The Center for Book Arts is Pleased to Announce
our 30th Anniversary Publication

Robert Bringhurst                       
New World Suite Number Three
a poem in four movements for three voices

Above: When closed, the book has a stunning architectural presence, and is 17" x 17" x 3".

 

Above: The book open for a reading. The binding structure is designed by Hedi Kyle specifically for New World Suite Number Three. Each volume within the book forms its own lectern when it opens. The page size is 8" x 12".

This innovative interdisciplinary work intersects at the pinnacle of creative writing, graphic design, book art, and performance. This is a poem for three voices, meant to be read by three people at once. In addition to the poem, the author has written an afterword articulating the evolution of his polyphonic poetry, documenting for the reader a history of this definitive edition. It is made to be performed, and his essay concludes

The printed text should be as fine as it can be, but it should never be the final incarnation. A book must be a place where things begin.

The text was letterpress printed at the Center's Jane Meade Timken Printshop. Our Master Printer, Barbara Henry, came to the Center after managing the Bowne & Co. letterpress facility at the South Street Seaport Museum for 20 years. The display type was set by hand, and the text was printed in Monotype Dante, with composition by the Bixler Foundry in Skaneateles, NY. Each line was then hand wordspaced and hand linespaced at the Center by Ms. Henry to Robert Bringhurst's exacting specifications. Mr. Bringhurst has created the typographic design for the book, as well as the text. 

The edition is 75 numbered copies inclusive of five Artist Proofs produced. There are only 25 copies for sale by the Center.

Hedi Kyle designed this innovative binding structure specifically for New World Suite Number Three. Each volume within the book forms its own lectern when it opens. The page size is 8" x 12". When closed, the book has a stunning architectural presence, and is 17" x 17" x 3". It was produced at the Center for Book Arts under the supervision of our Master Binder, Mirah von Wicht, who studied traditional bookbinding in Germany, book conservation in the USA, and worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and by artists Ana Cordeiro, Nancy Loeber and Laurel Parker.

Below: All three voices are printed in each of the three parts. In each part, one of the three voices is foregrounded in black, with the other voices underprinted in ochre and blue. This enables each reader to follow all the parts and allows all readers to make their entrances on cue. The score consists of words, not notes, but it functions like the score for a string trio

Click on the image below and it will be replaced by the same page for one of the other voices, so you can see how the position and color of each line of text changes.

The current publication price is $3,500.

Robert Bringhurst has published more than a dozen books of poetry, and is the author of the classic work, The Elements of Typographic Style (3rd ed., 2004). Click here for more information about him.

You can order now online with MasterCard or Visa, or call 212.481.0295 to order. You can give us your credit card number by telephone, or send us a check within seven days of ordering your copy.  After seven days we may reassign your copy number. 

Below: With all four volumes open, including the three 28 p. reading  parts and the 20 p. introductory essay/List of Subscribers/Colophon.



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