|The Art of the Book
Sixth Annual Exhibition of Handmade Books,
Altered Books and Book Related Works
Lawrence G. Van Velzer and Peggy Gotthold
Lawrence G. Van Velzer & Peggy Gotthold started Foolscap Press in 1990 after many years in the business in order to publish books under their own imprint. All of their books are designed, printed and bound at the press and distributed directly.
Peggy Gotthold worked as a bookbinder at Schuberth Bookbindery in San Francisco and Arion Press. She trained in letterpress printing and typesetting at Cowell Press (UCSC), Yolla Bolly Press and Artichoke Press.
Lawrence G. Van Velzer operated his own press and worked as a printer and typesetter at Arion Press. His father taught printing in technical high schools and was a letterpress printer who learned printing from his father, who published a newspaper printed on a handpress in the 1870's.
Their goal is to produce finely-made hand crafted books of literature and other works with which they hope to surprise and delight institutions and individuals who collect their books. They produce their books in editions of 120 to 200 copies. Foolscap Press editions are collected in England and across the United States.
Herakles and the Eurystheusian Twelve-Step Program
By Lawrence van Velzer
Santa Cruz, California: Foolscap Press, 2009. Edition of 110.
6 x 11.25"; 51 pages. Letterpress printed on Curtis Holcomb text and Hahnemühle Bugra. Illustrated by Peggy Gotthold. Clothbound boards with paper title inset on front board. Binding designed to separate the twelve Steps or Labors into single pages that fold out and terminate in an illustrated vase. Enclosed in paper wrapper with leather and cord closure.
Author, interview: "Well, what could be a better time to learn something from our past? Half of us are in some kind of twelve-step program and the other half should be. Our economy needs a twelve-step program; ditto the environment, our congress and the policy wonks driving our foreign policy. ... If you read your Greek mythology you’ll find that everything I’ve written about Herakles is true. The twelve-step program I’ve written about is what at the time would have been called a set of Labors. Eurystheus didn’t have a lot of research to fall back on. He had to make it up as he went along. You have to give the man credit."
Parenthesis 19, review by David Schoonover: "This book is one of the most enjoyable press books I have read in my career. The dialogue is wickedly funny, very revealing of the personalities of Herakles and Eurystheus before, during, and after the treatment."