New book in the works, another collaboration with Rob McDonald.

Now that I’ve got the Full Frame broadsheet and program guide about wrapped up (check back for a post on those next week), I’m turning my attention back to my next book production.

Poplar Forest will be another fine press collaboration with Virginia photographer Rob McDonald

In 2007 we collaborated on Birdhouses, and that title is nearly out of print. (I’ve got about five copies left and they are out on display — and for sale — during our open studios).

Poplar Forest will again feature Rob’s Holga based photography. All photographs will be printed on an Indigo press and all text, including Rob’s essay and a poem by Sam Witt, will be hand-printed on the letterpress. The 32 page book will be produced in a limited edition of 300 hand-bound copies, each accompanied by an original print. The deluxe edition, numbered 1-40, will feature a second, larger original print (unique to this publication) and will be housed in a handmade cloth-covered, clamshell structure being created by Michael Greer of Leatherbound Book Works here in Durham.

From the announcement…

In 1806, Thomas Jefferson began construction on a personal retreat near Bedford, Virginia, some ninety miles from his home, Monticello.
He transformed nearly five thousand acres of pristine farmland and woods into a modestly equipped estate he called Poplar Forest.

Jefferson visited Poplar Forest regularly during construction and after the house was complete. He found there, as he wrote to a friend, “the solitude of a hermit.”

These photographs of Poplar Forest explore the notion of retreat, of private space, which we all—even a man so great as Jefferson—require and seek instinctively.

This title will be finished in about a month and makes its debut at a book-signing event at Poplar Forest on May 15th.

The book will cost $55 and the deluxe edition is $245. Please contact me if you would like an order form (or visit Rob’s website). For everyone that orders a book before tax day, I will throw in a free set of letterpress greeting cards. (code word: Hey)


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