Kora in Hell: Improvisations by William Carlos Williams
Illustrated with Twenty-One Woodblock Prints by Mel Kendrick
Arion Press, 1998, Signed Limited Edition, 235 of 300
Signed by Mel Kendrick
MINT Condition – Still in the Publisher’s Original Packaging
This is a signed limited edition of “Kora in Hell: Improvisations” published by the Arion Press in 1998 with a limitation of 300 with this being number 235. From the publisher, “William Carlos Williams, one of the most important poets of this century, wrote this book of prose-poetry in 1917. He reflects on daily events over the course of a year, his readings, thoughts, observations. To these statements, made in language plain-spoken yet rising to the beauty and imagination of his poetry, he appended further comments or interpretations to make them more intelligible to others. An essay in which Williams explains himself as a figure within the modern movement was added as a prologue. The critic Lawrence Kart claims that the great poetry Williams achieved “would not have been possible without the eruptive prose of Kora in Hell”. The book includes prints by contemporary artist Mel Kendrick whose own work is in the modernist lineage. Twenty-one images from three series of woodblock prints, each involving seven separate blocks in the form of long vertical sheets that can be rolled up like scrolls, have been separated and each occupy the recto page of a leaf in the book, with pages of text in between.”
The book measures 10 inches square with 106 pages, including 42 unnumbered pages for the 21 leaves bearing the prints. The types are Stymie Bold for the text and Franklin Gothic for display, in Monotype and hand composition. The paper is German mouldmade Zerkall. Proofs of the woodblock prints were photographically reduced to approximately 62% and made into photopolymer plates. The type and plates were printed by letterpress in black ink. Red ink is used on the title page. The binding is a black goatskin spine with title stamped in red, with boards covered with laser-cut veneer replicas of woodblocks by Kendrick, inked in black. The introduction was written by Lawrence Kart.
The book is signed by Mel Kendrick.
Accompanying the book is the original prospectus.
The book and slipcase are in MINT condition still in the publisher’s original packaging.
Stock photographs of the binding and an illustration from the book as well as the cover of the prospectus appear in the photo section of the listing.
About the Arion Press
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