Lark Sparrow Press has an extensive collection of works, divided into three categories. Click on one (above) to view the full collection, or choose an individual title from the left hand menu.
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Professional Development, is a 2-color, 32-page, flat back bound book (book boards and book cloth) with an inset title. The text is printed in handset Plantin and Univers. It required approximately 18,000 handset, typographic characters, and 1,200 hand-pulled prints on a Vandercook IV letterpess to produce this 30-copy limited edition. Its short story takes place at a proper academic conference in the relaxed milieu of New Orleans where the main character is followed by an entourage of 60 marching band members (illustrated) that seem to follow her wherever she goes. This hand bound, illustrated short story by Megan Stielstra and printed at Lark Sparrow Press.
WELLS & SONNE: Selected Short Stories of Chelsea Laine Wells and Lex Sonne, is a hand set, letterpress printed, illustrated, 72-page collection of six short stories, hand bound on sewn boards with end sheets by Rhiannon Alpers. The story, The Heart of God by Chelsea Laine Wells was a Pushcart nominee. The book required approximately 143,000 handset Cheltenham and Univers typographic characters and 5,300 hand-pulled prints to produce a 60-copy limited edition. The standard edition, copies #1-50, are printed with one color illustrations on Gutenberg #130. The deluxe version, #51-60, has hand tinted illustrations, goat skin spines, a slip case and a bronze inset engraved title plate.
The Republic of Texas Stamp Album, not shown on the website, measures 15” high, 12” wide, 0.5” deep, and comes complete with a faux lizard-skin slip case. It is a digitally produced abecedarium. It contains 26 full page sheets of perforated stamps. A smaller version, The Republic of Texas Mini Stamp Album (featured in the images above), has single stamps instead of full sheets and the same text, but only measures 6” high, 5” wide, 0.375” deep without a slip case.
A Field Guide to Urban Fowl, an abecedarium, is a 64-pp, 3-color, illustrated, letterpress printed book, with digitally set Minion and Myriad typography. The book has 26 2-color illustrations, arranged alphabetically. The book is hand bound with a flat back binding using book cloth and book boards. The cover has an inset title. All materials are archival and each book is signed and numbered in an edition of #1-100.
D.B and the Double Five, Lizard and Julio Go Nel-O, and The Colonel’s Chicanery comprise the Texas trilogy, The Billy Chronicles Parts I, II, and III. Each book weighs about 3 pounds and measures 11.125” high, 9.75” wide and 2.5” thick. All materials are archival and each book is signed and numbered in an edition of #1-15. They are bound up in a custom made case of bass wood covered with book cloth and felt. The 20-page concertina style book containing 8, 2-color illustrations was printed on a Vandercook IV letterpress using handmade cotton and abaca text paper and printed with handset Clarendon and Clarendon Craw typography. Each book has a printed text of the entire and a recording of the book’s text accompanied by the guitar stylings of the “Reverend Floyd.” Built into each case is a set of tournament quality dominos. Taken together they chronicle Texas acts of transgression, retribution, reconciliation, and dominoes.
I Am Already is a three couplet poem printed syllabically in burnt sepia, cept by cept, over 24 pages.
The standard version, copies #1- #60, is printed on 80# Classic Crest Peppercorn Text with Fabriano Tiziano end sheets. The Deluxe version, copies #61-100, is printed on handmade flax, cotton and abaca paper made by Rhiannon Alpers. Both books use Ludlow Linecaster’s Eusebius typography, are letterpress printed and have a flat back hand bound binding using book board and book cloth, with an inset title. All materials are archival and each book is signed and numbered in an edition of #1-100.
Florence, the Sacred and the Profane is a livres d’artistes, editioned impression of Florence, Italy. It is a collaboration with Columbia College Chicago advanced class in printmaking and letterpress titled “The Printmakers Eye and Book Maker’s Hand.” It was conducted during a 2004 summer class at Santa Reparata International School of Art. The work consists of 12 intaglio prints accompanied by brief letterpress printed texts by the artists in handset Bodonni. It is bound up in loose portfolio pages held together in a dropped spine case, lined with hand made Florentine papers. The book was editioned to 15 copies.
Coda, is a livres d’artistes, editioned impression of Florence, Italy. It is a collaboration with Columbia College Chicago advanced class in printmaking and letterpress titled “The Printmakers Eye and the Bookmaker’s Hand.” It was conducted during a 2002 summer class at Santa Reparata International School of Art. The work consists of 14 intaglio prints accompanied by brief letterpress printed texts by the artists in handset Bodonni book. It is up in loose portfolio pages held together in a dropped spine case, lined with hand made Florentine papers. The book was editioned to 18 copies. 2006 summer class at Santa Reparata International School of Art, “The Printmakers Eye and the Bookmaker’s Hand.” The work consists of 18 intaglio prints accompanied by brief letterpress printed texts in handset Bodoni book by the artists, loose bound portfolio held together in a dropped spine case, lined with hand made Florentine papers. The book was editioned to 15 copies.
Reliquary of Love Reliquary of Love is a sacred repository for individual personal ads with the subject of love or something close to it. The reliquary includes actual text from a personal ad as well as mementos of a first date. Note all materials especially the inset brass title are archival and destined for eternity as is/was their love.
The Levee is a coming of age short story by “Colossal” writer, Christopher Jobson. It’s tale about a young Texas boy, his brother, the piney woods of East Texas and a flash flood that makes for a nail biting read. Digitally printed and hand bound.
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