A Dialogue with Wood Engraving. With an Introduction by the Artist.
Wagener, Richard.

Vancouver, British Columbia:] Barbarian Press, 2019. Endgrain Editions 5. One of 80 deluxe copies in a total edition of 130. The deluxe copies are bound in quarter red morocco and include a slipcase and a signed proof of the book’s frontispiece With 75 wood engravings by Richard Wagener, 15 of which are in color, all printed from the original blocks. Each image is accompanied by a date (from 1983 to 2018), title, and caption. Two of the engravings are fold-out panoramas of Yosemite landscapes. Text printed in black and red using Eric Gill’s Joanna typeface on Zerkall paper. Includes a tipped-in frontispiece and an additional proof of the frontispiece, signed and numbered in pencil by Richard Wagener and housed in a large black envelope. A fine copy. Patterned paper-covered boards in red, black, and white, quarter red morocco. With spine label lettered in gilt. Housed in a black cloth slipcase paneled with patterned paper matching the book’s covers. Folio. Unpaginated. (Item ID: 16690)


A Dialogue with Wood Engraving is a retrospective on the nearly four-decade career of California-based engraver Richard Wagener (b. 1944). The introduction by Wagener, along with his captions and epigrams, narrate and illuminate his work: the epigram that accompanies his piece Migration (2007) reads “I think in wood.”

Along with Wagener’s introduction, the essay “Printing the Journey” by Barbarian Press proprietor Jan Elsted has been included at the end of A Dialogue. The appendices in the present book also include a bibliography of Wagener’s writings, his Mixolydian Editions publications, additional appearances of his work, and articles about Wagener. A list of Wagener’s awards, a selection of his exhibitions, and a list of institutions that house his work comprise the last four pages of the appendices.

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