The Lone Oak Press ~ Massachusetts
(Abigail Rorer)

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Barbarian Press: "Abigail Rorer studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, and is active as an illustrator, using drawing, painting and etching as well as wood engraving. Her work has appeared in books from Houghton-Mifflin, Henry Holt, Little Brown & Company, Counterpoint, W.W. Norton, The University of California Press, and many others, as well as in private press limited editions from Colin Press, Catawba Press, and her own Lone Oak Press.

"Abigail Rorer began making woodcuts in high school, and went on to explore with fascination first the wood cuts and engravings of Dürer, and later of the German Expressionists, particularly Ernst Barlach and Ernst Ludwig Kirschner, to which she attributes her penchant for black-line engraving. [Black-line engraving is engraving in which the lines of the image are left raised to take ink, and everything else is cut away; it is the opposite of white-line engraving, in which the image’s lines are incised into the block, and thus appear as white lines when the block is printed."
Other illustrated works by Abigail Rorer  
Herewith Art the Likenesses of Four Creatures Extinct & One, That Cameth Ominously Close
By Abigail Rorer
Petersham, Massachusetts: The Lone Oak Press, 2015. Edition of 100.

7 x 9"; 24 pages. Text set in Perpetua. Printed on Zerkall Book paper. Bound by Amy Borezo. Signed and numbered by Abigail Rorer.

Lone Oak Press, Prospectus: "One of the greatest tragedies of our time is the rapid extinction of so many diverse species. This new book from Abigail Rorer and The Lone Oak Press is a tribute to four extinct species and an iconic fifth that nearly became extinct. Presented as a portrait gallery, the relief engraved portraits of each species by Abigail Rorer were done in the style of Albrecht Durer's engraved portraits. Included are brief summaries of each species detailing the history of their demise or near demise.

"This small book is the precursor to a larger and more ambitious book which will focuses on these five species in depth. The publication date should be sometime in 2016, if all goes well."

The five species in this work are the dodo, the southern gastric brooding frog, the western black rhinoceros, the passenger pigeon, and the American bison.

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On the Hunt for the
King of the Alps
A Plant Deemed Worthy

By Reginald Farrer
Engravings by Abigail Rorer
Petersham, Massachusetts: The Lone Oak Press, 2011. Edition of 60.

6.5 x 11"; 32 pages. Set in 14-point Monotype Van Dijck by Michael and Winifred Bixler. Illustrated with seven multi-color engravings. Typography and printing by Michael Russem. Printed on Zerkall papers. Binding designed by Daniel Gehnrich and done by Amy Borezo. Title tipped in on spine of clamshell box. Edition of 60 with 14 deluxe and 41 regular copies.

Deluxe: Special binding with an extra suite of prints, an original watercolor of the plant, a herbarium specimen sheet, and a short essay about attempting to grow Eritrichium nanum.

Regular: Bound in paper and leather over boards. Laid in cloth covered clamshell box.

Lone Oak Press: "In the book Mimpish Squinnies, The Lone Oak Press focused on fourteen plants that British plant explorer Reginald Farrer (1880-1920) disliked with a passion. In this new book, we join Farrer on a journey to the Alps in his quest to see in situ one of his most beloved plants, Eritrichium nanum, also known as The King of the Alps."

Abigail Rorer, from the Introduction: "Farrer's description of Eritrichium nanum appears in the two-volume set of his The English Rock Garden (1918); his first adventure seeking the plant in the Alps is from My Rock Garden (1907) and Among the Hills (1911). I have taken liberties in piecing together the texts. My apologies to Mr. Farrer."
$750 Regular

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Christmas Trees
A Christmas Circular Letter

By Robert Frost
Petersham, Massachusetts: The Lone Oak Press, 2009. Edition of 100.

4.5 6"; 16 pages with color endpapers. Designed by Pat Alger and Abigail Rorer. Four color engravings by Abigail Rorer. Letterpress printed. Deepdene type. Printed on Zerkall Book paper. Hand-sewn Rives wrappers. Cover illustration of a two-block color engraving. Slipped into a transparent envelope.

