After a twenty-six year tenure at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, as Professor of Fine Arts directing the Printmaking program, Jim Jereb is now one of the curators of art at The Brinton Museum, located in Big Horn, Wyoming, and will head the Printmaking section of the museum’s new Art Education Center.
With his many years of printing experience, we’re happy to share with you Jim’s comments about a book he describes as, “A charming story with strong connections and relevance to the current society.”
Jim Jereb on The Rich Mouse . . .
• The proportions of the book fit comfortably in the hand and present the story and illustrations for easy reading and viewing.
• The cover design is well integrated with the illustrations, using the texture of woodcut as a motif.
• The layout of the text blocks and illustrations (margins, pagination, gutters) enhances the reading experience.
• The selection of the J. J. Lankes woodcut illustrations complements the story and treats the reader to an enchanting visual and literary experience.
• Technically speaking, the illustrations and text are inked and printed with great skill. The darks have rich solids yet maintain crisp, clean edges and definition.
• The paper that the book is printed upon is wonderful, with a slight texture that feels good under my fingers. There is no ‘read-through’ or other technical distractions.
• The colophon is informative and concise.
• The binding gives the reader a sturdy, well-constructed object, with excellent ‘lay flat’ opening. This makes for ease of handling while reading.”
On The Rich Mouse Compendium . . .
This book pairs with The Rich Mouse in proportions so that both nestle in the slipcase. This quality storage makes both books immediately accessible for cross-referencing.”
The chronology of J. J. Lankes gives a solid historical listing. This, coupled with the photographs of the artist through the years and the images of the manuscript stages invites the reader to become acquainted with the author. Further, the details of the origin of the Village Type Face and Lankes’s involvement in printing and the book arts give great insight into the creative process that is required to bring an idea into completed form. The photographs of the actual wood blocks were of great interest to me, allowing me to study the marks and carving style that produces the illustrations.