The Lost Journals of Sacajewea, by Debra Magpie Earling, Peter Koch Printers

{Ed Note: A few days back, in the first installment on my visit to Peter Koch Printers, I introduced you to two books soon to be released by Mr. Koch. Today, we look at his currently released The Lost Journals of Sacajewea. A third installment, looking at some other books published by Mr. Koch will be forthcoming soon.}

I was floored when I had the chance to spend some time with Peter Koch’s recently released The Lost Journals of Sacajewea. It is impossible to describe adequately, and the pictures below, while giving you an idea, do not do justice to the overall impression left in you from actually holding and flipping through the pages of this work. It certainly ranks amongst one of the most remarkable displays of book-making craftsmanship I have had the privilege to hold within my hands.

Author Debra Earling’s narrative takes us behind the eyes and ears of a pregnant 17-year-old girl travelling up the Missouri River with the “expedition of discovery” in 1804-5. She is haunted by visions which form the basis of the Lost Journals.  Earling, a professor at the University of Montana, is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation. As stated in the prospectus, she has been published in journals and anthologies and her novel Perma Red received the American Book Award, the Mountains and Plains Bookseller Association Award, and a Spur Award. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008.

Speaking of haunting, the photographs interspersed within this volume are startling, presenting authentic images of the poverty, cultural decimation and desolation that faced Native American’s. These photographs, taken along the expedition’s trail years later, are from a number of photographers and sources, as described in the prospectus. “Photo-interventions” are by Peter Rutledge Koch.  A week later, the images are still etched in my thoughts.

The smoked buffalo rawhide cover paper is unique and perfect for this work, the hand made paper has to be felt to be believed, and those amazing images…

About the Edition

  • The typeface is a version of the historic Fell types presumed to be the work of Dutch punchcutter Dirck Voskens and interpreted by Jonathan Hoefler in a conscious attempt to reproduce the imperfect image that the Fell types left on paper when printed in the 18th Century
  • The text is printed on Twinrocker Da Vinci hand-made paper at Peter Koch Printers and bound at the press by Jonathan Gerken
  • The smoked buffalo rawhide cover paper was designed and hand-made by Amanda Degener especially for this edition at Cave Papers in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • The spine is beaded with trade beads and small caliber cartridge cases
  • The images were prepared by Donald Farnsworth at Magnolia Editions and printed on Kozo hand-made paper with the assistance of Jonathan Gerken and Tallulah Terryll
  •  80 pp.    10 x 15.5 inches   65 copies

Pictures

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The Lost Journals of Sacajewea, Peter Koch Printers, Cover and Spine
The Lost Journals of Sacajewea, Peter Koch Printers, Cover with one leaf open
The Lost Journals of Sacajewea, Peter Koch Printers, Photo inside cover
The Lost Journals of Sacajewea, Peter Koch Printers, Frontispiece and Title Page
The Lost Journals of Sacajewea, Peter Koch Printers, Opening of Poem
The Lost Journals of Sacajewea, Peter Koch Printers, Sample Pages with Text and Photo
The Lost Journals of Sacajewea, Peter Koch Printers, Sample Photograph
The Lost Journals of Sacajewea, Peter Koch Printers, Sample Pages with Text
The Lost Journals of Sacajewea, Peter Koch Printers, Sample Photograph 2
The Lost Journals of Sacajewea, Peter Koch Printers, Sample Page with Text
The Lost Journals of Sacajewea, Peter Koch Printers, Second Sample Pages with Text and Photo
The Lost Journals of Sacajewea, Peter Koch Printers, Third Sample Pages with Text and Photo
The Lost Journals of Sacajewea, Peter Koch Printers, Colophon

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