Letterpress & Binding Studio

Books Are My Utopia

A collection of calligraphic aphorisms
Will Rueter (Heavenly Monkey 2020)

Eighteen aphorisms on the theme of books by Will Rueter, proprietor of The Aliquando Press with a long avocation for calligraphy. The project was conceived as an opportunity to collaborate across the 2,000 miles that separate our studios.

Similar in concept and execution to HM’s An Alphabetic Accumulation, Will selected, designed and wrote out each aphorism to fill a (recto) page. These originals were then used to create polymer plates, for printing. Some elements – words and/or ornamentation – were omitted, and Will then added these to each sheet, thus every sheet includes some original calligraphic embellishment by him.

The authors quoted in the collection are, in order of appearance, Helen Keller; Bohuslav Martinu; Stefan Zweig; (anonymous); George Santayana; William Morris; Martin Luther; Richard Rodriguez; Paul Auster; T.J. Cobden-Sanderson; Raul Mario Rosarivo; Rabbi Nachman; Joseph Conrad; Herman Koch; John Ruskin; William Blake; Francesco Petrarcca; and Tertullianus.

Because Will shares HM’s fondness for paper, a variety of hand- and mouldmades were used in the collection. Three of the aphorisms are fold-out sheets which were printed by Will at his studio in Ontario (the rest of the book being printed at HM with the handpress).

The edition of 36 numbered copies, all signed by Will, has been uniformly bound and boxed by Claudia Cohen. The sheets (20 leaves, approx. 5.25 x 7.5 inches) were sewn into a folded handmade paper structure with gilt-stamped title label on the cover.

Books Are My Utopia

Books Are My Utopia