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DA 64 (Spring 2009) features a professional biography of wood engraver and bookwright Gerard Brender à Brandis and is guest-edited by Gerard's sister, the novelist Marianne Brandis. The issue includes twenty-eight reproductions of engravings made at various stages of the artist's career, as well as a dozen photographs of his studio in Stratford, his Albion Press and a few of his handmade books. Topics covered in the text include Childhood and Youth, Art Studies and Early Work, Wood Engraving, Teaching, The Beginnings of Printing and Book-making, The Trip of 1971, and the Acquisition of the Albion Press, First Books Printed on the Albion, The `Papermaking' Trip of 1977, Wayzgoose and the Chapbooks, The Porcupine's Quill, and Other Publishers, Collaborators, Books Containing Gerard's Own Writing, Major Books of the Late Brandstead Years, The Move to Stratford, Stratford Books, and Work in Progress. The Rogue's Gallery features wood engraver Wesley W. Bates. The Dingbat, Ornament and Fanciful Initials feature includes a bunch of Bugs, Birds, Mammals (a Bear, a Boar and a Beaver) and Some Very Nice Fish. The occasional photographs include Wes Bates at the launch of The Point of a Graver (1994), Wayzgoose in Grimsby (2002) and a couple of snapshots taken at the West Meadow Press in Clifford.

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