Report from Oak Knoll Bookfest XX

Still in Chestertown, Maryland but thought I’d share a few notes and pics from the fair. First off, I’m happy to report success! If you are interested in the latest Breon Mitchell translation of In the Penal Colony you may wish to inquire soon as I now only have six copies left available and will be holding at least two of them for CODEX coming up next February in Berkeley.

I didn’t have time to take many pictures during the fair and none were all that good so here’s some random shots of New Castle, DE and pleasantries surrounding the exhibit and symposium. Included are James Dissette, my partner with Mad Parrot Press (formerly Chester River Press), my good friend Graham Moss (Incline Press) giving his lecture of 25 years at his Incline Press.


Also, a silly picture of a bunch of us never-do-well printers staying at the ever charming Terry House Bed & Breakfast. At the table appears counter-clockwise: Gaylord Shanlinak (Midnight Paper Sales), Annie Schlechter, David Esslemont (Solmentes Press), Elies Plana AyatsNancy Loeber and Russell Maret – proper representation at the table from 3 countries here on the Eastern seaboard hawking books.

Another binding for Kafka


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Finding myself pretty well prepared for Oak Knoll next weekend I decided to crank out another binding of the book yesterday and opted to make a drop spine box for it as well.

This copy is bound on Iowa PC4 straps and quarter bound with Harmatan goat and gelatin sized flax Cave Paper with a matte silver foil title & dull black foil author attribution on the cover, the endpapers are offset printed Cartiere Magnani Revere.

10 1/8 x 13 1/4 x 5/8″ (25.5 x 33.5 x 1.6cm) without box or slipcase.



In the Penal Colony, Kafka – new edition binding!

I am pleased to present the first bound copy of In the Penal Colony by Franz Kafka. This new translation by Breon Mitchell was done especially for this Deep Wood Press edition along with the sublime etchings by Dellas Henke. Please read earlier blog posts for details on the journey of this 2+ year long project. Here are the specs for this initial prototype binding structure made for show at the quickly approaching Oak Knoll Fest XX in New Castle, Delaware October 5-7th.

The book comes in at 35 pages of printed text with a title page printed in 3 colors on Somerset Book White making 4 sections. This copy is bound on leather cords laced into the boards and quarter bound with black Moroccan Goat and sienna Fabriano Text paper (circa 1950’s) with a copper foil title on the cover. The flyleaves on this copy are the same Barcham Green “Windover” stock used for the 3 deluxe copies of the edition. The endpapers and slip case covering are printed Cartiere Magnani Revere evoking the island our story transpires at. 10 1/8 x 13 1/4 x 5/8″ (25.5 x 33.5 x 1.6cm)

For the rest of the edition I plan to make drop spine boxes for the book but because of time constraints opted for the slipcase for this copy. The binding style may change as well but for now I am content with this “salesman’s sample”. A reminder; Dellas, Breon and myself are splitting this edition 3 ways giving us each 10 copies to sell, 2 artists proofs and 1 deluxe on the Windover stock. Pricing for the book is $1000 unbound in sheets and we will each sell bound copies as well but that price will fluctuate with whatever binding treatment it is given. My bound copies will start at $1350. Inquiries may be made to me here.