Gloria by Bill Berkson
Illustrated with Twenty-Five Etchings by Alex Katz
Arion Press, 2005, Signed Limited Edition, 62 of 100
Signed by Bill Berkson and Alex Katz
MINT Condition – Still in the Publisher’s Original Packaging
This is a signed limited edition of “Gloria” published by the Arion Press in 2005 with a limitation of 100 with this being number 62. From the publisher, “This livre d'artiste pairs twenty-eight poems by Bill Berkson with twenty-five etchings by Alex Katz. About the poet, Bernadette Mayer has written: "Berkson's poetry emerges with an elegant reticence from the rooms of the traditionally sublime to greet the present moment with unexpected splendor, ease of observation, metaphysic wit." Alex Katz is a world-renowned artist who is adept at every scale, as is evident from the works that appear in this book, etchings on plates measuring just four inches square. The imagery for Gloria spans the subject matter of his entire career, from people to landscapes, to bobbing boats, to a munching cow. The figures, be they fauna or flora, seem to exist in a sophisticated environment, as urbane and glamorous as the poems they face. The etchings are varied in technique and effect: black on white or grey, white on black or grey, grey on black or white or grey.”
The book is printed on one side of the sheet only, in the French-fold manner, where the folds at the top edge of the book remain uncut. The paper is thin white Ingres, a mouldmade paper from the Zerkall mill in Germany. Thus, the inner pages are blank and hide the impression of the etching plate. The format is 12 by 9 inches, 56 pages, not counting the inner blanks. The etchings appear on the left-hand pages, the poetry on the right-hand pages. The intaglio plates were prepared by Simmelink/ Sukimoto in Kingston, New York, and were editioned by Robert Townsend and Kate Hanlon of R. E. Townsend, Inc. in Georgetown, Massachusetts. The type is Futura, also known as Twentieth Century. It was cast by Mackenzie & Harris and printed by letterpress at Arion Press. The binding is hand-sewn over tapes. The cover has a grey goatskin spine with a wider area on the front with the title letters stamped alternately in red, green, and blue metallic foil and the names of author and artist on the spine stamped in black foil. The sides are covered with lighter grey cloth.
The book is signed by Bill Berkson and Alex Katz.
Accompanying the book is the original prospectus.
The book is in MINT condition still in the publisher’s original packaging.
Stock photographs of the binding and examples of illustrations in the book appear in the photo section of the listing.
About the Arion Press
Since its inception in 1974, the Arion Press has published 118 deluxe limited editions that are breathtaking in their scope and artistry. Combining notable literature illustrated with original artwork from prominent artists, Andrew Hoyem and his team at the Arion Press have carried on the tradition of the livre d’artiste in spectacular fashion. Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times put it best when he wrote, "The Arion Press produces some of the most beautiful limited-edition, hand printed books in the world."