‘Though an angel should write, / still ’tis devils must print.’— Thomas Moore (1779–1852)
DEVIL’S ARTISAN #75, FALL/WINTER 2014
The Iconography of James Reaney: An Anecdotal Bibliography by Tim Inkster
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DA 75 (Fall 2014) features Tim Inkster’s anecdotal biography of renowned Canadian poet, playwright and father of the Southern Ontario Gothic style, James Reaney. The article combines biographical information, historical context and an analysis of design alongside personal reflections to create a thoughtful consideration of Reaney’s diverse body of work.
The issue includes Shane Neilson’s profile of David Brewer and Rabbittown Press in Fredericton, New Brunswick, with a focus on the Rabbittown edition of Bliss Carmen’s Low Tide on Grand Pré and a short discussion on the complexities of translating books from page to screen.
DA 75 also contains a sampler of images from The Grand River, a book of wood engravings and texts by Gerard Brender à Brandis and Marianne Brandis.
Recurring features include Richard Kegler’s discussion of Victor Hammer’s Aurora Uncial, as well as The Rogues’ Gallery, featuring Chester Gryski’s profile of designer Glenn Goluska.
Kandid Kamera showcases a variety of special events including the launch of Alan Stein’s Viewfinder, the launch of George A. Walker’s The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook, and the Alcuin Awards night.
The cover image is adapted from a design by Paul Arthur that appeared on the case of James Reaney’s The Red Heart (1949).
The keepsake is a specimen of Victor Hammer’s Aurora Uncial (1939) printed letterpress by Wells Book Arts Center director Richard Kegler on Canaletto Grana Grosso Cover.
George A. Walker launching The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook at the Craft Ontario Shop in Yorkville. Credit: Don McLeod.
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 Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council.