Celebrated in Italy, Bruno Caruso (1927—2018) was a Sicilian painter, etcher, illustrator, and writer. A courageous and outspoken stance on social issues of the 20th century brought him worldwide respect. His prolific body of art and writing is arresting in its extent and quality. Caruso’s art and books are represented in dozens of American museums and library collections, but his 1965 La Mano dell’Uomo, published as a New Year greeting, is a rarity. It is here presented in translation and in expanded form. In La Mano dell’Uomo this gifted artist pays homage to the skills and competencies of the human hand in combination with the human mind’s capacity for creativity, invention, tradition, and even harm.
Palace Press curator Thomas Leech and Lynn Sures, an internationally recognized paper artist, collaborated on the making of this distinctive limited edition. Following the book to its origin, the artists returned to Fabriano, Italy, a birthplace of European papermaking, to produce the sheets required for the edition. During their 2019 residency at the Museo della Carte e della Filigrana (The Museum of Paper and Watermark), the artists made 900 sheets of paper by hand. Those papers bear historic watermarks from Fabriano’s celebrated past.
24 pages, soft-bound and enclosed in a clamshell box made by Rosalia Galassi. The typefaces are handset in Bembo, and Monotype Bodoni, cast by Ed Rayher at Swamp Press. Illustrations printed from polymer plates made by James Bourland.
The price is $475, plus $25 for USPS Priority shipping insured. This book will be sent to the purchaser via the Palace Press.
Please note: La Mano dell'Uomo does not qualify for MNMF Member discounts.
For institutional acquisitions and other inquiries, contact Thomas Leech.