Grey paper over hardcover binding backed in quarter green leather. Linoleum-cut print portraits printed on front and back covers. Includes the following pages, loosely laid in: portrait print of Walt Whitman in black and yellow (27 x 18 cm), signed by artist in pencil; folded page with 4 portrait prints of Walt Whitman in red, yellow and black (19 x 64 cm; 19 x 16 cm folded). signed and dated by artist in black ink; summary page with a half-figure of a man in a hat printed in red (27 x 18 cm). With an introductory essay by Karen Karbiener.
"Walt Whitman's early training as a compositor was a key influence on his development as a poet. The poem that in 1860 acquired the title "Leaf of Faces" was part of the 1855 first edition of Leaves of Grass. A catalog of the diversity of human-or typographic- faces, it is also the search for the significance of outward appearances. "Walt Whitman's Faces" presents the poem as a printer's specimen, exhibiting the variety of typefaces that define our literate environment. The limited-edition, letterpress book contains introductory essays by Karen Karbiener and Barbara Henry. It is set by hand in foundry type and is illustrated with images of the poet cut in linoleum. Fifty copies are available hand-bound in paper and thirty special copies in quarter-leather and printed paper over-boards, with additional prints"--Summary page, loosely laid in.
"This book would not have been possible without the encouragement of Karen Karbiener, whose boundless enthusiasm for Walt Whitman is truly infectious. Thanks are due to The Center for Book Arts, whose type collection allowed choices not otherwise possible. The New-York Historical Society kindly permitted use of an evocative photograph. Roni Gross helped with the creation of the polymer plate for the Interstate highway sign. Jane Siegel provided essential help with research. Barbara Mauriello designed the binding. Eighty copies were printed from foundry type and linoleum cuts on a Vandercook Proof Press. Most of the text is set in Bulmer from The Dale Guild Type Foundry; the Umbra used for titling was a gift from Michael Joseph (36 pt.) and from Wisecarver Printing of Winchester, Virginia (18 pt.), the Caslon from John Randle's Whittington Press. The book was designed and printed by Barbara Henry. Of 80 copies, this is no. 14. Harsimus Press"--Colophon
Signed by artist in black ink at bottom of colophon above Harsimus Press name.