Hanuman Books (1986–1993)
Hanuman Books is a series of books published by Raymond Foye and Francesco Clemente between 1986 and 1993. From the University of Michigan Library (Special Collections Research Center):
The press published small handmade books [3″×4″], primarily of works by contemporary avant-garde writers and rare translations. The administrative and editorial functions were housed in New York’s Chelsea Hotel, while printing and binding were done in Madras, India [today Chennai].
Clemente, in addition to suggesting books, painted the Hanuman Books logo, contributed money to pay for printing in India, and envisioned the design of the books. Clemente, for example, suggested sending black and white author photographs to be hand tinted, so Indian printers would influence the books.
Hanuman books were printed at C.T. Nachiappan’s Kalakshetra Press in Madras, India. Books were hand-set in Monotype Times Roman on a letter press, and the acid-free pages were sewn together by local fishermen and others. Handmade Indian paper and vegetable dyes enabled colorful covers. Titles stamped in gold and tinted author photographs appear on the dust jackets.
The typefaces used for the metallic foil stamping are Hermann Zapf’s Kompakt (Stempel, 1954), in all caps, paired with Jerry Mullen’s Repro Script (ATF, 1953). In 1988, the script used for the authors’ names was changed to Brush Script by Robert E. Smith (ATF, 1942).
Read more about the history of the book series at the University of Michigan Library (Special Collections Research Center). See the MACBA website and Goodreads for more images.