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Claremont, California:]: Scripps College Press, 2000. One of sixty copies signed by Kitty Maryatt and the eleven student contributors. Each student was inspired by one word, mostly onomatopoeias (including Brrr, TIC TIC, Bang, etc.). Illustrated on about fifty pages, mostly in color, with linocuts, decorative paper designs, photopolymer plates, vinyl pressure prints, cut-outs, ink, and more. A fine copy of a particularly attractive Scripps College Press book. Bound in red paper, textured with iridescent copper fibers, over boards. In a Gary Frost-style sewn boards binding. Gold cloth spine. Spine label and endpapers match the binding. Oblong quarto. Unpaginated. Item #17367
By way of introduction, Scripps College Press Director Kitty Maryatt writes, “Internet speed is the catchword today: download faster, get speedier access to all that information out there, get connected! At the Scripps College Press, we work letterpress speed. That means we set type by hand, hand crank the Vandercooks, carve and draw images, sew hand-folded signatures and fabricat the bindings. This is all very slow. On the other hand, the deadline for finishing the edition is the end of the semester. That means moving along at a clip with our writing and idea-forming, running those presses at top speed, and making decisions about the binding in a timely fashion. This seems to go very fast. So the students were asked to reflect on the idea of speed and develop stories that would reflect perhaps the advantages or disadvantages of going fast or slowly.”.