El Cincuate, published in 1998 by young printmaker Salvador Pizarro from Mexico is a very impressive
book. Number 1 of the print run, the copy of Hambis Printmaking Museum, consists of 10 linocuts.
Moreover, the double page with the names of the artists and the reviewer of the text, the cover and the
back cover – colophon are also linocuts. They are all signed by the printmaker using a pencil. In order to
publish a traditional folk tale of Mexico, Pizarro brings back to life the oldest technique of printed book,
the block-book where both the text and the picture are cut into the wood block.
Salvador Pizarro (1959 – )
collector-author of the folk tale and printmaker,
El cincuate (The snake cincuate) – 1998 , Edition Lοs guehaceres del Ocio, Mexico City, 1st copy of a limited
edition («tiraje limitado»)
Linoblock book – 10 pp + colophon
28 cm x 22 cm
No 1069 – Acquisition 2010