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Hot Off the Press: All New Issue 86!

At long last, we’re pleased to finally have print copies of the latest issue of the Devil’s Artisan: number 86! Keep scrolling for a little peek inside the covers of this lovely tome.

DA86 spread featuring photo of Bill Poole and beginning of essay on his work.
DA 86 spread featuring a portrait Bill Poole as well as the beginning of Gordon Sisler’s essay “Bill Poole’s Bean Field”.

This issue features a fascinating comparison of the work of the late Bill Poole—a printer, designer and educator who was instrumental in founding the Grimsby Wayzgoose as well as founder of Poole Hall Press.

Spread featuring cylinder presses as well as text from Stephen Sword's Essay
Spread from Stephen Sword’s essay “Cylinder Presses in Canadian Museums”.

I particularly enjoyed looking at all the wonderful photographs of old presses in Stephen Sword’s investigation into cylinder presses in Canadian museums.

Spread featuring portrait of Rollin Milroy and text of the interview
DA 86 also features John Shoesmith’s great little interview with Rollin Milroy of Heavenly Monkey.

Heavenly Monkey is a small press known for producing beautiful letterpress editions on handmade paper. Librarian John Shoesmith delves into the whys and hows of Heavenly Monkey’s publishing process in his interview with Rollin Milroy.

Spread featuring this issue's keepsake as well as the table of contents
There is more to be seen in this handsome issue!

Don’t miss Larry Thompson’s photo tour of the new MacOdrum Library Book Arts Lab at Carleton University, not to mention recurring DA features such as our rogues and type specimens.

I hope you enjoyed this peek at the pages of our latest issue. If you’re a subscriber, you should see your copy in the mail very soon. If you’re not (Subscribe!) you can purchase print copies through AbeBooks, or download digitally from our eBook store.

Cheers,


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The Devil's Artisan is remarkable in Canadian publishing in that most of the physical production of our journal is completed in-house at the shop on the Main Street of Erin Village. We print on a twenty-five inch Heidelberg KORD, typically onto acid-free Zephyr Antique laid. The sheets are then folded, and sewn into signatures on a 1907 model Smyth National Book Sewing machine.

To take a virtual tour of the pressroom, visit us at YouTube for a discussion of offset printing in general, and the operation of a Heidelberg KORD in particular. Other videos include Four Colour Printing, Smyth Sewing and Wood Engraving. Photographs of production machinery used on these pages were taken by Sandra Traversy on site at the printing office of the Porcupine's Quill, December 2008.

The Devil's Artisan would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Magazine Fund (CMF) through the Support for Arts and Literary Magazines (SALM) component toward our editorial and production costs. Thanks, as well, for the generosity of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Sleeman Brewing Company.