This richly illustrated and handsomely produced bibliography describes the work of artist and printer Russell Maret. Covering Maret’s manuscripts and printed books, as well as commissioned works, broadsides, and ephemera, the bibliography includes an essay by Nina Schneider with additional commentary on the making of these works by Maret. Also featured are an introduction by Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress, and an essay by Paul F. Gehl, former Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

The book highlights Maret’s work with tipped-in specimens of printed leaves and broadsides. Additional illustrations demonstrate Maret’s use of divers printing methods and media, including printing from photopolymer plates and metal type, and his drawing in pencil, ink, gouache, and smoke. The volume is further illustrated with a photographic frontispiece and ten pages of four-color photographs of the artist’s books taken by his wife Annie Schlecter, to whom the volume is dedicated.

Designed by Russell Maret, the book was printed by him and Nancy Loeber from photopolymer plates. The main text is set in Gremolata and Cancellaresca Milanese and printed on Zerkall and French papers. Max Koch made the photopolymer plates in Austin, TX from film negatives processed by Richard Seibert in Berkeley, CA. The frontispiece was printed by Print Space in New York City, and the four-color photographs were printed by Quad Graphics in Wolburn, MA.  Priscilla Spitler created the quarter cloth binding featuring blue cloth with a printed paper spine label and red cloth endbands. The covers feature tan-colored paper printed with a blue-grey decorative pattern. The book is housed in a slipcase covered in red cloth.

This book was published in a total edition of 126, of which this is one of 105 numbered copies printed on Zerkall and French papers, bound in quarter cloth, and housed in a slipcase by Priscilla Spitler. This copy is signed and numbered 67 by the artist.

 

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