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The Second Book of the Rhymers' Club

The Second Book of the Rhymers' Club

London: Elkin Mathews & John Lane, 1894. Hardcover. Scarce. One of 650 copies. Presentation copy from the publisher John Lane, inscribed in pencil to the Irish poet and novelist Katharine Tynan Hinkson: "Mrs. Hinkson with the publisher's regards." Presentation and association copies of the two books of the Rhymers' Club are extremely uncommon. The Rhymers' Club, founded in 1890 by the young William Butler Yeats and Ernest Rhys, was a group of London-based poets, Originally it was not much more than a dining club, meeting in pubs, Those who took part included Ernest Dowson, Lionel Johnson, Francis Thompson, Richard Le Gallienne, John Gray, John Davidson, Edwin J. Ellis, Victor Plarr, Selwyn Image, Lord Alfred Douglas, Arthur Cecil Hillier, John Todhunter, G.A. Greene, Arthur Symons, Ernest Radford, and Thomas William Rolleston. Oscar Wilde attended some meetings that were held in private homes. The group as a whole matched quite closely Yeats' retrospective idea of 'the tragic generation', destined for failure and in many cases early death. Along with the social element of the Rhymers' Club, they published two volumes of verse. The first, titled The Book of the Rhymers' Club was published by Elkin Mathews in 1892. The Second Book of the Rhymers' Club, with five poems by Yeats, appeared two years later in 1894, published by the recently merged Elkin Mathews and John Lane. They had print runs of 450 and 650 respectively. By the time Arthur Ransome wrote his Bohemia in London in 1907, the group had long passed into legend." Bound in original brown cloth with gilt title to spine. Light browning to margins of interior pages. With bookplates of writer J.G.E. Hopkins, culinary writer Helmut Lothar Ripperger, and collector Mark Samuels Lasner. Very good condition. POE/080715. Very Good.
[Book #28538]
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Chants of Chance [Handwritten book of poetry and lyrics]

Hardcover. A remarkable handwritten book of poetry and lyrics by Baltimore resident JahHannibal Abba-Ra, born Eric James in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Abba-Ra described himself on Twitter as Spiritual Outsider Artist/Musician Cosmic Visionary Shaman of Aether Wisdom / Deconstructive Rhythmitist / Polymetric Anti-Drummer / Pioneer in Non-linear sound. Abba-Ra died in a car crash in May 2012. A friend posted this in a letter to the Baltimore City Paper after his death: "For those of us who knew and loved and respected him this was a great loss. He was a small stocky African-American with a heart like a locomotive or an Art Blakey solo. He moved with a lope the way Coleman Hawkins would sound playing “Body and Soul.” He spoke like Ben Webster sounded: rough with tones of love. I met him at a poetry reading hosted by Tom Divinty where he was reading a poem about a friend of mine, the notorious flag desecrator/artist Dred Scott Tyler of the then Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade. The poem was an eloquent incitement of the capitalist system—not the agit-prop I was used to hearing. We became fast friends and involved in support work for the homeless in the area....I remember he was a calm, soft-spoken man who never angered." Abba-Ra was born sometime in the early 1950s and graduated from high school in 1971. He attended college for two years. His impassioned writings in this compilation reveal a complex and engaged man of his time and place. His self-description above from Twitter conveys the scope of his thoughts and concerns. Abba-Ra's writings are of war, power and its mis-use. conflict, opression, history, and much more. Written in black ink, with many pages including some color and small designs. Bound in black leather with top and bottom edges decorated in color and gold flecks. Decorated endpapers in black and gold. Housed in a black cloth box with sides with the same black and gold decorations used on the endpapers. Laid in the box are a poem titled "For Erics Mother," A small piece of paper that lists the works included in this volume, and a photocopy of another poem titled "For Beuys."There is also a 1988 catalog for ras records included. Book and box in fine condition. 117 numbered pages on verso only. AUTO/082515. Fine.
[Book #28555]
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3.

