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Lac Des Pleurs: Report from Lake Pepin.

Stockholm, WI: Midnight Paper Sales, 2015. Limited Edition. "The text—commentary on passage through the lake by Louis Hennepin, George Featherstonhaugh, Henry Schoolcraft, Geroge Catlin, Jonathan Carver, Zebulon Montgomery Pike, Charles Latrobe, Henry David Thoreau, and Oliver Gibbs Jr., with related excerpts from Harriet Bell Carlander, Geroge Wagner, Robert E. Coker, C. A. Lesueur, Thaddeus Surber, Paul Harder, and Mark Twain; an introduction by Patrick K. Coleman; and image captions & an epilogue by Gaylord Schanilec—has been hand set in metal type, and printed by hand on vintage Barcham Greene and Wookey Hole papers.
The images—specimen prints engraved by Gaylord Schanilec including the American White Pelican, Shorthead Redhorse, White Bass, Sheepshead, Lake Pepin Mucket, Threehorn Wartyback, and Giant Floater, along with two vignettes—were all printed on Zerkall paper. Plus a foldout map of the lake, engraved by Mr. Schanilec, was printed on handmade kozo paper, and thirty “text figures” of fish were printed from the original electrotypes used in the 1920 publication Fishes and Fish-Like Vertebrates of Minnesota, by Thaddeus Surber." (publisher's statement)
"The type printed on these pages was originally cast in Monotype for previous Midnight Paper Sales books, then redistributed into the case, and hand set here by Jean Louise Egger, Wyatt Sandberg, and Gaylord Schanilec. With much of the text set in Bembo, the diminished supply of type prompted setting Lesueur's paper in Poliphilus, a move that made the printer nervous until it came to light that both faces were based on the printing of Aldus Manutius.
Photographs were taken of pages from Columbia University’s copy of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, printed by Manutius in 1499. Tracings from the photographs were drawn by Russell Maret, and the tracings were turned into wood type at the Hamilton Wood Type Museum. The wood type was inked and impressed "LAC DES PLEURS" on the title page.
The edition was bound and boxed by Craig Jensen and his daughter, Leigh Ann Jensen, at BookLab II in San Marcos, Texas. The binding is a quarter leather, flatback, lap-case structure with an over-the-shoulder hollow to ensure very flat page openings. The box is a quarter leather, double tray, drop-spine design. The cover paper was marbled by Jemma Lewis, whose bespoke design is based on a photograph of wet stones taken along the shore of Lake Pepin. The map was printed on Kiraku Kozo handmade paper, the images on Zerkall mouldmade, and the text on handmade Barcham Green Tovil and a mouldmade paper from the Wookey Hole mill. The epilogue paper and end sheets were handmade for the edition at the Saint Armand mill. " (colophon). Tight, bright, and unmarred. folio. quarter cloth, marbled paper-covered boards in quarter leather, cloth clamshell box; top edge cut, other edges uncut. (76) pages. Limited to 100 numbered copies, signed by Gaylord Schanilec on colophon. Item #8927

Price: $7,800.00

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