Winner of a Judges Choice Award at the 2005 Oxford Fine Press Bookfair and of the Carl Hertzog Award for "excellence in book design."
7½ x 10½ inches. 88 pages. 50 copies. 14 color wood engravings (13 specimen plates plus a microscope) by Gaylord Schanilec. 13 entemological identifications of specimens by Dr. Clarke Garry. Hand-set in Bembo monotype. Plates printed on Gampi Torinoko handmade paper. Text printed on Zerkal mould-made paper. Bound in full chestnut morocco by Jill Jevne. Portfolio of the same leather, with paper sides hand made for the edition by Mary Hark, and wood contains two folders: (1) seven proof sheets and (2) an extra suite of the engravings, each titled & signed. Both volumes are housed in a slipcase (7 3/4 x 14 1/2) of leather, paper boards, and wood with a glass window at the top, revealing 8 flies hand tied for the edition by David Lucca. OUT OF PRINT.
Dry Fly Entomology by Frederic M. Halford, published in London in 1897, was the inspiration for Mayflies of the Driftless Region. Halford, the Victorian innovator and popularizer of modern fly-fishing, scientifically described and surveyed the principal British mayflies of his time, but he did not claim his work as a comprehensive entomological treatise. Instead, Dry Fly Entomology was aimed at providing anglers with a basic, working understanding of the nature of aquatic insects. Mayflies of the Driftless Region can make no such claim; it is not a field guide. Instead, it is a study of mayflies by an artist.
Entomologist Clarke Garry, professor of biology at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, has written text to accompany each of the images. Professor Garry documents the series of taxonomic steps involved in the formal scientific identification of each of the specimens. In the context of a scientific journal, these identifications would likely be dry and difficult reading for most of us. However, in the pages of a finely printed book, the poetic nature of the language can be appreciated. Sometimes Dr. Garry would encounter a problem in taking a specimen to species, and, being a scientist, speculation was not an option. I urged him to make notes as to why a particular species determination proved elusive. For the final two specimens in the book, taxonomy is absent: the text is all notes. His final note: "Taxonomy is an extremely dynamic discipline. I thought you might be interested in knowing that Ephemeerella inermis has, as of Jacobus and McCafferty (2003), been revised to Ephemerella excrucians."
Science is fluid, like everything else. The scientist, and the artist, do basically the same thing: we observe the world around us, and record our observations as best we can.
6 x 9 inches. 88 pages. 1,000 copies. 14 color wood engravings (13 specimen plates plus a microscope) by Gaylord Schaniec. 13 entemological identifications of specimens by Dr. Clarke Garry. Hand-set in Bembo monotype. Printed on Monadnock acid free paper. Bound in full cloth. Dust jacket. $85. More info. & purchase
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