Our planet is a miracle in itself: so far as we have been able to positively confirm, the perfect combination of available nutrients and favorable climate that supports life as we know it is entirely unique to our corner of the universe. We share this island home with millions of other creatures, each one the product of millennia of evolution, building upon the strengths and failings of preceding generations. Even in our present age of intense modernization and anthropocentrism, the natural realm and its inhabitants remain as captivating—and as beguiling—as ever.
Humanity, too, has undergone its own sort of evolution, not only the imperceptibly slow genetic betterment that has distinguished us from our more primitive ancestors, but also an unflagging progression of ideas. Mathematics, science, art, philosophy—none of our defining cultural attributes sprung forth in completeness. Rather, they have simmered for centuries in an endless, all-encompassing global dialogue, emerging and developing day by day, year by year.
Therefore, in honor of our planet’s natural wonder and in praise of the human potential for improvement, we proudly present these broadsides of The Good Earth.
What you get.
As part of our ongoing broadside initiative on Kickstarter, we are launching a three-week campaign to get our fifth portfolio off the ground. You will receive The Good Earth Broadside Portfolio which holds ten broadsides printed letterpress.
We are offering twenty-four portfolios in a limited run. Because the run is small, we can have fun with these special copies in a way that we cannot on the general run: The broadsides are hand-printed on hand-finished paper and come in a letterpress printed, hand-patterned portfolio. Each is signed and numbered by the Publisher. They bring the object quality, the very texture of the words themselves, to another level. They are truly a unique addition to your collection.
Alongside this new fifth portfolio, we are offering our past four, on the themes of American Protest, Alternative Facts, Subversion, and What You Don't Know Might Hurt You. You can get all five together in our COMPLETE PORTFOLIO COLLECTOR tier—and, the first three come together in the handsome 'Politics' slipcase.
No. 5 : The Good Earth
- Thou Art An "O" Without A Figure
- Kosmos by Walt Whitman
- Lake Baikal
- Musings of John Hames Audubon
- Flight of the Hummingbird
- Stupor Mundi
- Musings of John Muir
- Unconscious Mind
- Wonders of the Ancient World
No. 4 : What You Don't Know Might Hurt You
- Global Warming
- Mons Flammas Eructans: Supervolcanoes
- Not with a bang, but with . . .
- Invisible Killers: Great Plagues
- Throughout 2045: The Singularity
- A Perfect Storm: The Citicorp Center
- Close-Calls: Narrowly Avoiding the Third World War
- The Global Ocean Conveyer Belt
- Mass Extinctions
No. 3 : Subversion
- A Rat Surrendered Here by Emily Dickinson
- Caution by Walt Whitman
- Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
- Common Sense by Thomas Paine
- Holy Thursday by William Blake
- My Testament by Taras Shevchenko
- Etienne de la Boece by Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Sonnet LXIII by Michael Drayton
- The End by Amy Lowell
- London by William Blake
No. 2 : Alternative Facts
- Falsehood, a poem.
- Come Together, a list.
- Non-Euclidean Geometry, an overview.
- The Second of July, a history.
- Contronyms, a grammar.
- The Sign of the Devil, a puzzle.
- Peace For Our Time, a delusion.
- Captain William Martin, a deception.
- The Shape of the Earth, a lineage.
- Famous Lines That Weren't, an invention.
No. 1 : American Protest
- Ain't I A Woman? by Sojourner Truth.
- 172 Years Late by Hubert Humphrey.
- Battle Hymn of the Republic by Julia Ward Howe.
- All-Pervading Light by Frederick Douglass.
- We Hold These Truths the preamble to the Declaration of Independence.
- Liberty or Death by Patrick Henry.
- They Ask For Equal Dignity the opinions of Obergefell v. Hodges.
- Crime Against Kansas by Charles Sumner.
- Topaz, Utah a poem of Japanese internment.
- We, The Whole People by Susan B. Anthony.
Celebrate the Earth with us!
As part of Kickstarter's Earth Initiative, we have launched three projects which celebrate our place in the universe. Rainpaper Notebooks celebrates the individual and their ideas. The Good Earth, a broadside portfolio, celebrates our planet in all its wonder. And Sun Spots, a print portfolio, celebrates the cosmos. Check them out with these links:
More about Thornwillow.
In 1985 Thornwillow was founded by Luke Pontifell, then sixteen, who spent his summer vacations printing and hand binding books. What started as a labor of love has grown into one of the leading purveyors of specialty books and custom stationery in the United States, consolidating centuries of craft and technique under one roof in Newburgh, New York.
For more than thirty years Thornwillow has been committed to enhancing the relationship between the reader and the written word. Our paper, printing, binding, and books are meant to be a lasting and powerful method of communicating and preserving ideas in the modern world. Ultimately, what we do is a very simple thing. It's black ink on white paper, and from that very simple combination, one can open up visions of the universe.
Risks and challenges
We have been thrilled to work with the Kickstarter community over the past year to complete eight projects. Each of these has brought its own joys and challenges. While we have produced three past portfolios successfully through Kickstarter, unforeseen challenges may always arise. If so, we will communicate them quickly and fully with our backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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