Apologia

Apologia

By Barry Lopez

Art by Robin Eschner

1997

11.8 by 11 inches, 24 pages

50 numbered copies and 16 lettered copies for the participants and those who supported the publication, signed by the author and the artist.

$ 2500

Computer-set Poppi Laudatio Regular and Trajan, printed using polymer plates on Stonehenge paper.

Individual folios were hinged together to form a more than 20-foot-long continuous image; bound in boards using Lama Li handmade paper and original USGS topographic maps of the State of Wyoming.

Enclosed in a folder on the back cover, on an original USGS topographic map of Wyoming, is a tire-tread print made by Barry Lopez with the assistance of Sandy Tilcock, using the inked tire of Barry’s Toyota 4-Runner, the vehicle driven on the journey from Oregon to Indiana that is chronicled in the essay.

The book is housed in a clamshell box covered with black Canapetta book cloth, with a paper label on the spine

Robin Eschner, of Forestville, California, carved the twenty-three woodblocks on poplar over a period of six years. Charles Hobson, of San Francisco, designed and organized the edition, which was printed by Susan Acker at Feathered Serpent Press, Novato, California. Nora Pauwels at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California made the woodblocks into an edition. John DeMerritt, of Emeryville, California, hinged the text pages and bound the book. Sandy Tilcock of lone goose press, Eugene, Oregon, produced the boxes.

This was an unusual project, in that I, Sandy Tilcock, did not have responsibility for all the production work but oversaw those who did the work and published it under the lone goose press imprint. It came about because the original publisher was unable to follow through due to illness. Robin was anxious to see the book completed and be included in a large exhibition based on Barry Lopez’s writings scheduled at a gallery in San Francisco. Barry approached me and asked if I would become the publisher and shepherd the project to completion. We had only three months to produce the book, so no one person would be able to do all the work. It became a team approach. As the publisher, my role was to assure that everyone was on task so we could meet the deadline.

Apologia