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Perishable Press. Walter Hamady. Complete set of the Interminable Gabberjabb series, four of which are inscribed. 8 Volumes
Perishable Press, Wisconsin 2007 - The Gabberjabbs are particularly fine examples of the art of Walter Hamady - and they are the most elusive of his books. All but the last published, HUNKERING THE LAST GABBERJABB (8), are long out of print. Complete sets are offered infrequently. The artist / author / printer / publisher / designer, Walter Hamady, has been compared to Kurt Schwitters, as well as Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell, Hamady has been a major influence on at least one generation of book artists. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and one-man and group exhibitions. He has been the subject of many articles, and his works are in most of this country's important rare book libraries, i.e. the Houghton, Yale, Getty Center, Newberry, Walker Art Center, Cleveland Institute of Art, as well as outside the U.S.: Bodleian Library, British Library, Klingspor Museum, Lenin Library, Royal Library Stockholm, Victoria & Albert, etc. For an insightful assessment of this series one should consult two essays propounding the many levels and layers involved: the first, by Mary Lydon in "Visible Language" Volume 25, Number 2/3 entitled, "The Book As The Trojan Horse of Art" and the second, by Roy R. Behrens in "Print" January / February 1997 entitled, "The Gift of Gabberjabbs."1. Interminable Gabberjabbs (1), from an issue of 120 copies, all printed on (according to the bibliography) "a variety of Shadwell scraps in progressively different sizes." Hamady dedicated this book to his neighbor, Ivan Staley, who showed him how to use an ear-tattooing device for cows, which Hamady has used to number the copies in this edition. In return, Hamady showed Staley how to make paper. Page size: 11 x 6-1/2 inches down to 5-15/16 x 4 inches (with several in-between sizes) 26pp, 23 of which are printed. Bound: blue Fabriano Cover wrappers, U.S. Geologic Survey maps of Wisconsin, fine. PP#61, copy #25. 2. Hunkering in Wisconsin, Another Interminable Gaggerblabb (2), one of 125 copies, each copy numbered using the "nNasco hip tags" (tags pasted to the hip of livestock at auction). Page size: 8 ½ x 6 ¼ inches, 17 page surfaces, 11 printed in handset Palatino in flesh, red, grey-blue, purple, yellow, white and greenish-black. Bound: Nideggen paper cover with pasted on white label bordered in red with rubber-stamped "ig2" on label in black. Illustrated by Jack Beal Jack. Beal's tomatoes are omnipresent, casting their long shadows in this ode to joy from Hamady, dedicated to the fruits of the summer garden, fine. PP#62, copy #87.3. Thumbnailing the Hilex / Gabberjabb Number 3. One of fewer than 125 copies, this copy inscribed by the author on the front flyleaf, "for the JF / Holla by Golli / Buh /Wha Ma Holli / and for Mo and fer / the water Ouzel and / Shallows @ the Bridge" above a flourish and heart, also signed by the printer / publisher "Voltaire (the) Hamady / 72" on 8th leaf, above the text "to be continued with one about VP Romus in Hampstead or a pair about cats or another one like the one that started this series." The 69th book of the Press, the third in the Gabberjabbs series, was to be limited to 125 copies, however the author printer notes that due to "playing around with glue & cutting dies & ink there is a shortage" all on smooth Frankfurt Cream paper "with the chain lines going the wrong way" (printer's notes in bibliography), housed in green cloth over boards clamshell box. Page size: 15 x 7-½ inches; 20 page surfaces, 9 printed. Bound by the author / printer: hand sewn into green Canson MI-Teintes wrappers with title extravagantly and elegantly printed on front panel in light grey, housed in custom-made green cloth over boards clamshell box. Illustrated by Jack Beal with a wood engraving printed in green on grey Shadwell of a grape leaf with tan paper ribbon streamers affixed to circular "grape leaf" as if a county or state fair prize ribbon. The paper ribbon streamers were originally meant to extend below the pages of the book but this plan abandoned sometime [Attributes: Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Priscilla Juvelis Inc., ABAA]
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