The Silent Scream: Political and Social Comment in Books by Artists

Catalogue commentaries by Monica Oppen and Peter Lyssiotis.
Essays by Walter Struve (librarian State Library of Victoria), Dr Scott McQuire (Associate Professor and Reader, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne), Humphrey McQueen (freelance historian) and Des Cowley (Rare Printed Collections Manager, State Library of Victoria).

ISBN: 9780987160607 (pbk.)
pp 190
rrp $39.95 + postage
size 24.5 x 20.5 x 2.5 cm

The Silent Scream: Political and Social Comment in Books by Artists 

Slicing the Page: the Story of Champion Books

In his own works Ted Hopkins, founder of Backyard Press and Champion Books, writes the history of a radical publishing enterprise that was active in the 1980s in Melbourne, Victoria. Champion Books was eclectic in its publishing list and produced some of Australia’s early artists’ books, significantly the early books of Peter Lyssiotis. The aim in producing the catalogue was to record the work of this printing and publishing venture, recognising it as a significant (sub) cultural phenomenon of the time, paralleling similar movements around the world. Read the full text on the Bibliotheca blog.

pp 8 (folded poster booklet)
rrp. $5.00 + postage
size 15 x 15 cm

America: a prophecy
a facsimile of the work by William Blake

This facsimile was produced in conjunction with the exhibition The Silent Scream: Political and Social Comment in Books by Artists. It has been produced in the same manner as Blake, printed off etched relief blocks though from photopolymer plates rather than copper.
America: A Prophecy was produced by William Blake in 1793. One of his rare illustrated books in it Blake expresses his support for the American revolution which lead to the colony’s independence. Blake also supported the French Revolution however overt expression of this support could lead to serious accusations of sedition and treason which were a both capital offences.

pp.16 (includes as a supplement the extra page which was not included in editioned version)
rrp $125.00
size 33 x 25 cm
Available through Douglas Stewart Fine Books