ECCE QUAM BONUM
LETTERPRESS PRINT by DANIEL MITSUI
This print displays the words of Psalm 132 (Ecce Quam Bonum). 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. The text is set in Benedict, a typeface that I designed myself.
Medium: Letterpress print, based on ink drawings
Press: Heidelberg cylinder (Rohner Letterpress, Chicago, IL)
Ink: Albion matte black (Graphic Chemical & Ink, Villa Park, IL)
Paper: Handmade cotton laid (Twinrocker Handmade Paper, Brookston, IN)
Edges: Bottom and right deckle, top and left cut
Edition: Open, approximately 200
Dimensions: 7" × 10"
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 danielmitsuiartist at gmail dot com.
I can color this print by hand, using pigment-based calligraphers’ inks applied with brushes. I use 23k gold leaf and/or 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 danielmitsuiartist at gmail dot com.
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