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Orbis Printus Offizin : die Unerklärbarkeit der Welt enantiodromisch erklärt anhand von allerlei Asservaten der Harrisfeldwegpresse
Bib ID 7421095
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Enke, Werner, book artist, printer
 
Description [Üchtelhausen, Germany] : Harrisfeldwegpresse, 1994 
24 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 24 x 18 cm 
Summary

Contrasting pairs of concepts, with each specimen represented by a single image and word, attempt to demonstrate the unexplainable nature of the world in simple terms. The captions (and illustrations) can be translated as: good/evil (angel/devil), light/dark (Persil/the Christlich-Soziale Union logo), round/square (Coca Cola/poison), young/old (the Freie Deutsche Jugend socialist youth movement/a socialist hammer emblem, the national coat of arms of East Germany, in use from January 1950 to May 1953), fast/slow (Zeus lightning bolt symbol/child’s drawing of an airplane), dangerous/harmless (fork/spoon), gray/colourful (mouse/butterfly), thick/thin (Dürer's rhinoceros/a human skeleton), much/little (25 years/25 marks). The text is set in Fette Block / Extrabold Block type, and letterpress printed on laid paper. The format and content was suggested by Comenius’ 1654 children’s book Orbis Sensualium Pictus (Visible World in Pictures), but the Heraclitian enantiodromia (or tendency for things to change into their opposites) is updated to include Coca Cola and Persil, and references to politics.

Notes

Originally produced and published by Werner Enke in an edition of 66 copies as his contribution to a collective boxed publication entitled Kassette (other contributors were Beat Brechbühl, Axel Hertenstein, Theo Hurter, Reinhold Nasshan and Fritz Sauter), issued on the occasion of the Second Hand Press Fair in Frauenfeld, Switzerland, 1994. According to the colophon another 44 copies were then issued free to an education-hungry public and to enter the earth's orbit.

National Library's copy is no. 3, and is signed “Thanks, 2/Sept/94, Werner.”

Source of Acquisition Library's copy donated by Petr Herel in 2017. 
Subjects Concepts -- Pictorial works.  |  Polarity (Philosophy) -- Pictorial works.  |  Letterpress printing -- Germany -- Specimens.  |  Private presses -- Germany -- Specimens.
Other authors/contributors Harrisfeldwegpresse, issuing body  |  Frauenfelder Handpressenmesse 1994 : Frauenfeld, Switzerland)
Also Titled

Kassette.

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