...as well as the handcrafted editions we have designed and produced for a small handful of similarly minded writers and artists. We take particular pride in echoing the great traditions of fine bookmaking with the highest quality inks, handmade papers, and materials that inform the value of highly prized volumes.

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

Ethan Frome is a tale of tragic passion set amongst the harsh realities of impoverished rural New England in the early twentieth century. Wharton uses the character of Frome to skillfully plumb the inner depths of the Naturalist movement and its central tenet that man is subservient to the environment.

Considered one of the great American novels of its time (the first edition was published in 1911), fine press editions of Ethan Frome have been designed and printed by Bruce Rogers for Charles Scribners & Sons in 1922, and the Southworth-Anthoensen Press for the Limited Editions Club in 1939. This new edition of 50 copies, designed by Scott Vile, has been set on the Linotype in Janson and printed on handmade paper made by MacGregor and Vinzani of Whiting, Maine. The binding, pastepaper covered boards, and box are by Daniel Genrich of Worcester, Massachusetts. The print, framed in a paper sleeve, is a portrait of Edith Wharton. The etching was executed by artist Thomas Cornell. vii, 112 pp. $1600.00

The Maine Woods by Henry David Thoreau

Designed and printed letterpress at the Ascensius Press in an edition of 45 books. The book was set in Linotype Bulmer and printed on handmade paper by Macgregor and Vinzani of Whiting, Maine. The pen and ink illustrations and frontispiece are by Jon Luoma of Alna, Maine, and the binding is green full-leather bound by Gray Parrot, of Hancock, Maine. The book is contained in a Maine white pine box with mahogany ends. The making of the book was featured in the PBS television series “Made in Maine.” 9 x 13 inches. v, 240 pp. $1500.00 Sold out.

The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth by Thomas Jefferson

Designed and printed letterpress by Scott Vile at the Ascensius Press in 1992. A limited edition of five, bound in full leather by Gray Parrot of Hancock, Maine. The typeface is Linotype Monticello set off with calligraphed initial letters in red. Two column format, 11 x 15 inches. vii, 36 pp. $1000.00. Sold out.

Thomas Jefferson—statesman, writer, architect, and U.S. president—was also an intensely religious man who struggled all his life to make sense of the life of Jesus. The Jefferson Bible, which he titled, The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, is the remarkable legacy of that struggle. Audaciously cutting, rearranging and pasting selections from the four gospels, Jefferson created this small book—a history of the reformer, philosopher, and teacher who created “the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man.” By eschewing the mystical accounts of Jesus’ birth and death, Jefferson found a way to understand and respect Jesus’ life.

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Designed and printed letterpress by Scott Vile at the Ascensius Press. Set in Linotype Fairfield and bound with a cloth spine and marbled soft boards by Gray Parrot of Hancock, Maine. 80 pages, 7 x 10.5 inches, 150 copies. vii, 48 pp. $150.00.

Work In Progress:

On a Canadian Salmon River by Agnes Macdonald

Lady Agnes MacDonald’s account of fishing the Restigouche in 1887. Designed and printed for Charles Wood, Bookseller. This book is set in Linotype Caledonia and will comprise 80 pages of hand-made paper by Katie MacGregor of Whiting, Maine. There are also eight pages of fine-screen duotone illustrations printed by Penmor Lithographers. The edition is limited to 150 copies, bound in full leather by Gray Parrot of Hancock, Maine. Available in Spring, 2003.