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Author: Andrew Morrison
Publisher: [Stroud, Gloucestershire] : [Andrew Morrison], [2006]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English

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Named Person: Andrew Morrison
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Morrison
OCLC Number: 501420068
Notes: Artist's book. Each leaf bears one or more ampersands. The ampersands on a leaf are printed in the same colour but the ampersands may be of different fonts. Each leaf is printed in a different colour.
"Printers have affection for the ampersand, not just because of its usefulness in shortening lines and in embellishing spaces, but also, I believe, because of its uniquely human shape; in one stroke it describes us, becomes a human pictogram. Placed together, ampersands appear endlessly various and take on human characteristics of slovenliness, arrogance, timidity and flamboyance. Ben Shahn said that the letters of the alphabet have an "austere dignity", the ampersand in woodblock form, by contrast, is avuncular and buoyant. The book is a small celebration of the alphabet's twenty-seventh letter and of design improvisation and characterisation within one simple symbolic form."--Information provided by the artist.
"It's hard to identify all the fonts used as many wooden fonts are local variations of standard faces but the book includes Cheltenham, Windsor, Gill, Grotesque and Caslon as well as some ampersands hand cut for this production. The text on the final page is hand set in Albertus."--Information provided by the artist.
"Ampersands from the Two Wood Press collection of wooden type"--Back cover.
Letterpress printed on Somerset 300gsm on a Vandercook proofing press. Board covers with a Caslon paper wrapper. Perfect bound.
Date of publication provided by the artist.
Description: 12 unnumbered leaves ; 18 x 18 cm
Responsibility: [Andrew Morrison].


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