- Berkeley: Editions Koch, 2004.
- 6 x 9 inches
- 138 pages
Price: $30.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 78258
First edition. This companion piece to The Fragments of Parmenides reveals the "blood, sweat and tears" the creators put into their original book. Carving the Elements tells the detailed story of the making of The Fragments of Parmenides, a grandiose book project meticulously crafted by: master letterpress printer Peter Koch; poet, translator and typographer Robert Bringhurst; punchcutter, type designer, typefounder and poet Dan Carr; master stonecutter and type designer Christopher Stinehour; master bookbinder Daniel Kelm; bookbinder, casemaker and printer Peggy Gotthold; and visual artist and master wood engraver Richard Wagener.
The text of the book, actually written by the book artists themselves, takes the reader through their journey in the making of The Fragmentswith essays including the following: "Philosophy & Printing in the Real West: or Herakleitos in Montana and Fly Fishing on Telegraph Avenue" by Peter Koch; "Deep in the Stone: A Conversation about Hand-Crafted Letters" by Christopher Stinehour; "Parmenides, Craft and Being: Designing and Cutting an Archaic Greek Typeface" by Dan Carr; "Finding the Form of an Ancient Text" by Robert Bringhurst; "A Dream of Pre-Socratic Color: From Joshua Tree to Baudelaire" by Richard Wagener; "How Is It Possible for the "One" to Have So Many Parts?" by Daniel E. Kelm; "Binding Parmenides" by Peggy Gotthold; and "Raven's Wine Cup" by Robert Bringhurst.
Well-illustrated and written by true bibliophiles, "This book is ... a guided tour of ... the philosophy of artisanship, in some of its many forms." Distributed for Editions Koch.