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110. The Bridge, by Hart Crane, illustrated by Joel Shapiro, with an essay by Langdon Hammer

The Bridge, the poem by Hart Crane, scroll format over 50 feet wide, with seven woodblock prints by Joel Shapiro, an introduction by Langdon Hammer, and two photographs by Michael Kenna, October 2017.

Arion Press announces the publication of Hart Crane’s 1930 poem The Bridge with seven woodblock prints by sculptor Joel Shapiro. One of our most ambitious and innovative projects, it combines a classic of American literature, work by one of today’s most prominent American artists, a scholarly essay, and highly unusual bookmaking materials and techniques.

The Bridge title page

The book with seven woodblock prints by Shapiro and two small photographs of the Brooklyn Bridge by Michael Kenna is issued in a signed two-part edition of 300.

The Bridge unfurled

Three woodblock prints are available separately in a portfolio limited to 30.

The book is in scroll format, evoking ancient Chinese traditions, measuring 13-1/2 inches high by 50 feet long. The paper was made by hand in China. The type is handset and was printed, along with the woodblocks, by letterpress. The scroll is wound on an aluminum spool and presented in a box. A sheet of instructions on how to display and read the scroll is included.  Read full prospectus (PDF).

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The Bridge was conceived by Hart Crane in 1923, when he was twenty-three years old, and published in 1930. After his death in 1932, Crane grew into a figure of legend and is now regarded as one of the great American poets of the twentieth century and The Bridge as his greatest work. A specially commissioned essay on the poem by Yale Professor Langdon Hammer is included in a separate bound volume.

Joel Shapiro, born in 1941, is a renowned abstract sculptor who has also been active as a printmaker, particularly in the medium of woodblock prints. His images here are untitled but are suggestive of themes in the poem.

The Bridge will be unveiled at the International Fine Print Dealers Association Fine Print Fair in New York, October 25 - 29 at Javits Center. Joel Shapiro will be present at the October 25th gala opening.

The creation of this innovative Arion Press edition is the subject of a feature article in the November issue of The Magazine Antiques by Elizabeth Pochoda. In June, the printing of the hand-set metal galleys and Shapiro woodblocks by letterpress in our San Francisco workshop was filmed by the BBC for an episode of its Boundless history and culture series to be aired this winter. It will also be included in a Discovery Channel episode in its How It’s Made series.

THE EDITION

Book Edition: 300 copies, numbered and signed by the artist, scroll format, 13-1/2" x 50', set by hand and printed by letterpress in black on handmade Chinese paper, with 7 images bound in, presented in a box along with a separate volume containing the introduction. Price: $2,500

Purchase the book securely online now:

Note: For online orders outside the US & Canada, you will be billed separately for additional shipping cost based on address.

Portfolio Edition: 30 copies, 24-3/4" x 19-1/4", three woodblock prints, individually signed and numbered, printed on Magnani mouldmade paper, 13-1/2" by 25" (one double sized) in a cloth-covered portfolio, with documentation, sold only with a copy of the book. Price: $7,500, plus $2,500 for the book, for a total of $10,000.

Reserve the book or portfolio edition and pay offline:

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The Bridge set

Scroll resting in box with box lid and introductory volume

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Edition:

Book Edition: 300 copies, numbered and signed by the artist, scroll format, 13-1/2" x 50', set by hand and printed by letterpress in black on handmade Chinese paper, with 7 images bound in, presented in a box along with a separate volume containing the introduction. Price: $2,500

Purchase the book securely online now:

Note: For online orders outside the US & Canada, you will be billed separately for additional shipping cost based on address.

Portfolio Edition: 30 copies, 24-3/4" x 19-1/4", three woodblock prints, individually signed and numbered, printed on Magnani mouldmade paper, 13-1/2" by 25" (one double sized) in a cloth-covered portfolio, with documentation, sold only with a copy of the book. Price: $7,500, plus $2,500 for the book, for a total of $10,000.

Reserve the book or portfolio edition and pay offline:

Reserve your copy


Read full prospectus.


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Article on the making of The Bridge and other major Arion books with artists, by Elizabeth Pochoda in Antiques November issue. View article (PDF).