Boston: Heron Press, 1989. Chandler, Bruce. Folio. 33pp., loose. From an edition of 115 copies, this is one of fifteen printed on handmade paper, with an extra etching laid in, and signed by the printer, Bruce Chandler, and Anthony Lewis, who contributed the epilogue. Elijah Parish Lovejoy was an Abolitionist minister and printer from Albion, ME who, in the words of John Quincy Adams, was “the first American Martyr to the Freedom of the Press & the Freedom of the Slave.” This handsome book draws from the memoir written by Lovejoy’s brothers after his murder at the hands of a mob in Illinois in 1837, an ultimate, violent act of censorship.
Illustrated with eight etchings by Bruce Chandler, one of which is a double-page fold-out. The title page has been printed using wood type from Lovejoy’s period. Chandler has been printing at the Heron Press for over 50 years. His work has been exhibited throughout the Northeast and is in collections as far afield as the British Museum and the Bodleian Library.
Fine in a cloth chemise with a morocco-backed clamshell box, which shows trivial wear. A book that is not only beautiful but, as Lewis's epilogue points out, has great significance in our time. Item #29731