inferno and purgatory

June 14, 2019

Regular readers of our blog will know that Barrie has been working on an ongoing project for the last 30 years – and counting.

The Typographic Dante (currently on show at the National Poetry Library in London’s South Bank Centre) is a series of typographic illustrations – one for each of the 100 cantos of Dante’s Divine Comedy.

The 34 illustrations for The Inferno are made with Letterpress…

And the 33 illustrations for Purgatory are all made with Typewriters (and a number of coloured ribbons).

Paradise is still in progress (19 more cantos to go) and each one of those is created with Letraset.

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abe books

June 14, 2019

The Caseroom Press makes Artists’ Books. Not money. Not that this is a problem, we do what we do for love, not lucre.

But occasionally, or books turn up on Abe – and someone is making money (well, potentially).

At the moment of posting, Alan Mason’s The Magazine: January is selling for a whole £4.70. Quite the bargain, even with postage. Alan was after a tenner on Big Cartel.

Issue 11 of The Case Magazine (Vivid), a personal favourite of all the issues we published over the years (it started its life way back at teh Edniburgh College of Art in 1995 and was the seed which grew into The Caseroom Press. It is now on sale for £22. A must have for the avid reader. With postage, it comes in at 5 times the original price, but still worth it.

Disappointingly there are three copies of Utopian Tales for sale (around £30 or thereabouts). Disappointing because there were only ever sixty-four copies made, one for each of the illustrators, one for Jack Zipes, one for the editor, Ken Cockburn, and one as a file copy for The Caseroom Press. This means that three of the illustrators didn’t like it so much they gave it away. You can read all about the project in a previous blog post if you’re interested.

Ken Cockburn will be no doubt pleased to know that the original book in the Overheard/Overlooked series is a snip at £40 (including postage). Ken sold them for about a fiver originally. As a freelance poet, he’s never going to make it into the Times’ Rich List, so if you’d like to donate £40 straight to him, we’ll send you a book free of charge.

Lastly, and by far the most impressive is Angus Reid’s The Book of Days – £250, plus postage… technically we’ve sold out, but I’m sure I can find a file copy for £250 – with free postage. Or, if you pay the train fare, Angus might even hand deliver it and give a reading from the book.

Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology is up there too – anything from £9–£70 if you’re interested. Barrie is so never going to get a royalties cheque.

danteggiare

June 14, 2019

Barrie’s latest Artists’ Book Danteggiare is a collection of translations into English of the first terza rima of Dante’s Inferno. It was inspired by a comment made by Chris McCabe at the National Poetry Library during the installation of The Typographic Dante exhibition.

The title is from an article written for Bookanista by Mika Provata-Carlone.

The book contains 94 translations from 1782–2018. The fact it took over 450 years to be translated into English is considered, in some part, to be due to Dante’s Catholic views being at odds with Protestant English audiences, who would have seen his vision of the afterlife as heretical.

The book is not complete – first three lines of about 20 translations currently elude Barrie. Eventually, they’ll be included in a second edition of the book – if you happen to have copies of the following editions to hand, please e-mail him and let him know what the first three lines are…

1862 William Patrick Wilkie

1895 Robert Urquhart

1898 Eugene Jacob Lee-Hamilton

1901 John Carpenter Garnier

1903 Edward Wilberforce

1911 Charles Edwin Wheeler

1914 Edith Mary Shaw

1915 Edward Joshua Edwardes

1922 Henry John Hooper

1931 Lacy Lockert

1948 Patrick Cummins

1949 Harry Morgan Ayres

1954 Howard Russell Huse

1956 Glen Levin Swiggett

1958 Mary Prentice Lillie

1962 Clara Stillman Reed

1965 William F. Ennis

1965 Aldo Maugeri

the magazine: march

June 14, 2019

The Caseroom Press has just published the third part of Alan Mason’s The Magazine – A Novel in Thirteen Parts.

The Magazine follows the form, and manner of a Victorian serial. This artist’s book/novel plays out in thirteen distinct, and distinctive instalments replete with cliff-hangers, poems, letters of complaint, improving articles, amendments, announcements, plagiarisms of no great account and tall tales that fall short.

The project is supported by the Edinburgh College of Art and copies are available from the author.

alan[dot]mason[at]ed[dot]ac[dot]uk

 

carnival at birkbeck

June 14, 2019

Bronaċ Ferran recently organised a Reading and Discussion of Steve McCaffery’s Carnival at The Contemporary Poetics Research Centre (Birkbeck University).

