Spanish printing company Obsolete moves into editorial territory with this release, rescuing part the work of British artist and writer Edward Lear, ahead to his time and considered one of the precursors to Surrealism and Dadaism.
The author published in 1846 “A Book of Nonsense”, where the poems of this edition are taken from, a book of punchy and provoking limericks illustrated by Lear himself.
This redux, with reimagined drawings by Portuguese artist Marta Monteiro, is composed of eight prints. Each one is letterpress printed in two colours, the overlapping inks producing a third tone. The quality and character of letterpress printing is intact, characterized by the imprint mould pressure hosted on paper. The edition combines mobile lead and wood types for texts (in the manner of Gutenberg) with photopolymer engraving plates for the drawings.
Even the object itself speaks to the bridge between traditional and new technologies evident in this edition, which is a dialogue between a nineteenth-century writer and a contemporary illustrator. Monteiro, who works regularly with The New York Times and Washington Post, took several Lear limericks as a starting point and developed a personal illustration exercise that she published on her website.
The edition, carefully handcrafted, is limited to 500 copies.