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Release: August 12, 1999

Limited edition Barry Moser essay published by UI Center for the Book

IOWA CITY– This fall the University of Iowa Center for the Book, known for its fine press book productions, will publish "No Shortcuts: An Essay on Wood Engraving," penned by Barry Moser, whose wood engravings and watercolor paintings have illustrated more than 200 books.

Moser's much publicized special edition Bible project, due out in October, has re-ignited interest in the centuries-old art of creating illustrations by relief printing from wood engravings.

Sara T. Sauers, research assistant, Center for the Book, and former printing specialist David Wall, designed the 80-page book, which includes 16 wood engravings. In it, Moser details the trial-and-error of perfecting the craft, provides practical information about choosing materials and tools, and shares his favorite engraving techniques. The essay, published by the UICB's Center for the Book Editions, is printed from metal type, cast at a New York type foundry and bound by Larry Yerkes, a local bookbinder.

The book is the latest to be produced by the Center that includes engravings by Moser. In 1995 the Center published "Five Lost Poems" by Weldon Kees, illustrated by Moser.

Sauers expects "No Shortcuts: An Essay on Wood Engraving," to be completed in November, in time for The Center for the Book and the UI Libraries' joint sponsorship of Moser's visit to the UI Nov. 12-13 as an Ida Cornelia Beam Visiting Professor. Moser's much anticipated Pennyroyal Caxton Bible will be on display at Shambaugh Auditorium in the Main Library Nov. 12.

For more information about the new essay, or to place an order, contact The Center for the Book, 154 English Philosophy Building, or call (319) 335-0447.