Mallette Dean, A Printmaker and His Art
by John T. Hawk
Book Club of California Publication #237
The Book Club of California is pleased to announce publication of
Mallette Dean, a Printmaker and His Art, written by John T. Hawk. Published on September 17, 2018, the book is now available for purchase in regular and deluxe editions.
The illustrated bibliography, which includes more than 625 entries and 200 illustrations, records Mallette Dean’s creative work from his prints and paintings to the books he illustrated and printed. Additionally, the book has sections devoted to printed ephemera, bookplates, printers’ devices, and a chronology of Dean’s exhibitions including works exhibited. Contemporary wood engraver Richard Wagener has written a foreword. John Hawk’s biographical essay traces the arc of Dean’s career and provides context among his many projects and commissions.
In the tradition of other distinguished titles published by the Book Club of California, Mallette Dean, a Printmaker and His Art is a foundational bibliography and an important chapter in the history of printing in the West. The book also shines light on the Federal Art Project and printmaking in California in the 1930s, documenting the work of an engaged and active artist of the period. The book includes an index, making it especially useful as a reference for collectors, curators, researchers, and all those who wish to learn more about the artistry of Mallette Dean and the history of the fine press book in California.
The edition is limited to 350 numbered copies, signed by the author. 176 pp. 11 x 7½ inches. Of the edition, 25 deluxe copies numbered 1-25 are issued in a special quarter leather binding by Claudia Cohen, bookbinder, and housed in a slipcase. The deluxe edition includes a wood engraving printed from Mallette Dean’s original block.