High Bridge. Clayton Schanilec.
High Bridge.
High Bridge.
High Bridge.
High Bridge.
High Bridge.
(Midnight Paper Sales Press)

High Bridge.

Schanilec, Gaylord (illus.)

St. Paul: Midnight Paper Sales Press, 1987. Small quarto. (ii), 19, (1)pp. One of 174 copies. Signed by Gaylord Schanilec on the colophon with his chopmark. As a witness to the region from which it originates, this piece documents the lifespan of the High Bridge, which spanned the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minnesota. Through nine short stories derived from St. Paul newspapers and revised by Clayton Schanilec, the narratives surrounding the late-nineteenth-century construction of the bridge come to life. These stories encapsulate the city's character of the era, giving voice to the impoverished eastern European communities displaced by development, the dangers of underwater construction, and the political and commercial tension underlying the project. Accompanying the stories are ten wood engravings illustrating the High Bridge's demolition in February of 1985. Printed in five to seven colors, these compositions together create a cinemagraphic sequence, offering views of the bridge from a variety of angles and climaxing with a two-page spread of the explosion. Their compositor, Gaylord Schanilec, owns and operates the Midnight Paper Sales Press, and has established himself as a fixture among American book artists. His work, as exemplified here, explores the life and landscape of the upper Mississippi region, with particular attention to historical anecdotes and natural science. Text composition-set in Plantin Monotype at the Out of Sorts Letter Foundry. Bound in full gray-blue cloth over boards with paper labels on front and spine at the Campbell-Logan Bindery. Upper board slightly splayed, else fine. Item #27711

Price: $800.00

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