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Stories and illustrations of animals rescued by Sean Casey Animal Rescue, in a letterpress printed, hand-bound, limited edition book.

Meet Brooklyn who was rescued from a dog fighting house
Meet Brooklyn who was rescued from a dog fighting house

We’re committed to the quality and craft of bookbinding by making limited-edition hand-bound books. The one that we’re working on now represents our ideals and many other things that we’re passionate about: art, animals, community, and letterpress printing. It has wonderful stories and a real live hero!

Many animals have found homes through the Sean Casey Animal Rescue, or SCAR, in Brooklyn. Whether they’re lost, abandoned or rescued from inhumane conditions, their eyes say the same thing: “Help me.” Many have known only hardship from a life on the streets. We were captivated by the individual stories of the rescues and the people who have adopted them. Sometimes it’s not clear who is rescuing whom; the blind cat or the person who takes her in? Our book, Brooklyn’s Rescued Bestiary, documents many of SCAR’s rescues.

The central figure is Sean Casey, who started the shelter in 2008 and now places 50 cats and 100 dogs every month. Sean doesn’t sing his own praises, but we can. We’d like to introduce you to him and the animals that have spent time at the Rescue. We’ll show you pythons, pigeons and three-legged cats.

David G. Klein, Sean Casey, Virginia Cahill
David G. Klein, Sean Casey, Virginia Cahill

We’re inspired and excited to live in the same community with Sean Casey Animal Rescue and all the people who share his commitment and dedication to making things better for animals. So often these efforts go unnoticed.

Our other hero is David G. Klein, a professional illustrator and owner of several rescued cats. The detailed engravings that capture the personality, dignity and vitality of the rescued animals are completed. Proofing of these drawings is done and they look amazing. This will be our fourth limited-edition book and our most ambitious run yet at 70 copies. With the money raised we can cover the production cost of the book: paper, press time, polymer plates, ink, book boards and book cloth. The book is 12-inches wide by 15-inches high, 40 pages. We’re printing directly from David’s plates—one more reason why this book is special. Every book contains original art!

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Worse case scenario would be to lose access to our letterpress studio and bindery. We’d then have to hire other people to do the work for us.
But we feel pretty confident that we’re ready to go! This technology has been around for ages — and we’ve already made a sample copy!

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    Commissioned pet portrait by artist David G. Klein. Plus your name will be letterpress printed in Brooklyn's Rescued Bestiary.

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