake Mountain ridge is extraordinary and at the time of making this book showed the lake in a pristine state.
This is the first showing of the lowercase of Regulus, a type cut by hand by the poet. It records a moment in time when the momentum of cutting punches had achieved nearly the entire lower case, only the x is missing. At the same time that the typeface was becoming usable Julia was completing a new series of wood cuts. Julia’s images are an exploration of the intersection of different times, of the enduring and the transitory, of the overlapping spheres of the ancient, the present and the future. The images and the poem were directly inspired by the experience of visiting Squam.
The chapbook is printed on Mohawk Letterpress Text. The type was set by hand by the poet. The book is hand sewn and slipped into a paper wrapper with hand decorated keepers and unique hand colored woodcut. The large woodcut inside is individually hand colored by the artist. The book measures 6 1/2 by 10 1/2, 16 pages. Golgonooza Letter Foundry & Press, Ashuelot 1989. $250.00
Thursday, July 24, 2008
This Broadside contains Music type, Chinese type and Monotype Bembo cast at our foundry. It is a new translation paired with a Tang Lute Song transcribed by Laurence Pickens and published in Li Po & Tu Fu by Arthur Cooper, Penguin Books, 1973.
We will post our typelist here for visitors to download or view when we learn how to do that.
Also coming will be other images of Books and Broadsides which we print or publish.
I hope to start some discussions on the History of Type and in particular Punchcutting in the interest of preserving things we have learned over the last 30 years.