Books On Books Collection – Gaylord Schanilec

A Little Book of Birds (2017)

A Little Book of Birds (2017)
Book of 48 pages (uncut), 9 engravings by Gaylord Schanilec and a wood engraving by Thomas Bewick, all printed from the original blocks.
Signed by Schanilec, with a poem by him hand-set in Bodoni metal type.
Hand-sewn to O’Malley Crackling doublures, pasted to Degener Black from Cave Papers.
H213 x W146 mm
Edition of 100. Acquired from the artist, 7 September 2019.

”As it turned out my mid-life vessel the “Hungry Mind”(Lac Des Pleurs, 2015) didn’t get me to the other side, and A Little Book of Birds led to yet more water. The idea of birds captive within unopened pages was originally intended as a challenge for book collectors—to open the unopened pages—or not. As years passed the birds slowly emerged and their captivity began to mean something else. I thought this book might free the birds. It did not. —GS” from slip insert.

Further Reading

Arey, Richard “Fred”,Schanilec, Gaylord. 1998. “Interview with Richard “Fred” Arey, Gaylord Schanilec, Part 1, Minneapolis, Minnesota.” Minnesota Historical Society, Accessed September 12, 2019. 
 
 
Hoinski, Michael. “Grain by Wood Grain, a Movable Feast”, New York Times,  4 February 2015. Accessed 12 July 2018.

Schanilec, Gaylord. “The Art of Color Wood Engraving”. Talk to the Grolier Club, 28 September 2012.