Vancouver, BC:]: Heavenly Monkey, 2006/. One of twenty-nine regular copies. Five deluxe copies and three contributor copies were also produced. Signed on the colophon by Hodgson. With ten postage stamps and corresponding rubber stamps all designed by Barbara Hodgson. Type was hand-set in Gill Sans and Bembo by Hodgson and printed on the Heavenly Monkey handpress on Rives paper. A fine copy in the textured paper slipcase with printed paper label. Stiff paper wrappers sewn and cased in Reg Lissell’s vellum paper by Rollin Milroy. 3 in. x 5 in. Item #16999
From the introduction: “For the creator of postage stamp art, the post office is both friend and foe. It is a friend for providing an inexpensive and mobile gallery. It is a foe because it distrusts the art form. Getting mail delivered for free may have been the original purpose of faking stamps, but stamp artists are not out to deprive the post office of revenue. Their purpose is to carry the deceit far enough to earn a cancellation while dispatching their images around the world. Aside from two legitimate stamps I designed for Canada Post, over the past six years my personal stamps have ranged from pseudo-authentic postage to mini-posters for my books. I make them partly to publicize my books, and partly as a means of surreptitiously joining the venerable tradition of postal art. Because the impact of these tiny images is so subtle, there is a wonderful challenge in creating a simple design that nonetheless attracts attention. All of the stamps included here were issued in editions of 500 between 1999 and 005. They were printed on gummed paper and perforated by Anna Banana through her International Art Post.”.
The stamps compiled here feature art of women travelers, opium, antique maps, as well as locations like Naples, the Aurora Islands, and the Omayyad Mosque in Damascus.