26 Words

An Artist's Book:
Illustrations by Thorsten Dennerline
Bindings by Peter Verheyen
1998 Bird Press

Created in an edition of 10 copies

From the Introduction:
" The words in this alphabet book
were selected from a dictionary. A series
of 26 prints was created to
accompany the words. Spontaneous
drawing marks were used to create
a chaos with the order of the
alphabet representing the human

The dimensions of the work are 12.5 x 14 x 4 cm and when extended fully  it is almost 7 meters long. For the "metrically challenged" each letter comprises 2 panels 6" wide which equals about 29 feet in length. The illustrations are lithographically printed from hand-drawn plates with letterpress text on either tan or light gray Rives BFK using red ink.

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This work was created by the artist and binder specifically for the recent Guild of Book Workers exhibition entitled AbeCedarium which opened in Greensboro, NC October 22, 1998. A fully illustrated catalog is available. For more information on the exhibit please view the exhibit online at:

Venues for the exhibition were:
Greensboro Public Library, Greensboro, NC   [ after 10/24]
Bienes Center for Literary Arts, Broward County Library, Ft. Lauderdale, FL [Jan-Feb, 1999]
Newberry Library, Chicago, IL [March-April, 1999]
Ohio University Library, Athens, OH [June-August, 1999]
Denver Public Library, Denver, CO [September-October, 1999]
Denison Library, Scripps College, Claremont, CA [November-December, 1999]