Dos Amigos Press ~ Argentina
(Samuel Cesar Palui and Ernesto Lowenstein)
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Sagrada Biblia
Antiguo y Nuevo Testamento
Antigua Version de Casiodoro de Reina (1569)
Revisada Por Cipriano De Valera (1602)
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Ediciones Dos Amigos, 2008.
Edition of 50 + 5 AP.

Three black binder board clamshell boxes containing six volumes (including one volume of Introduction, four volumes of Old Testament, and one volume of New Testament). 11 x 14.75"; Introduction, 48 pages; Old Testament 996 pages; New Testament, 272 pages. The pages are in loose signatures of two folded and nested printed sheets (or 8 pages/signature). Each volume laid in black wrapper with titles in gold on front cover.

50 copies printed on handmade Velke Losiny white 170 grs and 5 copies on same paper but blue. Typeface: Ronaldson 12 roman and italic. Text printed in black ink; books of the Bible in red. Cover wrappers handpainted in gold and red on black Velin Arches paper 300 grams.

35 illustrations and 2 foldouts of original color prints made on Zinc sheets – etching, aquatint, mezzotint. Printed by the artists on their hand presses. New Testament illustrated with original woodcuts printed in black ink by the artist.

The artists:
          Alicia Scavino – La Ley – El Pentateuco (Tomo I)
Mirta Ripoll – Libros Historicos (Tomo II)
Mirta Kupferminc – Libros Poeticos (Tomo III)
Adriana Moracci – Libros Poeticos (Tomo III)
Marcel Montemurrro - Libros Poeticos (Tomo III)
Blanca Medda – Libros Profecticos (Tomo IV)
Eva Farji, Sagrad – Nuevo Testamento (Tomo V)

Paraphrased excerpts from the Introduction:

The Old Testament writings are longer and more complex than the New Testament. Therefore, this version of the Bible is divided into five books and an introduction. The aim is to simplify, in theory, reading it.

          Introduction to the Holy Bible
          I     The Law - The Pentateuch – Genesis through Deuteronomy
          II    Historical Books - Joshua through Esther
          III   Poetry Books – Job through Song of Solomon
          IV   Prophecy books – Isaiah through Malachi
          V     New Testament – Matthew through Revelation

There is an index in the Introduction that helps in navigating . The pages in each volume are numbered in two ways: the first number indicates the page within the volume, the second the page within the section of work (Introduction, New Testament, Old Testament).

Brief review: The books of the Bible were not written at the same time nor are they representative of the same historical era . Between Genesis and Revelation there are an estimated 14 centuries and more than 50 authors.

When these books were written they were not divided into chapters and verses. These mechanisms were introduced in the Middle Ages. It is estimated that chapters were introduced around 1226 and chapters were divided into sections in the thirteenth century. In 1558 an Italian monk divided the chapters into sentences forming verses. Also a concordance was generated and printed.


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Tradiciones En Salsa Verde
By Ricardo Palma
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Ediciones Dos Amigos, 2000. Edition of 20.

25.5 x 33.5 cm; 86 pages. Letterpress printed on French Velin d 'Arches 250 gram paper. Etchings, aquatints, and hand-coloring by Mirta Ripoll. Illustrated paper wraps. Laid in clamshell box. Numbered.

Wikipedia: "Manuel Ricardo Palma Soriano (February 7, 1833 – October 6, 1919) was a Peruvian author, scholar, librarian and politician. . . .

"Palma's literary reputation rests upon his creation and development of the literary genre known as tradiciones, short stories that mix history and fiction, written both to amuse and educate, according to the author's declared intention. It was by creatively using poetic license and by deviating from 'pure' history that Palma gained his large South American readership. His Tradiciones peruanas span several centuries, with an emphasis on earlier colonial and republican times in Peru.

Tradiciones were published from 1872 to 1910 in a series of volumes … The Tradiciones peruanas do not meet formal historical standards of accuracy or reliability sufficiently to be considered 'history,' but Palma never intended them to be read as 'pure' history. Since they are primarily historical fiction, they should be understood and enjoyed as such. . ..

