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The Raven & the Philosophy
of Composition

Edgar Allan Poe


This edition of Poe's best known work is based on a version published in the Saturday Courier of Philadelphia in 1846, two years after the original vesion was rejected by Graham’s American Monthly Magazine of Literature and Art in 1844.

The Philosophy of Composition,an esay in which Poe expounds on his methodology in writing The Raven, was first published in the April 1846 issue of Graham’s.

Printed letterpress from handset Centaur and Arrighi type on handmade cotton rag paper. Printing, binding, and paper making by Robert Walp at Chester Creek Press.

Illustrated by the printer, except for a portrait of Poe adapted from a drawing by Anne Gregson. Illustrations printed from photopolymer plates.


22 copies, 6-1/2 x 10 inches, 38 pages.
$290.00 plus shipping


Poems by Jeffery Beam


MountSeaEden is a sequence of twenty-five short poems contrasting the inner and outer landscapes of earth and water. Beam lives, works and writes in North Carolina.


Sudden ominous Shadows

Grey dawn light
over the swells
over the hills

Spectral birds
Yellowing coronas

Eels in blue haze


5 x 8-1/4 inches
36 pages
Printed from handset Centaur and Arrighi type on hand made cotton rag/daylily paper.
Bound in quarter cloth with handmade paper covers with an illustration from a painting by Laura Von Rosk.

$200.00 plus postage








Peak to Peak
Edited by Robert Walp


Verplanck Colvin spent 28 years surveying and mapping the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. Through his work and ideas the state formed what has become the largest state park in the country with a unique blend of public and private lands encompassing some six million acres.

Colvin was a scientist, inventor, writer and artist who used his creative energies to solve the problems presented by working in a harsh, virtually unexplored environment. He developed improved surveying tools, methods of mapping, and a collapsable lightweight boat for transporting men and materials over the lakes that dot the Adirondacks. His writings and illustrated maps show that despite the constant obstacles his survey faced he could still appreciate and be awed by the beauty that surrounded him.

Peak to Peak explores Colvin and his work in a presentation of text, maps, drawings and prints. The text includes excerpts from an address by Kermit Remele, Licensed Surveyor, at the XXII Congress of the International Federation of Surveyors in Washington, DC. The book is letterpress printed on handmade paper with handmade paper endsheets that incorporate native plant fibers from cattails and milkweed.

40 copies bound by hand in quarter leather.

Two versions are available:

Version I:
The book alone -5-1/4 x 8-1/2 inches. 42 pages printed letterpress on handmade paper in Goudy Oldstyle type with Americana titles. A drawing by the printer, printed from a polymer plate, opens each of the five chapters. Also included are inkjet printed reproductions of some of Colvin's drawings and photographs printed on handmade paper. (Courtesy of The Adirondack Museum), along wih a four-fold panorama of a portion of the Adirondack High Peaks Region and an 11 x 14 inch map of the Adirondack Park both inkjet printed on handmade paper. All the prints are printed with archival pigment based inks.

$320.00 plus postage

Version II:
The book in a cloth and leather covered clamshell case with deer bone clasps. Extra photographs and paper gadgets in a "toolbox" contained in the case.

$600.00 plus postage

Adirondack Map:
Printed on Stonehenge warm white mouldmade paper. 13 x 16-1/4 inches. Mailed unfolded.

$45.oo plus postage



(This work is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program with supplemental funding from Rivendell Foundation, administered locally by the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council.)



A Story Also Grows
Charlotte Muse


These poems by Charlotte Muse, are inspired by the words of Ascencion Solorsano, the last native speaker of the Amah Mutsun tribe of northern California, who were forced by Spanish missionaries to build the Mission San Juan Bautista in California at the end of the 18th century. Before she died in 1930, Dona Ascencion devoted the last months of her life to telling the stories of her life and people to John Harrington, the Smithsonian’s leading ethnologist.

Printed from hand set Kennerley Oldstyle type on the first cotton/linen handmade rag paper from the Chester Creek paper mill. Illustrated with several woodcuts and drawings by the printer. Quarter leather with paste paper binding.

One of the poems, Caldeando Song, was set to music by Joyce Savre. The music is included on a separate sheet in a pocket at the back of the book.

34 copies, 6-1/2 x 10 inches, 38 pages.
$290.00 plus shipping




Fine Press Book


Fine Press Book


Fine Press Book



Dusk at St. Mark's
and Other Poems
by Dylan Willoughby


35 copies printed letterpress on a variety of handmade papers with Kennerley Old Style types. The illustrations were printed with polymer plates made from original drawings by Anthony Mastromatteo. Bound by hand in a modified sewn board binding with a leather spine, Twinrocker handmade paper covers and Hahnenmule Bugra endsheets. Enclosed in a wrap around Asahi bookcloth covered hard case.

Signed by the author and illustrator.
35 copies, 5-1/4 x 8-1/2 inches, 36 pages.
$275.00 plus shipping

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Fine Press Book Tom Sexton


Fine Press Book Tom Sexton


Fine Press Book Tom Sexton


Crows on Bare Branches,
Poems by Tom Sexton

18 poems about the changing seasons told through the migrations of birds in Alaska.

