The West Virginia University Press fall catalog to be released this month is rich in Appalachian fiction, history and music while also containing academic texts in a variety of areas.
But new to the catalog this year is the first release of a limited edition of rare collectable art prints from the Gramlee Collection of Early American Commercial Wood Engravings.
In 1977, two Pittsburgh businessmen �€Bob Graham and Pat Lee �€bought the entire inventory of more than 2,000 engraving blocks, dating back to 1895, from the S. George flour milling company of Wellsburg. The company had used the blocks to imprint its flour bags with the designs for almost 100 years.
When the collection was donated to WVU , Sergio Soave of the College of Creative Arts called it”one of the largest single collections of 19th century American wood engravings in the United States.”
“The collection has been used for creative and historic research, but has not been available for purchase until now,”said Soave, chair of the division of art.
Patrick Conner, director of the _ WVU Press_ , said that”after this initial offering of five prints, the Press and the WVU Division of Art hope to offer more of these unique treasures to the public.”
The catalog featuring these prints, as well as forthcoming books, will be mailed to bookstores, WVU alumni and Friends of the Press beginning Sept. 9. For more information or to request a copy of the catalog, contact the _ WVU Press_ at 304-293-8400 or visitwww.wvupress.com.