Hard Words Portfolio I

Peter Rutledge Koch
Berkeley, California: Editions Koch, 2000

These one word picture poems were first begun in 1991 in an attempt to reformulate the custom of issuing wanted posters. I was searching for a new language form to express what was wanting (wanted) in my own vocabulary of symbols. The lead and wood types, copper electroplated and zinc photo-engravings were collected from such various sources as a newspaper office near Freezout, Montana and a printer’s junkyard in San Francisco.

A portfolio of nine letterpress prints in a limited edition of 20 copies, was generated from photoengravings, lead and wood types. The prints, measuring 10 x 13.5 inches are printed on Fabriano Rosapina. The box, fabricated by John De Merritt, is covered with German Iris Cloth and hinged in foil stamped terra cotta leather.

Portfolio; 9 pages,    10 x 13.5 inches   edition of 20.       $1000.00