Upcoming Book Club of California publications include:
Mallette Dean, a Printmaker and His Art
by John T. Hawk
The Book Club of California is pleased to announce its forthcoming publication, Mallette Dean, a Printmaker and His Art, by John T. Hawk.
A major figure in the history of the fine press book in California, H. Mallette Dean (1907-1975) was a prolific artist whose career as a printmaker, painter, muralist, illustrator, and letterpress printer spanned several decades. He designed, illustrated, and printed several titles for the Book Club of California and contributed initials and ornaments to dozens of books published by eminent California presses. Mallette Dean’s story is closely intertwined with that of the Grabhorn Press, the Colt Press, the Allen Press, and the Book Club of California. His story is also that of a successful artist and printmaker whose paintings, wood engravings, and linocuts were exhibited across the country and received widespread acclaim.
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. Richard Wagener has written a Foreword. A biographical essay traces the arc of Dean’s career and provides context among his many projects and commissions.
Expected publication date: September 2018
The Life and Times of Jo Mora
Iconic Artist of the American West
by Peter H. Hiller
The Book Club of California is pleased to announce the publication of the first definitive biography of the artist Jo Mora (1876-1947), a gifted illustrator, painter, writer, cartographer, and sculptor of the American West. Written by Mora scholar Peter H. Hiller, the book interweaves fascinating biographical material with Mora’s personal letters, journal entries and other writings — many never before seen by the public — to provide an intimate portrait of an important yet often overlooked artist.
Hiller traces Mora’s unconventional life as he leaves the comfort of his East Coast home to explore the West on horseback, live among the Hopi, marry and settle in the Monterey Peninsula, and go on to become one of the most inventive and versatile artists of his era. At every turn, Hiller’s detailed narrative reveals the interdependence of life and art that characterized Mora’s experience, and manifested itself in artistic originality, historical accuracy, and humor. Fully embracing the rugged individualism we associate with the American West, Mora was one of the first American artists to elevate the cultural importance of the Western frontier, presaging broad shifts in twentieth-century thought and expression. Through his celebration of the great glories of nature and of the human heart, he reminds us that the subject matter of all art is life.
Expected publication date: February 2019