Patterns: Drawn and Engraved on Wood
Patterns: Drawn and Engraved on Wood
Patterns: Drawn and Engraved on Wood
Patterns: Drawn and Engraved on Wood
Patterns: Drawn and Engraved on Wood

Patterns: Drawn and Engraved on Wood

Council Bluffs, Iowa: The Yellow Barn Press, 1986. DePol, John. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Number 55 of 150 copies, octavo size, [63] pp. Near fine. Item #CNBR079

A selection of paper pattern designs engraved in wood by American book illustrator John DePol (1913-2004), an American wood engraver out of New York. Throughout his prolific career he has collaborated with numerous private presses on limited editions, and has also produced many books through his own Endgrain Press. Although DePol is best known as a wood engraver for illustrated books, he also has experience in etching and lithography.

In the Summer of 1984, printer Neil Shaver was visiting with DePol, who showed him several dozen examples of his patterned paper. Shaver was impressed by what he saw and felt the patterns should be available to the wider community of designers and book artists, resulting in this edition. The designs were reproduced by zinc engraving in the original colors.

___DESCRIPTION: Original quarter blue cloth and patterned paper covered boards, stamped in silver on backstrip, yellow and white patterned endpapers, title page, preface, introduction, appreciation, and quote/dedication pages all with small yellow-ochre engraving by DePol, the volume includes 55 engraved patterns in various colours on 38 pages and four tipped-in specimens; American Garamond type, Mohawk Superfine paper, octavo size (9 5/8" by 6 3/8"), pagination: [i-vi] vii-xv, [1] 2-39 [40-47] [1 colophon] pp., limited first edition, number 55 of 150 copies.

___CONDITION: A fine copy, clean boards without wear, straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; a minute amount of rubbing to the corners, else fine.

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Price: $175.00