The Great Sea. A Human History of the Mediterranean

Oxford University Press, 2011. Hardcover. Fine in light blue paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. In fine illustrated dust jacket with light blue spine panel titled in dark blue. Clean and bright with photographic illustrations. 783 pages. MAR/062515. Fine / Fine.
[Book #28402]
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Popular Astronomy 2 Volumes

Popular Astronomy 2 Volumes

London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855 and 1858. Hardcover. Francois Arago (1786-1853) was an important French astronomer, physicist, and mathematician, who was also a politician for republican causes. For some years before his death, Arago spent much time revising his large collection of manuscripts with a view toward their definitive publication. This work mainly consists of the course of Lectures on Astronomy which he delivered annually at the Observatory of Paris over eighteen years. Each of the volumes is organized by books of several chapters on the subject of that book, resulting in a comprehensive discourse on astronomy and related fields. The text is accompanied by numerous plates and hundreds of wood engravings. Bound in original green cloth bindings. Volume I has been rebacked. Gilt author, title, and volume number to spine. Corners bumped but very good. Interior pages and plates are also in very good condition. A very handsome set of this significant work. Volume I: 707 pages; Volume II: 846 pages including index. SCI/07415. Very Good.
[Book #28465]
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5.
The Ingoldsby Legends: a Gallimaufry

The Ingoldsby Legends: a Gallimaufry

Mission, BC: Barbarian Press, 2015. John Lewis Roget. Hardcover. 1 of 45 copies from the Standard edition (there are 45 additional copies in the Deluxe version). This is the forty-third book from the press. The Ingoldsby Legends is a collection of myths, legends, ghost stories and poetry written supposedly by Thomas Ingoldsby of Tappington Manor, actually a pen-name of an English clergyman named Richard Harris Barham. The legends were first printed during 1837 as a regular series in the magazine Bentley's Miscellany and later in New Monthly Magazine. The legends were illustrated by John Leech, George Cruikshank, and Sir John Tenniel. They proved immensely popular and were compiled into books published in 1840, 1842 and 1847 by Richard Bentley. They remained popular during the 19th century but have since become little known. An omnibus edition was published in 1870: The Ingoldsby Legends; or Mirth and marvels. With seven wood engravings by John Lewis Roget printed from the original blocks done for an unpublished edition of The Ingoldsby Legends in the 1870s. The blocks were acquired by Robertson Davies, who donated them to the Library at Massey College from whom they were borrowed for this work. The book is bound with printed red and cream paper boards with deep red silk spine with paper title and press label. Printed with Poliphilus & Blado types, with Goudy Thirty, on Heine Mouldmade paper. Engravings are printed on Zerkall Cream Smooth. In fine condition. 165 pages with tipped in errata sheet. PRI/073015. Fine.
[Book #28474]
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6.

Summary of Maryland Laws relating to Plants and Animals. Board of Natural Resources, Bulletin 5, June 1, 1953

Annapolis: Board of Natural Resources, 1953. Paperback. 4to. Olive green side stapled paper wrappers with black and red title to front wrapper. Rubbing to rear wrapper. Interior is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. 32 pages. MD/073115. Very Good -.
[Book #28489]
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7.
The Last Romances and the Kelmscott Press

The Last Romances and the Kelmscott Press

London: William Morris Society, 2009. Paperback. Annual Kelmscott lecture given on 28 October 2006. Fine in blue side-stapled paper wrappers with black title and illustration to front cover. Clean and bright with seven illustrations. 40 pages. MOR/080515. Fine.
[Book #28521]
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Original Caricature of Louie Freear

