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Books about the Printing, Paper, and Bookbinding Arts

Published John DePol Pattern Papers

Beginning in the 1950s, the American master of wood engraving, John DePol (1913–2004), cut small, endgrain blocks featuring subjects from nature, the heavens, the book arts, and fantastical abstract/geometrical designs. Pattern papers were created from many of these images, printed, and used as binding papers for fine-press books. Illustrated in Endgrain Designs & Repetitions: The Pattern Papers of John DePol are 117 of these image units and patterns. The Legacy Press is pleased that it has exclusive license to publish John DePol Pattern Papers.

The Legacy Press has published ten John DePol Pattern Papers, eight of which are still in-print, and these can be purchased at $5.00 per sheet plus shipping by emailing


Specifications: Offset-printed on Mohawk Superfine (Softwhite, Eggshell-finish, 80# text), 16.5 x 22 in. (full bleed), grain direction short. Shown below in color are the image units and the Pantone Matching System reference (#) for these John DePol Pattern Papers.







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For an edition binding or other projects requiring significant numbers of sheets, you can order a John DePol Pattern Paper printed to your specifications. Begin the process by selecting an image from those reproduced below. To my knowledge, none of these images has appeared as a patterned paper, see Endgrain Designs & Repetitions: The Pattern Papers of John DePol.

Download the order form by clicking here, fill it out and email a scan or photograph of it to,

and I will send you a sample pattern and an estimate.

Amphora          Circles                         Clouds III             Crosswise                        Cyclone           Ellipse              Drape              Eight          Fall                       Fall II                 Flutter

Four Leaves    Furl                      Gingko            Glass                                      Grapes             Moonscape    Nine                 Notches       Palm                       Pear              Points

Prism                                      Quill              Ribbon           Ribbon II         Scotch                  Scroll           Skyscraper   Slips                Swirl                Tree                   Trees &           Triangle II


All images © The Legacy Press and the Estate of John DePol

For more information and to purchase sheets, email: