Books are My Utopia

By: William Rueter, editor

Price: $500.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Collectible: Like New


8vo. 7 1/2 x 5 1/8 inches. Unpaginated. [36] pp. Double-page title page in various colors, printed on a variety of papers and in a variety of colors, includes 18 aphorisms about books that fill the verso of each page, 3 on double-page fold-outs; text clean, unmarked. Bound in a handmade paper structure of stiff green paper, gilt-stamped top cover label, housed in a gold-cloth-covered clamshell box with gilt-titled spine label of the same paper as the paper covering of the book; binding square and tight. BCC-520-002. Fine. LIMITED EDITION of 36 copies, this is number 17, with William Rueter's calligraphy reproduced in polymer plates and printed by Rollin Milroy on a variety of papers on a hand press, and then each sheet subsequently hand-embellished with calligraphic elements by William Rueter, thus every leaf includes original handiwork by Rueter, uniformly hand-bound by Claudia Cohen. This book contains 18 aphorisms on the theme of books anthologized by Will Rueter, proprietor of the The Aliquando Press. The project is a collaboration between Heavenly Monkey and the Aliquando Press, exploiting Rueter's avocation in calligraphy. Rueter selected, designed, and wrote out each aphorism to fill a page; some elements were omitted, and Rueter then added the elements to each sheet by hand. Authors quoted in the collection are Helen Keller, Bohuslav Martinu, Stephan Zweig, Anonymous, George Santayana, William Morris, Martin Luther, Richard Rodriguez, Paul Auster, T. J. Cobden-Sanderson, Raul Mario Rosarivo, Rabbi Nachman, Joseph Conrad, Herman Koch, John Rushkin, William Blake, Francesco Petrarca, and Tertullian. 3 of the aphorisms are on fold-out sheets printed by Reuter in Ontario while the rest of the book was printed at Heavenly Monkey with a hand press. The Aliquando Press is a small press owned and operated by William Rueter; it has published more than 100 books, which experiment freely with book design, calligraphy, hand-setting type, printing, and book binding. Rueter was awarded the Robert R. Reid Award for lifetime achievement or extraordinary contributions to the book arts in Canada by the Alcuin Society in 2013.

Title: Books are My Utopia

Author Name: William Rueter, editor

Illustrator: William Rueter, calligrapher

Categories: Heavenly Monkey,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Vancouver, BC, Heavenly Monkey: 2020

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Collectible: Like New

Type: Paperback

Seller ID: BCC-520-002

Keywords: William Rueter, Books are My Utopia, Calligraphy, Anthology, Aphorisms, Fine Press, Limited Edition, Heavenly Monkey, Claudia Cohen