New York: Harper & Row, 1974. Color-printed title card, followed by 45 numbered postcards: 23 printed in color and 22 printed in black and white, each measuring 5 x 7 inches. Complete set, lacking original publisher’s box.
First and only edition of this 1974 collaboration between artist Corita Kent and poet Bernard Gunther. As head of the art department at Immaculate Heart College, the activist nun known as “Sister Corita” became widely known for her vibrant pop serigraphs on anti-war and social justice themes. Forced to leave Immaculate Heart in 1968, Kent moved to Boston, where she continued to create art, including the 1971 “Rainbow Swash” painted on a Boston gas tank (still the largest copyrighted piece of art in the world), and the 1985 LOVE stamp for the United States Postal Service. For the High Cards project, Kent designed 45 postcards illustrating short meditations by Bernard Gunther: “open flower,” “let up don't let down,” “change for a change,” “you’re full love it,” “everything in moderation / including moderation.” In 2015, Fotofolio reissued five of these designs in a box set -- including “a cloud is now passing,” “peace sand quiet,” and “out of nowhere now here” -- but the complete series has never been reprinted. A fine complete set.