CRACKED SIDEWALKS. Richard Wagener.
CRACKED SIDEWALKS.
CRACKED SIDEWALKS.
CRACKED SIDEWALKS.
CRACKED SIDEWALKS.
CRACKED SIDEWALKS.

CRACKED SIDEWALKS.

Sherman Oaks, Ca: Mixolydian Editions, 2006. First edition. The first book published by Wagener's Mixolydian Editions. SIGNED BY WAGENER, the author/publisher/ printer AND INSCRIBED on the colophon page "For Allen / With Best Regards / Richard Wagener / 1/15/07" This 5.5 x 10 inch tall book contains four full-page wood engravings by the author, who is one of the country's best such artists. The prints are 3 x 5 inches in size. The title page is printed in black and red and contains a vignette woodcut illustration of a cracked sidewalk, printed in a medium shade of gray. This same illustration is blind-stamped (printed sans ink) on the front cover. The book was composed and cast in Monotype Dante by Dan Carr and Julia Ferrari at Golgonooza Letter Foundry in Ashuelot, New Hampshire. Printed by Wagener. Bound by John DeMerritt, Emeryville, California, with deep purple end-papers and in quarter tan linen over charcoal paper-covered boards with a printed label on the spine. This is copy No. 27 of 40 regular copies (numbered 26-65) printed on Rives Heavyweight paper. The total edition consists of 65 copies. (The 25 deluxe copies were printed on Twinrocker handmade paper and contain an extra suite of the four plates.) This is a handsome book featuring stories by the author about growing up in Southern California. The four engravings are of the Pantages Theatre and Palomar Observatory and views of two automobiles from the 1950s. Mixolydian is the musical name for the seventh of the eight church modes and also is a scale beginning with G on the white notes or keys of a piano. This copy of the book is unique in that it is the only regular edition that CONTAINS AN EXTRA SUITE OF THE PRINTS. Upon learning of the book's existence, Mears emailed Wagener to buy a deluxe copy. However, the printer had none left nor did any of the dealers who had them for sale. As a courtesy, Wagener included an extra suite of the four engravings, which he housed in a stiff deep purple paper folding case. Wagener actually made fresh prints of two of the engravings because he thought those he had already were not as good as they could be. In response to a question from Mears, Wagener's January 30, 2007, email stated, "I did all the printing. When I was writing the colophon I was thinking of documenting the work performed by others. [Mears had asked if Wagener did the printing since the colophon was silent on that point and if there was a prospectus.] I was thinking about doing a prospectus but then the books started selling and I never revisited the idea. In retrospect it would be nice to have such a document." Included with the book is the email correspondence between Wagener and Mears discussing the book, Mears' ALS to Wagener, downloads from the internet offering the book for sale, and a copy of pages from the Winter 2006 edition of the Book Club of California's Quarterly News-Letter, which is where Mears first learned of the new book. The book and extra suite of engravings are as new.
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