Beasts of New York; | A suite of wood engravings by Jim Westergard. Jim WESTERGARD.
Beasts of New York; | A suite of wood engravings by Jim Westergard.
Beasts of New York; | A suite of wood engravings by Jim Westergard.
Beasts of New York; | A suite of wood engravings by Jim Westergard.

Beasts of New York; | A suite of wood engravings by Jim Westergard.

s.l., s.n. [Red Deer, Alberta: Spanish Fly Press/Jim Westergard; Vancouver: Heavenly Monkey], 2011. 14 sheets, each 20.2 x 16 cm., printed on the recto only; wrapped in a folded chemise, of paper handmade by Reg Lissel, with printed initials (‘JW’) to the upper cover. Housed in a cream paper covered slipcase, with printed paper label to the spine. Of the 14 sheets, 11 comprise the suite of wood engravings, printed from the blocks on Zerkall paper by Jim Westergard; each wood engraving is numbered 18, titled, and signed in pencil by Jim Westergard. A fine copy. The engravings were printed in an edition of 25 copies. The text, including the title sheet, was printed on Arches Wove paper by Rollin Milroy at Heavenly Monkey, where the suites were also assembled. The present set is one of 10 copies. It includes an original ink drawing by Jim Westergard, on Arches watercolour paper; the present drawing is titled The Old One and depicts a sagacious looking turtle. Item #193

These wood engravings were commissioned to accompany the book Beasts of New York (Porcupine’s Quill, 2011) “a children’s book for grown-ups” by Jon Evans. The protagonist is a squirrel living in New York City’s Central Park. Walking one winter morning to find his caches of buried food gone, he is forced to confront betrayal, wars & terror.

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