Thoreau MacDonald's Design for Walden

Original printed wraps. 56 pp. Octavo.

DA 60 (Spring 2007) is devoted to the works of Thoreau MacDonald (1901-1989). Randall Speller, a librarian at the Art Gallery of Ontario, examines a previously unrecorded project that MacDonald completed in 1933 but then abandoned when he failed to interest a publisher -- an illustrated edition of Henry David Thoreau's Walden.

DA 60 also includes an appreciation of the artistry of MacDonald by Seth, one of Canada's most popular contemporary graphic novelists.

The Rogue's Gallery features wood engraver George A. Walker of the Biting Dog Press, Toronto.

The Dingbat, Ornament and Fanciful Initials feature includes nine more initials and one dingbat.

Printed offset on the Heidelberg KORD at the printing office of the Porcupine's Quill in the Village of Erin, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada.

Smyth sewn into 16-page signatures. With coloured endleaves, hand-tipped, front and back.

Keepsake laid in was printed letterpress off a magnesium die made from an image called `Man with Spinning Head' by George Walker. The keepsake was printed by Nicholas Kennedy at Trip Print Press in Toronto.

The cover was printed offset by Tim Inkster at the Porcupine's Quill and features a drawing by Thoreau MacDonald intended for an edition of Henry David Thoreau's Walden.


The Devil’s Artisan would like to acknowledge the generous financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.


In This Issue:

Thoreau MacDonald’s Design for Walden, by Randall Speller of the Art Gallery of Ontario

An Appreciation of Thoreau MacDonald by Seth

A Rogues’ Gallery of the Canadian Book and Printing Arts, featuring wood engraver George A Walker of Biting Dog Press, Toronto