Order Nr. 138916 MEMENTO CIVITATEM. Alice Maher.


(Salvage Press).

Designed and letterpress printed by Jamie Murphy with studio assistance from Louis Scully.

  • n.p. (but Dublin, Ireland): Salvage Press, The, 2023.
  • small folio
  • portfolio, cloth clamshell box
  • title page, 21 individual folded decorative broadsides, notes page, and colophon, for a total of 24 folded broadsides

Price: $4,750.00  other currencies

Order Nr. 138916

Privately printed in an edition of 40 numbered portfolios, presented in a cloth covered solander box. A fine copy.

"Responding to the thoughts and actions of six early twentieth century artists, Memento Civitatem is the result of an extended period of research and reflection on the meaning of citizenship as a legacy of those times, in all its complex and sometimes conflicted readings for the citizens of contemporary Ireland." - Alice Maher & Jamie Murphy

From the colophon: "Memento Civitatem was first commissioned by the ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art at The National Gallery of Ireland inresponse to the archives of Grace Gifford, Sarah Cecelia Harrison, Aloysius O'Kelly, William Orpen, Sarah Purser and Jack B. Yeats, artists who lived through the social and political developments commemorated by Ireland's Decade of Centenaries. This is the first artists' book commissioned by The National Gallery of Ireland. Supported by ESB, Memento Civitatem was displayed at The National Gallery of Ireland in an exhibition curated by Andrea Lydon, Marie Lynch and Donal Maguire from 15 October 2022 - 17 September 2023.

Designed and letterpress printed by Jamie Murphy with Studio assistance from Louis Scully. The bulk of the type is hand-composed in varying weights and sizes of late nineteenth and early twentieth century English woodtype produced by DeLittle of York, Stephenson Blake & Co. and Day & Collins, etc. The 14 and 24 point Méridien was designed by Adrian Frutiger in 1954. Alice Maher's 21 divination cards were first drawn in pen and ink by the artist, then scanned and printed from relief plates, and finally hand-coloured. The paper used in this new edition is 300 gsm Gmund Cotton, through Sean Rockett in Dublin. The boxes were executed by Tom Duffy at his workshop in Dublin's Five Lamps area."