Announcing Graven Images

A Portfolio of
Nineteenth Century Wood Engravings
Printed from the Original Blocks

from Greyweathers Press

In the Autumn of 2007, a collector loaned the Press a remarkable set of fourteen vintage wood engraving blocks that she had discovered in an antiquarian’s shop. These we have put through the press; it is possible that they have not been inked for almost 130 years, let alone editioned. The matter and style of the engravings suggests a mid to later nineteenth century origin, ranging in technique from simple line illustrations to highly sophisticated work with detailed tones. It is difficult to say how many hands are responsible for the blocks, but three names can be identified: Samuel Smith Kilburn, a Boston wood engraver; George Matthews from Montreal and Boston; and the name, initial and monogram of F. Archibald.

The book has been printed by hand on Canson Mi-Teintes paper in an edition of 100 copies. Included in the edition are thirteen mounted wood engravings, hand printed on Fabriano Accademia paper. There are many perils in printing from such old blocks; sadly, a fourteenth block cracked on the press, and has been reproduced from a magnesium plate based on an early proof. The type is Italian Oldstyle. Foreword by the printer, L.F. Thompson.

Dimensions 9.25 x 12 inches, 30 pages including 14 plates. Quarter bound in cloth and paper. Price $160. Discounts for booksellers and pre-sales.

Special edition to be determined.

Prospectus includes the above details, a sample page from the book and a tipped-in wood engraving. Mailed upon request – $10.

Greyweathers Press
Box 574, Merrickville, Ontario K0G 1N0 CANADA

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3 Comments on “Announcing Graven Images”

  1. steph Says:

    Oooooh…..I hope we get to see it at W.C.!

  2. Richard Says:

    Very nice! Looking forward to seeing the new book. Put me down for 5 copies with a prospectus each please!

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