Good news! We now have signed copies of Walton Ford’s 2012 engagement calendar! Taschen has lived up to their superior reputation, and the cloth-bound art books (honestly, they aren’t just calendars!) are beautiful. Especially with a shiny new signature.
The Bookloft is excited to announce that Walton Ford is releasing an engagement calendar in August of 2011, full of new art!
We can expect Tachen to do a wonderful job, as always, and you can bet that we’ll have signed copies available as soon as possible. If you would like to put in a preorder for one, go to our website and contact us.
Come to The Bookloft tomorrow, Friday, September 25th at 7pm.
Walton will be there signing and chatting. Meet the artist himself and pick up a freshly autographed copy of the new affordable ($70) edition of Walton Ford: Pancha Tantra. Don’t miss this!
332 Stockbridge Rd, Great Barrington, MA 01230
If you can’t make it into the store tomorrow night, call (413) 528-1521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll reserve a copy or ship one right to you!
We’ve also got a few other Walton goodies for sale.
$200 First edition, first printing of the 2002 book Tigers of Wrath. Our copies are NEW and boldly signed by Walton Ford on the title page.
*While these copies are new, they do not have dust jackets.
$2000 This edition of Pancha Tantra is limited to 1600 signed copies. Ours are additionally initialed and dated by Walton Ford with “Great Barrington, MA” also inscribed as this is where his studio is located (as is The Bookloft!). 354 pages, 27 pounds, 6″ x 25″x 21″
Finally, we have some signed copies of Walton’s 2009 Engagement Calendar available for $25.
Call (413) 528-1521 or email email@example.com to order!
We first met Walton Ford in 2002, shortly after he moved to the Great Barrington area. He came into the store one day to alert us to the publication of a new book featuring his art, Tigers of Wrath (Abrams). Being great fans of his work, we already had several copies in stock and Walton graciously signed them. When word got out that The Bookloft had signed first editions, the books nearly flew off the shelves. Walton was immensely appreciative of our promotion of and commitment to the book and he remains a great friend of the store. Tigers of Wrath is long out of print, but it continues to sell well – we had the foresight to purchase a large quantity of first editions, and Walton has signed each and every one!
Independent bookstores like The Bookloft (founded in 1974) have a staunch advocate in Walton Ford – he appreciates their indispensable role in community life. We are grateful (and proud!) that he considers The Bookloft “his bookstore.”
As Walton’s popularity has grown, so has his support of our store. This was clearly evidenced upon the release of the most recent book featuring his art, Pancha Tantra (Taschen). We had bought ten copies of this $1800 masterpiece, confident that it would be eagerly sought after by aficionados of Walton’s work. Subsequently, to our great dismay, two copies of the book were stolen – a significant loss to the store. When Walton heard about the incident, he promptly came over and offered to do an original drawing in each of the remaining books, knowing that it would significantly enhance their value. We were overwhelmed by his generosity. And what a sight to see this prodigious talent in action! As we looked on, he created eight original drawings of animals in about an hour. These very special first editions, needless to say, have already become important collectors’ items.
The Bookloft – Walton Ford friendship continues to flourish. We were thrilled to learn in 2006 that the Brooklyn Museum would mount a major exhibition, Tigers of Wrath: Watercolors by Walton Ford. So thrilled, in fact, that Bookloft owner Eric Wilska and store manager Mark Ouillette went to New York to see the show themselves. They walked away in awe. “It’s one thing to see Walton in the store on a regular basis talking about books,” Eric says, “but it’s totally different to see his work hanging, in all its glory, in a prestigious museum. It took my breath away.”
In yet another gesture of support for his bookstore, Walton insisted upon signing each of the one hundred copies of his 2009 calendar that we had purchased. They sold out immediately.
We hope you’ll stop by The Bookloft on your next visit to the Berkshires. Who knows?
You might run into Walton Ford himself! In the meantime, check our website www.thebookloft.com for information about the popular (less expensive) edition of Pancha Tantra, due in October 2009 from Taschen.