Austin: W. Thomas Taylor [printed by Daniel Keleher at Wild Carrot Letterpress], 1983. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 325 copies, octavo size, 103 pp., signed by Harry Duncan. Fine. Item #20011205
Harry Alvin Duncan (1916-1997) became enamoured of letterpress printing at a young age, publishing contemporary poetry using a hand press. He eventually became the Director of the typographical laboratory at the University of Iowa's School of Journalism; in an article written by "Newsweek" in 1982 about the rebirth of the hand press, they referred to Duncan as "the father of the post-World War II private-press movement" (n.b., from Wiki).
Included herein are five essays by Duncan; in his introductory comments, he sets forth his theme: "Books are communicative instruments so vital to civilization that their production must not be consigned wholly to automatic means, whether industrial, technological, or economic; in the process of transmitting culture, they embody it, and therefore need to undergo the vicissitudes of the human condition so that they wil reflect our common experience truly."
The five essays are entitled: The Cummington Press, The Technology of Hand Printing, The Art of the Printed Book, My Master Victor Hammer, and The Permanence of Books. A lovely production published in a limited edition of 325 copies, signed by Harry Duncan.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter Niger goatskin with leather tips, paste paper handmade by C.J. Blinn over the boards, the binding by Blinn and Sarah Creighton, fore- and bottom edges uncut, title page in red and black; type monotype Perpetua on Frankfurt Cream paper, octavo size (9 1/8" by 6.25"), pagination: [i-ii], [1-4] 5-99 [100, blank] [101, colophon].
___CONDITION: Fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; one small mark towards the top of the goatskin shelfback, else fine.
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