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#(26) BACH:

Edition of 250 of which 25 copies are signed.
1973 Five colors 18" x 24"

Client: Tom Luddy, The Pacific Film Archive, University Art Museum, 2625 Durant Avenue, Berkeley CA 94720. Telephone (510) 642-1413 All signed copies to The Poster, San Francisco

(Communication Arts, January/February 1977; Library of Congress 1988 Engagement Calendar; Guided Listening, Eleanor R. Hammer, Wm. C. Brown Co., 1990) (facsimile)

Second edition of 3749 of which 26 copies are signed A-Z as artist's proofs, and five sets are signed as progressives. Text modified to change the poster from advertising a film to advertising the California Bach Society.

March 22, 1977 Five colors 18" x 24"

Client: Edwin Flath, Director, The California Bach Society, 1370 Taylor Street, Suite 10, San Francisco CA 94108. Telephone (510) 474-3226 All signed copies to The Poster, San Francisco

Second printing of second edition, 3389 copies. No signed copies. Roman numeral III in a circle beside signature block. April 13, 1979

A limited number of these original, unsigned prints are available for sale now from the California Bach Society

Influence: Irish stonework and illuminated manuscripts

Irish stonework and a bit from the Book of Kells seemed just right for the Fifth Evangelist, as Bach has been called. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and Johann. The first edition of this design was for a sedate film about Anna Magdalena Bach, shown once or twice at the Pacific Film Archive and so crashingly dull that it played nowhere else, far as I know. The poster's reincarnation as general publicity for the California Bach Society came somewhat later. Artists probably invented recycling.