This edition was “printed from hand-set Samson Uncial type onto kakishibu, apersimmon-washed handmade paper from the Fuji Paper Mills Cooperative in Tokushima, Japan. The text, which is housed in an accordion-style binding, may be unfolded and read in hand, stanza by stanza, or opened entirely, thus revealing all 43, 14-line stanzas.Fully extended, the book is fifteen feet long. The image of a river undulates alongside the poem while the setting of the poem itself mirrors the serpentine meanders of the river. The river is printed from photopolymer plates in five colors gradually intermingling one after the other. The book is held within an enclosure of handmade papers — the outermost being a loft-dried, 100 percent raw flax sheet made under the direction of Timothy Barrett at the Center for the Book Papermaking Facility at the University of Iowa. The enclosure is lined with kakishibu on which is printed a map of the world, the first to show the world's currents, drawn by Athanasius Kircher in 1665. The map is hand-tinted in five colors echoing the colors of the river. The enclosure is fastened with alum-tawed goat skin and bone. The design, presswork, and binding are by Carolee Campbell atNinja Press.”
This example is numbered copy 93 of 160 printed (with there being18 additional lettered hors de commerce copies), and is signed by Merwin, who has been the U.S. Poet Laureate and was awarded Pulitzer prizes in both 1971 and 2009.
Provenance: Though without indicia, from Andrew Hedden’s collection of press books and livres d'artiste.
Binding as above, the whole housed in a Plexiglass case. A clean, crisp copy of this distinctive, artistic production. (30652)
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