Mixolydian Editions, 2017. Wagener, Richard. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Lettered copy "V" of 26 special edition copies, folio size,  pp., signed by Richard Wagener and Edwin Dobbs, with prospectus and folio of six prints signed by Wagener. Fine. Item #18122001
The meticulous detail and rich shades of the wood engraving are articulated in the work of Richard Wagener (b. 1944), an American wood engraver who creates gorgeous and detailed landscape scenes as well as abstract engravings; he has collaborated many times with Peter Koch to make books of his work, and his work has been included in the Legion of Honor in San Francisco and published in limited editions at Magnolia Editions in Oakland, California. His engravings often depict various landscapes and wildlife, and in this volume Wagener shows us the beauty and diversity of desert plants found at the Huntington Gardens in San Marino, California; the gardens contain many plants from around the world.
This volume is a gorgeous publication from Mixolydian Editions, Wagener's own imprint, and includes an essay by Edwin Dobb, interspersed throughout the book to form a rhythm with the engravings. The series of engravings was created from 1993 to 2000, and it was fifteen years later that the author and artist were able to collaborate to make the book. One of the special edition, this copy includes six loose wood engravings, each signed by Wagener, five of which are from the edition in the book and the sixth a special printing of the bladderpod plant engraving, which began the series.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter orange leather and leather fore-edge, with white paper boards featuring a green, blue, and brown plant-like design all done via marbling and unique on each copy, gilt lettering on the spine, fore- and bottom edges uncut, green endpapers, essay by Edwin Dobb printed on light-green paper, black-and-white wood engravings depicting desert plants by Richard Wagener throughout, with captions in red; Monotype Ehrhardt text, Zerkall-Büetten paper, folio size (12.25" by 7.75"), 67 unnumbered pages, one of 26 copies of the special edition, this lettered "V" (total edition of 60), signed by Richard Wagener and Edwin Dobb on the colophon. With the prospectus, one sheet folded once to make four pages, with a wood engraving by Wagener printed inside, and with a green paper folio with four flaps housing the six loose prints, each signed and dated by Richard Wagener. All housed in a clamshell box covered in green cloth, with a white paper spine label with black ruled border and orange lettering, and orange lining inside.
___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; we acquired this copy directly from the publisher and therefore it is clean, crisp, and new. The prospectus is fine, clean and without wear. The green paper folio and the loose prints are fine, clean, without wear. The slipcase is fine also, strong and sturdy, clean, without wear.
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