„Manarah“ is a term of Arabic origin. It means lighthouse or signpost. I have chosen this term for my series of magazine-like artist’s books. Each issue or volume in this series is meant to be a place shedding light in the sense that it offers orientation. Each issue covers one topic.
The topic of issue 2 is „Time“. The nine poems are by the following writers: Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803-1849), Sir John Davies (1569-1626), William Dunbar (1460-1550), Johann Gottfried von Herder (1744-1803), Ben Johnson (1572-1637), Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864), Jasper Mayne (1604-1672), Ludwig Tieck (1773-1803) and Edmund Waller (1606-1687).
Each poem has been designed individually using metal type and ornaments or borders. The following founts have been used: Amati, Signum, Schadow, Trajanus, Optima, Vendôme, Jaguar, Baskerville, Post-Antiqua, Quick.
The woodcuts used for the front and back are scenes from a journey through Poland in 1988. Either motif refers to time: the sleeping dog seems to have as much time as he pleases, whereas the lady buying apples in Krakow appears to be in quite a hurry.
Manarah 2: A Divan of Time. Size 23,5x32cm. 12 pages + cover. Pamphlet stitch with black linen thread. Printed on „Pfeil&Bogen“ 250gms using a cylinder proofing press (KORREX). All poems in their original language (either German or English). Title illustration woodcut, printed from the original block. Choice of poems, typography, design, woodcuts, printing and binding by Annette C. Dißlin. Limited edition of 24 numbered and signed copies. Published in 2011.
The background story how this series of artist’s books and its first three issues came into being is told in an earlier blogpost „Manarah: The first three issues“ from 1 July 2019 which can be found in the category „Artist’s books“.