Fine presses


Harsimus Press, USA




The Seaweed Journal, 2017

In Barbara Henry’s 'The Seaweed Journal', the narrator travels to Maine for an exploratory holiday. There she uncovers the mystery of an extra-terrestrial experience had by her elusive host, Sonia Duracote. The narrator discovers Duracote’s written testimony, in which she describes finding a strange manuscript washed up on a beach and her subsequent dream of being visited by its author. Enclosed after the narrative is the manuscript (the Seaweed Journal), written in Kliluk, which also decorates the English text.

Kliluk is a monotype designed by Henry for asemic texts and decoration. While it has its roots in copper-plate script, the language holds no semantic value. Henry has stated that the tale has been partially inspired by Johannes Kepler’s 'Somnium', published in 1634.

44 pages, 256 x 248mm. The book was set by hand by Barbara Henry in foundry and monotype and printed on a Vandercook UN-1. The paper for the text is Zerkall Book, and the journal is printed on white Linen Wrapper from Canal Paper, Montreal, Canada. Printed by Harsimus Press.

This is a first edition print of a limited 40 copies. The covering is a pale turquoise linen with a printed label inset to upper board, prospectus inlaid.

Signed by the artist.

£625 (plus P&P and insurance)