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Illustrated Books from The Porcupine's Quill

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The Porcupine’s Quill has built, since 1974, an enviable reputation for expertise in the use of twentieth-century offset printing technology to replicate the quality look, and feel, of a nineteenth-century letterpress product. Most of the production work is completed at the shop on the Main Street of Erin Village, where books are printed on a twenty-five inch Heidelberg KORD, folded, and then sewn into signatures on a 1905 Model Smyth National Book sewing machine. The books of George A. Walker, Wesley Bates and G. Brender à Brandis are my personal faves.
A Is for Alice

A Is for Alice

by (artist) George A. Walker
edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

Twenty-six magical images gleaned from almost two hundred wood engravings made by George A. Walker for extremely rare editions of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (And What Alice Found There) published by Cheshire Cat Press in 1988 and 1998, respectively.

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
tagged : classics

Lewis Carroll's beloved children's classic comes to life with over one hundred whimsical, eccentric and darkly humorous wood engravings, all created by the 'Mad Hatter' of Canadian graphic arts himself, the award-winning George A. Walker.

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Book of Hours

Book of Hours

A Wordless Novel Told in 99 Wood Engravings
edition:Paperback

In the Book of Hours, award-winning wood engraver George A. Walker creates a modern-day, secular devotional that captures in narrative imagery what is too devastating for words: the individual moments of innocence and routine life that ended with the onslaught of 9/11.

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Images from the Neocerebellum

Images from the Neocerebellum

by (artist) George A. Walker
edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

The Mad Hatter of the contemporary Canadian graphic arts, wood engraver George A. Walker considers the passage of time as it unfolds from the pages of his personal dream diary.

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The Inverted Line

The Inverted Line

edition:Paperback

'George A Walker did not make it into An Engraver's Globe, and looking through this collection of his wood engravings I see again exactly why. An editor should not present as a fool one who has persisted in his folly to become wise if the wisdom cannot really be shown in the space available: better to omit than risk making him look silly. On the evidence of just a couple of works George Walker does look clumsy in a field where finesse is prized, perhaps to excess. But give him his head, as here, …

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The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson

The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson

edition:Paperback

In master engraver George A. Walker's newest work, The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson, the circumstances surrounding the death and disappearance of the iconic Canadian artist are explored through some one hundred and nine wood engravings, creating a work that eulogizes not only the artist himself, but the struggle of the artist's attempt to express himself while constrained by society, the reality of the moment, and mortality.

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A Gathering of Flowers from Shakespeare

A Gathering of Flowers from Shakespeare

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

`Gerard Brender — Brandis is a renowned wood engraver, whose works of densely textured intricacy vibrate across your vision, drawing you into a microscopically magic world.`

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A Wood Engraver's Alphabet

A Wood Engraver's Alphabet

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

An elegant little alphabet book for adults using original wood engravings of flowers to represent each of the twenty-six letters. Uniform in format with the bestselling Wood, Ink & Paper (Porcupine's Quill, 1980).

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