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As No Storm or The Any Port Party
[Berkeley, CA]: Rebis Press, 1975. First Edition. Near fine. Johanna Drucker. An exceptionally bright, clean copy. From the collection of master printer Ruth Lingen.Of this early book, Drucker noted that the nautical motif in images and binding combine with the stippled ink drawings to produce an effect that suggests a children's book, at first glance. The text is dense, rhymed, complex, almost unreadable in any straightforward sense. Thick with double entendres, allusions, puns, it is the story of a failed New Year's party I attended with my parents in what must have been the winter 1974-75. [Publisher] Betsy Davids had applied for and received funds from the NEA for a series of book projects, and she had invited me to be one of the artists It remains one of the best produced of my works, particularly in that early period, thanks to Betsy's expertise, patience, and experience. The book is somewhat baffling, impenetrable, an opaque textual object. The writing is shifted into a more fantastic register by the images than it might have been on its own, but unrelieved, the text would have been unreadable. Still, it was quite typical of the writing I did at the time, heavily knotted and turned inward on itself, but tightly structured, highly rhythmical, intricate The title translates as A Snow Storm, followed by a twist on Any Port in a Storm, combined with the word Party, indicating the event on which the text was based.Druckers 14 full-page, pen-and-ink stippled illustrations were etched onto zinc plates for printing. Drucker has stated that the book, with its canvas cover, was meant to look as if it was made from pieces of a sailboat.Outermost strand of canvas along the lower edge of the rear cover working loose. Letterpress printed on dampened Rives paper. Flexible canvas covers grommeted and laced with rope. One of 326 copies, 26 of which are signed and lettered. 30 pp; 25cm x 21.5cm.
      [Bookseller: Abby Schoolman Books]
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