The Bridge by Hart Crane – Photography by Sheila Metzner
21st Editions, 2007, Signed Limited Edition, 4 of 68
12 Signed Original Hand Printed Platinum Prints
1 Signed Free-standing Platinum Print
MINT Condition in Original Wood Packing Case
History: In 2007, fine press photography book publisher 21st Editions released The Bridge. Limited to 68 copies worldwide, the hand-bound collection contains 13 original platinum prints (twelve bound and one free-standing platinum print entitled, “Brooklyn Bridge” that is suitable for framing). Each print is fully signed by Sheila Metzner with the free standing photograph also signed in full on the rectro. This copy, 4 of 68, was presented to Lance Speer, 21st Editions Contributing Editor and Director of Marketing, upon completion of the project.
Details of the Book and Prints: 21st Editions was honored to have been granted permission to reprint one of the greatest of American epics, Hart Crane’s The Bridge, along with 13 platinum prints of Sheila Metzner’s finest and most luminous images of the Brooklyn Bridge and New York. In his introductory essay John Wood characterizes both artists as “the sweet singers of America” and sees Crane’s hymn to the Brooklyn Bridge, New York, and American potential reflected in Metzner’s similar lyricism, sensuality, and hopefulness. The Bridge is a completely handmade work of art designed, printed, and bound by the foremost masters in the field of the book arts.
Each signed and numbered copy of The Bridge is hand-bound and printed in letterpress on handmade cotton rag paper. Measuring 18” x 14”, this gorgeous handmade volume is bound in embossed blue Moroccan goatskin and is housed in a custom clamshell box. The free-standing platinum print is housed in a folded, letterpress printed presentation folder contained in the clamshell box. The book is signed and numbered by Sheila Metzner, John Wood, and the publisher, Steven Albahari on the limitation page. A Letter of Provenance from Lance Speer is included.
The book, prints, and case are all in MINT condition in the original wood packing case.
Photographs of book, the free standing platinum print, the packing case, and examples of platinum prints contained in the book appear in the photo section of the listing.