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Mixolydian Editions, California, USA

Trading Eights - The Faces of Jazz, 2016




A celebration of eight iconic figures in jazz, this sumptuous slim volume pays homage to a uniquely American style of music, known for its spontaneity and improvisation.

Full-page portraits of Thelonius Monk, Charles Mingus, Bob Brookmeyer, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Chet Baker, Milt Jackson, and Gerry Mulligan by Jim Todd are accompanied by an essay by Ted Gioia, author of nine books including The History of Jazz. Dana Gioia, poet, writer and jazz enthusiast and brother of Ted has written a poem. Dana Gioia seved as the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts from 2002 – 2009. In 2014 he won the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry. The book’s title refers as jazz connoisseurs will know to the improvisional dialogue where one player solos for eight bars and then the other musician can answer during the next eight bars.

64 pages, 375 x 235mm, edition of 55. The typefaces are Ehrhardt and Janson, cast in lead by Patrick Reagh. Titling is Modern #20 and Grotesque #9. Wood engravings by James G. Todd Jr. have been printed from the original blocks by Richard Wagener on a Vandercook Universal I. The text is printed by Richard Wagener and Patrick Reagh. The papers are both blue and white Zerkall and red Saint-Armand. Translucent interleaves are digitally printed with smoke images at Black Cat Studio on an Epson P-7000. The binding is French Chagreen quarter goatskin, with blue-black and grey paste papers over boards. Spine and front cover are foil stamped copper and black. Binding and paste papers designed by Lisa Van Pelt.

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Mountains & Religion, 2011
Wood engravings by Richard Wagener




This sumptuous slim volume with gold and red endpapers is the result of a journey to Nepal and Tibet made by Richard Wagener in 1995. It has the feel of a very precious object, with the soaring mountains of Nepal and the Temples and Pagodas of Tibet given equal weight, the power of nature and the work of man side by side and as one. This is only the second book from Mixolydian Editions established by Richard Wagener in 2006.

54 pages, 285 x 172mm, edition of 40 signed and numbered by Richard Wagener. The text face is Monotype Bembo composed by Michael and Winifred Bixler and printed by Richard Wagener on handmade Yamagampi paper. Bound by Tini Miura in California using handmade Lokta paper from Nepal over light boards and protected by a wrap-around of Japanese silk Genji cloth and Kyoseishi paper. 20 wood engravings by Richard Wagener with extracts from 'The Snow Leopard' and 'In the Himalayas' by Peter Matthiessen, and from 'My Journey to Lhasa' by Alexandra David-Neel.