Jim Dine wrote his autobiographical poem ‘Jewish Fate’ at his home in Paris in the winter of 2013. It draws on his childhood memories of his grandfather’s hardware store in Cincinnati, a source of inspiration because he spent time there on weekends and vacations, developing a fascination with tools which inspired his series of tool art. As a result, this is a unique and personal artist’s book – made with the keenest attention to detail. Furthermore, it is a revealing tribute by Dine to his influences and his past. In contrast to traditional Enitharmon de luxe editions, every page of this book is an original lithograph.
Jewish Fate has been designed by Ruth Lingen with Jim Dine. It was printed by Ruth Lingen with Nina Dine in New York City. It is set in 18 pt Bulmer and letterpress-printed on vintage deckled Head and Whatman papers, handmade in England.
The de luxe edition consists of 15 copies published in the UK by Enitharmon Editions. Each signed and numbered copy contains 19 original lithographs by Jim Dine. They are drawn directly onto lithographic plates using crayon and tusche at the artist’s print studio in Walla Walla, Washington. The books have been bound and slipcased by The Fine Book Bindery, Wellingborough, in Bamberger Duo Traube deep purple mottled linen cloth, with quarter-leather binding.