Friday, September 25, 2009

Two book works - On the Road and From the Air





Here are two totally different but equally interesting book works that I have just come across.

The first from Steidl, is a fresh look at Kerouac's On The Road.
Ed Ruscha has designed the book, illustrating Kerouac's text with his own photographs. The text is printed in Letterpress on 220g Hahnemühle paper and every one of the 55 photo-plates is blind embossed and tipped in by hand to create an exquisite and original edition of On the Road.

Co-Published with the Gagosian Gallery in edition of 350 copies, 35 APs and 5 PPs, signed and numbered by Ed Ruscha. 55 Photos on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper tipped in by hand. Leather-bound hardcover delivered in a leather-covered slipcase 228 pages, 44.5 cm x 32.5 cm £6,250.00 / $10,000.00 / €6,800.00

The second book, Dunedin From The Air I found on New Zealand's Trade Me site. It's a delightful little book of aerial photographs of Dunedin taken by one V.C. Browne. Of 28 pages and unknown edition size, the book was published by the The Pegasus Press and printed at The Caxton Press in 1948. The book cost me $21.00.
I particularly like the modernist cover design. Not to mention the price.

1 comment:

Roger said...

Harvey - if you look at www.vcbrowne.com you should be able to find the original photographs and more. They are orderable as hi-resolution images