Feast of the Animals: An Alaska Bestiary – Volume II (1991)
Written by Sheila Nickerson;
Wood Engravings by Dale DeArmond
Published by Old Harbor Press; Sitka, Alaska
Regular edition of 2500 (softcover; unnumbered)
Limited edition of 50 (hardcover; individually signed and numbered, contains an original print)
Edition of P/P: 10 (signed; no original print)
Note: it initially took Dale two years to complete the fifty-six engravings for both bestiary volumes, some of which were done over as many as four times. Twenty-eight appear in the first volume and the remaining twenty-eight appear in this followup, released four years later. The illustrations shown below appear in this book; click on any image for more information. For volume I, click here.
The title of this book comes from the Eskimo observance of a feast day to honor the animals and birds who have let themselves be killed so that people can have food and clothing and the many artifacts they make from the hides and bones and beaks. At one point in the ceremonies the hunters return to the sea the bladders of the animals they have killed so that the inuas (souls) can return to them and there will be more animals the following year.
This book was hand set in 14-point Bembo type printed on an Original Heidelberg platen press and Mohawk Letterpress Text paper. Two thousand five hundred copies are bound in Fox River Circa '83 paper. A hard cover, limited edition signed by the author and the artist, is bound in Canson Mi Tientes paper, with Ingres Antique end sheets. Each includes a print hand pulled by the artist from the original wood engraving. They are hand sewn in the Japanese style and materials used are archival quality.
Original price: paperback: $12.95; limited edition: $55.00