First edition. One of 300 copies signed and numbered by the artist. Introduction by Victoria Dailey. Tall quarto. Title page wood engraving plus 30 wood-engraved plates. Illustrated title page printed in red and black. Half dark green cloth with printed paper spine label, gray/brown boards with wood-engraved illustration repeated from title page. Publisher's matching slipcase of with printed paper spine label. As new. A handsome and important production which went out-of-print immediately upon publication. The book was designed and printed letterpress by Peter Rutledge Koch. The beautiful and original wood-engraved prints, printed by the artist himself, are enhanced by Wagener's short prose pieces describing them. "Not since Paul Landacre mastered the aesthetic and technical challenges of wood engraving in the early twentieth-century has any California artist achieved prominence in the medium until Richard Wagener began to explore it in the 1980's. Wagener's images of nature - his stately Sierra trees, stark peaks and rocky crags - and his urban architectural monuments - the Pantages Theater and the Griffith Observatory - combine to make this work a deeply personal record of distinctive California locations" (Victoria Dailey). Original prospectus and order form laid in. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: California in Relief. Thirty Wood Engravings...
Publisher: The Book Club of California
Publication Date: 2009
Book Description The Book Club of California, San Francisco, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Wagener, Richard (illustrator). Limited Edition. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. 80 pp. Signed by Artist. Limited Edition of 300 (plus ten copies NFS), this No. 175, SIGNED by Richard Wagener on the colophon page. The fourth book by Wagener, wherein he captures the memories of his youth of the rural areas surrounding Los Angeles. As Victoria Dailey sets forth in her introduction, "we see California in Wagener's work, but we also recognize something profound, something deeply personal, something psychologically provocative". ***DESCRIPTION: Tan laid paper boards over an evergreen cloth shelfback, small wood engraving illustration laid into the front board, paper spine label, fore- and bottom edges uncut, rust laid paper endpapers, title page in red and black, illustration on title page mirrors that on the front board, wood engravings interspersed with several pages of text; designed by Peter Rutledge Koch, type DTL Elzevir printed letterpress from polymer plates on Zerkall Buttenpapier, folio size (approximately 12" tall), unpaginated with 40 leaves of text and illustrations, all on rectos only after the introduction. There is a dust jacket of white tissue with the same wood engraving illustration on the front as on the front board and title page; the book is enclosed in a publisher's slipcase covered with rust laid paper on the sides, green cloth on the top and bottom, paper spine label. ***CONDITION: Fine, clean, crisp, free of prior owner markings - as new. The original tissue paper dust jacket is also fine, as is the slipcase. ***POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please contact us for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help. Bookseller Inventory # CNJL186
Book Description Ace, San Francisco, 2009. Hardcover. unpaginated, 7.75x12.5 inches, rubricated title page with vignette, introduction, thirty plates with wood engravings, descriptive pages after each, untrimmed edges, fine first edition limited to 300 copies signed and numbered by the artist, this being #19/300, olive green paper boards, vignette on cover, over green cloth backing, tan paper label on spine, in fine tissue dj with matching image on front, in fine brick paper and green cloth slipcase with tan spine label. Gorgeous production. Bookseller Inventory # 211351