Hunkering, the last Gabberjabb
By Walter Hamady
Augmented by Henrik Drescher, Patrick JB Flynn, David McLimans, Peter Sis, William Stafford,
and John Wilde.
Mount Hebron, Wisconsin: The Perishable Press, 2006. Edition of 108 variants.
26 x 18.5 x 2cm (10.25 x 7.125"); 160 pages. Letterpress printed. Handsewn and bound in Chicago by Scott Kellar. Bound in Italian burnt umbrian cloth over boards with a rondelle/cameo (of the printer) over the spine in a dark Delft blue. Signed and numbered on the front free end page by Hamady.
Hamady (7/6/1917): "These books ae pristine, as issued by the printer/publisher. Unlike the secondary market they are somehow of a better upbringing."
Walter Hamady: "Here is the fade-out volume of an unforeseen series begun in 1976. It was printed on our single-owner Vandercook SP-15 in more than 285 press-runs, utilizing a numerosity of colors, typefaces and papers — hand, mould and machine made. In addition to the usual lay-ons of languid letterpressing there is an affluence of unorthodox applications. This volume has been collaged, perforated, notched, rubberstamped, drilled, ticket-punched numbered, signed, grommeted, scribed, ear-tattooed, ponce-wheeled, time-clocked, dog-eared, embossed, shorthanded, corner-rounded, elliptically trimmed and three genuine studs. In addition, there are 79 illustrations."
Colophon: "Hunkering is a symbolic attitude akin to the turtle's pull-it-all-in. If done properly, can segue to levitation and invisibility (the ultimate form of self-effacement). From this versatile station we can travel through those infinite journeys to the lacunae of déjà vu. For more than fifty years the modus operandi has been the above, interjaced [sic] with the earthworm alluded to at the beginning of this tome. Pursuant to this: 'The book a tunnel of space without specific gravity wherein we can swim, float, spin, bump – the works.' Wednesday 9 November 1994 We have been spelunking in this 163-page segment since 20 April 2003 and should reach self-sufficiency by Memories Day, 29 May 2006, then to Scott Kellar in Chicago for binding."