Wolfgang Buchta

Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street

Wolfgang Buchta

Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street



Edition Size



Gouache, Hand-painting, Handmade paper, Lithograph


Custom box, Leather case, full


Artist Book


9.5 × 6.3 in


Vienna, Austria

$ 10,960.00


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Boston Athenaeum

Library of Congress (LoC)

University of Minnesota

“In 2009 July, the graphic structure of the newspaper gave me the impulse to draw over it. Then I thought this background was the ideal way for Bartleby. After this decision, I wrote the text by hand. August-December 2009. Drawings on the newspaper, 70 pieces, used 57, January-May 2010. Mounted text and drawings together, June 2010. Gerie Reumiller did the scans and filtered the grey tone of the newspaper, 59 pieces, July 2010. Prepared for the computer to plate process, July 2010. Started printing the aluminum plates by hand on the lithopress, August-November 2010. Started preparing and printing the second color on stone, December-April 2011. Coloring the prints with watercolor, May-August 2011. Bound the first 10 copies in September 2011.” – Wolfgang Buchta, Vienna, 2011

Story by Herman Melville. Drawings on Newspaper by Wolfgang Buchta. Scans by Gerie Reumiller. Computer-to-Plate technology with FM Screen. Printed on the Lithopress by Wolfgang Buchta. Handmade paper by Gangolf Ulbricht. Bookbinding by Brigitte Kozumplik.

Copies numbered 1–20: 120 pages aluminum plate prints and color stone lithographs on white rag paper
Copies numbered 21–30: 120 pages  aluminum plate prints on yellow paper from flax/linen
Lithography, hand painting, and gouache on handmade paper. Full leather binding with custom box. Edition: 30 copies + 3 APs.