Recent work:

Calmly, Intelligently, Persistently: Daniel Berkeley Updike on the Press in a Time of Crisis by D.B. Updike

Lagomorph by Alexander MacLeod

‘Wood Type’ Exhibition Poster by Andrew Steeves

Wherefore Wildlife Ecology? by Aldo Leopold

Notes: Unspecializing Poetry by Wendell Berry

Survey of a Swamp by Henry David Thoreau

Still Deep & Sweet by Henry David Thoreau

Four Trees and a Rhubarb Patch by Andrew Steeves

The Figure a Poem Makes by Robert Frost

So Many Boys All Doing Right by Sean Howard

The Dream of the Toad by Henry David Thoreau

Snow Fence by Peter Sanger

Glenn Goluska in Toronto by Andrew Steeves

To purchase any of these titles please email info@gaspereau.com




Calmly, Intelligently, Persistently: Daniel Berkeley Updike on the Press in a Time of Crisis
by D.B. Updike


Daniel Berkeley Updike, 1860–1941, founder of Boston’s famed Merrymount Press, a specialized commercial printshop where common work was done uncommonly well. He wrote this essay at a time when destruction and disorder dominated the news and civilization seemed to be falling apart. Yet Updike’s tone is one of stubborn resolve and optimism. Originally published in 1941 under the title “A Last Word.”

Specifications: Typeset in 16 point Monotype Centaur and printed letterpress in black and blue on Saint-Gilles Gaspereau Text handmade paper. Folded and trimmed to 6.25 × 9.75 inches, making 16 pages. Bound in orange card stock with a blue Zerkell Ingres mouldmade paper wrapper printed in black, white, blue and orange. Limited edition of 100 numbered copies.

$40.00



Lagomorph
by Alexander MacLeod


A short story told from the perspective of a father who brought home a rabbit for a family pet, “Lagomorph” explores the significance this critter takes on for the narrator as the family’s dynamic shifts and fractures. Originally published in the literary magazine Granta, “Lagomorph” was one of the winners of the 100th O. Henry Prize in 2019. Alexander MacLeod’s first collection of stories, Light Lifting, was a finalist for the 2010 Giller Prize. He lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Typeset in Linotype Janson. Printed letterpress on Zerkell mouldmade paper, folded, handsewn and trimmed to 5 × 8 .5 inches making 48 pages. Includes an original wood engraving by Wesley Bates. Casebound (cloth over boards) and enfolded in a letterpress-printed jacket. Limited to 80 copies.

$130.00




‘Wood Type’ Exhibition Poster, plus four prints from Literarum Ex Arboribus
by Andrew Steeves


Gaspereau Press is offering a special package of letterpress-printed wood type prints. The package includes a 10-colour letterpress-printed exhibition poster and four randomly-selected wood type prints from Andrew Steeves’s recently completed limited-edition book Literarum Ex Arboribus: An Exuberant Showing of the Wood Type at Gaspereau Press.

THE POSTER: The poster was printed for an exhibition of wood type prints selected from Literarum Ex Arboribus. This solo exhibition was scheduled to open at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, NB, in August 2020, but has been postponed for at least 18 months due to the pandemic. The poster was printed letterpress from wood and metal type, in 10 colours, on 100% cotton Stella Text paper, 17.5 × 23.5 inches. These 100 copies of have been printed with the phrase “Postponed by the 2020 Pandemic” instead of an exhibition date and have been signed and numbered by Andrew Steeves.

THE PRINTS: Andrew Steeves designed and printed 150 different wood type specimens while making Literarum Ex Arboribus, and a few copies of each sheet were left over after the edition was bound. These extra sheets are what we are including in this package. Typically, these prints display a single face of wood type printed in two or more colours on Mohawk Superfine paper. The sheets are 25 × 18.5 inches, folded to 12.5 × 18.5 inches to make a folio that has a print on each recto page. Each package will include two randomly-selected sheets (four prints).

$100.00 This price is inclusive of shipping within North America. Please inquire at info@gaspereau.com for the cost of shipping outside North America.


Wherefore Wildlife Ecology?
by Aldo Leopold


Aldo Leopold’s work as a forester, an instructor at the University of Wisconsin and author helped to establish the modern land conservation movement. This short essay from 1947, evidently lecture notes, provides useful insight into Leopold’s teaching methods, a snapshot of how he framed humankind’s relationship to land for his students.

This book was handset in Monotype Dante and printed in a limited edition of 160 copies on a Vandercook proof press. The text paper was handmade in the 1980s by the Imago paper mill in California. Sixteen pages handsewn into a paper wrapper printed in a pattern of ornaments.

$40.00


Notes: Unspecializing Poetry
by Wendell Berry


In this essay, Kentucky writer Wendell Berry counters postmodernism’s intellectualized detachment of literature from the tactile world, arguing for poetry that is firmly rooted in the communities out of which it emerges, and for a literary culture that acknowledges its relationship to the world around it, and its responsibility to that world. This essay originally appeared in Berry’s collection Standing by Words (1983).

