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Scripps College Press Books

Announcing the latest two books=20
from the Scripps College Press
in Claremont, California:

SWEET & SOUR     FALL 1998
Edition: 60 copies     $125.00

Edition: 77 copies         $125.00

SWEET & SOUR          =20
The time-honored method for printing books with hand-set=20
type is to set the first several pages until you run out of type,=20
print, and distribute the type; then you set the next several=20
pages, print and distribute type again.

At the Scripps College Press, we rarely have enough cases
of type in a single face to print an entire book. But we also
rarely have enough time in a semester to set type, print,=20
distribute, and set more of the same type. So, often our=20
books come in a variety of typefaces. It is always a challenge=20
to make such potentially disconnected books look integrated.

But what if we have dialogue: wouldn=92t this give one a chance
to explore different voices through typefaces? So that became=20
the challenge of the semester: to create two distinctive=20
characters who would develop a dialogue. Thus the students=20
could explore typefaces that might reflect these personalities.=20
The two different characters, one that they liked, and one they=20
didn=92t like so much, who would then have a dialogue. This gave
them a chance to explore different voices through typefaces.

The two characters are presented on the left and right sides=20
of the dialogue in triptych page format. It was printed on three=20
Vandercook presses with distinct personalities: the smooth=20
Universal I, the muscle-building Universal III, and the stubborn
 old Vandercook 4. The paper is Somerset Newsprint Grey,=20
which stands up nicely when you pull the book open for display,=20
showing all the characters. The printing colors were selected=20
by determining which inks would be mixed to print the actual=20
color of the paper. The imagery was created with cut and=20
uncut linoleum blocks and experimental printmaking techniques.=20
The triptychs were sewn to each other and laid in a brown and=20
red cloth case. The front matter and titles were set in 14 pt.=20
Centaur and Arrighi. Other typefaces used include Garamond,
Ehrhardt, Optima, Fournier, and Scripps College Old Style.=20
The size is 6.75=94 x 12=94, and was printed in an edition of 60 copies.

an ancient mode of writing in alternate lines, on from right=20
to left and the next from left to right, as fields are plowed.

This book is a field, the reader the harvester of its gifts.=20
As a landscape poem, the words are the guide and the=20
reward. The Book of Songs, a  collection of ancient Chinese=20
poetry and songs, inspired the English words of the book.=20
Particularly inspiring verses are reproduced in traditional=20
Chinese script, written out by Vivian Koo, and serve as=20
a balance to the English text.

The ten voices conversing in this book are those of the=20
printers at the Scripps College Press during the spring=20
of 1999. The song that blooms out of the the landscape
is paced with the reader=92s movement. Creation happens
spontaneously between all things, leaving behind a=20
preconceived linear experience in which the journey must=20
end. This book asks to be read form both directions.

Cheng Chi=92en=92s The Three Perfections describes the=20
harmony between poetry, painting and calligraphy. These
perfections unite in lyrical storytelling, cast across a=20
spacious landscape. The open space, a traditional element=20
in Asian Art, incites the dialogue between text and image.=20
The reader is allowed to journey through and complete
the landscape. The void is potential, a reciprocal invitation.=20
The Asian aesthetic is carried by Japanese paper water-
marked with Japanese calligraphy and by Chinese binding.=20
Our choice of paper allows for flexibility, which is a hallmark
 of Asian books.

Deepening our concept of balance, Cheng Chi=92en=92s The=20
Three Perfections explains the ideal harmony of painting,=20
calligraphy and poetry. Chinese books achieve this unique=20
balance by using one implement, a brush, to create the=20
images and the writing. In Western book production,=20
cooperation between the elements is more difficult to=20
achieve. Developing a visual narrative is the ultimate goal=20
of our book. It not merely an anthology of authors, it is a=20
unified work derived from a shared vision. The challenge=20
facing the class was to produce a cohesive book influenced
by both Western and Eastern ideals.

Our book is printed by letterpress in Scripps College Old=20
Style typeface, 14 and 16/18 point. Imagery was created
using cut paper under the tympan and with cut linoleum=20
blocks. The text is printed on Japanese calligraphic paper=20
which enfolds the printed image. The watermarked=20
calligraphy is a letter from someone who was ill. Upon=20
recovery she gives thanks for the kind support of a friend.
Every double-page spread is stamped with personal seals=20
which were carved in China. The size is 9 x 12.

To order these books, or to receive a list of books in print
at the Scripps College Press, contact Kitty Maryatt,
Director of the Press at
or telephone 909 607 3866.
You can view these books and others
at the Scripps College Press web site at

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