The Field of Aki:
edition of 6
price on request
The Field of Aki appears in a limited edition of six copies. The type is Perpetua, a face designed by Eric Gill, and was printed letterpress on Hahnemühle Copperplate and Hahnemühle Silkscreen. The calligraphed version of the original poem, found at the beginning of the book, was written by noted calligrapher and scholar Qianshen Bai and printed letterpress using photopolymer plate. The fourteen prints, variously drypoint, aquatint, and lift-ground etchings, were printed by Frank Boyden at his studio in Otis, Oregon, during the fall of 2003. The book is bound as a drum-leaf binding, a structure developed by Timothy C. Ely. In this volume the structure has been modified to accommodate wooden covers. The Field of Aki features covers of various woods including black limba, Port Orford cedar, and Sapele. The Field of Aki is presented in a silk-lined box made of figured and spalted maple.
Read about my collaborations with my father in my essay “Some Observations about Frank Boyden as Collaborator and Accounts of His Book Projects at Crab Quill Press.”