THE SEA FOGS
By Robert Louis Stevenson
Introduction by Roger G. Swearingen
Illustrated by Gary Alphonso
Publication price: $485
'The Sea Fogs' is the tenth of fourteen episodes - narratives, character sketches, and extended moments - that make up Scottish novelist, essayist, and poet Robert Louis Stevenson's The Silverado Squatters. It is drawn from Stevenson’s journal, which he kept while on a two-month stay on Mount St. Helena, at the head of the Napa Valley in California. He had come to the area for his honeymoon in 1880, and for his health as well, hoping to get away from the damp, coastal climate of San Francisco. Unable to afford the ten dollars a week for a room at the local hotel, he and his bride instead “squatted” an old bunkhouse, at an abandoned silver mine on the side of the mountain.
On a fine June morning Stevenson found himself awakening to, and then writing about, a local natural occurrence- fogs drawn inland from the Pacific Ocean. Stevenson scholar Roger G. Swearingen, through his introduction, shares with the reader just how a younger Stevenson, surrendering himself completely to this highly personal story, was fully in command of his art long before penning his most famous works. And how this wonderful, self contained, stand-alone piece is among Stevenson’s finest of this kind.
The book is 32 pages and measures 6 -1/4 by 10-3/4 inches. The typeface is Ehrhardt, with Isadora for display. Patrick Reagh cast the type and printed the book on Zerkall Frankfurt at his shop in Sebastopol, California. Illustrations printed letterpress, with color triptych printed digitally at Black Cat Studio. The binding and slipcases were produced by Lisa Van Pelt. The Sea Fogs is published in one state, in an edition of 55 slipcased copies, each numbered and signed by the artist.