A day exploring in the library led to the book "Bicycling for Ladies" by M.E. Ward, published in 1896 — and it became the inspiration for this sartorial print about cutting edge sportswear for discerning women in the Victorian age. The text was handset in metal and wood type, and the image of the woman on a bike was hand-carved in linoleum — although it's unclear if her clothing is truly suitable.
Text: "It is an accepted fact that bicycling cannot be properly enjoyed unless the clothing is suitable. All the clothing should be of one color or colors that look well together. The knickerbockers, waist, and skirt should match; then, if the coat is removed, the costume is complete. The outfit may be completed with a number of hats — a light straw for summer, a soft felt hat for touring, and a small and becoming hat for the park."
Designed & letterpress printed by Amy Redmond in an edition of 75 on Magnani Pescia, a 100% cotton Italian paper, using a Vandercook 4 press. Ships flat.
SIZE: 14x11 inches