Northumberland: Bird Editions, 2011. 12 x 9 3/4. (18) leaves loose, as issued, in two-part wrappers of grey glaciers against a blue sky, with a coordinating slipcase by the Red Bone Bindery. The 12 initial letters of the Greenlandic alphabet are illustrated by 12 pochoir-colored prints of icebergs. Fine. Item #16434
One of 50 copies hand printed by the artist. The evocative pochoir coloring includes metallic paint, making the images luminous. The title page has a bindstamped outline of a glacier. Each leaf bears an iceberg against a colored horizon, Greenlandic word, and English translation. A single Greenlandic (Kalaallisut) word frequently express a complete idea ("we walk arm in arm as lovers," "he drinks a second brew from old coffee grounds"). Campbell introduces the alphabet with an essay on the language, its orthography, and cultural significance. Nancy Campbell was writer-in-residence at the world's most northern museum in Upernavik, Greenland. She apprenticed at Barbarian Press and worked at the New York Center for Book Arts, before beginning her own press. The World Oral Literature Project receives a percentage of each sale.