CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: August 12, 1999
Limited edition Barry Moser essay published by UI Center
for the Book
IOWA CITY This
fall the University of Iowa Center for the Book, known for its fine press
book productions, will publish "No Shortcuts: An Essay on Wood Engraving,"
penned by Barry Moser, whose wood engravings and watercolor paintings have
illustrated more than 200 books.
Moser's much publicized special edition Bible project,
due out in October, has re-ignited interest in the centuries-old art of creating
illustrations by relief printing from wood engravings.
Sara T. Sauers, research assistant, Center for the
Book, and former printing specialist David Wall, designed the 80-page book,
which includes 16 wood engravings. In it, Moser details the trial-and-error
of perfecting the craft, provides practical information about choosing materials
and tools, and shares his favorite engraving techniques. The essay, published
by the UICB's Center for the Book Editions, is printed from metal type, cast
at a New York type foundry and bound by Larry Yerkes, a local bookbinder.
The book is the latest to be produced by the Center
that includes engravings by Moser. In 1995 the Center published "Five Lost
Poems" by Weldon Kees, illustrated by Moser.
Sauers expects "No Shortcuts: An Essay on Wood Engraving,"
to be completed in November, in time for The Center for the Book and the UI
Libraries' joint sponsorship of Moser's visit to the UI Nov. 12-13 as an Ida
Cornelia Beam Visiting Professor. Moser's much anticipated Pennyroyal Caxton
Bible will be on display at Shambaugh Auditorium in the Main Library Nov.
For more information about the new essay, or to place
an order, contact The Center for the Book, 154 English Philosophy Building,
or call (319) 335-0447.