Mt. Horeb, WI: The Perishable Press, 1981. One of 225 copies all on eight different colors of Shadwell paper made to compliment the text. The bibliography adds, "(For instance 'Ode to a Lebanese Crock of Olives' & 'Pamela's Green Tomato Pie' obviously needed to be green.") This copy with a copy of the original announcement of the book on purple Shadwell. Page size: 11-1/4 x 7-1/2 inches; 40 page surfaces, 33 of which are printed. Bound by Bill Anthony in his own paste paper over boards with hidden oasis tips to match the blind-stamped spine.
Walter Hamady's Perishable Press has been selected for awards and juried exhibitions since its beginning. Among the recognitions is that of the American Institute of Graphic Arts in their yearly selection of the 50 best designed books. This title was awarded this prestigious honor in 1981 as one of the 50 best designed books of the year. The Perishable Press has been awarded this designation 13 times, starting in 1967 and most recently in 2006. Compared to Kurt Schwitters, Duchamp and Joseph Cornell, Hamady has been a major influence on at least one generation of book artists. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and one-man and group exhibitions. He has been the subject of many articles, and his works are in most of this country's important rare book libraries, i.e. the Houghton, Yale, Getty Center, Newberry, Walk Art Center, Cleveland Institute of Art, as well as outside the U.S.: Bodleian Library, British Library, Klingspor Museum, Lenin Library, Royal Library Stockholm, Victoria & Albert, etc. See bibliography TWO DECADES OF HAMADY & THE PERISHABLE PRESS LIMITED, #101. Item #11172