The Amichai Windows is a compilation of 18 unbound triptychs inside a double drop-down enclosure. The edition size is 18.
Each letterpressed poem is wrapped and folded in an individual, handmade paper triptych that is 13” x 21” fully open. Multi-layered collages of digitally printed images and additional folio elements include blind embossments, botanical inclusions, gold leaf and papercuts made by Debra Band.
A 28-page guide with an introduction by scholar and literary translator Robert Alter accompanies the edition.
The Amichai Windows in Major Collections:
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Library, Washington, D.C.
U.S. Library of Congress, Rare Books and Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New Haven, CT
A Light by the Window, solo show, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, 2018
A Celebration of The Amichai Windows, Tmol Shilshom Literary Café, Jerusalem, Israel, 2018
Windows in the Poetry of Yehuda Amichai, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, 2018
Additional Colophon Information:
Over the course of ten years, Rick Black conceived, translated, designed, letterpressed and assembled The Amichai Windows. The poems were letterpressed on a Vandercook Universal I at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. The typeface of the Hebrew poems is SBL Hebrew; the English translations are set in Pelican. The catalogue is in Goudy Old Style. Digital prints were made on an Epson Stylus Photo R2400 archival printer.
The handmade paper to support the poems was made by Twinrocker Handmade Paper in Brookston, Indiana, and hand deckled by Travis Becker. It is a blend of abaca and cotton. The poems were printed on Aya White 125 g/m², a specialty fine art paper for digital printing made by the Awagami factory in Tokushima, Japan. Additional handmade papers come from Germany, India, Japan, Nepal and the United States.
Rick Black also designed the double drop-down boxes. They were handcrafted by Mirtha Antelo of Distinctive Bookbinding in Rockville, Maryland. The cover of the boxes is handmade abaca and cotton paper that has been rough dried—again, produced by Twinrocker Handmade Paper. The interior is lined with Asahi Japanese bookcloth in olive green.
The Amichai Windows can be purchased directly from book artist Rick Black. Institutions can contact us for an advance purchase order number; others can forward a bank check to our address or buy the work in our online store. For more details or questions, please contact him via email: rick at amichaiwindows dot com or via phone 908-227-7951. Our mailing address is: Turtle Light Press, P.O. Box 50162, Arlington, VA 22205. If you prefer, you can purchase a copy through our agent, The Kelmscott Bookshop in Baltimore.