Scarce Perishable Press Ephemera: “Laura Evans Hamady, Printer's Devil”
A Beautiful Birth Announcement (PROOFSHEETS)
Hamady, Walter. Proofs: Laura's birth announcement.
[Mt. Horeb, WI]: Perishable Press, 1975. 8vo (26.7 cm, 10.5").  ff.; illus.
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Unusual and interesting ephemera, offering some insight into the design and printing process of the proprietor of the Perishable Press, as well as a nice example of his
inimitably quirky style: 10 proofsheets of Hamady's announcement of his daughter Laura's birth, reflecting the printer's experimentations with layout and color as well as his personal joy. Some of these proofsheets bear editorial marks in red ink, while one has the “Printer's Devil” header on an affixed slip of paper; several have the text printed in variant color schemes.
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The sheets are printed on Plover Fineweave paper with the text set in Sabon Antiqua. At the head of each is a print of a nicely rendered pen-and-ink drawing of the Hamady farm (where “Mother Father & Daughter are well and thriving”), done by Jack Beal (“Laura's Uncle Jack”).
Not in Two Decades of Hamady & the Perishable Press. Sheets laid into a manila envelope labelled in Hamady's handwriting. Clean and crisp; some pages with markings as above. (31364)
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