The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947 Page: 345
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Four Texas Publishers
Review (XXI, 319-329), in which she deplored the unprofes-
sional appearance of Texas-published books. She mentioned,
however, two exceptions: Padre Morfi's Memorias and Prince
Carl of Solms-Braunfels' Texas, 1844-45. Joe Naylor published
the Memorias, while I brought out Texas, 1844-45. I have always
meant to compare notes to see which of us lost more money on
his masterpiece. For the past two decades, I have published
books as a sort of side line, just enough to be aware of some of
the limitations and possibilities of regional publishing and
Most of us who devour rare book catalogs have noticed the
increasing frequency with which the name of Thomas Bird
Mosher, publisher, of Portland, Maine, appears among the
higher priced items. Mosher's private press flourished just
after the turn of the century. He had a penchant for small fonts
with faint serifs, but his paper and press work were beautiful
and his taste exquisite. Mosher, though, was only mildly ap-
plauded during his lifetime, and I found myself wondering what
might be going on in Texas that, like Tagore's philosophers'
stone, might be too close for us to see.
Has boastful Texas with its eye focussed for the super-colossal
overlooked not one, but at least four full fledged craftsmen in a
Witness, first, the delightful children's books, written, illus-
trated, and printed by Emelie and G. A. Toepperwein at their
Highland Press in Boerne.
The Toepperweins write regularly for the Ladies Home Jour-
nal and only recently have, by invitation, arranged to contribute
to the venerable London Times. Their press is part of a thirty-
six-acre utopia in the hill country. Their original equipment
was brought here from Germany a hundred years ago by for-
bears who were also writers and publishers. New England
has nothing to match this.
A truly great artist in the field of bookmaking is Bernhardt
Wall, whose luxurious books on General Sam Houston and
Stephen F. Austin* are indeed the finished work of the well-
rounded craftsman. Dr. Wall wrote his books; designed them;
etched (etcht in Wallian nomenclature) the plates; printed the
etchings; cut, folded, gathered, sewed, bound, lettered, and la-
*Following General Sam Houston, 1798-1868, and Following Stephen F.
Austin, Father of Teas,
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