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Pemberton Press

Pemberton Press (cont)

In 1973, the Pemberton Press issued Eugene Porterís monograph San Elizario, based on the downstream neighbor of El Paso and Ysleta. San Elizario, past and present, is expertly captured in the design that Larry Smitherman gave Porterís treatise. While the text appears in Zapfís Palatino type, headings are set in Castlemar, a contemporary face developed for use in photo composition, but which clearly derives from popular eighteenth-century styles. Somehow its employment in this updated format seems mildly affected, but still within tasteful bounds. The title page is matched with a frontispiece that demonstrates Josť Cisnerosís gift as a mapmaker. Moreover, each chapter begins with a Cisneros drawing on the facing page to set an appropriate mood for the text that follows. The sandy-toned paper and spacious margins only heighten this effect. The squarish-shaped volume is bound in a pleasing natural buckram, of deep grey-brown, with matching endsheets. A Cisneros sketch, reproduced on a large paste-on plate, adorns the front cover, while an attractive title label is affixed to the spine. This highly effective packaging is seen through a plain acetate jacket. San Elizario is far and away the finest production issued from the Pemberton Press.

In the same year, Pemberton Press released a special edition of Porterís San Elizario. Also designed by Larry Smitherman, it was limited to fifty copies.

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