The Press at Colorado College — The Cycle of the Day: A Book of Hours
Last complete copy available
(The Press at Colorado College) The Cycle of the Day: A Book of Hours. Colorado Springs, Colorado. 1991. 14” x 20”. Title page, 8 loose signatures and colophon folded in three. Illustrations, designs and diagrams. Color plates printed letterpress, a few hand-done inclusions and hot-stamped foil. Bird drawings are from photographs, altered by James Trissel. All in a blue dropback box. Slight bump to top right-hand corner of box, else fine. An unsigned copy in an edition of 50 copies.
“This contemporary Book of Hours was influenced by the Rule of St. Benedict and other Books of Hours printed from 1460-1800. The materials chosen for this Book are those of the designer and printer ‘tempered with advice from friends.’
“Each Book of Hours is an invention; no two are alike. The opening diagrams and schemes are obvious references to the daily cycle. The emphasis upon the Psalms is traditional and meant to be ecumenical, … The color printing of the central panel of each section is entirely consistent with elements found in manuscript paintings of the hours.” – Colophon.
This great production by the late James Trissel is a tour de force, with both printing and illustrations of fine quality.