Prelude to Eden: Dwiggins, W. A. Prelude to Eden: Dwiggins, W. A. Prelude to Eden: Dwiggins, W. A. Prelude to Eden: Dwiggins, W. A.

Prelude to Eden

Dwiggins, W. A.

Published by (Püterschein-Hingham Press), Hingham, MA, 1956
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Octavo. (32)pp. Proofreader's copy, inscribed by the printer/designer, Dorothy Abbe. Abbe was a student and close friend of designer William Addison Dwiggins, with whom she lived and worked in Hingham, Massachusetts from 1950 to 1956. She became a lifelong advocate of his work after his death. Abbe printed, bound, and occasionally designed the books of the Püterschein-Hingham Press, which she and Dwiggins ran out of their home. Prelude to Eden was the final book of the Press. The marionette play is illustrated throughout in twenty colors using Abbe's own variation of the "tone line" process, which involved photographing and then silk-screening the marionettes constructed by Dwiggins. This copy was a proofreader's copy sent to the Shimers. John A. Shimer, Abbe's neighbor, was the author of This Sculptured Earth: The Landscape of American, for which Abbe won the AIGA award for design in 1959. Line illustrations were supplied by his mother, Florence H. Shimer, author of the 1950 Püterschein-Hingham Press publication Twelve Poems. Prelude is bound in aluminum sheet covers, attached with Fabriano paper at the spine. This was the first time that metal covers were used as a binding design in the US. Original acetate dust jacket and original box. Paper label to box lid is addressed to "Mr. and Mrs. John Shimer" and features the Püterschein-Hingham Press logo. Notice laid in. Darkening and some paper loss to box, front hinge of text split, otherwise fine.Together with two framed, black & white photographic portraits of John A. Shimer's parents, Hervey and Florence Shimer, taken by Abbe in the 1950s. The elder Shimers were friends with Abbe and Dwiggins and fellow residents of Hingham. In one photograph, Hervey Woodburn Shimer, Professor of Paleontology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, laughs good-naturedly with his pipe in hand. His wife Florence H. Shimer is in profile, gesturing with her cigarette in one hand as she engages in conversation. The portraits are evidence of Abbe's skill as a hobby photographer, as well as her fondness for her subjects. Framed in cream mats and black and gold wooden frames with occasional paint loss. Minor edgewear to Hervey's photograph. A fine set from a talented artist and designer. (see Bromer, Strings Attached, illustration 24). Bookseller Inventory # 26577

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Bibliographic Details

Title: Prelude to Eden

Publisher: (Püterschein-Hingham Press), Hingham, MA

Publication Date: 1956

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Abbe, Dorothy

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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