Updates, changes, what’s next


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I am pleased to let  you know that my website has finally been updated and that Moon as Bright as Water is now available to purchase on the Books & Broadsides list page and its own description page.

This will be the last book with the Chester River Press imprint. For 10 years I have shared this imprint with James Dissette in a venture which started out with two other partners centered out of Chestertown, Maryland and together we brought you The Chesapeake Voyages of Captain John Smith and Heart of Darkness as well a a few other private works. The two other partners are long gone now and James continues to use Chester River for his other non-fine press work so we felt a change was in order. Our new imprint is Mad Parrot Press and you are going to like it! An announcement of intentions will soon be forthcoming.

Just a month ago Oak Knoll Fest XIX was a wonderful event once again tempered by the untimely passing of one of the great bookmen of modern times, Bob Fleck – founder of Oak Knoll Books, just a week before the exhibit. Many glasses were raised and fond remembrances given to Bob and some of our other absent fellow travelers in the fine book world. My thanks to the institutions and private collectors that made journeying to New Castle once again enjoyable, enlightening and, thankfully, profitable.

On a personal note, some may have noticed the lack of books flowing out of Deep Wood Press the last couple of years. That will be changing very soon. This is actually how I make my living so it’s very important to me too — and necessary! A long separation and divorce has finally concluded, child custody and keeping my shop intact was my primary concern and I’m happy to report success on those fronts. Now I have an actual schedule once again and will use that time accordingly finishing Kafka which is due out this winter. More to follow soon from Deep Wood Press and Mad Parrot Press from the likes of Forster, Grahame, some regional poets & writers and my own rambling musings.

Please stay tuned.





Qin Guan Details and Photos


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As promised, here are some more pictures of the regular edition of Moon as Bright as Water for you to enjoy. This book is exceedingly difficult to photograph with the batiked paper changing color at different angles.

The book is printed in three colors on 150gsm Hahnemühle Biblio and type is composed in Dante. This edition is covered in a sage Asahi book cloth with cotton indigo colored Shizen batik paper with a hint of gold highlights and has a velum spine title. It is housed in a slipcase of warm grey cotton book cloth.

There will be 10 in the deluxe edition which will be quarter bound in a vellum spine with a yet to be determined paper housed in a nice drop spine box. 10 copies reserved for David Young and other contributors to the project. 10 unbound for bookbinders leaving a regular edition of 65 to 70 copies. The regular edition is priced at $650.00, unbound copies are $400.00

I will have it on my website available for purchase upon my return from the Oak Knoll Fest this coming weekend.

A Taste of Qin Guan


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Tomorrow there will be some proper photographs of the new book enclosed with a slipcase but the first prototype cases are still drying in the press at the moment. Allow me to introduce the regular edition binding of Moon as Bright as Water by the exiled 11th century Chinese poet Qin Guan. This is the first time these poems will be printed in English, our thanks to David Young and, posthumously, William McNaughton for bringing forth these translations.

Copies will be available this coming weekend at the Oak Knoll Fest in New Castle, Delaware. My partner in Chester River Press, James Dissette and I will be at my table along with my other Deep Wood Press titles that are currently available. More details to come in the following days.