Diptera: A Book of Flies & Other Insects; etchings by Leonard
Baskin. Leeds, Mass.: Gehenna Press, 1983.
a long-held interest in natural history, Leonard Baskin embarked upon
a project to record flying insects in near-microscopic detail. Diptera
is the order that comprises all insects with one pair of wings, including
mosquitoes and flies. The illustrations are colored etchings. Many of
Baskin's plates were meticulously inked "à la poupée,"
an antique French technique that employed multiple colored inks.
Songbirds: Fifteen Etchings Hand-watercolored. Easthampton,
Mass.: Cheloniidae Press, 1983.
is a well-known wildlife artist and printmaker. His deep interest
in nature is reflected in the accuracy of his bird portraits. He
is the owner, designer and illustrator for the award-winning Press
of the Sea Turtle, established in 1979.
Cheloniidae: Sea Turtles: Etchings and Wood Engravings. Easthampton,
Mass.: Cheloniidæ Press, 1987.
brings together exquisite technique and scientific accuracy. The artist's
choices in paper and printing technique add to the liveliness of the image.
or "books of beasts" are illustrated volumes that describe
various animals and birds. They were popular in the Middle Ages
in manuscripts and books that paired each animal with a moral lesson.
These modern bestiaries match images by well-known graphic artists
with poetry or prose.
An Odd Bestiary, or, A Compendium of Instructive and Entertaining
Descriptions of Animals. Easthampton, Mass.: Cheloniidae Press,
Zebra Noise: with Flatted 7th. Berkeley: Peter Koch, Printer,
William Jay Smith.
Birds and Beasts; woodcuts by Jacques Hnizdovsky. Boston:
D.R. Godine, 1990.
Self-portrait, with Birds; wood engravings by John DePol.
Dallas: Chama Press, 1991.
sketch of owl by John DePol.
DePol (1913-2004) was an artist for more than seventy years. He
is considered to be one of the great exemplars in the field of wood
engraving, having produced thousands of images for commercial graphic
design as well as for private presses and fine printers. He worked
with many private presses. His work is held by many libraries and
The University of Delaware is the repository for the papers of John
Eleven New Poems by Toby Olson; with illustration by John Digby.
Mount Horeb, Wis.: Perishable Press, 1980.
with sketch of bird by John Digby.
Digby, born in London in 1938, is a poet, artist and publisher with
a continuing interest in natural history subjects. Since his first
volume of poetry was published in 1974, Digby has been involved
in the design and illustration of his books. In his earliest publications
he also began to work with black and white collage, which eventually
became his primary means of artistic expression.
produced a series of fifty bird collages using paper from nineteenth
century books and magazines. Some of these were used as illustrations
for the Perishable Press edition of Birdsongs: Eleven New Poems
by Toby Olson, published in 1980.
University of Delaware holds the papers of John Digby.
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