Celebrating Spring and the 50th
 Anniversary of Earth Day This Week
Some of you working now at home may have noticed with the quietness of the careful lockdown, that birds are singing loudly, and we hear them more, the sky is bluer and we notice it,  and the air is clearer and even pollen seems less of a nuisance because of the cleaner air.  A silver lining of hope in these stressful times…
Illustrated text from Nature's Heart by John Muir; published by Peter & Donna Thomas, 1999Calligraphy and original watercolor illustrations are by Donna Thomas on handmade paper by Peter Thomas. From the St. Louis Mercantile Library Special Collections at the University of Missouri - St. Louis
Peter and Donna Thomas are book artists from Santa Cruz, CA. Since 1977 they have worked both collaboratively and individually creating letterpress printing, hand-lettering and illustrating texts, making paper, and hand binding both fine press and artists’ books. The Mercantile Library is proud to have these masters of fine printing included in our private press and fine printing collection. The Thomas’ represent the creativity of modern fine presses in our collection that extends from the work of William Morris (1834-1896) and his Kelmscott Press to the present day.
 
In Nature’s Heart Peter and Donna Thomas drew inspiration from the words of John Muir (1838-1914), noted naturalist and early advocate for American national forest conservation. The full quote includes the phrase the Thomas’s used for the title of the book:

 
All Nature's wildness tells the same story: the shocks and outbursts of earthquakes, volcanoes, geysers, roaring, thundering waves and floods, the silent uprush of sap in plants, storms of every sort, each and all, are the orderly, beauty-making love-beats of Nature's heart.
"Three adventures in the Yosemite" in The Century Magazine, vol. 83, no. 5 (March, 1912) page 661
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