The Wit & Wisdom of Leopold Bloom

The first collection of quotes from the hero of James Joyce’s ULYSSES, in a limited edition letterpress book designed & printed in Dublin, Ireland.
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Steve Cole
Art
Dublin
Ireland
2 Team Members

We think the world would be a better place with more Leopold Bloom and finely printed letterpress books in it. Are you with us!?!

That’s the bottom line for our project – an unlikely trans-Atlantic collaboration between Jamie Murphy, a Dublin-based designer and letterpress printer, and Steve Cole, a James Joyce fanatic from Baltimore. We are out to bring the unique wit, warmth, and quirkiness of the everyman hero from James Joyce’s Ulysses to light for the first time in a glorious letterpress printed limited edition artist’s book.

We want to have this new book completed in time for this year’s celebration of Ulysses on the 16th of June – a day known around the world as BLOOMSDAY.

What? You haven’t read Ulysses? Well, who can blame you. It is a monster of a book. At over 700 pages and written in a dozen different styles (some utterly bizarre) it is not an easy read. But there’s a reason why it is widely considered the greatest novel in the English language. Ulysses gets inside and behind and underneath a human life like no other book. And that whirlwind of styles opens your eyes to a whole new way of seeing and reading.

With this project we boil down the essence of Leopold Bloom into a collection of his thoughts and sayings. We want this book to help the uninitiated experience Bloom’s all-too-human world view. For Joyce junkies the book will be a fresh look at Bloom through his quips & quirks. And to make this experience really special, we’re bringing out our “Quotations from Chairman Bloom” in a large-format hand-printed volume that will be a wonder to behold (and hold).

WE JUST WANT TO PLEASE MOLLY BLOOM

Truth be told, the idea for this Joycean undertaking is not ours. We stole it. Not from a living being, mind you. We lifted it from no greater an authority on Leopold Bloom than his own wife, the erotic and unfaithful Molly Bloom. Mrs. Bloom, in her bed at the end of that eventful day in 1904, muses admiringly about her spouse: “I declare somebody ought to put him in the budget if I only could remember the one half of the things and write a book out of it the works of Master Poldy yes.”

“The Works of Master Poldy” is our second collaboration together involving Ulysses, letterpress printing and Dublin. We were strangers just a year ago. In early 2012 Steve was revving up for a second year of feeding his Ulysses addiction, which in 2011 burst onto the global scene with a 24-hour Twitter rendition of the whole novel. Jamie was wrapping up his M.A. degree at Dublin’s National College of Art & Design and bringing out his letterpress book “Albert, Ernest & the Titanic.”

To mark the end of copyright on Joyce’s published works in Europe last year, Steve launched the LiberateUlysses project to encourage multimedia expressions based on the novel for Bloomsday 2012. He was eager to indulge another passion – letterpress printing – and thought it would be cool to work with a Dublin printer on a Bloomsday project. Of course, he didn’t know any.

But through the miracle of Twitter, Steve found Jamie @fjorddesign and together with @maryjplunkett they brought out a series of large colorful broadsides of Ulysses quotes, printed at the fantastic @DistillersPress in Dublin. Our “Ulysses Strands” posters were a great success and are now sold out.

A BOOK PRINTED BY HAND IN DUBLIN

Our project will be the first publication from Jamie’s new book arts & letterpress printing venture in Dublin – The Salvage Press – which he established just this year. The Salvage Press is devoted to preserving, promoting and pursuing excellence in design, typography and letterpress printing. Jamie has a huge interest in finely printed artists’ books, having recently completed an award-winning tome based on the printers who travelled aboard the Titanic in 1912.

Handprinting a beautiful book like this takes a LOT of time, and we will be going all-out to get it done ahead of Bloomsday. That’s less than three months away, so it’s going to be a MAD dash! Don’t hate us if we miss that date by a few days, but be assured we are doing everything possible to make sure “Master Poldy” arrives in time for his big day.

So pitch in and help us realize Molly Bloom’s century-old publishing vision! We believe that the world will be a little better off with this letterpress book in it. We hope you do too.

WHAT WE NEED TO CREATE “MASTER POLDY”

This new book will be printed at the amazing Distillers Press, National College of Art and Design, in Dublin, where Jamie is about to undertake a design residency for the coming year. Our Indiegogo campaign funds the design, typesetting (both monotype casting and hand-set metal and wooden type), letterpress printing and hand binding of “Master Poldy” using traditional letterpress methods. Jamie is handling all of this and is already at work on the design of what we know will be a beautiful book. Steve has already finished harvesting a rich crop of Bloomisms from Ulysses.

The funds we raise go toward the labor and materials needed to produce an edition of 120 copies by early June 2013. If we raise more than our goal, we plan to start work on bringing “Master Poldy” out in other formats that will let us put the book into the hands of more people.

“Master Poldy” will be a 40-page book, case bound within a protective slipcase, measuring about 10 x 15 inches. (We’ll also have a deluxe edition with a more elaborate binding and some hidden extras.) It will be letterpress printed onto Zerkell mould made paper, keeping the beautiful deckled edge where possible. We’ll be using a mix of traditional monotype methods and handset antique wooden type in an experimental typographic design. By creating the book at Distillers Press, we have over 500 cases of type to choose from.

