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ANNUNCIATION to the SHEPHERDS
LETTERPRESS BROADSIDE


ANNUNCIATION to the SHEPHERDS   ANNUNCIATION to the SHEPHERDS


This broadside of the Annunciation to the Shepherds measures 4 1/4" × 8 1/2". It is based on one of my ink drawings on paper. A scan of my drawing, slightly enlarged and modified, was 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 of the angelic hymn Gloria in excelsis Deo.

In the picture, an angel gives news of Christ’s birth to two shepherds watching their flock; I borrowed rustic details such as the barking sheepdog and the bagpipe from depictions in late medieval Books of Hours.



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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 $27. 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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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 $163. 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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