Letterpress & Binding Studio

The Simple Line

An artist’s love for line
Charles van Sandwyk (HM Editions & CVS Fine Arts 2007)

This essay about the Charles’ approach to etching was originally written as the introduction to a retrospective of etchings he created over the past two decades. That book, titled Twenty-One Years, Twenty-One Prints, was issued privately (2007) by the artist, in an edition of just 13 copies. Impressed by the essay’s insight to his work and art, HM proposed over-printing it and issuing it as a companion volume.

The essay features five tipped-in prints of Charles’ earliest etchings, plus a new etching created just for this project. The title page features a new drawing pochoir colored by the artist. The text was set in 18-point Centaur and printed at HM in two colors on 250 g Arches Cover paper.

The book (9 x 13 inches, 10 pp.) was issued in an edition of 50 copies, signed and numbered by the artist. All copies were cased by Claudia Cohen in cloth over boards, with printed spine label. Numbers 1–25 were issued through HM, and cased in natural linen; numbers 26–50 were issued by the artist, and cased in a dark buckram.

The Simple Line