Edition Size



Etching, Letterpress, Lithograph, Offset print, Silkscreen


Rives BFK




Artist Book


12.5 × 14 in


Wild Carrot Letterpress


Clamshell box

$ 8,000.00


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Boston Athenaeum

Divan E Shams contains the eponymous collection of lyrical poems by Rumi in its original Persian form, as well as an English translation by Zahra Partovi. The text is accompanied by contributions from fifteen artists, including original graphic works and one sculpture (glass laid into the back of custom-made clamshell box), some on multiple or folded leaves, some on colored or translucent paper; most signed in pencil by the respective artist. Publisher Vincent FitzGerald and Partovi have collaborated on twelve books presenting the writings of the 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and teacher of Sufism.

CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS: Joan Busing, John Depp, Sandy Gellis, Elizabeth Harington, Bernard Kirschenbaum, T. Kurahara, James Nares, Dorthea Rockburne, Betye Saar, Annette Senneby, Michelle Stuart, Peter Thomson, Judith Turner, Marjorie Van Dyke, Joan Vennum, and Susan Weil.

Hand-made papers by Dieu Donne and BFK Rives

Title-page printed in black, light gray, and title in gold gilt, verso of half-title page printed in palladium and black, many pages of verse printed in two colors, the second color varying each time. Index of first lines page plus colophon signed by Zahra Partovi in Persian.

Bound by Craig Jensen at BookLab in ivory linen in Coptic style binding with brown and gray endpapers that are etchings of various leaves, and housed in silver silk over boards custom-made clamshell box, title in palladium on spine, engraved ornament on the front panel of the box, fine.

Etchings editioned by Vincent FitzGerald and Marjorie Van Dyke at The Printmaking Workshop, Lothar Osterburg at Lothar Osterburg Photogravure, and Lynn Rogan at Lynn Rogan Associates. Lithograph by Judith Solodkin at Solo Impression. Silkscreen by Colorgirls.

Letterpress by Daniel Keleher of Wild Carrot Letterpress on Rives BFK paper.

Zahra Partovi’s Persian calligraphy is reproduced by offset.

The glass sculpture by Senneby, editioned by John Depp, Inc., is embedded in the case.