SCHANILEC, Gaylord. MIDNIGHT PAPER SALES. ~ Lac Des Pleurs: Report from Lake Pepin.
One of 100 copies, signed by Gaylord Schanilec. A remarkable large folding wood engraved map printed on Kraku Kozo handmade paper, 8 other large colour wood engravings printed on Zerkall paper by Gaylord Schanilec of fish, pelicans and river scenes plus 31 electrotype prints of fish in the text which is printed on Barcham Green Tovil and Wookey Hole Mill paper. Handprinted by the artist with the title page typeface made from type by Russell Maret after the 1499 Aldus Manutius Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Folio, bound and with a box by Craig and Leigh Ann Jensen using marbled paper by Jemma Lewis, original quarter cloth with marbled paper covered boards in blue leather backed maroon cloth clamshell box. As new.
A real magnum opus and an astonishing tribute to Lake Pepin, the widening of the Mississippi between St.Paul, Minnesota and La Crosse, Wisconsin. The book was nearly seven years in the making the book explores the landscape and natural history of the lake. All of the large wood engravings were printed from Schanilec’s maple blocks which were made from trees on Schanilec’s property except for the Pelican print which was made from a piece of Corian countertop material which was used for the compartment covers for the boat which was such an integral part of the making of the book as Schanilec went out on the lake and discovered birds, mussels, fish etc and got to know about all the facets of this piece of water.