Buchstabenfreude: Bibliophile Nigel Beale presents Will Rueter and The Aliquando Press

Buchstabenfreude: bibliophile Nigel Beale presents private press printer Will Rueter and The Aliquando Press of Dundas, Ontario. Shawn Henshall remembers John Wilson (Jack) McLaren, a twentieth-century caricaturist and printmaker who befriended members of the Group of Seven at Rous & Mann and then later at the Arts & Letters Club on Elm Street in Toronto. Librarians Manda Vrkljan and Silvia Vong engage undergraduate students in book history and letterpress printing through situated learning at St Michael's College. Librarian John Shoesmith introduces the Studio of Robert Wu, Bookbinder and Marbler. Michelle Hogan-Walker laments the closing of Don Black Linecasting. Wesley W. Bates offers a preview of a few of the engravings that will appear in his new collection, Out of the Dark , scheduled for publication by the Porcupine's Quill in the spring of 2022. And Richard Kegler presents Trenton, a machine-cut wood type that was first introduced by William Page in his 1888 Specimen book. Retro print culture from a distinctly nineteenth-century perspective.

The front cover features a wood engraving by Wesley W. Bates that appears in Out of the Dark (Porcupine's Quill, 2022). Digital colourization by Stephanie Small. The keepsake is a linocut by J. W. McLaren that depicts Lorne Pierce, editor at the Ryerson Press from 1922 to 1960.

Will Rueter at the Howard Iron Works book fair, September 29, 2019. Credit: Don McLeod.

Will Rueter at the Howard Iron Works book fair, September 29, 2019. Credit: Don McLeod.


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

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In This Issue:

When One Who Loves Books Meets One Who Loves Making Them
by Nigel Beale

John Wilson (Jack) McLaren
by Shawn Henshall

The Art of the Bookbinder: Robert Wu
by John Shoesmith

Bringing History to Life
by Manda Vrkljan and Silvia Vong

Out of the Dark: Engravings
by Wesley W. Bates

Memories of Don Black Linecasting
by Michelle Hogan-Walker

Trenton Wood Type
by Richard Kegler

A Rogues' Gallery: Rick/Simon
by Rick/Simon and Don McLeod