Granary Books, 2014. Item #GB_159LTD
7 1/2 x 9 in., 168 pp., paper over boards in clamshell box.
A Book of Glyphs is a facsimile reproduction of legendary author, musician and Fugs founder Ed Sanders’ first book-length work of glyphs, which he created in Florence, Italy in 2008, using colored pencils and a small sketchbook. Though each piece stands on its own, collectively the 72 glyphs convey, with characteristic humility and humor, many of the themes explored by Sanders over his long and diverse career, including history, myth, activism and pacifism.
The glyph—“a drawing that is charged with literary, emotional, historical or mythic and poetic intensity”—has been a dimension of Sanders’ poetry since 1962; he cites Zen rock gardens, the markings on Egyptian tombs and the typographic designs in John Cage’s writings as influences in the development of the form. Sanders’ name for the original notebook is Smile-Book of Grace-Joy, which aptly describes the range of concerns explored in this important and joyful work.
Each copy of A Book of Glyphs includes:
The facsimile: 4 x 6 in., 168 pp., with 73 full-color pp., bound in marbled paper over boards.
"Glyph Notes," the companion volume with an introduction by Ed Sanders, along with his notes on each of the glyphs reproduced in full color as thumbnails.
6 x 4 in. color photograph of Ed Sanders holding the original manuscript book.
All items contained in a 7 1/2 x 9 in. cloth-covered hand-stamped clamshell box.
"Glyph Notes" was printed at Silicon Gallery Fine Arts in Philadelphia and bound by Judith Ivry, who also made the boxes and bound the books.
Designed by Lotus + Pixel, this is from an edition of 51 copies, each numbered and signed by the poet, of which 38 are for sale. As new.
Pictured: box; open box; book; page spread; “Glyph Notes;” and “Glyph Notes” spread.