The Sierra Nevada Suite: Thirty-One Wood Engravings by Richard Wagener


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2013. BCC Publication number 231. The Companion Volume to California in Relief: Thirty Wood Engravings by Richard Wagener, The Book Club of California, 2009.

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Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
—John Muir

John Muir reminds us that a life lived without great rocky outcrops and ageless trees as part of one’s native landscape would be a life deprived of one of the greatest resources of the sublime. Richard Wagener’s engravings capture an essential quality of that friendship.

The thirty-one prints in this special edition were hand-engraved on end-grain boxwood and relief-printed by Richard Wagener. The majority have been produced between 2010 and 2013. The present work is a companion volume to California in Relief, published by the Book Club in 2009, and continues a legacy of wide acclaim, ingenuity, and beauty.

7 ¾ x 12 ½”. The Sierra Nevada Suite was designed and produced in an edition of 308 numbered copies by Peter Rutledge Koch with the assistance of Jonathan Gerken for The Book Club of California. Ten artist’s proofs designated A/P and ten printer’s proofs designated P/P are reserved. The typeface, Dante, designed by Giovanni Margersteig, was originally hand-cut by Charles Malin and adapted for mechanical composition by Monotype in 1957. The text was cast at the letterfoundry of Michael & Winifred Bixler and printed by Max Koch on Zerkel Buttenpapier. John DeMerritt Bookbinding bound and created slipcases for the book.

Special offer to commemorate the National Park Service Centennial: $100 discount on this publication and Dennis Kruska’s James Mason Hutchings of Yo Semite: A Biography and a Bibliography (through 12/31/16)

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