Minsky in London
Edited by Pamela Moore. With
90 photographs by Richard Minsky.
The story of Minsky's experience as a
US/UK Bicentennial Fellow (1978-79), in his words,
those of the editor, and observations by 15 people
he encountered. A no-holds-barred account, including
the story of Tom Phillips' Dante's Inferno giant
fire disaster (with photos), and meetings with the
British from the Heralds at
the Garter Service to artists, punk rockers and
Letterpress from Monotype and handset type, with
dry mounted photographic prints and 45 rpm record.
64 pages 11" x 14" on Mohawk Superfine Cover 80#
soft white. Foil stamped leather spine, printed
cloth on boards. Cover, title page, back endpaper
and record label design by Pat Gorman, cover
caricature of Minsky by Gerald Mynott. Recordings
of Kathy Fire & Reverse doing her song
"Libido" (Lyrics on the endpaper), and Tommy
Weitzel solo guitar "Ode to a Dead Sheep." Edition
of 25 and 5 Artist Proofs. 1980.
Dorée Duncan Seligmann
Kathy Fire, endsheet lyrics
Kathy Fire & Reverse, "Libido"
Tommy Weitzel, "Ode to a Dead Sheep"
Cover, endsheet,, and record label design: Pat
Copy Editor: Mary Mooney
Cover caricature: Gerald Mynott
Leather accessories in endsheet photo supplied by
Ian's of London and New York. Legs Deborah and
Printed in 1980 on a Vandercook Universal 1 at the
Center for Book Arts, 15 Bleecker Street, New York
Text set in Monotype Goudy Bold and Italic by
Headings hand set by Minsky in Cooper Black,
printed in Minsky Pink.
Presswork by Minsky and Dikko
B&W photos on Portriga paper, archivally
processed and selenium toned by Minsky and Roger
Fifteen color photos are Chromogenic prints made
by Minsky at the London College of Printing,
AP3 shown above in second state binding of 2016,
front cover printed archival inkjet on canvas with
the same Pat Gorman design and Gerald Mynott
caricature as those bound in 1980, back cover
screen printed in 1980, new spine title in 22K
gold. Three AP copies were missing for more than
30 years, with all the photos mounted and the
books sewn, ready for covers. They had been safely
packed in the bottom of a box of other things for
a move in 1984, without being noted on the box.