Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street by Herman Melville, 1853, Re-published By KLD Repro, 2017.
Bartleby the Scrivener: A story of Wall Street is a short story first serialized anonymously in two parts in the November and December 1853 issues of Putnam’s Magazine.
A Wall Street lawyer hires a new clerk who, after an initial bout of hard work, refuses to make copy and any other task required of him, with the words “I would prefer not to”. The short story is a recurring re-issue by KLD Repro. Each edition differs from the previous in terms of design and postscript – in the case of this edition, with a text contribution by Jakob Jakobsen.
Functioning as publication-platform and copy-shop locale, KLD Repro represents a curiosity towards printed matter and the modalities of production. Founded in Copenhagen in 2014 by artists Kristian B. Johannson and Wilfred Wagner, KLD Repro has since been producing and publishing a variety of artists books, magazines, tapes, essays and prose. As printers, artists and in a collaborative capacity, our aim is to question the post-digital age of print-on-demand, and investigate the demands-of-print in and of itself, as something fundamental to any community subculture.