Imagination Dead Imagine [Deluxe Edition].
Dublin: The Salvage Press, 2015. Limited Edition. "No trace anywhere of life, you say, pah, no difficulty there, imagination not dead yet, yes, dead, good, imagination dead imagine... So begins Beckett’s ‘Imagination Dead Imagine’, a short prose text first published in French in Les Lettres nouvelles in 1965. Its first English publication was in The Sunday Times that same year.
"This new edition of loose sheets celebrates the 50th anniversary of the original publishing in 1965. The project is a collaboration between typographic designer Jamie Murphy & visual artist David O’Kane. The work is introduced with an essay by renowned Beckett scholar Stanley E Gontarski.
The text has been hand-set & letterpress printed by Jamie Murphy in 18 point Caslon Old Face, supported by a newly drawn ten line grotesque typeface by Bobby Tannam, cut from maple by Tom Mayo. David O’Kane has supplied two lithographs inspired by the text, editioned by Thomas Franke at Stein Werk Lithography studio in Leipzig. The sheets are printed on 250gsm French made Velin Cuve BFK Rives mould-made. The edition is limited to 50 copies, 40 of which make up the standard format, ten accounting for the de luxe. The bindings were executed by Tom Duffy in Dublin. The standard is housed in a cloth covered portfolio, protected inside a slipcase. The deluxe is presented in a clam-shell box accompanied by a typographic triptych based on the text. The standard copies are numbered 11 – 50, the deluxe are numbered 1 – 10. Each copy has been signed by the collaborators. Fine in Fine Archival Case. Bright and unmarred. Black cloth drop spine box, loose fo sheets. fo. np. Illus. (b/w plates). Numbered limited edition. Signed by the artists. Item #8779