Thanks to all who have contributed to The Bee Kingdom Archive fundraiser -- I'm flabbergasted to have surpassed my minimum funding goal in less than a week.
For those who are still interested in contributing, the fundraiser will continue until 11:59pm, December 31, 2013. My overall goal is to raise $8000 by the end of the year. These funds will cover ongoing archiving needs, the scanning of images, translations of documents from Arabic to English, and of course, production costs for the two limited edition prints. I am offering these prints in exchange for donations of $250 and more.
LIMITED EDITION PRINTS
I am producing these editions of lithographs with the help and expertise of artist and printer Shannon Broder. They will be printed on Rives BFK 280 gram paper in editions of 25 (images = 8-1/2x11 inches; paper size = 11x14 inches):
Print #1: "Abushady's Complete Specification," technical drawing for Abushady's honeycomb patent (c.1919).
Print #2: Caricature of Abushady (c.1928), by the Alexandrian Persian artist Mohamed Fridon.
For those who are curious about my choice of source images for these prints, here is some background:
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I: Abushady's Complete Specification (1919)
This is the drawing included in Abushady's patent application for "Improvements in and relating to Combs for Beehives," namely, a removable aluminum honeycomb. I first became aware that Abushady held patents to beehive improvements while doing a routine online search for his publications; I found a scan of the image on Wikipatents, which, sadly, no longer exists. Later, mention of the patent reappeared online and I was able to locate an actual print of the patent and obtain it from an antiquarian book dealer. The patent application is dated July 24, 1919, London:
The patent was accepted and registered on September 9, 1920, and printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Love & Malcomson, Ltd.,1920. You can read a PDF of the full patent here:
II: Caricature of Abushady (1928), by Mohamed Fridon
Abushady is best known in Egypt for having founded the influential poetry journal Apollo (1932–34), an important vehicle for experimental Arabic poetry that he designed, published, and edited. He established a group of poets known as "Apollo's Society" or The Apollo School (Arabic: مدرسة أبولو) whose members and contributors included artists and poets from beyond Egypt's borders.
Abushady surrounded himself with artists, many of whom produced drawings and illustrations for his numerous publications. One of these was the well-known Persian cartoonist Mohamed Fridon (or Fereydūn (Persian: فریدون). This caricature, which shows Abushady as a jack of all trades, has since been reproduced in numerous scholarly articles about Abushady and the Apollo poets:
Recently I discovered the original drawing, framed, in the family archive:
I quickly removed it from its disintegrating, non-archival matte:
For those interested in collecting one or both of these prints, they will be available for a fraction of their market value exclusively through Hatchfund through December 2013.
Thanks again for supporting this project!