Sun Signs from a Polar Star:
A Northern Zodiac (1993)
Edition of 3000 (unnumbered)
Published by Old Harbor Press; Sitka, Alaska
Two limited hardcover editions, individually numbered:
(1) w/Japanese-style binding, edition of 50
(1) w/accordion-style binding, edition of 50
– both include an original wood engraving
Using Alaskan animals, people, traditions and myths, the signs of the Zodiac are illustrated with wood engravings by Dale DeArmond. Thus, the sign of Gemini, the twins, is shown as two polar bear cubs, Virgo is an Eskimo maiden, and Pisces, the fishes, are North Pacific salmon. The text gives the legendary origins of the signs and a short description of the personality traits associated with each of them. The book is printed by letterpress and handbound.
From the colophon:
This book was printed and bound by Margaret Calvin of Old Harbor Press. The text was handset in 14-point Bembo and 12-point Bembo Italic types and printed on an Original Heidelberg platen press on Mohawk Letterpress Text paper. The illustrations were engraved on endgrain maple blocks. Some of these incorporate Eskimo masks in which, traditionally, an upturned mouth indicates a man, while a mouth which is turned down represents a woman.
Three thousand copies are bound with James River Graphika cover paper and French Speckletone endsheets, both of which are recycled papers.
Two hardcover limited editions are bound in Roma, a handmade Italian paper; the endsheets are Fabriano Ingres, a mouldmade Italian paper. The illustrations were printed from the original wood engravings and each book includes a print handpulled by the artist. The books have archival quality materials, are signed by the author/artist and are limited to fifty copies each. One of these editions has a Japanese style binding and is printed on Mohawk paper. The other is printed on Arches Text Wove paper and has an accordion type binding.
An original print found in the limited edition version.
Regular (3000 copy) version.
Accordion-style binding version; uses Arches Text Wove paper.
Winner, Best in Show; Baranof Arts and Crafts Association Art Show, 1995.
$120.00 (HC accordion-style);
$55.00 (HC Japanese version);