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History of the/my Wor(l)d WITH: Johanna Drucker and Brad Freeman: Books (New York: Interplanetary Productions, 1993)
[Cambridge, MA]: Druckwerk, 1990. First Edition. Wraps. Fine. Johanna Drucker. One of 70 signed and numbered by Drucker. This copy from the collection of master printer Ruth Lingen. Drucker is known both as an academic and as the author of a prodigious number of artists books, many of them exploring, as does History of the/my Wor(l)d, typography as both word play and as a means of altering the meaning of a text.I came across the image of a drum majorette in Harvard Universitys collection of paper cuts. My mother, who had died suddenly several years earlier, had been a majorette, and the poignancy of recognition prompted me to produce a work in her memory. It is not maudlin but wry, edgy, and celebratory in the critical vein that had been her manner. This book is a feminist rewriting of the history of the world and also a critique of feminist orthodoxies about language and patriarchy. I didnt experience language as exclusively patriarchal because it was so bound up in my connection to my mother. In the book, the large black text tells world history, and the smaller red text that breaks through the black recalls my experience of learning language with my mother (The Book as Art: Artists Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, p.73)."Drucker's autobiography becomes a kind of hypertext, a set of possible verbal-visual paths that suggest further possibilities in the writing of her story (Marjorie Perloff, Harvard Library Bulletin).A striking alternative to the familiar telling of historical events, Drucker's account of mythic and major events in the course of western civilization marches roughshod over received traditions. The combination of typographic innovation, visual puns and linguistic play are unique elements of her style. A richly suggestive work interweaving official history and individual memory (When will the book be done 38).This book was reissued in an edition of 1000 copies by Granary Books in 1995.Letterpress printed in red and black in Caslon on Warren's Lustro dull. Bound in printed handmade paper wraps. Edition of 70; this copy number 30, signed by Drucker. 26cm x 33cm.Johanna Drucker and Brad Freeman: Books is a catalog of a "book launching" for Otherspace, a collaborative artists' book by Johanna Drucker and Brad Freeman, held May 26, 1993 at Printed Matter Bookstore at DIA, NY, NY. It includes a bibliography and price list of books for both authors, including Drucker's History of the/my Wor(l)d. 14.2cm x 21.8cm.
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