San Francisco: Arion Press, 1987. Octavo. 63pp. One of 500 copies. The Arion Press here lends its creative prowess to an interpretation of history, couching the Constitution among a preface by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger and an Introduction by the Librarian of Congress Daniel J. Boorstin. The book's design encourages an optimistic view of its contents; the use of Frederic Goudy's very readable Deepdene type and handmade Twinrocker paper advocate for the accessibility that the founding document, in ideal circumstances, champions. Initial letters drawn and illuminated in red and blue with gold stars by Thomas Ingmire adorn both the Preamble and the first line of the Amendments; the two sections' equal treatment suggests that the Constitution's original intentions be ever pursued and perfected by lawful and democratic reevaluation. Ultimately, the edition celebrates the Constitution for what it should, and still could, be, for what it signifies in the history of democratic government, which for all its pitfalls remains a continual process of sincere revision and a vehicle for universal enfranchisement and respect. Very fine in full limp vellum with red-dyed vellum ribbons woven through the covers to create red stripes, the titling and stars in blue. Housed in cloth chemise and matching slipcase, the latter of which shows a hint of staining and edgewear. An elegant publication. Item #32194
(Arion Bibliography 21).