Minneapolis: Angel Bomb Press, 2014. Softcover. Open edition. Author and printer Todd Thyberg founded Angel Bomb Press after several years working with other printers and does both commercial printing and limited edition books. He writes of his powerful and timely book: "With a tip of the hat to printers and activists of the past, American Manifesto calls the United States citizens to action on a number of national concerns—our country’s health, leadership, and environment, to name a few. This book was devised as a piece of activist artwork; utilizing my vintage presses as they were originally intended: to make important statements about important issues." He continues: "If America really is the best country on earth…why do so many of our people go hungry? Why do our leaders consistently work for corporate interests rather than individuals’ rights? How can our leaders, the media, and we the public still be ignorant to the factual reality of climate change? Why can someone go to prison for a minor drug offense while the people who brought our economy to its knees still receive bonuses? Why are we still taking off our shoes to fly? How can 2/3 of America’s population be overweight when people here and around the world are going hungry? How is it acceptable to make fuel from food? Why don’t we Americans question policies?” Printed on 100% cotton Crane Lettra paper and bound in bright red paper covers. 12-pages, 3-colors, letterpress printed in three colors on a Heidelberg 10x15 Windmill at Angel Bomb. In fine condition. Measures 6 x 8.5 inches. Unpaginated [12 pages]. “. Fine.
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Stockholm, WI and St. Paul, MN: Midnight Paper Sales, 2021. Hardcover. Number 75 of 88 copies signed and numbered by the book artist, Gaylord Schanilec, a noted wood engraver, printer designer, poet, and illustrator. In this powerful and complex work, he contemplates the state of the country from the outset of the Covid pandemic in 2020 until the inauguration of Joe Biden in January of 2021. The crow - a corvid - becomes a visual symbol of the impact of the covid epidemic and other events on the country. Schanilec writes of his book: "During the first week of March 2020, as the novel covid virus blossomed in Manhattan, people from all over the world were gathered at the Lexington Avenue Armory, and across the street in the basement of the Saint Vincent Ferrer Church, to buy and sell books. Though the virus was on everyone’s mind, few refused to shake hands, and there were no masks. A week later, when I returned to the Midwest, the storm had struck. The list of the dead was growing dramatically—everyone was masked—and everyone stood at a social distance…almost everyone. I returned to rural Wisconsin where I found a matted crow feather in the wake of receding snow on the floor of Glen’s Woods, and Glen had been dead for years. I made an engraving of the feather, set a few lines of type and printed, but the result did not feel right—it felt rushed and unresolved. I was feeling jumpy, like a needle across a scratch. I decided to embrace that feeling. Tossed by the relentless jolts of the news cycle, what began as a simple rumination on death evolved into a volume of illustrated concept journalism." This compelling work comprises seven four-page, french-folded sections printed on gampi papers, with text handset in various typefaces. With three multi-color wood engravings, and various other elements engraved, or cut in wood. The text and illustrations together offer a searing portrait of the effects of the pandemic and of the Trump era on so many of us. The seven loose sections are contained in a black chitsu case made by Matthew Lawler Zimmerman at Studio Alcyon. In fine condition. Measures 9 x 12 inches. PRI/071122. Fine.