Original Caricature of Louie Freear

[c. 1890s]. LJ Binns. A charming caricature by LJ Binns of the English actress Louie (Louisa) Freear. Signed by Binns and inscribed by Freear "Yours faithfully Louie Freear." Done in pen and ink and hand colored. LJ Binns was a well known English caricaturist working at the turn of the century. He drew caricatures of British personalities, mainly from the worlds of politics and theater. Louie Freear (1873-1939) was an English actress and singer who came from a theatrical family. In this drawing she is dressed in a green jacket , brown skirt, and lace cravat and is wearing a straw bowler hat with feathers. Her right arm is akimbo and her left hand is lifted and gesturing with her thumb. Mounted with tape on rear to a cream sheet of paper. The drawing is in very good condition save for a small tear along a crease across the middle of the paper where once folded. 7 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches. ORIG/073015. Very Good.
[Book #28482]
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Legend. A Harrowing Story from the Vietnam War of One Green Beret's Heroic Mission to Rescue a Special Forces Team Caught Behind Enemy Lines

New York: Crown, 2015. Hardcover. First Edition. Fine in black paper covered boards with red title to spine. In fine grey dust jacket with red title to front and spine panels. 288 pages. VIET/062515. Fine / Fine.
[Book #28411]
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10.
The Beauty of the Heavens: A Pictorial Display of the Astronomical Phenomena of the Universe

The Beauty of the Heavens: A Pictorial Display of the Astronomical Phenomena of the Universe

London: Tilt and Bogue, 1842. Hardcover. New Edition. In his introduction, Blunt writes: "The want of a series of Plates for the illustration of the Science of Astronomy, of accurate, yet popular character, calculated for effective display, and still within a moderate compass, has led to the production of the present Work. The design comprehends 104 coloured Scenes, representing the Astronomical Phenomena of the Universe. These have been carefully executed from original drawings, paintings, and observatory studies; aided, occasionally, by appropriate pictorial embellishment, but with strict adherence to fidelity of detail....The illustrations form the miniature scenery of a public exhibition, such as is occasionally witnessed in lecture-rooms; the text presenting the substance, the order, and the actual delivery of what becomes, in the present instance, a FAMILY ASTRONOMICAL LECTURE. The prominent features of the present Work are, the novelty and simplicity of the plan, and the elegance of its execution. With its aid a family need not henceforth quit their own parlour, or drawing-room fireside, to enjoy the sublime ‘beauty of the heavens;’ but, within their domestic circle, may, without any previous acquirements in Astronomy, become their own instructors in a knowledge of its great and leading truths and phenomena." The lithographic illustrations are all quite beautiful, and the book was said to be very popular in the 1840s. This copy has been skillfully rebound using the original front cover and spine over the new binding. Minor sunning to spine and minor discoloration to covers. Minor yellowing to margins of pages, occasional spots of foxing, and occasional chips to edges of pages. In very good condition, as are the text pages and plates. 103 pages plus 104 full-page plates. SCI/071415. Very Good.
[Book #28464]
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11.

In Vinculis

London: Kegan Paul, Trench & Co. 1889. Hardcover. First Edition of this book of Blunt's poetry dedicated to "the priests and peasantry of Ireland." He wrote the sonnets while in an Irish prison. for challenging laws intended to curb Irish unrest. Bound in green cloth with gilt title and author to spine and title on front cover. On the lower right of front board is an attractive gilt tree design. Some rubbling and bumping but still nice. Interior pages also in very good condition. With frontispiece portrait of Blunt protected by tissue guard. 63 pages. POE/080715. Very Good.
[Book #28539]
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12.
My Diaries: Being a Personal Narrative of Events, 1888-1914 2 Volumes

My Diaries: Being a Personal Narrative of Events, 1888-1914 2 Volumes

London: Martin Secker, 1919-1920. Hardcover. First Edition. Part I covers 1888-1900. Part II covers 1900-1914. Wilfrid Scawen Blunt (1840-1922) was an English poet, writer, and diplomat, known for his anti-imperialism. These diaries document his travels to Egypt and other places in the Middle East during his diplomatic service and also discuss the lead-up in England to World War I. He also talks of people he knows, many of which were major figures of the time. Blunt had a complicated personal life. Although married to the granddaughter of Lord Byron, he had numerous affairs, most notably with Jane Morris, wife of William Morris. He struggled financially and had legal battles with his then estranged wife and daughter over property and money. Bound in original dark blue cloth with gilt title and author to spine and front board. Light bumping but in unusually nice condition. Offsetting and light spotting to pastedowns and free endpapers, otherwise very good. Part I: 512 pages including index; Part II: 511 pages including index. BIO/073115. Very Good.
[Book #28492]
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13.