Tradiciones en Salsa Verde were published posthumously. These stories are similar to the Tradiciones peruanas but, because of their bawdy nature, they were not published during Palma's lifetime for fear of shocking the sedate Lima establishment."

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A Load of Shit
By John Berger
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Ediciones Dos Amigos, 1999. English Edition of 15.

16 x 21.5 cm; 24 pages. Letterpress printed on handmade paper. Text in English. Illustration by Mirta Ripoll. Printing by Ruben R. Lapolla. In paper wraps.

Reflections by John Berger on the occasion of the annual cleaning out of the outhouse, which beings "In one of his books, Milan Kundera dismisses the idea of God because, according to him, no God would have designed a life in which shitting was necessary."
Una Carga de Mierda
By John Berger
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Ediciones Dos Amigos, 1999. Spanish Edition of 15.

16 x 21.5 cm; 24 pages. Letterpress printed on handmade paper. Text in Spanish. Illustration by Mirta Ripoll. Printing by Ruben R. Lapolla. In paper wraps.

Reflections by John Berger on the occasion of the annual cleaning out of the outhouse. Text in Spanish.

By Jorge Luis Borges
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Ediciones Dos Amigos, 1983.
Edition of 153.

6.5 x 10"; 48 pages. Letterpress printed. Four original aquatints by Ana Maria Moncalvo. Text in Spanish. Green paper wrapper. Housed in blue cloth clamshell box. Signed by Borges and the designer/publisher.

Printed in four paper versions: 3 copies (i - iii) in French Canson gray-blue papers ; 20 copies (lettered A to Q) in French Auvergne de Richard de Bas cream handmade papers; 30 copies (numbered I to XXX) printed on French Auvergne Richard White Bas handmade papers; 100 copies (numbered 1 to 100) printed on white German Schoeller papers. This is copy V of the 30 numbered copies printed on white handmade papers.

This edition contains a previously unpublished "Milonga" by Jorge Luis Borges titled "Unfaithful." Borges also added a Prologue and an Afterward to his poetry for this edition in which he thanks the artist, publisher, and printer for their work in bringing this book to life.

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Sold titles by Dos Amigos Press:  
Genesis y Exodo
Antigua Version
Revisada Por Cipriano De Valera (1602)
Illustrations by Alicia Scavino and Mirta Kupferminc
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Ediciones Dos Amigos, 2001. Edition of 40.

12.75 x 9.75" 84 pages (volume 1), 72 pages (volume 2). Printed on Velin d'Arches paper. Illustrated with engraved aquatints and etchings by Alicia Scavino volume 1 (Genesis) and Mirta Kupferminc volume 2 (Exodo). Printed letterpress in 12pt Electra by Ruben R. Lapolla. Each volume in loose section laid in printed paper wrappers. Housed in clamshell box. Last illustration in volume 1 signed by the artist. (accessed 4/20/15): "The Reina-Valera Antigua was first translated and published in 1569 by Casiodoro de Reina, after twelve years of intensive work, and later put out in 1602 in revised form by Cipriano de Valera, who gave more than twenty years of his life to its revision and improvement."

Wikipedia (accessed 4/20/15(=): "The Reina-Valera Bible is as central to the perception of the scriptures by Protestants in Spanish as the Geneva Bible and the King James Version in English."

Illustrations are by Argentine artists Alicia Scavino and Mirta Kupferminc.

Scavino (1937 - 2006) was born in Buenos Aires. She taught print making as well as producing her own art. During her lifetime she received numerous awards including The Equal Prize 1997 (Poland), Ther 1998 First Prize (Japan); and Grand Prix Of Honor National Drawing (Argentina, 1987).

Mirta Kupferminc, "Reflections on Being a Jewish Woman Artist": "I am a visual artist born and living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I was first trained as a print maker in the tradition of etching and engraving, but very quickly, I turned to other mediums.

"I am daughter of Auschwitz survivors. Jewish culture and tradition are always present in my work. I often work with stories taken from the Bible, interpreting them to modern life. … It is compelling to me to be working as a Jewish woman and engaging with images, because I consider this a way to wrestle with the Second Commandment. We artists survived the wariness of not representing images. For me it is a challenge to create my artwork keeping this in mind."


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