Hurray for the Worm
n.p. By the Author, 1959. First Edition. Exquisite hand-made book by the New Jersey graphic designer, illustrator and printmaker Barbara Paone. Paone had a distinguished career as a commercial artist before moving to academia in the mid-1970s; she was on the faculties of both Princeton (Graphic Arts) and the Philadelphia College of Art (Printmaking) during that period. The present work is executed entirely in letterpress and silkscreen, with hand-sculpted elements. Rare; none in institutions; this from the collection of Ben and Bernarda Shahn, with their estate label laid in at colophon. Oblong quarto (ca 19cm x 31cm). Hand-silkscreened boards; unpaged (8 leaves), each with hand-set text and an original silkscreen illustration. Number 5 in a total edition of 7 copies, signed by the artist on colophon. From the library of Ben and Bernarda Bryson Shahn, with their estate label laid in at colophon.