Book Condition: Fine+
Edition: Limited Edition; First Printing; Signed by Author
Publisher: Vancouver: Heavenly Monkey, 2007.
The edition of 50 signed and numbered copies (8vo, 12 pp) was issued in two states. The Majuscule state (numbers 1-15, this copy being #14) has multiple signatures cased in Reg Lissel's transparent vellum paper, lined with a custom-made sheet of paste paper. These copies feature a frontis printed chine colle and signed by Taylor, and include a photo-etching reproduction of a snapshot of Robert Reid taken en route to San Francisco.
In 1949 Robert Reid celebrated inclusion of his first limited-edition book (The Fraser Mines Vindicated) in that year's Rounce & Coffin Club annual book show, by driving down the West Coast to see the exhibition. Along the way he stopped in San Francisco, and during just a few days there, managed to meet a number of the city's printing luminaries: the Grabhorn brothers, Col. Carroll Harris, and perhaps most memorable of all, William Everson, then at work on A Privacy of Speech. This brief account of the trip is written in Reid's customary style effusive for all things printed.
Set by hand in 18-pt Perpetua and printed in two colors with our handpress on dampened handmade HM Text paper. The frontis is a specially commissioned contemporary linocut portrait of Robert by Andrea Taylor of Cotton Socks Press.