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Sampler by Emily Dickinson, Illustrated by Kiki Smith, Arion Press, 47 of 400



Sampler by Emily Dickinson

Illustrated with 206 Prints by Kiki Smith

Arion Press, 2007, Signed Limited Edition, 47 of 400

Signed by Kiki Smith

MINT Condition – Still in the Publisher’s Original Packaging

This is a signed limited edition of “Sampler” published by the Arion Press in 2007 with a limitation of 400 with this being number 47. From the publisher, "This book presents a selection of two hundred poems by Emily Dickinson, one of America’s greatest poets, with prints by the acclaimed contemporary artist Kiki Smith. The title of this book was chosen for two reasons. It signals that this is a sampling of the poetry of Emily Dickinson. And it refers to embroidered samplers from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that inspired the imagery of Kiki Smith.”

The artist Kiki Smith has made prints for every page of the poetry, as well as the half-title page and a portrait of Emily Dickinson on the frontispiece, 206 images in all. These are original prints. Kiki Smith has made the matrix for each image. She scratched lines in the emulsion of photographic negatives with an etching needle and other sharp-pointed tools, thus allowing light to pass through them in the making of photopolymer plates for letterpress printing. Kiki Smith decided to make images in the manner of samplers, traditionally sewn by young women to demonstrate their domestic skills.

The book measures 11” x 7” with 220 pages. The type is Walbaum in Monotype composition by Mackenzie & Harris and in hand composition with type cast at the Bixler Foundry. The type and polymer plates were printed by letterpress in black ink for the type and red-brown ink for the plates. The paper was made by hand at the Twinrocker mill. The sheets are hand-sewn with linen thread over linen tapes. The binding has a red-brown goatskin spine, with title stamped in gold, the boards covered with tan cloth, the front cover embroidered with red thread for title and author and artist names. The book is presented in a slipcase.

The book is signed by Kiki Smith. 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 book and the cover of prospectus 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."