THE FRAGMENTS OF PARMENIDES. Robert Bringhurst, Richard Wagener, printer Peter Koch.
THE FRAGMENTS OF PARMENIDES.
THE FRAGMENTS OF PARMENIDES.
THE FRAGMENTS OF PARMENIDES.
THE FRAGMENTS OF PARMENIDES.
THE FRAGMENTS OF PARMENIDES.

THE FRAGMENTS OF PARMENIDES.

Berkeley, CA: Editions Koch, 2003. First edition, the "Deluxe" limited issue. Copy B of 26 lettered copies SIGNED BY BRINGHURST, WAGENER, and KOCH. Additionally INSCRIBED BY BRINGHURST "for Allen Mears, the kind of reader / Parmenides has waited for / 17.1.2004" Although copy B, the colophon is absent the limitation. As Peter Koch stated in his March 30, 2004, email to Mears, "I meant to hand-write "Copy B" after the colophon but must have missed it. I will gladly fix your copy when I am in your neighborhood. . . . Yours is the First Copy out the door and I am making all my mistakes on you!" The email is laid in. According to Bringhurst's March 31, 2004, email to Mears, this is the only copy of the book he inscribed. The book was designed and printed by Peter Rutledge Koch at Peter Koch Printers, Berkeley, California, on Bütten-Karton (hand-made heavy weight) paper from the Zerkall mill in Hurtgenwald, Germany. The English translation of Parmenides and afterword are by Robert Bringhurst. The wood engravings by Richard Wagener were printed by the artist. The book's finished size is 16.25 x 9.75 inches and there were to be a grand total of 146 copies, 126 of which were for sale and 20 copies hors de commerce comprising the Contributor's edition. This copy is one of 26, lettered A to Z, which are bound in full leather by Daniel E. Kelm, at the Wide Awake Garage in Easthampton, Massachusetts. The copy is ACCOMPANIED BY A SUITE OF TEN (10) SIGNED WOOD ENGRAVINGS by Richard Wagener AND BROADSIDE TYPE-SPECIMENS for each of the two typefaces specially made for this edition. Wagener's stunning engravings in the separate suite, done on end-cut grain, measure about 5 x 7 inches and were brilliantly printed by Wagener in Serman Oaks on his Vandercook Universal I proof press in black, yellow, orange, and blood red. The book contains five engravings, including one printed in black and white as the frontispiece to the title. The prints in the book were printed by Wagener on Koch's Hacker Test press in Berkeley. The ten engravings in the full suite, housed in a separate chemise, are all in color and each is lettered and signed by Wagener. All in this book's suite are lettered "B" except for one lettered "A." The book and the full suite are in mint condition. This deluxe edition's two broadside type specimen sheets, one for each of the two new typefaces, were specially made for the edition. The type specimen sheet of Carr's type measures about 9.4 x 15.5 inches and that of Stinehour's measures about 9.4 x 16 inches. They are printed in two colors on deep orange-cream colored laid paper using Koch's Vandercook 4 press. The book's publication date is 2003 (the prospectus states 2004 but Koch says this is because the bindings took a long time to complete and drove distribution well into 2004). The box for this deluxe edition is by Peggy Gotthold and her partner Larry Van Velzer and, as with the box for the numbered edition, is covered in orange/yellow Japanese rayon/silk Kototsumugi cloth. Made with Fibrex Platinum Binder's Board, the box for this lettered edition is deeper to accommodate the extra suite of engravings. In summary, this is a stunning book to read, see and hold. It should go down in printing history as one of the best examples of successful collaboration among such a large number of principals. All components are in as new or mint condition. ALSO INCLUDED: CARVING THE ELEMENTS: A COMPANION TO THE FRAGMENTS OF PARMENIDES, 2004, Editions Koch, Berleley, California, first edition, paperwraps, edited, designed and type-set by Robert Bringhurst. The book documents the 10-year history behind Fragments, especially the design and cutting of the new types. This 128-page book is printed offset and published in a smaller format than Fragments. This book is a fantastic read and an excellent adjunct to the artistry of the main book. Each of the book's contributors wrote a section for the book. Some are specific to the book or its history, especially so Bringhurst's and Koch's, while others are more a philosophical treatise of their craft. The Companion measures 6 x 9 inches and is printed in black and white with orange on the title page and printer's device on the ffep. The cover is printed in orange, black and white. Peter Koch issued an errata noting that on page 15, line 3, Richard Wagener lives in Los Angeles, not Santa Cruz, and that on page 39, line 13, John Crichton's name was misspelled. Robert Bringhurst advised that on page 138, note 5, Robert should read Henri. Parmenides, the son of Pyres (or Pyrrhes), of Elea (a Greek colony in Italy), was born about 515 B.C., in Phokaia, a city in present-day Turkey. He was associated with members of the Pythagorean society and is himself called a Pythagorean by later writers. In the formation of his philosophic system, he was influenced by his aged fellow-townsman, Xenophanes. However, he departed from the doctrines of Xenophanes by developing a system that was much more philosophical or abstract, which was embodied in a poetic work "On Nature." He bridges the gap between Homer and Plato; and Plato's work reflects the influence of Parmenides. Also in the Fragments of Parmenides collection housed in a green plastic folder are the ephemera including two versions of the Prospectus; Roxburghe Club Lecture; Bringhurst's lecture notes (sans projected photographs), which are inscribed "for Allen Mears: some inscrutable notes, / not worth the fifty pictures he didn't / get to see / Robert Bringhurst / 23 January 2004"; TLS from Bringhurst to Mears on the lecture and on the signing of Copy B's sheets by Koch, Wagener, and Bringhurst; and about 20 other pieces of ephemera and correspondence relating to the book.
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