My work appears in two new trade publication this month. Susan Roether wrote a lengthy, nuanced review of my 2016 book, Some Problems with Red, for the current Book Club of California Quarterly (free with any membership in the Book Club of California); and my article “Letterforms, Alphabets, Typefaces” is out in the “The New Bookbinder” Vol. 37 from Designer Bookbinders, who were kind enough to use my letter O from Linear A to Linear Z for the cover image.
During October I will be the Bodleian Libraries’ Printer in Residence. As part of the residency I will be giving a talk titled, Making Third Stream Books in the Post-Digital Age, at 5:15pm on October 17th at the Weston Library Lecture Theatre. For details visit the Bodleian’s webpage. I will also be working at the Bodleian’s Bibliographic Press most weekdays. If you are going to be in Oxford and would like to visit, email me to set up a time.
Take a sneak peak at Roma Abstract at the Solstice Book Fair in Iowa City, June 22nd.
Ovid on Climate Change is now available online. Get it while you can!
Used copies of Hungry Bibliophiles will be on display at the University of Iowa Center for the Book, January 21–February 3, 2017. Facsimile copies showing the used and annotated recipes are now available in Books in Print! Above: Maria Frederick’s copy of Hungry Bibliophiles.
Announcing a new typographic adventure. A couple of weeks ago I received the “proof of concept” trial letter for my typeface, Hungry Dutch, from the Type Archive in London. Pictured above are the job ticket, pattern, punch, matrix, type, and print from the trial H, all derived from my design. This is the first new design created for Monotype Composition Casters in forty years. There is a detailed post about it in the Books in Print section of the site. I am looking for a few courageous people to sponsor the making of a letter or two, and join me on a journey into the unknown.
The first casting of my new Baker typeface has arrived from Swamp Press & Letterfoundry. Ed Rayher engraved the 53 matrices and cast the type on a 24pt body, with two 30pt alternate characters. A couple of characters need revision, but finished half-strength jobbing fonts of the type will be available this July. If you are interested in purchasing a font, email me at russellmaret (at) me.com.
Some Problems with Red is now back from the binder and available for purchase on my online store.
Above is a close up photo of one of my 2016 new years cards, showing the new Pinwheel Ornaments in action. The ornament set consists of fourteen pieces, designed by me and engraved and cast in metal by Ed Rayher at Swamp Press. The ornaments will feature in my book, Ornamental Digressions, due later this year. In the meantime, I am hard at work on a small, brightly colored book, Some Problems with Red, which will debut at the Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair on April 9. Photo: Matt Rieck.
Come celebrate the publication of Linear A to Linear Z at Joe Serrins Studio. Thursday, November 19, from 6:30–9:30. 526 West 26th Street, Studio 916.