San Francisco: Book Club of California, 2013. One of 308 copies. Signed by the artist. This is a companion volume to Wagener’s California in Relief, which was published by the Book Club of California in 2009 and went out of print immediately. With a  pp. introduction by Peter Rutledge Koch. Tilte-page printed in black and red, with wood-engraved vignette, thirty full-page wood-engravings by Wagener, two folding. Printed in Dante type, designed by Giovanni Mardersteig. The text was cast at the letterfoundry of Michael & Winifred Bixler and printed by Max Koch on Zerkel Buttenpapier. A fine copy in matching black linen and green board slipcase. Bound by John DeMerrit Bookbinding in black linen over green laid paper boards, with woodcut illustration on front over. Printed paper spine label. Narrow folio (7 in. x 12 in.). Item #17115
“Keep close to nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean,” (John Muir). “John Muir reminds us that a life lived without great rocky outcrops and ageless tress as a part of one’s native landscape would be a life deprived of one of the greatest resources of the sublime…In the Sierra Nevada there live trees as old as Sumerian phonographic script and Egypt’s Bronze Age Middle Kingdom – there for you to lean against and smell…alive…sap oozing from the cores of the oldest living friends we have. Richard Wagener’s engravings capture an essential quality of that friendship—nearness and an austere clarity,” (from Koch’s introduction).