Bound by: Ruth Lingen

Eight Lures

New York: Ruth Lingen and Katherine Kuehn, 1992. First Edition. Original enclosure. Near fine.


Eight black-and-white copper plate prints in a stiff, black paper chemise with red leather corners and black and white paper letterpress label on the front. Edition of 40. This is master printer Ruth Lingen’s copy, marked “AP” (artist’s proof) in pencil on the colophon and initialed, dated, and noted “AP” by Drescher on each print. Colophon printed on the recto of the chemise. Drawn by Drescher directly onto copper plates and printed in relief, Drescher’s dark, swirling imaginary fishing lures are suggestive of human reproductive organs and other biological elements. Drescher, a noted illustrator, has said that “since an early age, I’ve been an image scavenger, my mind has always been alert to image debris, keeping ideas and images in books, which then spill into my painting and illustration.” Each print has a one-word title: “Manipulator,” “Soother,” “Thruster,” “ Breather,” “Invertebrator,” “ Influxer,” “Dissappointer,” and “Transformer.” Drescher and Lingen collaborated in 1989-90 on Drescher’s Comeundone, which Lingen printed, made the pulp paper for, and hand-bound. Lingen is noted for her attention to fine detail, leading her to collaborate frequently on artist’s books; both Lingen and Kuehn have had longstanding relationships with Granary Books as printers and designers. This is an extremely scarce portfolio volume due to its limitation size, found only in the library collections of Yale University, the University of Arizona, and the University of Wisconsin (both Lingen and Kuehn are graduates of their MFA program in graphic arts). Without gold highlighting on the prints or the gold-printed letterpress cover label, found only in numbered copies. Seven of the eight prints have a tiny nick at the bottom edge of the sheet. Original enclosure fine. 20cm x 25.7cm.