San Francisco: Arion Press, 1981. Folio. 18 x 14 inches (46 x 35.5 cm). Loose prints in a black paper wrapper with title letterpress printed on the front, with companion volume of two sewn signatures in paper wrapper with letterpress printed title; both volumes in a black cloth-covered drop-spine case with black styrofoam walls; plus separate plexiglas display frame. First edition. Light shelfwear to outer case else a fine copy. Item #40278
One of 300 copies. Suite of 30 typographic prints (broadside format), each on a different handmade paper in a wide range of typefaces and a variety of colors, presenting poems written in shapes from 300 b.c.e. to the present, with a volume of notes on the selections by Glenn Todd and Andrew Hoyem. Two volumes. This was the eighth publication of the Arion Press. Plate  of the prints is folded accordion style, and is accompanied by translation on separate sheet (plate [12a]). Plate  is printed on both sides of sheet. Contents: 1. Egg, Greece, 300 BC by Simias; 2. Pan Pipes, Greece, 250 BC by Theocritus; 3. Altar, Byzantium, 325 by Porfyrius Optatianus; 4. Acrostic, France, 1537 by Eustorg de Beaulieu; 5. Altar, England, 1633 by George Herbert; 6. Easter Wings, England, 1633 by George Herbert 7. Lute, France, 1634 by Robert Angot; 8. The Cross, England, 1647 by Robert Herrick; 9. Chalice, Germany, 1663 by Justus Georg Schottel; 10. Bottle, France, 1750 by Charles François Panard; 11. The Mouse's Tale, England, 1865 by Lewis Carroll; 12. Un coup de dés. [12a] A Throw of the Dice, France, 1897 by Stéphane Mallarmé; 13. Fish's Nightsong, Germany, 1903 by Christian Morgenstern; 14. Balloon, Italy, 1914 by F.T. Marinetti; 15. Necktie, France, 1914 by Guillaume Apollinaire. 16. It is Raining, France, 1918 by Guillaume Apollinaire; 17. Bohemian Crystal Vase, France, 1920 by André Breton; 18. Rose is a Rose, USA, 1920 by Gertrude Stein; 10. Sound Poem, USA, 1924 by Man Ray; 20. Grasshopper, USA, 1935 by E.E. Cummings; 21. Vision & Prayer, Wales, 1946 by Dylan Thomas; 22. Silence, Switzerland, 1954 by Eugen Gomringer; 23. Four to the Fourth Power, Germany, 1957 by Dieter Roth; 24. The Totem, USA, 1958 by May Swenson; 25. Voice, USA, 1959 by Philip Lamantia; 26. Caracol, Brazil, 1960 by Augusto de Campos; 27. Redboat, Scotland, 1963 by Ian Hamilton Finlay; 28. Seagull, USSR, c. 1970 by Andrei Voznesensky; 29. Swan and Shadow, USA, 1970 by John Hollander; 30. Rebus, USA, 1981 by Andrew Hoyem. Each poem can be displayed individually in the plexiglas frame.