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In 1970 celebrated New York artist Philip Van Aver created 20 illustrations for a collection of Mother Goose rhymes, published under the Grabhorn-Hoyem imprint. Now, fifty years later, we are reviving this charming series of drawings for a limited run of personal note cards issued in 2 sets of 10 illustrations each. The cards are blank inside, with an image on the front panel and its rhyme imprinted in Monotype Cheltenham on the rear. Included are all of the beloved classics, in addition to lesser-known rhymes: “The Man in the Moon,” “Young Lambs to Sell,” and “Banbury Cross.” To display the intricate fretwork of Van Aver’s mesmerizing drawings, the cards are printed as French folds on dampened handmade blue paper—the identical Barcham Green sheet especially made for the 1979 Arion Press edition of Moby-Dick. The cards are printed with a dark blue ink, measure 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” when folded, and arrive boxed with Classic Crest white envelopes. Philip Van Aver’s work is featured in the summer 2019 edition of Artforum, and we are grateful to him for inspiring this collaboration.

2 sets of 10 different images each are available for purchase at $60 per set.

In the Gallery: Ashwini Bhat and Forrest Gander

We’ll launch the fall season with a gallery installation featuring ceramicist Ashwini Bhat and 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner Forrest Gander, who will read at the opening reception on Friday, September 6th at 7pm. To commemorate the reading and the exhibition we’ve printed a broadside, a collaboration incorporating artwork by Ash with Forrest’s poem “Immigrant Sea”. A limited edition will be on sale at the event. Ash will hold an artist talk on Tuesday October 15 at 6:30pm; an RSVP link will be available soon.

Now available: Handmade blank journals

Arion Press is pleased to offer for sale a series of bespoke blank journals, handcrafted at the press. These designs incorporate overages of prints, endsheets, and other ephemeral materials from Grabhorn and Arion projects of yore and make beautiful gifts for bibliophiles, graduates, artist friends—anybody who enjoys a high quality journal to last a lifetime. There are two standard journal formats, and each is bound in multiple unique designs. Journals are constructed with quality 100# text Mohawk smooth white paper suitable for both drawing and writing. All journals contain 160 blank pages. These are sold exclusively through the press, by phone, in person, or soon, by our website. Please contact us directly with your inquiries and orders.

Other news

In winter 2020, the gallery will host a wide-ranging exhibit featuring the artwork of Mexican political illustrator José Guadalupe Posada, accompanied by a screening of a documentary about his storied life, and a docent tour with collector and filmmaker Jim Nikas. Spring 2020 brings a celebration of the life and work of American-Armenian novelist William Saroyan, with displays of his writing and artwork at the press. And in summer 2020, the Institute is honored to be hosting the annual exhibition of the Hand Bookbinders of California.

And finally, check our this August 2019 article in Atlas Obscura, profiling our very own M&H Type, one of the last operational hot metal type foundries in the land.

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