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ARMENIAN DIASPORA – TYPOGRAPHY: Համաստեղ 1895 1966 [Hamastegh 1895-1966]



A book on the founder of Armenian diaspora poetry in the United States Hamastegh was drafted by an Armenian designer Minas Minasian published in New York a year following the poet’s death.

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4°: 112 pp. printed in black, grey and brown with illustrations within the text, original illustrated card binding (good used condition with minimal wear, a dedication in Armenian dated 1967 on the front white endpaper, binding with minor wear and light staining in the lower part of the spine). Inserted contemporary invitation: square 4° originally folded into 8°: printed in black, grey and brown with illustrations within the text (Very Good).


A richly illustrated, beautifully designed book was published in 1967 by the Armenian diaspora in the United States, to commemorate the life of a poet Hamastegh, the founder of Armenian poetry abroad. Hamastegh (Armenian: Համաստեղ, born Hambardzum Gelenian, 1895-1966) was born in the Ottoman Empire, in the eastern part of Anatolia. He immigrated to the United States in 1913, where he became a first major representative of Armenian poets abroad. In 1966, Hamastegh collapsed on the stage during a performance. He is buried in Boston. 

The book with various typographies, photographs, photos and illustrations, and printed in black, grey and golden-brown tones was drafted by an Armenian designer Minas Minasian, known for his elaborate typographies of Armenian script. 

Inserted in the book is an invitation to the event dedicated to Hamastegh at the Hotel Statler Hilton in New York, also designed by Minasian.

References: OCLC 35686866.

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