Gabrielle Fox

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Larkspur Press: Forty Years of Making Letterpress Books in a Rural Kentucky Community, 1974–2014
Gabrielle Fox

2016 / Biography / $41.95
9781554471621 / Trade paper / 320 pp

This book celebrates one of the great twentieth-century American private presses, Gray Zeitz’s Larkspur Press. After discovering letterpress printing under the mentorship of Carolyn Hammer at the University of Kentucky, Zeitz established his own press in the rural village of Monterey, Kentucky. Using metal type and traditional tools, he has produced finely crafted and yet wholly approachable books and broadsides, largely by and for his Kentucky community—a community which includes such authors as Wendell Berry, Guy Davenport, James Baker Hall, Bobbie Ann Mason, Richard Taylor and Maureen Morehead. Compiled by Gabrielle Fox, this book is comprised of an interview with Zeitz, tributes by friends of the press, an extensive bibliography of the press’s books and broadsides, over 80 photographs, and a sampler letterpress printed by Gray Zeitz at Larkspur Press.

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