Mesa Arts Press ~ California
(Jim Machacek & Genie Shenk)


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These works are simply presented and approachable, with appeal for the lover of type. Small, inviting details in the binding cases round out the work.


An Interpretation Walt Whitman's "A Font of Type."
By Jim Machacek & Genie Shenk
1996. Edition of 60.

A folded book in one sheet of paper opens out to broadside. (Unfold to reveal title page, unfold again to the text.) Letterpress from Lydian type on Frankfurt paper. Housed in a notched, blue envelope with job case printed on front. (4.5 x 7.875 cased, opens to 8 x 16.5 inches.)

The ten lines of Whitman's ode to type: "This latent mine – these unlaunch'd voices – " explode as a printed collage of type cases and press objects and furniture. A beige, backdrop grid is the California job case. Red, pale blue, and yellow inked collage. A poem that recognizes the potential power of the voice contained in a font of type, "within pallid slivers slumbering" unleashed through print. A wonderful tribute to the noble vocation of printing.


f fi fl ff ffi & ffl
By Jim Machacek & Genie Shenk
1994. Edition of 100.

8 x 4" Letterpress on Superfine. Pamphlet stitched landscape into self-enclosing tabbed wrapper.

Billed as first fanciful publication reflecting our acquisition of two cases of wood display ligatures and 18 point Century Schoolbook. This is a type lovers delight. Quoting a character in their story, one might say to the authors, "You're afflicted with ligatures!" The ligature-laden publishers contrived a text full of ligatures (that is: f-ligature words). They also reveal a fondness for f -alliteration. Playful proliferating wood type ligatures parade across the page (perhaps alliteration is contagious). Ampersands, f-ornaments (ornaments of objects whose names begin with f, and figures of fig leaves and Fiji fill out their offering.
$100 (Last Copy)


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By Stan Thompson
Design and printing by Peggy Bud and Jim Machacek
San Diego, California: Mesa Arts Press, 1994. Edition of 50.

5.5 x 8.5"; 24 unnumbered pages. Set in 30 pt Lydian. Papers: Howard Linen text (Birch), Classic Linen cover (Augusta green) and a Skytone Pewter text. Pamphlet bound.

I'll be
to your
you be
my fish.


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By Genie Shenk and Jim Machacek
California: Mesa Arts Press, 1994. Edition of 50.

4 x 3"; 14 unnumbered pages. Single sheet forming the 14 pages. Accordion structure. Letterpress printed. Bound with illustrated alphabetic paper wraps with slip in closures at each end.

Each printer was to use all of the twenty-six letters of the alphabet in a short sentence. One side is handset and printed by Genie Shenk in 18 pt Gill Sans. The other side is handset and printed by Jim Machacek in 14pt Litho Roman.

One of the sentences has a missing letter. Ah, which letter, which sentence?

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Mesa Arts Press Out of Print Title:
• The Raramuri

• See listings under Bay Park Press for other Jim Machacek collaborations.


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