The DownStairs Press
Letterpresss – Books & Broadsides
Photos provided by Jack Mader.
5 x 7 inches • 72 pages • 23 numbered copies. Hand set in Spartan Medium, Baskerville and Lydian. Printed on Nekoosa Linen paper. Binding in full cloth over boards by Campbell-Logan Bindery. $23.
In 1986 my son, Andrew, was reading Robert Anton Wilson’s Illuminatus Trilogy and I was reading William S. Burroughs in the Fortean Times. It seems Burroughs was interested in the 23 Enigma and Wilson had picked up from him that 23 was a sacred, mythic or magical number. As Andrew became more and more engrossed in the Illuminati, and in the number 23, I decided to make a book for him for his 23rd birthday. I wrote a poem for him containing 23 words.
ANDREW 23 offers that poem, letterpress printed in 23 variations on a Chandler and Price Pilot press, in an edition of 23 copies. The book is the first offering from DownStairs Press, from a time when the press was housed in a small room at the back of my basement.
Copies are numbered 1-23 and bound by Campbell-Logan bindery. Number 1 was given to Andrew on his 23rd birthday.
Sample poem from this volume
this vaunted door
like any word or world
returns to being
LETTERPRESS – BOOKS & BROADSIDES