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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