California in Relief: Thirty Wood Engravings by Richard Wagener
by Richard Wagener
San Francisco:: The Book Club of California,, 2009. First Edition. Hardcover. Like New/Like New. Richard Wagener. Signed by Illustrator. Series: Publication of the Book Club of California, No. 224. LIMITED EDITION of 300 copies, SIGNED and numbered by Richard Wagener on the colophon, this is copy number 195; designed and produced by Peter Rutledge Koch with the assistance of Jonathan Gerken and Shanna Mahan for the Book Club of California. Folio. 12 5/8 x 7 3/4 inches.  pp. Title page printed in red and black inks with woodcut vignette, Introduction entitled "End Grain: Richard Wagener's Wood Engravings" by Victoria Dailey, 30 wood engravings each displayed on their own page; text clean, unmarked. Quarter green cloth, pictorial paper over boards, printed paper spine label, tissue thin jacket with wood engraving impressed on the front panel, slip case with green cloth on top and bottom, printed paper spine label; binding square and tight. Fine. Not since Paul Landcare mastered the aesthetic and technical challenges of wood engraving in the early twentieth-century has any California artist achieved prominence in the medium until Richard Wagener began to explore it in the 1980s. REFERENCE: Kurutz, The Book Club of California at One Hundred, pp. 59-60. (Inventory #: 160425001)
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