Vermont Vigilance


Above: The Newsprint Edition

Printed by Minsky on the Kelmscott - Goudy Iron Handpress
at the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, Rochester Institute of Technology

In April, 2017 Richard Minsky was Artist-in-Residence at the RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection. He printed Vermont Vigilance and other works on the same Albion handpress acquired in 1895 by William Morris for his Kelmscott Press to produce the magnificent Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. The press was brought to the USA in 1924 by artist and type designer Frederic W. Goudy. The Minsky residency was arranged by Dr. Steven K. Galbraith, Curator of the Cary Collection, and facilitated by Associate Curator Amelia J Hugill-Fontanel. RIT student Brendon Stowe assisted with the presswork.


Above: The K-G Albion Handpress

Vermont Vigilance

A fictional four page pamphlet in It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis (1935), a novel in which a populist president is elected in the USA and becomes a demagogue. All laws were made to benefit corporations. After the 2016 election it became a best seller. Vermont Vigilance is published by the New Underground resistance on "an old hand printing-press" stolen from the basement of the newspaper office where the protagonist was editor, using 8 point type stolen a pocketfull at a time. One way of distributing the pamphlets was to surreptitiously insert them into other publications.
      Vermont Vigilance printed on the Kelmscott-Goudy Albion handpress
is not a reproduction, since the original never existed as a real artifact. It is set in typefaces that were popular at the time the story takes place (1938): Old English for the masthead, 8 point Times New Roman for the body, and Goudy Sans for the headlines. 


Above: The Newsprint Edition

The content of this pamphlet combines some text from the novel with some created by Minsky. There are two editions: six copies are on newsprint, signed on the blank last page  and numbered 1 to 6, and 32 copies on Mohawk Superfine 80# text signed and numbered 1-32. An unsigned copy on newsprint, inked lighter than the others on the first page, is inserted into a first edition of It Can't Happen Here. Copy No. 1 of both editions accompanies that first edition of the book. 

The Newsprint and Superfine editions are split between Minsky and RIT Cary Collection, with Minsky having odd-numbered copies and Cary having the even numbers.

Prices below are in effect through June 30, 2017.
There will be a price increase July 1.


Newsprint Edition. 5½" x 7¾". Three printed pages. Edition of 6. Price: $75.00

NEWSPRINT EDITION
Vermont Vigilance

$75.00


Above: The Superfine Edition

Mohawk Superfine Edition. 5½" x 7¾". Three printed pages. Edition of 32. Price: $50.00

SUPERFINE EDITION
Vermont Vigilance

$50.00
It Can't Happen Here
by Sinclair Lewis
with three copies of
Vermont Vigilance

 





  


This book was owned by Dr. Robert Meador of St. Louis, signed on the front pastedown, and includes
a penny postcard addressed to him May 23, 1942 offering a Meador genealogy, likely used as a bookmark.



First Edition of It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Copmany, 1935. Includes one inserted, unsigned copy of the newsprint edition of Vermont Vigilance, printed by Minsky on the Kelmscott-Goudy Albion handpress at the RIT Cary Collection, also copy No. 1 of the newsprint edition and copy No. 1 of the Superfine edition. In a custom box made by Minsky.

Price:$2,500.00

FIRST EDITION
It Can't Happen Here
by Sinclair Lewis
with 3 Vermont Vigilance
in a custom box by Minsky
$2,500.00

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