44 WILDE 1944, by John Wilde - 1984 [The Perishable Press]


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44 Wilde 1944:

Being a Selection of 44 Images from a Sketchbook kept by John Wilde mostly in 1944

by John Wilde 

Limited edition.  Mt. Horeb, WI:  The Perishable Press, 1984 

Softback is overall in VERY GOOD+ condition.

  • Handmade wraps of speckled tan Shadwell paper are mostly clean, with same-color title.  Corners are softened.  
  • Spine is stamped "44" in light brown, with bumped ends. 
  • Binding is strong.  
  • Handmade paper end papers/ pastedowns show little to no sign of age or wear.
  • Illustrations are bright and clear. 
  • Interior exhibits minimal signs of age and wear.  Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • PS2023.1228

Unpaginated. 7.25 x 10 inches

A lovely example of the art and craft which were the output of The Perishable Press under the direction of Walter Hamady (1940-2019).  Walter Hamady and John Wilde (1919-2006) were colleagues in the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Wilde, a painter and draftsman with a surrealist bent, provided illustrations for books published by Hamady at The Perishable Press.  

This work features a selection of drawings, mostly from the year 1944, from a sketchbook by John Wilde.  It includes an introduction by Lincoln Kirstein.  Wrapped in Shadwell paper from Hamady's manufactory and generously printed on doubled sheets of Mohawk Vellum Cream, 44 Wilde 1944 captures all the elements of The Perishable Press.  It is tactile, intimate, an invitation into the working collaboration of the consummate craftsmen and artists at work in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. 

One of 200 copies produced.  Binding by Bonnie Stahlecker.

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