NUTTER, Jim. Idiom 4: Hobo Signs.

[East Lansing, MI]: Michigan State University, 1965.  First edition.  Small square quarto.  Unpaginated.  Beautifully designed and produced by Advanced Graphic Design students at the Typographic Workshop of Kresge Art Center under the direction of Joseph Kuszai.  The volume presents the graphic language of the wanderer, the compulsive traveller – the hobo.  The images are accompanied by texts illuminating the imagery.  Drawn largely from the symbolism of medieval magic and the mystic alphabet of the Cabala, hobo signs, sometimes chalked on curbs and sidewalks or appearing as tiny pencil marks on door facings or mailboxes and gates, served as a guide to anyone who knew the code, steering them away from discomfort and danger and pointing the way to good food and a feather bed.  This a very good copy printed on Warren’s Olde Style stock, in part on double leaves, in printed brown card covers.  ‘Pebble Hills arms race towards truth’ stamp to front and rear endpapers.  Wrappers with some slight wear and creasing.  Published in an edition of 300 copies.


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