Se Ben Fu Donna
By Lyall F. Harris
Oakland, California: Lyall F. Harris, 2010. Edition of 10.
6.375 x 9.5"; 14 pages. Handset type letterpress printed. Portraits are
original drawings printed from polymer plates. Typefaces are 30 pt Solemnis, 18 pt Goudy Thirty, Centaur, Arrighi, 14 pt Centaur, Arrighi, Gill Sans, Gill Sans Italic, 12 & 10 pt, Gill Sans. Handsewn binding using pamphlet stitch.
"Se Ben Fu Donna" (although she was a woman) is a pejorative tag sometimes directed Sappho.
Lyall Harris: "A tongue and cheek interpretation of excerpts from the sole and very minimal chapter about female artists in Vasari's famous biographies, Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects with blank pages standing in for the absence of women throughout art history."
Giorgio Vasari (1511 - 1574) an Italian painter, architect, and writer is best known for his biographies of Italian Renaissance artists.