Living in Garrett County Maryland Picture Portfolio Series Vol. 11 Revised Edition

Maryland State Department of Education, 1967. Paperback. 4to. Very good. Grey and white stiff paper wraps with a map of the county and green title to front wrap. Ring bound with plastic rings. Light edgewear to wrappers. Interior is clean and bright. For every set of pages, the left side is a photo and the right side is a vignette about the photo. Unpaginated. Maryland. MD/060915. Very Good.
[Book #28352]
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The Juvenilia of William Morris with a checklist and Unpublished Writings

The Juvenilia of William Morris with a checklist and Unpublished Writings

New York and London: The William Morris Society, 1983. Paperback. Includes 13 unpublished juvenile poems by William Morris, some of which are fragments. White paper wrapper with black title to spine and front panel. Pristine, tight interior. 90 pages. MOR/080415. Fine.
[Book #28501]
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Socialist Aesthetics & The Shadows of Amiens

Socialist Aesthetics & The Shadows of Amiens

London: William Morris Society, 2011. Paperback. A Kelmscott Lecture. 24 November 2007. In cream side-stapled paper wrappers with black title to front cover. Includes 23 illustrations reproduced in black and white. 64 pages. MOR/080515. Fine.
[Book #28511]
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Socialism and the Literary Artistry of William Morris

Socialism and the Literary Artistry of William Morris

Columbia and London: University of Missouri Press, 1990. Hardcover. A collection of 10 essays "representing a spectrum of critical approaches and topics, [these essays] explore the interconnections between Morris's political thought and his later writings. Although the occasion for this collection is the hundredth anniversary of the publication of the utopian romance 'News from Nowhere' (1891), these essays consider a variety of other works, ranging from socialist songs to theories of art" (jacket). New in black cloth boards with bronze title to spine. Clean and bright with frontispiece illustration. In new pink, grey, and black dust jacket with pink spine panel titled in black. 177 pages. MOR/080515. New / New.
[Book #28513]
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The Last Voyage to India and Australia, in the 'Sunbeam' 1886 - 1887

The Last Voyage to India and Australia, in the 'Sunbeam' 1886 - 1887

London: Longmans, Green, and Co. 1889. Pritchett, R.T. Hard Cover. FIRST EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed by Lord Brassey, "Countess Violet Schlippenbach from Brassey In memoriam 10-12-90." The recipient was a German aristocrat, largely resident in England, whom the Brasseys met during their travels. She was the second wife of Henry Stephen Swiney and one biographical source gives her full name as Violet Pauline Emilie Rosalie Catherine von Schlippenbach und Skofde. Thomas Brassey, the first Earl Brassey was the son of a self-made millionaire, who was a prominent politician and the Governor of Victoria. His wife, the author, was the daughter of an aristocrat. Lady Brassey (1839 - 1887) recorded several of the celebrated voyages that she and her family made together around the world on their yacht, “The Sunbeam.” This was indeed her last voyage for she died of malaria before the book was completed and was buried at sea. In this book she vividly describes her journeys to Australia and India, and life aboard her yacht, which carried about fifty people including the family, the crew, friends, and a complete domestic staff. Because of her unexpected death, her husband ended the book with an appendix that briefly recounts the remainder of the journey. He also wrote a touching and heartfelt dedication to his children on the life of their mother, which precedes Lady Brassey’s narrative. In near fine condition in the original blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. There is minor wear to the edges and corners of the boards and some spots of fading to the covers. The interior pages are in beautiful condition. Numerous illustrations by R.T. Pritchett and from photographs. Includes two color folding maps, and an abstract log of the Sunbeam. 490 pages including index. TRA081415. Near Fine.
[Book #28551]
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18.
Sunshine and Storm in the East, or Cruises to Cyprus and Constantinople

