Mr Funnell’s voyage, 1703, 1704


A Voyage Round the World by William Funnell, Mate to Captain Dampier.
Printed by W. Botham, for James Knapton, at the Crown in St Paul’s Church-yard. 1707.
Collection of Antonia Williams.











Small but handsome mongrel


Best wishes for Australia’s new (only?) independent voice in newspaper publishing. The Saturday says, ‘We promise to be a small but handsome mongrel, a blue heeler cross of the press.’

Lubok revisited

Volker Pfüller

Named as one of the most beautiful German books, 2009, by Stiftung Buchkunst.
Printed as tricolour linocuts.


Lubok in Mexiko
Various artists

Released at the same named exhibition at Museo National de la Estampa, Mexico City, 2012.
Designed by Andrej Loll.
Four colour offset with black and white linocut-printed pages. I particularly like this juxtaposition.


Trapped in White Tiger Sanctum
Christoph Ruckhäberle

Text by Helmut A Müller.
Released in association with the same named exhibition, Hospitalhof, Stuttgart, 2010.
Printed from polymer plates.


Sag einfach Ja oder Nein!
Katja Schwalenberg

Printed as linocuts, 2009.


Franziska Holstein

Released with the same named solo show, Galerie Christian Ehrentraut, Berlin, 2012.
Printed offset. Folded sheets held by an elastic band.


f/stop – The History of Now

Catalogue for the 5th f/stop Festival for Photography, Leipzig, 2012.
Designed by IG Grafik / Altevers / Detlefson / Fiedler / Koehn, Berlin with texts by Stephanie Siegel, Christin Krause, Thilo Scheffler, a.o.
Four colour offset.


Lubok Verlag

Lubok is an independent Leipzig publisher of (mainly) artists’ books. Particularly beautiful — in look, feel, even their smell — is their series of original linocut books printed by Thomas Siemon of the print workshop, carpe plumbum.

Henriette Weber at Lubok Verlag’s office in Leipzig.

Lubok 9
Christoph Ruckhäberle (Ed)

Linocuts by painting students at the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig, 2010.
Printed from the original linocut plates by Thomas Siemon on a Präsident-cylinder letterpress.


Miss Read and abc

Arrived in Berlin on 15 September at the end of  Berlin Art Week and decided to catch Art Berlin Contemporary on its second to last day and was too jet lagged to take much in, but I liked the simplicity of their display and signing system — bootprints and all.

Not so great for display systems and signage was the artist book festival attached to it called Miss Read. Most publishers literally had to be interrogated to find out who they were and what they did —but it was worth it, and the real reason for my visit on the day. More on independent publishers later.

Berlin Haushoch, Berlin

Through the Goethe Institute in Sydney I discovered a magazine called Berlin Haushoch, designed, edited, photographed and largely written by three people: Ana Lessing, Alexandra Bald and Esra Rotthoff.

Each issue covers the people and daily life of one district of Berlin and takes a year to produce.

While all good editors become immersed in their material, the people from Berlin Haushoch go several steps further: they set up their studio in the part of the city they want the issue to cover and work there for a year.

They told me that the name is untranslatable but I haven’t given up yet! House high? Highly? Decisively?..

More—in more depth—on Berlin Haushoch soon.

Issue 3 on Charlottenburg.