Craig Jobson, “Wells & Sonne: Selected Stories of Chelsea Laine Wells & Lex Sonne”

Slip cased book cover with goat skin spine and metal inlaid title


WELLS & SONNE handset Table of Contents in 12 point, 14 point and 30 point Cheltenham OS


2-page spread, short story in the WELLS & SONNE book. The story “Birdie, ” is by Chelsea Laine Wells.


Letterpress printed, 4/c magnesium plate, frontice image, page 15, for Pushcart nominated short story “The Heart of God” by Chelsea Laine Wells.


Opening spread for Chelsea Laine Wells’ “The Heart of God”


Artist: Craig Jobson (Evanston, IL)

Title: Wells & Sonne: Selected Stories of Chelsea Laine Wells & Lex Sonne (2012)

Medium/technique(s): Handset, letterpress printed book

Edition size: 70

Number of pages: 72

Dimensions, open: 11″ x 11″ x 0.5″

Dimensions, closed: 11″ x 5.5″ x 1″


Artist Statement:

Short stories, typography and original illustrations have always been separate topics that interested me. In the Spring of 2012, I decided to try and put those three interests together in form of a book of short stories that would employ handset typography and use original illustrations.

The short story genre has always appealed to me. I love the economy of word, the inevitable change of direction as we near the end, the feeling of awe at the writer’s skill. A short story is a window that we, as readers, can look into or out of. Looking in gives us an intimate view of someone else’s life—their habits, desires, interests—while looking out shows us our own lives, and how they can be so much more than we ever expected. WELLS & SONNE does that and more.

Though it is a short book of wonderful short stories, it is also a fine press book offering. It is a 72-page, letterpress printed book of six original short stories. The type is handset Cheltenham OS in various weights and sizes and is printed on Gutenburg #130. The book is illustrated by Derek Goodman with six original illustrations that are printed on Kitakata Natural. The book is editioned to 70 copies with the first 60 copies a standard edition with black and white illustrations and Canson Ivy end sheets. The deluxe copies, #61 to 70, are hand bound by Amy Rabas, are slip cased, have goat skin spines, handmade end sheets by Rhiannon Alpers and brass inlaid title plates. Both deluxe and standard books are bound up with sewn on boards. The book measures 11” x 11” when laid open flat.