WHAT YOU GET FOR CONTRIBUTING

We’ve come up with lots of fun perks that will please Joyce addicts and letterpress enthusiasts alike.

We are designing original stickers using lots of letterpress-printed type in three new designs and a set of Bloom-inspired postcards letterpress printed from wooden and metal type – all great ways to share your love for the craft of letterpress printing and the writings of James Joyce. You can also receive a large typographic poster (letterpress printed, of course) inspired straight from the mind of Leopold Bloom. These will be fantastic colorful pieces printed by hand on mould-made paper in a small edition.

You can also receive the standard and deluxe editions of “The Works of Master Poldy.” The standard edition will be a beautiful book – a very special keepsake for Joyce enthusiasts and the avid bibliophiles. The deluxe edition will have a more elaborate binding/housing with some special extras included.

Our top-level contributors will receive a personal tour of Distillers Press and a celebratory meal with us in Dublin on Bloomsday weekend 2013.

If you can’t contribute financially but want to help us bring “Master Poldy” to life, we’d really appreciate your help in spreading the word about our project. We’re all over social media @LiberateUlysses and @TheSalvagePress and online at:

The Salvage Press

The Liberate Ulysses Project

Bloomsday 2012 ‘Ulysses Strands’ Broadsides

The Distillers Press

 

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  • €7EUR
    Online Credit

    Your name will appear on the project website and the LiberateUlysses blog as a valued project supporter. (Contribution = about $10)

    5 out of 80 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • €20EUR
    Bloomsday Stickers

    Three different sticker designs based on wood and metal type letterpress-printed in Dublin. Slogans such as 'ULYSSES ADDICTS ARISE' and 'reJoyce! Bloomsday 2013' let you spread the word about Bloomsday and 'Ulysses.' Suitable for car bumpers and other outdoor uses. Plus the Online Credit. (about $25)

    7 out of 60 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • €20EUR
    Video Tour of “Master Poldy”

    Be one of the first to see the complete “Works of Master Poldy” this June! Get an exclusive video to be filmed in Dublin with Jamie and Steve walking you through the whole book. Available to contributors only on June 15. Plus the Online Credit. (about $30)

    2 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • €30EUR
    'Master Poldy' Postcards

    A set of three letterpress-printed postcards with designs handset in metal and wood type. Each carries some of our favorite 'Bloomisms' that you can share with Joyce and letterpress fans around the world. Plus Stickers and Online Credit. (about $40)

    21 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • €35EUR
    'Ulysses' Video Tour of Dublin

    Take an exclusive video tour of Dublin filmed this June as we visit the city’s many ‘Ulysses’ locales and meet Joyceans and Dubliners along the way. Available to contributors only on June 15. Plus the “Master Poldy” Video Tour and Online Credit (about $45).

    4 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • €50EUR
    'Master Poldy' Promo Poster

    An original letterpress broadside poster extolling the wit and weirdness of Leopold Bloom. The design will be completely typographic and hand set in wooden and metal types. Printed on Zerkall 170gsm mould made paper. Approx. 21 x 15 inches; suitable for framing. Plus Postcards, Stickers, and Online Credit. (about $65)

    21 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
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    €75EUR
    'Master Poldy' Broadside (1)

    A single broadside page from the book, hand printed in a very limited edition to give you a taste of the experimental typographic style of the book's design. Printed on Zerkall 170gsm mould made paper. Suitable for framing; approx. 10 x 15 inches. Plus the Promotional Poster, Postcards, Stickers, and Online Credit. (about $100)

    15 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • €175EUR
    'Master Poldy' Broadsides (3)

    A set of three broadsides from the book, hand printed in a very limited edition to give you a taste of the experimental typographic style of the book's design. Printed on Zerkall 170gsm mould made paper. Suitable for framing; approx. 10 x 15 inches. Plus the Promotional Poster, Postcards, Stickers, and Online Credit. (about $225)

    2 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • €200EUR
    A Special Dublin Day

    If you make your own way to Dublin for Bloomsday 2013, we will treat you and one guest to a tour of Distillers Press where “Master Poldy” will be printed plus a rousing meal (and a pint of Guinness!) with our whole creative team on Friday 14th June or Saturday 15th June. Plus the Postcards, Stickers, and Online Credit. (about $300)

    0 out of 4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • €240EUR
    'Master Poldy' Broadsides (6)

    A set of six broadsides from the book, housed in a specially commissioned protective portfolio made by Tom Duffy, the binder of "Master Poldy." Broadsides are hand printed in a very limited edition to give you a taste of the experimental typographic style of the book's design. Printed on Zerkall 170gsm mould made paper. Suitable for framing; approx. 10 x 15 inches. Plus the Promotional Poster, Postcards, Stickers, and Online Credit. (about $320)

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • €280EUR
    'The Works of Master Poldy'

    One copy of the complete, limited-edition artist's book in all its hand-printed, hand-bound glory, from an edition of just 100. Signed by the artist. Plus the Stickers and Online Credit. (about $370)

    6 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • SOLD OUT

    €400EUR
    'Master Poldy' Deluxe Edition

    One copy of a customized special edition of the book hand bound in quarter leather with several hidden extras, printed in an edition of just 20, and signed by the artist. Plus the Stickers and Online Credit. (about $525)

    3 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
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