Books On Books Collection – Gerard Brender à Brandis

A Wood Engraver’s Alphabet (2008)

A Wood Engraver’s Alphabet (2008)
Gerard Brender à Brandis
Perfect bound paperback with dark green fly leaves. H222 x W142 mm. 64 pages. Acquired from The Porcupine’s Quill, 14 August 2022.
Photos: Books On Books Collection. Displayed with permission of the publisher.

Page view and close up of Adder’s Tongue

Page view and close-up of Zinnia.

“Working on this series of engravings reminded me that the Victorians delighted in employing flowers to send messages, having an established lexicon of meanings for many common flowers. One might send foxgloves to express a suspicion of insincerity, snapdragons to underscore offence at another’s presumptiveness (and don’t the tight-lipped snapdragons in my engraving have an offended air about them?)” — Gerard Brender à Brandis

Further Reading

E.N. Ellis“. 30 October 2022. Books On Books Collection.

Enid Marx“. 1 August 2022. Books On Books Collection.

Gaylord Schanilec“. 16 September 2019. Books On Books Collection.

Jacques Vernière“. 9 February 2022.

Brender à Brandis, Gerard, Crispin Elsted and Jan Elsted. 2000. Gerard Brender à Brandis: A Selection of Wood Engravings Mission B.C: Barbarian Press.

Hurley, Grant. 22 September 2016. “A Stop by Gerard Brender à Brandis’s Home Studio“. Alcuin Society News. Accessed 18 November 2022.

Wandering Educators. 29 December 2015. “A Conversation with Gerard Brender à Brandis“. YouTube. Accessed 18 November 2022.