Feast of the Animals: An Alaska Bestiary – Volume II (1991)
Written by Sheila Nickerson;
Wood Engravings by Dale DeArmond
Regular edition of 2500 (softcover)
Limited edition of 50 (hardcover; individually signed and numbered)
The illustrations shown below appear in this book. Click on any image for more information.
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.
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