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Books about the Printing, Paper, and Bookbinding Arts

Endgrain Designs & Repetitions:

The Pattern Papers of John DePol


Cathleen A. Baker  •  John DePol

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/geo-metrical designs. Although many of these images were made into patterns and used as binding papers in a number of important fine-press books, the full breadth of this aspect of DePol’s work appeared for the first time in the 2000 limited edition of this book*; this aspect of DePol’s work is not included in the Book Club of California’s John DePol: A Catalogue Raisonné published in 2004. The images – 117 units with a pattern formed from each – are reproduced in Endgrain Designs & Repetitions as originally conceived by DePol: in beautiful black and white. The book also includes an autobiographical sketch written by DePol, a short essay on the history of patterns in book publishing by myself, and the publication history of the patterns.

Over the past few years, people have asked about a less-expensive edition of this book, and because of those inquiries and the interest in the 2014 DePol exhibit that I curated at the University of Michigan Library, Endgrain Designs & Repetitions is now available at an affordable price. Except for the color specimens that were included in the limited edition, this offset-printed book features the same text (with some updated information) and units and patterns, as well as a new Preface.

From the net sales of all John DePol-related books and papers that it publishes, The Legacy Press donates 10% to the John and Thelma DePol Endowed Scholarship, administered by Rutgers University Foundation.

168 pages  •  117 units and patterns  •  hardcover   •   9 x 6 in.


2015   •   $20.00   •    ISBN: 9780979797491


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Note: In 2008, The Legacy Press published 10 of DePol's pattern

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