[Vancouver, BC:]: HM, 2009. Printer’s copy. Total edition of twenty numbered copies and ten lettered hors commerce copies. Printed on double-fold leaves of black and gray paper. With nearly a hundred mounted postage stamps and nine mounted leather skivers hand-tooled in gilt and silver. The title page and colophon set in Bodoni and printed at Heavenly Monkey on dampened Guarro laid paper. A fine copy in the cloth clamshell case with patterned paper onlay. Bound by Claudia Cohen in cream-colored boards patterned with twigs and leaves in green and gilt. Black morocco spine label stamped in gilt. Item #16998
“Postage stamps with striking typographic design and color have always attracted my interest, particularly those with strong numerical forms. A beautiful example of a definitive numeral set was designed for the Dutch Post Office by Jan van Krimpen, type designer, typographer, and calligrapher extraordinaire. The stamps on the title-page are all his. The remaining stamps, as well as the ornaments arranged on leather, all relate to van Krimpen’s interlaced calligraphic flourishes,” (from the colophon).