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LIMITED EDITION of 95 copies, this is number 71. Hand-set 12 point Centaur and Arrighi letters, letterpress printed in Arches Cover. The binding echoes traditional book-making methods in Ethiopia common through the nineteenth century. Small 4to. 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches. Unpaginated.  pp. Illustrated with linoleum cut glyphs representing characters, words and phrases, highlights produced by pochoir, text printed four-up and cut and folded to form signatures which were sewn together; text clean, unmarked. Binding of quarter-sawn oak covers sewn to the signatures, papers attached to the boards laden with papyrus, fabric, leather and silk; binding square and tight. Fine. This volume celebrates writing systems of the past that developed from a need to communicate practical information, historical accounts, tales, and myths. These systems vary in structure: syllabic, alphabetic, pictographic. Some disappeared with an extinguished culture, never to be deciphered, and some were decoded to great excitement and acclaim. Those who could write, the scribes, frequently claimed high status in their society. The writing tool and substrate are intimately connected to the style of the language that arose. The look of the system can be artistically changed by choosing a new material with which to write the language: linoleum, a brush instead of a stylus, cutting with scissors. The meaning of the glyphs, words and phrases still retain their power, no matter what tool is used to represent their significance.
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Claremont, CA:, Scripps College Press,: 2011
Book Condition: Collectible: Like New
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: SCP12-001
Keywords: Kitty Maryatt, Manuscript, Artist's Book, Limited Edition, Fine Press, Scripps College Press, Typography Class