Description: Typeset in Linotype Falcon. Printed on Stella Text cotton paper, 5×7.75 inches, making 64 pages. Black text with spot colour. The books were machine sewn and casebound (cloth over boards) in an edition not to exceed 150 copies.

$120.00


Survey of a Swamp by Henry David Thoreau

Essay 8 pp

$25.00


Still Deep & Sweet by Henry David Thoreau

In the spring of 1856, Henry David Thoreau immersed himself in the collection of sap and the production of maple sugar, recording his observations in his journal. This limited-edition letterpress book collects Thoreau’s thoughts on maple sugaring and adds to them an afterword by the poet Peter Sanger and two illustrations by J.J. Steeves.

This book was composed in Linotype Fairfield, with Russell Maret’s Baker capitals, and printed from the metal on a Vandercook proof press. J.J. Steeves’s illustration was printed from a photopolymer plate. The regular edition was printed on Stella Text, a cotton sheet originally milled by Turners Falls Paper for Harold Kyle. They were sewn into a paper cover and enfolded in a decorative wrapper. All aspects of the production of this edition were undertaken by Andrew Steeves. Limited edition of 100 copies.

32 pages. Small octavo.

$70.00


Four Trees and a Rhubarb Patch by Andrew Steeves

Andrew Steeves is a writer, editor, typographer, letterpress printer and literary publisher, and one of the co-founders (with Gary Dunfield) of Gaspereau Press. He has won over 50 citations for excellence in Canadian book design from the Alcuin Society. His essay collection Smoke Proofs: Essays on Literary Publishing, Printing and Typography appeared in 2014.

Out of Print
$30.00



The Figure a Poem Makes by Robert Frost

In his short 1939 essay ‘œThe Figure a Poem Makes,’ the American poet Robert Frost is at his plucky best, offering the reader equal measures of both terse New-England matter-of-factness and slippery riddling on the subject of writing: ‘œthe straight crookedness of a good walking stick.’ Frequently mined for its pithy lines, this essay is one of Frost’s most concise commentaries on the elusive nature of his craft.

Production Notes: The text was composed from fonts of Monotype Joanna and printed on a Vandercook proof press. The sheet was folded to make 16 pages, 5 by 8.25 inches, and sewn into a paper wrapper. The text paper is Mohawk Superfine. The wrapper paper was made by the Saint Armand paper mill, Montreal, Quebec. The edition is limited to 120 copies. This book was handmade by Andrew Steeves.

Robert Frost (1874–1963) is one of America’s best known poets of the twentieth century. He was also a failed poultry farmer and, later, Poet Laureate of Vermont.

$30.00



So Many Boys All Doing Right by Sean Howard

Captain Charles Hamilton Sorley died on October 13, 1915, shot by a sniper while preparing to lead his men ‘over the top’ at the Battle of Loos in France. Aged only 20, he left behind a small number of posthumously published poems and a larger volume of remarkable letters, selected, introduced and edited by his parents. In this book, poet and essayist Sean Howard pays tribute to a writer esteemed by Robert Graves as ‘one of the three poets of importance’ along with Wilfred Owen and Isaac Rosenberg ‘œkilled during the war.’

This book was handprinted on a letterpress in a limited edition of 150 copies. The text of this book was composed in Linotype Trump Medieval and printed on a Vandercook proof press. The text paper is Mohawk Superfine; the wrapper paper is Saint Armand Old Masters. Dyan Hatanaka cut the illustration in linoleum. The book was edited, designed, typeset, printed & bound by Andrew Steeves at Gaspereau Press.

Sean Howard is the author of two collections of poetry, Local Calls (2009) and Incitements (2011), and a work that mixes prose and poetry, The Photographer’s Last Picture (2016). As well as appearing in numerous literary journals, his work has been featured in The Best Canadian Poetry in English in both 2011 and 2014. Howard lives in Main-á-Dieu, Cape Breton, and is an adjunct professor of political science at Cape Breton University.

$75.00



The Dream of the Toad
by Henry David Thoreau


This 12 page chapbook was printed letterpress in four colour son Mohawk Superfine paper and sewn into a paper wrapper. The type was hand composed from fonts of Monotype Baskerville with Linotype ornaments. The operations were carried out by Andrew steeves in the early spring of 2017.

$25.00



Snow Fence by Peter Sanger

Eight pages printed in three colours on Saint-Gilles handmade paper. Sewn into Saint Armand ˜Canal paper cover printed in three colours. Composed in Linotype Fairfield in August 2016

Out of Print
$25.00



Glenn Goluska in Toronto
by Andrew Steeves

(Out of Print)


Born in Chicago, Glenn Goluska (1947–2011) studied modern languages at the University of Toronto. After establishing his reputation typesetting books at Toronto’s infamous Coach House Press in the late 1970s, Goluska went on to found his own letterpress imprints (Imprimerie Dromadaire and Nightshade Press) and to design for both the Canadian Centre for Architecture and McGill-Queen’s University Press in Montreal. In 2011, he was awarded the Alcuin Society of Canada’s Robert R. Reid Award for his outstanding contribution to the book arts in Canada. His Linotype, press and type are now employed by Andrew Steeves at Gaspereau Press. 2016

Out of Print
$75.00


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