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Mark Twain

Dirk Hagner San Juan Capistrano, California: Inkswine Press, 2023.
Edition of 10.

The book measures 11 x 6.125 x .75 inches closed (28 x 15.5 x 2 cm), and 11 x 54 x 3 inches when on display (28 x 137 x 7.6 cm). The accordion style book on heavy wove Arches rag paper has 6 panels plus a center 3-page flag book section. There is a colophon page in the back. The typeface used for the letterpress printing is Goudy Oldstyle. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Dirk Hagner: "Mark Twain, the great humorist and keen observer of the 'lowest animal', one of the treasures of American literature, is the subject of this artist book. A large original reduction color woodcut portrait of him is featured on its pages.

"Of course, Mark Twain was only his nom de plume, his real name was Samuel Longhorne Clemens. A page in the book shows his penned 'SLC' initials with which he often signed his correspondence.

"There are so many marvelous quotes by Twain. Three of them are used throughout the book’s structure.”

    The truth hurts, but silence kills
    Those who do not read have no advantage over those who cannot read.
    A gentleman is someone who knows how to play the banjo and doesn't.

Mark Twain

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