Tom Sexton and his wife, Sharyn, have lived in Alaska since the 1960's. He taught English at the University of Alaska where he is now professor emeritus. Tom was the poetry editor of the Alaska Quarterly Review for many years, and was appointed Alaska's poet laureate in 1995. They now spend every other winter in Eastport, Maine. Tom is the author of several poetry collections including The Bend Toward Asia, Autumn in the Alaska Range, and A Clock With No Hands.


50 copies printed letterpress on Johannot mouldmade paper with Kennerley Old Style types. Illustrated by the printer with six multi-color illustrations printed from woodcuts and polymer plates. Bound by hand in a long-stitch style binding with a Twinrocker handmade paper jacket and Hahnenmule Bugra endsheets. Enclosed in a wrap around Asahi bookcloth covered hard case.

Signed by the author.
50 copies, 5 x 8 inches, 36 pages.
$275.00 plus shipping


Fine Press Book Tom Sexton

Fine Press Book David Budbill

Fine Press Book David Budbill

Drink a Cup of Loneliness,
Poems by David Budbill
Woodcuts by Susan Jane Walp

Living in the moment, growing old, loneliness, the pleasures of country chores and of quiet contemplation, these are the themes of Drink a Cup of Loneliness, a selection of poems by David Budbill with fifteen original woodcuts by Susan Jane Walp.

Letterpress printed from hand set Goudy Old Style types, on Hahnemuhle Biblio paper, and hand sewn in an exposed spine, Ethiopian style binding covered in banana paper. Poems reprinted with permission of Copper Canyon Press and the author.

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6-3/4 x 10 inches
50 pages
100 copies printed
Signed by the author and illustrator.
$275.00 plus shipping





Fine Press Book Jody Gladding

Fine Press Book Jody Gladding

Fine Press Book Jody Gladding

The Moon Rose
12 Poems by Jody Gladding
12 Woodcuts by Susan Jane Walp

This collection of poems and woodcuts by two respected Vermont artists is printed on handmade cotton/linen rag paper,and sewn into an Arches Cover black paper binding with lilac colored endsheets. A wrap around case of black Asahi book cloth protects the book. The typeface is Perpetua, hand set and printed letterpress.

Each of the twelve poems takes its title from one of the many folk names for the twelve full moons of the year. The poems and woodcuts reflect the changing seasons and the experiences of a woman traveling through first loves, marriage and motherhood.

Signed by the author and illustrator.
60 copies. 6x9 inches, 32 pages
$275.00 plus shipping

A separate edition with twelve poems and two woodcuts is also available. It is printed on Hahnemuhle Biblio mouldmade paper,and bound in a Fabriano Tiziano paper cover without the wrap around case.

60 copies. 6x9 inches, 20 pages

$75.00 plus shipping



Egg Moon's

shell begins to crack
crust doesn’t hold
and early morning sun wakes
me dreaming about men
I’d never marry
familiar debris
grapefruit rind
nothing any older
any newer
than its wrinkled

Fine Press Book Oscar Wilde

Fine Press Book Oscar Wilde

The Nightingale and the Rose

A wonderfully sad short story by Oscar Wilde about love, death, rejection, sacrifice, and futility.

Printed letterpress from hand set Goudy Old Style types. The paper is Old Rag Handmade Gray, made by the printer in the Lost Arch Paper Mill at The University of Alabama. Illustrated with drawings by Michelle Souliere, printed from polymer plates. Bound in a paper cover with blind printed title.

5-3/4 x 8-1/4 inches
24 pages in an edition of 65 copies.

$225.00 plus shipping


Fine Press Book


fine press book - Promeneur Solitaire

Promeneur Solitaire
Poems by William Hathaway

This collection of poems take their form and content from daily, early morning, two-mile walks to Contention Cove in Surry, Maine and from the spirit of Rousseau.

William Hathaway is a former professor at Louisiana State University, Union College, and Long Island University at Southampton. He now lives in Maine, pursuing happiness in other employments. He is the author of seven books of poetry, including Fish, Flesh, and Fowl ,Churlsgrace, and Sightseer.

Promeneur Solitaire contains new work as well as poems that previously appeared in The Green Mountains Review, Poet Lore, Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Chiron Review, The North American Review and Poetry Miscellany.

Printed from hand set Perpetua type, on Hahnemuhle Biblio paper.

50 copies. 5-1/2 x 9 inches, 48 pages

Handmade Khadi paper cover (top) $75.00 plus shipping
Case bound in quarter cloth (bottom) $140.00 plus shipping


fine press book - Home for Dinner


Home for Dinner

Home for Dinner is a whimsical vignette about the comforts of hearth and home. Six original woodcuts by the printer.

21 copies printed letterpress on Nidiggen papers. Single section bound in Lokta covered boards. 7 x 9 inches.
$125.00 plus shipping

Out of Print

fine press book - The Crane Wife

The Crane Wife

The Crane Wife is a traditional Japanese folk tale. This version was written and illustrated by the printer.

30 copies printed letterpress on Hahnemule Gutenberg paper. Case bound in paste paper covered boards. 22 pages. 5-1/2 x 6 inches.
$250.00 plus shipping




fine press book - Ligatures




Ligatures is a nonsensical celebration of the beauty of typographic ligatures. Printed with Centaur types and original woodcuts by the printer.

12 copies printed letterpress on Domestic Etching paper. Bound in a laminated cover of Lokta and Fabriano Ingres paper. 3-1/4 x 6 inches (22 x 6 inches opened).
$225.00 plus shipping

Out of Print