Poestenkill, NY: Kaldewey Press, 1991. Two extreme oblong 16mos. (14); (16)pp., leporello. Each is one of 40 copies, signed by the artist/printer, Gunnar Kaldewey. Kaldewey offers a poetic, intimate encounter with and a nostalgic history of one of America's most visited and inspiring rivers. The Hudson River was followed a year later by Volume 2: Der Rhein, and both parts were dedicated to John Cage. The text of the first volume is printed in green, with occasional red and yellow, and tells the history of the river, including Mohawk poems and Dutch text. The abstract illustrations throughout are based on enlarged photographs, and evoke rhythmic water flow. The entire book can be unfolded to create a long panorama. The second volume is, fittingly, much more European in focus, and favors historical images over natural ones. Its color palette follows blue from light to dark; an evocation of the Rhine's pollution along its course. Both fine in full leather (Hudson in teal, Rhine in dark green) with silver titling. Both housed in gray chemises and slipcases. Item #31590
(von Lucius, pp. 84-87).