This printing of Christmas Trees commemorates the eightieth anniversary of the first Robert Frost Christmas card. Includes an afterword "A Commemorative Christmas Story" by Pat Alger.

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The Matriarch of the Forest
By Abigail Rorer
Petersham, Massachusetts: The Lone Oak Press, 2009. Edition of 66.

6.75 x 7.25"; 12 pages. 4 engravings plus two smaller spot engravings, all by Abigail Rorer. Typography and text printing by Michael Russem. Perpetua types cast by Michael and Winifred Bixler. Letterpress printed on Zerkall paper. Bound in Twinrocker Simon's Green paper. Binding by Daniel Gehnrich. Paper slipcase. Edition of 66 copies of which 46 regular copies and 10 deluxe copies are for sale.

The Lone Oak Press: "The poem in this chapbook was written by Abigail Rorer to commemorate a magnificent White Pine growing in the protected woods behind her house where she frequently walks with a friend. She draws parallels between the aging of this tree and her attempts to reconcile herself with her own aging."

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Of Woodland Pools, Spring-Holes & Ditches
Excerpts from the journal of Henry David Thoreau
wherein he observes and reflects upon the nature of life and vernal pools
Petersham, Massachusetts: 2005. Edition of 70.

10 x 8"; 92 pages. Includes 28 wood engravings by Abigail Rorer, some with hand-coloring. Book design by Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press. Printed on Zerkall Book paper. Bound by Barbara Blumenthal with marbled papers by Iris Nevins. Type is Baskerville, cast by Michael & Winifred Bixler. Bound in morocco leather with marbled paper sides. Housed in a clamshell case.

Prospectus: "Selected entries were chosen from Thoreau's Journal from the months of March, April, and May to give a sense of the awakening spring and teeming life in the pools and woods at this time of year. Thoreau puts so beautifully into words what one would see, hear and feel when exploring nature in the spring. Accompanying the text are engravings by Abigail Rorer. She lives not far from Thoreau's Concord, Massachusetts home and the engravings are based on the landscape and pools that Thoreau explored and the similar landscape that surrounds the artist's home. Bradley P. Dean, renowned Thoreau scholar, has written a compelling introduction to the book. ...

"Woodland pools, spring-holes and ditches are all terms used by Henry David Thoreau to describe vernal pools; ephemeral springtime wetlands that often dry up in the summer and are vital breeding habitats for many species ranging from wood frogs, spadefoot toads, spotted salamanders, and fairy shrimp. In New England these pools are an important part of the landscape and the rites of spring. One sure sign of spring is the call of the spring peeper, a diminutive tree frog that breeds in vernal pools. In Thoreau’s journal he often mentions these frogs: Where so long I heard only the brattling and moaning of the wind, what means this tenser, far-piercing sound? All nature rejoices with one joy. If the Hyla (spring peeper) has revived again, may not I? March 21, 1853"

Thoreau plus Rorer is a marriage made in Concord, which might be heaven, from the description and look of it.

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The Wu General Writes From Far Away
By Christopher Howell
Petersham, Massachusetts: 1990. Edition of 120.

5.75 x 8"; 24 pages. Printed on Japanese Mulberry with six wood engravings by Abigail Rorer. The type is Cochin. The text and engravings were printed by Darrell Hyder. Marbled papers by Faith Harrison were sewn in a Chinese style binding with a magnetic case by Barbara Blumenthal. Edition of 120 with 110 for sale, 10 deluxe (sold out) and 100 regular copies.

The Lone Oak Press: "This is a beautiful and haunting poem of war and desire. Christopher Howell, who lives in Spokane, Washington, is a widely published, widely traveled and much honored poet whose works reflect the human experience with all its loneliness and beauty, love and desolation. His poems touch the chord of reflection and quiet we experience in rare moments of aloneness."


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Other works using illustrations by Abigail Rorer
Three Essays by Press at Scroll Road


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