Double Helix. Purgatory Pie Press, Michael Bartalos.
Double Helix.
Double Helix.
Double Helix.

Double Helix.

New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 1984. Letterpress printed by Dikko Faust at the Center for Book Arts (NYC) on waxed Masa Couer paper in Orplid type. Illustrations printed in red, blue, gold, and silver from neoprene plates. A fine copy. One of 150 copies signed by Batalos, Faust, and Esther K. Smith. 6 in. x 5 in. [8] panels, printed on one side only, plus four small fold-out flaps. Item #17212

Letterpress printmaker Dikko Faust and artistic director Esther K. Smith have collaborated on limited editions, artist books, cards, and prints for over forty years. The press was founded by Faust in 1977. He went on to complete his first two books and the paper for his third, move to New York City, and become the staff letterpress printer at the nascent Center for Book Arts. Purgatory Pie Press merged with the E.K. Smith Museum in 1980.

Since then, they have collaborated on every Purgatory Pie Press project to date, in addition to Smith’s big-publisher books: How to Make Books (Random House) a reprint of Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders &c. (Rizzoli), Making Books with Kids (Quarto), The Paper Bride (Random House), and Magic Books & Paper Toys (Random House). Purgatory Pie Press books are housed at institutions including MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum, Cooper Hewitt, London’s Tate, the Brooklyn Museum, and Azerbaijan’s Miniature Book Museum.

Price: $350.00