After a reading/performance from Carnival by Steve McCaffery himself, there were responses by Karen Mac Cormack, Greg Thomas and Rebecca Kosick – as well as The Caseroom Press’ very own Barrie Tullett.

The event ended with a response to the comments and discussions by Steve McCaffery.

It was a fantastic evening, Barrie got to meet his heroes, and the papers by Greg and Rebecca were incredibly insightful. He just wanted to say a very big thank you to Bronaċ for organising it all and inviting him to be a part of it.

For more information on The Contemporary Poetics Research Centre see here: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/cprc/

For a list of forthcoming events see here: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/cprc/readings/

 

bookanista

May 10, 2019

A very big thank you to Mika Provata-Carlone – a Dante scholar, translator, editor and illustrator – for her very thoughtful and insightful review of The Typographic Dante exhibition over at Bookanista: http://bookanista.com/vision-eternity/.

Having worked on the project independently for so long, it was quite wonderful to discuss it in depth with someone who has such a deep understanding of Dante and the Divine Comedy. As you may know, Barrie discovered Dante’s Inferno through pop culture as a teenager and has never formally studied the life of Dante or the Divine Comedy, even though Dante has been with him as an ongoing project for 30 years now.

At the opening of the show, Barrie also met some medievalists from the British Library and the talk (and performance) inspired Philobiblon, [(on) the love of books], to write a blog post about the first printed editions of Dante’s Divine Comedy.

Interestingly enough, the blog post mentions that as a medievalist, he rarely thinks of the printed history of Dante’s (Divine) Comedy – as a typographer Barrie rarely thought of the manuscripts of the Divine Comedy, until very recently. The British Library online archive (http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/) is a stunning resource and has inspired Barrie to look a little further back into history than his role as a graphic designer and lecturer usually takes him.

He would recommend the following books if you find it all as interesting as he does: Books Before Print by Erik Kwakkel and The Book by Keith Houston.

The Typographic Dante Show is on at the National Poetry Library, South Bank Center until the 30th June.

 

 

 

tocall number 4

May 8, 2019

The very talented Petra Schulze-Wollgast (psw) has just published issue 4 of ToCall magazine.

With work by Andrew Topel (USA), Christine Walde (Canada), David Armes (USA), David Chirot (USA), Derek Beaulieu (Canada), Enzo Patti (Italy), Fernando Aguiar (Portugal), Gary Barwin (Canada), Hiromi Suzuki (Japan), Johanna Drucker (USA), Kate Siklosi (Canada), Matthew Robertson (UK), May Bery (Canada), Naomi Kent (UK), psw (Germany), Volodymyr Bilyk (Ukraine) and our very own Barrie Tullett (UK) … the magazine is a celebration of work primarily created with analogue techniques. 

More of psw’s work can be seen here:http://www.psw.gallery/

the typographic bloody dante

May 4, 2019

The Typographic Dante opened at the National Poetry Library on Tuesday night. A sold-out gig, Barrie took the opportunity to wax lyrical about Dante in popular culture, explain what else he’d been up to in the 30 years he’d been working on the project, and performed old favourites ‘Dead Birds’ and ‘A Song for an Art School’, as well as finding room to include some new material.

A big thank you to Chris McCabe for making the exhibition happen, and Dan, Dani and Mark for their technical support in hanging the show.

It’s an incredible venue and an absolute delight to be able to exhibit the work there.

https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/134923-typographic-dante-2019

 

the typographic dante at the south bank centre

February 23, 2019

The Typographic Dante will have its London debut at the National Poetry Library, South Bank Centre this April.

30 years in the making, and counting, the exhibition will showcase illustrations from Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise.

As always, Barrie is at pains to point out that he has been busy with other projects as well as this one, but despite his glacial pace of progress he has finally dipped his toe into Paradise, the final book of the Divine Comedy.

DATES & TIMES: 30 Apr 2019–30 Jun 2019

WHERE: National Poetry Library, Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall.

For more information – see The South Bank Centre website.

https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/134924-typographic-dante-opening-event-2019

https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/134923-typographic-dante-2019

cheerio and toodle pip to fond farewells

February 22, 2019

 

bookerspostersmPhilippa is happy to announce that Fond Farewells a book she collaborated on with Angie Bulter in 2016 has been accepted as part of the Idaho Booker’s Dozen; curated by Stephanie Bacon, Professor of Art and Director of Idaho Center for the Book, the exhibition will tour thirteen different venues in Idaho in thirteen months from March 2019 to March 2020.

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