„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.
Issue 3 is all about Love. It comes with 13 poems by 11 writers:
Otto Julius Bierbaum (1865-1910), Joseph von Eichendorff (1788-1857), Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), two poems by Thomas Hood (1799-1845), Detlev von Liliencron (1844-1909), John Boyle O’Reilly (1844-1890), two poems by Friedrich Rückert (1789-1866), Albert von Schlippenbach (1800-1886), James Thomson (1834-1882), John Todhunter (1839-1916) and Ludwig Uhland (1787-1862). Next to the poem by Jospeh von Eichendorff is a linoprint-portrait of him.
All poems have been handset from metal type, and designed individually using borders and ornaments. Founts used are: Titula, Rhapsodie, Schadow, Bernhard-Schönschrift, Bürgerschaftsfraktur, Quick, Legende, Parlamentsfraktur, Liturgisch, Trump mediäval kursiv, Straßburg, Diskus, Trajanus, Stahl.
The title illustration is a lino-etching. It shows a number architectural structures that are shedding light into darkness, amongst them lighthouses and houses of prayer with various kinds of spires.
Manarah 3: A Divan of Love. Size 24x32cm. 16 pages + cover. Pamphlet stich with red linen thread. Printed on „Pfeil&Bogen“ 250gms using a cylinder proofing press (KORREX). All poems in their original language (either German or English). With two lino-etchings: title and portrait of Joseph von Eichendorff printed from the original linoblocks. Choice of poems, typography, design, lino-etchings, printing and binding all 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“.