The Lone Oak Press, Massachusetts, USA
St Bartholomew's, Whittington - A Cotswold Church, 2015
This is a celebration of a small English village church. It is a collaboration between two wood-engravers, Miriam Macgregor who has lived and worked in Whittington for many years, and the American artist Abigail Rorer who has got to know St Bartholomew’s Church, through regular visits to the Whittington Press at Whittington Court which abuts the church. The idea of a collaborative illustrated book was conceived as both artists were drawn to the great age of the church and its beautiful sculptures and architectural details. Abigail Rorer was especially taken by the ability to freely move around and touch the ancient sculptures.
28pp, 183 x 23mm, edition of 300. Set in 14pt Van Dijck by Neil Winter and printed by Patrick Randle at Nomad Letterpress in Whittington on Zerkall mould-made paper. Standard edition of 260 copies are bound in decorated paper printed by Nomad Letterpress. 24 wood-engravings by Miriam Macgregor and Abigail Rorer. Introduction by Giles Browne. Contained within a slipcase.
Standard edition £135 (plus P&P and insurance
Christmas Trees by Robert Frost (1874 – 1963)
A letterpress printed chapbook designed by Frost scholar and collector Pat Alger with Abigail Rorer of the Lone Oak Press. Written in 1915 by Frost for a handmade Christmas card, it was first printed in a very limited edition as a Christmas greeting card in 1929 by the Spiral Press. This edition illuminated with the timeless wood engravings of Abigail Rorer commemorates the eightieth anniversary of the very first Robert Frost Christmas Card. Frost produced a Christmas booklet most years between 1934 and 1962.
12 pages with colour endpapers, 152 x 115 mm, printed on Zerkall Book with Deepdene type. Edition of 100 numbered and signed copies. The cover is illustrated with a two block colour engraving with a further four colour engravings within the text.
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£55 (plus P&P and insurance)
The King of the Alps, 2011
Reed Contemporary Books was awarded the Birgit Skiöld Memorial Trust Award Prize for 'King of the Alps' from The Lone Oak Press.
The full title is ‘On the Hunt for the KING OF THE ALPS A Plant Deemed Worthy by REGINALD FARRER’. The plant in question is Eritrichium nanum, which British plant explorer Reginald Farrer (1880–1920) called the ‘King of the Alps’. Artist and plant lover Abigail Rorer has woven together the text for this exquisite book from Farrer’s description of Eritrichium nanum in his two-volume set The English Rock Garden (1918),and from his My Rock Garden (1907) and Among the Hills (1911).
Rorer captures the passion and wit of Farrer as he climbs mountains in search of this tiny plant, ‘the crowned King of the Alps, the Herald of Heaven, Woolly-hair the Dwarf; among dowdy and impermanent weeds, the precious jewel in the head of the toad…with a blue so pure and clear and placidly celestial; the blue of Eritrichium is absolute; it has a quality of assured perfection.’
Abigail Rorer (b 1949 PA, USA) attended Rhode Island Island School of Design gaining a BFA in Printmaking in 1971. She established the Lone Oak Press in 1989 and was elected a member of the UK Society of Wood Engravers in 2003. In 2005 she lectured at Cherrybum, home of Thomas Bewick and in 2009 won the Gregynog Prize at the Oxford Fine Press Book Fair. Her books are held in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the University of Wales, amongst many others.
32 pages, 285 x 170 mm, edition of 60. Set in 14pt Monotype Van Dijck by Michael & Winifred Bixler and illustrated with seven multi-colour wood engravings by Abigail Rorer. The typography is by Michael Russem who did the printing of the text on Zerkall papers. The binding was designed by Daniel Gehnrich and carried out by Amy Borezo. Bound in paper and leather over boards and in a case. Signed by Abigail Rorer.
£500 (plus P&P and insurance)