Author: Velimir Chlebnikov (1885 - 1922)
Artist: Michael Caine
He has a preference for typefaces from the period 1890-1930, which he calls the 'belle époque', and he uses them as often as possible, not just for printing work on commission, but also for his own publications. They appear under various names, such as Scargill Press, Livres d'Enfer and the aegis Petropolis, a name that indicates that he specializes in Russian poetry. In Zaoumni he also demonstrated not one or two, but eight typefaces in the poems of Russian author Khlebnikov: Athenæum, Trieste, Rucano, Bodoni, Garaldus, Manuzio, Verona and Eurostile.
The typography varies per sheet, the texts are printed in blue, red and orange, and Caine made seven wood engravings himself, printed from clichés in orange, brown, purple and blue. Together with François Da Ros, Caine printed 10 copies of this book on Japanese Bunkoshi paper, 10 on transparent green Japanese paper (of which this is one), and 80 on three other kinds of paper. The sheets are glued together to form an illustrated concertina book, which - folded out- is over six metres long.
Description: Zaoumni : onze textes / Velimir Khlebnikov ; gravures originales & typographie Michael Caine ; trad. du russe Catherine Prigent, Luda Schnitzer. - Paris: Petropolis, 2000. - Leporello (19 p.) : ill. ; 46 cm
Printer: Cerisaie (Paris)
Edition: 100 copies
This copy: Number 8 of 10 on green Japanese paper
Typeface: Athenæum, Trieste, Rucano, Bodoni, Garaldus, Manuzio, Verona, Eurostile
Note: Signed by the artist
Shelfmark: KW Koopm E 44
- Michael Caine, 'An English printer in Paris', in: Matrix, 18 (1998), p. 112-118
- Michael Caine, 'My concaténation of types', in: Matrix, 23 (2003), p. 66-73
- Paul van Capelleveen, Sophie Ham, Jordy Joubij, Voices and visions. The Koopman Collection and the Art of the French Book. The Hague, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands; Zwolle, Waanders, 2009
- Paul van Capelleveen, Sophie Ham, Jordy Joubij, Voix et visions. La Collection Koopman et l'Art du Livre français. La Haye, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Bibliothèque nationale des Pays-Bas; Zwolle, Waanders, 2009
- Paul van Capelleveen, 'Éditions Petropolis, Michael Caine', in: Paul van Capelleveen, Artists & Others. The imaginative French book in the 21st century. Koopman Collection, National Library of the Netherlands. Nijmegen, Vantilt Publishers, 2016, p. 84-88.