Order Nr. 139778 THIS WISP OF A THING CALLED CIVILIZATION. Robert Bringhurst.
THIS WISP OF A THING CALLED CIVILIZATION.
THIS WISP OF A THING CALLED CIVILIZATION.
THIS WISP OF A THING CALLED CIVILIZATION.
THIS WISP OF A THING CALLED CIVILIZATION.

THIS WISP OF A THING CALLED CIVILIZATION.

(Maret, Russell).
  • New York, NY: (Russell Maret), 2023.
  • 4to
  • quarter cloth over decorated paper-covered boards, paper cover label, sewn spine
  • 50, (3) pages

Price: $400.00  other currencies

Order Nr. 139778

One of 110 numbered copies signed by Robert Bringhurst. Accompanied by the prospectus. A fine copy.

From the prospectus: "This Wisp of a Thing Called Civilization is a wide-ranging meditation on the relationships between language and the forms we give to it; the oral, scribal, and typographic structures with which we cloth literature; and how these forms and structures simultaneously preserve, alter, and, occasionally, degrade our understanding of what they convey. Through a close analysis of ligatured and clustered letters from 8th century Chinese calligraphy; Romanesque manuscripts, and Renaissance typography, painting, and sculpture, Bringhurst evokes the metaphor of civilization as a shared endeavor, one that is contingent on collaboration and synthesis for its survival. This idea is counterposed by examples of how war, cultural ethocide, migration, and psychopatic despots threaten the tenuous links that allow civilization to flourish. Or, as Bringhurst puts it, "How much work it is to make a single page worth saving - and how easily an army or an air force or a mob made up of frightened or deluded human beings can destroy entire libraries, cities, and countries."

This Wisp of a Thing Called Civilization was designed by Russell Maret, and printed and bound by him and Sarah Moody in an edition of one hundred ten copies. The book is set in Gremolata, Cancellaresca Milanese, Sans Pisolino, and Iohann Titling, all of which were designed by Russell Maret. The cover ornament was engraved and cast by Ed Rayher at Swamp Press. The text paper was handmade at the Velké Losiny papermill in the Czech Republic. The photographic illustrations were printed by Puritan Capital on Mohawk Paper and profusely illustrated."