On the Hunt for the King of the Alps
In The Lone Oak Press book Mimpish Squinnies we focused on fourteen plants that British plant explorer Reginald Farrer (1880–1920) disliked with a passion. In this new book, we join Farrer on a journey to the Alps in his quest to see in situ one of his most beloved plants, Eritrichium nanum, also known as The King of the Alps. See more.
The Lone Oak Press is pleased to announce the publication of a fine press chapbook commemorating the eightieth anniversary of the first Robert Frost Christmas card with engravings by Abigail Rorer and an afterword by Frost scholar and collector, Pat Alger. Printed on Zerkall Book with Deepdene type in an edition of 100 numbered and 26 lettered copies signed by Abigail Rorer & Pat Alger. See more.
The Matriarch of the Forest
The poem in this chapbook was written by Abigail Rorer to commemorate a magnificent White Pine growing in the protected woods behind her house where she frequently walks with a friend. She draws parallels between the aging of this tree and her attempts to reconcile herself with her own aging. See more.
Dracula Special Edition
A special boxed set containing a portfolio of the nine signed original engravings for the Folio Society’s 2008 edition of Dracula plus a signed copy of the book. The frontispiece for the book is hand-colored. This special set was designed and constructed by Daniel Gehnrich in an edition of five. Sold Out. See more.
Reginald Farrer’s Short Guide to Worthless Plants
PlantsReginald Farrer (1880-1920) was a British plantsman, plant explorer, & prolific writer who was one of the first to promote rock gardening and alpine plants. The text of Mimpish Squinnies consists of fourteen plant descriptions from Farrer’s The English Rock Garden and are of plants that he particularly disliked and described as only he could, with humor, wit, acerbity and anthropomorphism. The title of the book, Mimpish Squinnies, uses two of the many, almost nonsense, words that Farrer employs in some of his descriptions. Accompanying the text are fourteen full-color plant portraits using his descriptions as inspiration along with the structure of the actual plant plus a portrait of Farrer with a short biographical note. See more.
Of Woodland Pools, Spring-holes & Ditches
Woodland pools, spring-holes and ditches are all terms used by Henry David Thoreau to describe vernal pools; ephemeral springtime wetlands that often dry up in the summer and are vital breeding habitats for many species ranging from wood frogs, spadefoot toads, spotted salamanders, and fairy shrimp. In New England these pools are an important part of the landscape and the rites of spring. One sure sign of spring is the call of the spring peeper, a diminutive tree frog that breeds in vernal pools. In Thoreau’s journal he often mentions these frogs: “Where so long I heard only the brattling and moaning of the wind, what means this tenser, far-piercing sound? All nature rejoices with one joy. If the Hyla (spring peeper) has revived again, may not I?” See more.
The Wu General Writes From Far Away
This is a beautiful and haunting poem of war and desire. Christopher Howell, who lives in Spokane, Washington, is a widely published, widely traveled and much honored poet whose works reflect the human experience with all its loneliness and beauty, love and desolation. His poems touch the chord of reflection and quiet we experience in rare moments of aloneness. See more.
Three Coyote Tales
Three tales of Old Man Coyote, the Trickster, Transformer and Culture Hero have been extracted from Ude’s Becoming Coyote, twice a Small Press Book Club selection. Wayne Ude lives in the Pacific Northwest but grew up in Montana just outside Fort Belknap Indian Reservation where he learned about Native American folklore and traditions firsthand. See more.
Other Fine Press Books Illustrated by Abigail Rorer
Interior Skies, Anthony Hecht, Two Ponds Press 2011
Three Poems, Walt Whitman, The Press on Scroll Road 2011
God Help Thee: A Manifesto, Joel Thomas Hynes, Running the Goat Press 2011
‘To Be Continued . . .” Gunter Grass, Oak Tree Fine Press 2010
On Not Winning the Nobel Prize. Doris Lessing, Oak Tree Fine Press 2009
The Mad Farmer Poems. Wendell Berry, The Press on Scroll Road 2008
Amours de Voyage. Arthur Hugh Clough, Barbarian Press 2007
Three Essays. David Kline, The Press on Scroll Road 2006
Some Rules of the Game; Essays on Garden Design. The Press on Scroll Road
A Useful Dog. Donald McCaig, The Press on Scroll Road
September 1, 1939. W.H. Auden, Aralia Press
A Charge of Horse . Polly Elsted, editor, Barbarian Press
Nonsense Cookery. Edward Lear, The Press on Scroll Road
A Beekeeping Diary of Early Summer. Colin Franklin, The Press on Scroll Road
An Edifying Essay Upon SLUGS. Nancy Campbell, Devil’s Advocate Press
Endgrain Editions Two: Abigail Rorer. Barbarian Press
Endgrain: Contemporary Wood Engraving in North America. Barbarian Press
Is He Living or Is He Dead?. Samuel Clemens, Colin Press
Of the Small Silver-Colored Book-Worm. Robert Hooke, Catawba Press