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University of Iowa News Release

March 17, 2004

UI Libraries Exhibits Fine Press Collection

The University of Iowa Libraries is celebrating the unique art of fine bookmaking with the opening of the latest exhibition, "Four Decades of Walter Hamady and The Perishable Press Limited," in the Main Library's North Exhibit Hall.

"The range of content and form in these Perishable Press volumes goes far beyond the limits of what we might expect in books," says David Schoonover, curator of the Libraries' rare books collection. "Readers can delight in the multitude of directions which Walter Hamady -- designer, papermaker, printer, writer, publisher and marketer -- takes us."

The visual and material features of Hamady's work include handmade papers, maps, rubber stamps, fastening devices, a variety of prints and illustrations, textures, alternative and traditional fine binding styles. His colophons are offered as artistic works themselves. In all of his productions, Hamady achieves an exacting standard of craftsmanship. Regardless of the diverse interplay of materials, graphics, typographics or structural idiosyncrasies, each of The Perishable Press volumes is carefully crafted, beautifully made. The UI Libraries exhibit hopes to highlight both the genuine character of and the level of craftsmanship, in Hamady's work.

The Mt. Horeb, Wis.-based Perishable Press Limited has issued 128 volumes since its first book, The Disillusioned Solipsist, in 1964. The UI Libraries Special Collections owns 104 of the 128 volumes and acquires retrospective volumes as they become available.

The exhibit, held through July 2004 in the Main Library's North Hall, will be open during regular hours: 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 2 a.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

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