The Pickering Press
The most productive and longest collaboration of
John DePol was with John Anderson, typographer, book designer
and proprietor of the Pickering Press of Maple Shade, New Jersey.
Anderson began his first press in 1932 and established Pickering
in 1942. They met in 1951 and worked together for nearly forty
years. Their first collaborations were done while Anderson was
working for the Lanston Monotype Corporation in Philadelphia producing
advertising material for corporate clients. They continued to
work together producing pamphlets, chapbooks, broadsides, keepsakes,
Christmas cards, letterheads, and ephemera. In the 1980s, after
DePol's retirement from commercial illustration, they taught together
at workshops for Fairleigh Dickinson University and produced advertising
broadsides for the workshops. Their friendship continued until
Anderson's death in 1997. Their mutual dedication to fine printing
and shared sense of humor can be seen in their collaborations.
The Allen Press
John DePol began working with Lewis and Dorothy Allen of the
Allen Press of Greenbrae, California, in 1987. Rappaccini's Daughter
was the second of their three collaborations. The Allens had begun
publishing limited edition, handmade books in 1940. They sought
out major artists who could interpret a significant literary work
without dominating it.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1804-1864.
Rappaccini's Daughter; Reflections on Hawthorne. Greenbrae, Calif.:
Allen Press, 1991.
The Buttonmaker Press
Donald Knoepfler was a student in one of John DePol's wood engraving
workshops at Fairleigh Dickinson University. They developed a
friendship through what Knoepfler describes as "the nightly
sipping seminars." DePol's visit to Knoepfler's summer home
in Indiana resulted in their discovery of a Mark Twain manuscript
in the Lilly Library and their first collaboration.
Mark Twain, 1835-1910.
The Quaker City Holy Land Excursion: An Unfinished Play: 1867.
Omaha: The Buttonmaker Press, 1986.
Yellow Barn Press
Neil Shaver, proprietor of the Yellow Barn Press of Council Bluffs,
Iowa, met John DePol in 1983 at the Book Arts Program of Fairleigh
Dickenson University. Since then they have produced over a dozen
books illustrated with over seventy DePol engravings. The subjects
of the books have varied widely and include printing history,
memoirs, poetry, biography and architecture.
John DePol, 1913-
Not Barn Again. Council Bluffs, Iowa: Yellow Barn Press, 1997.
Stone House Press
John DePol began working with Morris Gelfand, proprietor of the
Stone House Press of Roslyn, N.Y., in 1982. Between 1982 and 1994,
DePol created more than 100 wood engravings for the press. He
contributed to so many of the press's publications that he once
stated, "I was privileged to be the principal illustrator
for The Stone House Press." The Press, in turn, paid tribute
to DePol with From Dark to Light; Wood Engravings for the Stone
House Press, which describes and shows his work for the Press.
William Jay Smith.
The Cyclist. Roslyn, N.Y.: Stone House Press, 1995.
Press of Appletree Alley
Barnard Taylor first met John DePol in 1951 through their mutual
friend, John Anderson. A few years later Taylor, a salesman and
graphics designer, commissioned illustrations from DePol for his
university clients. These included campus scenes and portraits
for Lycoming College, Juniata College, and Bucknell University.
Their friendship continued through the years. When Taylor began
to set up the Press of Appletree Alley in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
in 1982, he attended DePol's engraving workshops at Fairleigh
Dickinson University. DePol contributed to four books published
by the press.
Traveling at Home. Lewisburg, Pa: Press of Appletree Alley, 1988.
Red Ozier Press
Steve Miller founded the Red Ozier Press in Madison, Wisconsin,
in 1976. Red Ozier is a fine press devoted to publishing literary
first editions in handmade limited editions. In 1979, Miller moved
the press to New York City where it became known both for the
craftsmanship of its books, and for the importance of the authors
published, including William Faulkner, Isaac Bashevis Singer and
Allen Ginsberg, as well as young previously unpublished writers
and artists. In 1987, Miller closed the press and moved to the
University of Alabama, where he later started the Red Hydra Press.
William Faulkner, 1897-1962.
Father Abraham. New York: Red Ozier Press, 1983.