ECCE QUAM BONUM
This broadside of Psalm 132 (Ecce Quam Bonum) measures 7" × 10". It is based on two of my ink drawings on paper. Scans of these drawings, slightly enlarged and modified, were used to create the plate for letterpress printing. The typeface is Millefleur Benedict, which I designed myself. I used medieval spelling and punctuation in the text.
The text, translated, is:
Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! As ointment on the head, which ran down upon the beard, the beard of Aaron: which ran down unto the hem of his garment: as the dew of Hermon, which descendeth upon mount Sion. Because there hath the Lord commanded blessing and life for evermore. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
I formatted the picture like a verso book leaf. The border is composed of tiny plants and animals, resembling a millefleur tapestry. The versal containing the word Ecce includes stylized oak leaves and a background of tiny sand dollars and anemones.
Approximately 200 broadsides were made in 2014 and issued in an open edition. They were printed on a Heidelberg cylinder press at Rohner Letterpress (Chicago, IL). Graphic Chemical & Ink (Villa Park, IL) supplied a traditional printing ink made from linseed oil & furnace black. The paper was handmade from cotton rag pulp at Twinrocker Handmade Paper (Brookston, IN). It is a laid paper, which means that it has a slight ribbed texture, from the wires in the papermaking mould. The bottom and right edges are deckle.
The print costs $53. You may use the button below to pay via PayPal, debit card or credit card. Be sure to confirm the shipping address. See this page for additional ordering instructions and general information. If you want to pay via a check or money order, please e-mail me at danmitsui [at] hotmail [dot] com.
I can color this broadside by hand, using pigment-based calligraphers’ inks applied with brushes. I use 23k gold leaf and palladium leaf for the illuminated details. Please note that the brilliance of the leaf does not show well in the scanned image. Each hand-colored print is unique. The one you receive will not be identical to the one shown here.
The hand-colored print with illuminated details costs $392. You may use the button below to pay via PayPal, debit card or credit card. Be sure to confirm the shipping address. See this page for additional ordering instructions and general information. If you want to pay via a check or money order, please e-mail me at danmitsui [at] hotmail [dot] com.
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