Dorothy Simpson Krause
HERetic: Joan of Arc
written by Christine de Pisan; translated by Angus J. Kennedy and Kenneth Varty; 7” x 5”, 56 pages; 55 regular and 5 deluxe copies; Viewpoint Studio, 2009
This small tribute to Joan of Arc resembles a limp vellum prayerbook of a kind that she might have carried during her battles. On each left hand page is text from “Le Ditie de Jehanne d’Arc” by Christine de Pizan, a French poetess. Written in 1429 when Joan was at the height of her successful campaign, it celebrates her life and achievements. On each facing page, an image, incorporating photographs from the extensive collection of Joan of Arc memorabilia of the Boston Public Library, is combined with comments on Joan of Arc’s brief history. The pages covering her trial for heresy incorporate Joan’s own words, taken from the trial document.
HERetic was printed by Acme Bookbinders on the HP Indigo press 5500 on Mohawk Via Superfine Eggshell 100# text and bound in Mohawk #80 cover. The fonts used were German Latin (sepia) for the text by Christine de Pizan, Uncial (red) for the history with William Shakespeare used for numerals, and 10th Century Bookhand (gold) for the words of Joan of Arc. Gold pigment and leaf were added after printing. The phase box, pigment printed on archival barrier board, was designed to resemble a well-worn library enclosure for a rare book with semi-appropriate labels, rubber stamps and written notations.