THE CURE Philip Zimmermann (1977)


This was the first offset lithographic book that I printed myself. It was produced on the Rutherford flatbed offset proof press at Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY when I was in graduate school there. The edition was ten copies, printed on Mohawk Superfine paper with Canson cover paper, bound in a traditional Japanese stab binding. Each cover had a different color cover with a different cut-out image of hands cut from makeready for the book and glued on. I made the halftones with non-glare glass using the "fine line" process. The images are from old postcards that I bought at an old Swiss "bad" of spa that I had visited in 1976. The borders were from a Dover book of old borders and cartouches which I made line shots of. There is a rather vague implied narrative in the order of the images.

Making and printing this book is what made me fall in love with offset lithography and lithographic prepress work.


This book is out of print.

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