- Evanston, IL: Hesterberg Press, 2008.
- large 8vo
- (i), 69 pages, ii, (iii)
Price: $300.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 101433
The Blocks Revisited & Rediscovered documents the fascinating story of Thomas Bewick's personal blocks and their historic journey to Chicago in 1942. Many of these blocks found new homes quickly in the Midwest and across America, while others became well-travelled, eventually making their way back to England. The whereabouts of these blocks and their movements over the years have raised questions and a desire to document them for their safe keeping. It is hoped this five-year investigation will begin to provide answers, as over 700 of the 1,350 blocks that came to Chicago are documented here in 35 collections.
The Blocks Revisited & Rediscovered measures 6.5 x 10 inches and contains eighty pages which include fourteen original blocks printed on dampened Rives Heavy-weight paper using a Washington Hand Press. The remaining thirty-five Bewick illustrations were printed using a Vandercook Press from metal engravings reproduced from the Memorial Edition. The text, set in a digital version of Bulmer, was also printed from metal engravings. Color photographs of Bewick's portrait and his toolbox are included as tip-ins, along with a photograph of a group of blocks at the Hesterberg Press.
A numbered edition of ninety copies was bound by Campbell-Logan Bindery, Minneapolis, in a dark green cloth with contrasting green end papers. The spine is gold stamped and the front cover features an inset of a vignette printed from one of Bewick's blocks at the press.