PETER & DONNA THOMAS
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55 (2012) Muir, John. 2 ½ by 1 ½ inches. A quote about going to the mountains, for Donna’s 55th birthday. 55 copies. $55.
To celebrate Donna’s 55th birthday, Peter made 55 copies of a book that speaks to her favorite thing in the world: going to the mountains. The images are vintage printers cuts from an old print shop in Butte Montana, combine to tell a story of heading for the enjoyment of an outdoor life. The binding hides a secret text, a quote by John Muir (Donna’s favorite author) “Going to the mountains is going home” – and even though she lives in Santa Cruz on the Pacific Ocean this is really true for Donna. The type is ATF "Neuland" and numbers from vintage wood type. The text is letterpress printed in several colors on Peter's handmade paper. The binding is an invention of Peter's. The covers are made using Peter's handmade paper that was decorated using a technique of spraying pulp through a stencil onto the wet sheet of paper as it is being made. A little leather backpack like bag acts as a slipcase to house the book. 8 accordion pages (4 on the text sheet and 4 glued down to the cover. 55 copies. $55.