This luxury edition of 5 signed and numbered books is presented in a silk box designed and built by Small Editions. It measures 12 1⁄2 x 16 inches. The book is entirely handcrafted from the binding to the photogravure and silkscreen images printed on handmade Japanese Mura Udaban paper. The texts are letterpress on Japanese Sekishu tissue. Lux Perpetua features twenty hand-pulled photogravures measuring 7 1⁄2 x 9 1⁄2 inches, two double-page foldouts, and two full bleed double-page spreads.
Photographs by Josephine Sacabo
Text by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
Design by Jacqueline Miro
Photogravures printed by Meg Turner & Jennifer Shaw
Letterpress executed by John Fitzgerald
Hand-bound by Small Editions Press
Published by Luna Press
for Sor Juana
“This series was inspired by the life and work of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, a 17th century Mexican nun who was one of the greatest poets and intellectuals of the American continent. She created the most renowned salon of her time from behind the bars of her cloistered cell. And in that cell she studied science and philosophy; wrote poems, plays, and music; and championed women’s rights to intellectual and spiritual freedom.
In the end, after resisting valiantly for over twenty years, she was silenced by the Inquisition. It is my hope that these images will help break that silence so that we may once again ‘hear her with our eyes.’
This work is dedicated to women everywhere who, whatever their confines, prevail. They are our hope.” – Josephine Sacabo