Sunshine and Storm in the East, or Cruises to Cyprus and Constantinople

London: Longmans, Green, and Co. 1880. Hardcover. First Edition. Inscribed by the author " To Arthur M. Marshall with best wishes from the author Anna Brassey May 24th 1881 24 Park Lane." Lady Brassey (1839 - 1887) was famous as a traveler and a writer. She was the daughter and the wife of aristocrats. She and her family traveled the world in their luxury yacht, "Sunbeam" and she recorded several of the celebrated voyages that she and her family made together. In this volume she writes about their cruises to Cyprus and Constantinople (she notes in her preface that they embarked on this trip just days after returning from a cruise to the Arctic Circle!). The recipient of the book, Arthur Milnes Marshall (1852-1893) was an important figure on Victorian natural history and one of the great zoologists of his time. Bound in the original green cloth with a beautiful red and gilt pictorial illustration by Gustave Dore across the covers and spine. Title and author in also in gilt on spine and front. Light bumping but still bright and lovely. Hinges are weak but text block is tight. With two color fold-out maps and numerous full-page and text illustrations done mainly by Hon. A.Y. Bingham. Very good plus condition. 448 pages including appendix and index. Very Good+.
[Book #28537]
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A Voyage in the Sunbeam: Our Home on the Ocean for Eleven Months

A Voyage in the Sunbeam: Our Home on the Ocean for Eleven Months

London: Longmans, Green, and Co. 1878. Hardcover. First Edition. Lady Anna Brassey (1839 - 1887) recorded several of the celebrated voyages that she and her family made together around the world on their yacht, “The Sunbeam.” This was the first of the several volumes she pubilshed about their travels. It was a huge bestseller, running into many editions and translations. It provides a lively and detailed account of their journey around the world in 1876-77. In addition to vividly describing their journey, the book describes life aboard her yacht, which carried over forty people, including the family, the crew, friends, and a complete domestic staff. An uncommon book to find in the original cloth, it is bound in dark grey cloth with gilt title and author to spine and front cover, and gilt illustrations to front and back. Cloth is chipped and faded but still quite attractive. Some soiling to preliminary pages and tear to front map but otherwise in very good condition. With two fold-outs and 118 wood engraved illustrations after drawings by the Hon. A.Y. Bingham. With ownership signature of George R. Clayton. 504 pages. TRA/081715. Very Good.
[Book #28549]
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20.

The Little People of the Snow

New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873. Hardcover. First Edition. Very good in green cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Gilt and black decorative pattern to front cover. Wear to spine ends and corners of boards. Illustrated with designs by Alfred Fredericks. Full edges gilt. Clean. Bookplate to front endpage. A few of the tissue guards are loose. An attractive book. 40 pages. LIT/062615. Very Good.
[Book #28434]
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21.

Assedio 1945 - 1949

Edizioni dello Zibaldone, 1951. Paperback. Number 72 of 100 in serie 11a with signature of the author in pencil. Very good in grey paper wrappers with red title to front cover. Browning to spine and edges of covers. No title to spine, but there is a number "2" in printed in red. Minor browning to margins of interior pages, else clean and bright. Pages are unopened. 62 pages. ITA/062615. Very Good.
[Book #28430]
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Assume the Position

Assume the Position

Morgan Hill, CA: [Midnight Moon Press], 2013. Hardcover. Number 19 of 25 copies. An inciteful look at how we have been affected by airport (and other ) security measures In her artist's statement, Burrell writes: "Assume the Position was sparked by a trip to Denver. I walked into a full body scanner at airport security and was asked to stand with my feet apart and my arms held up. At that point I realized that we’ve become both victims and assumed criminals in choosing to travel by air. We are holding not only the position that a robber would demand, “put ‘em up,” but also the position of body searches commanded by the police, “put your hands above your head and spread ‘em.” To capture these feelings I photographed people with their hands up from behind and then used digital manipulation to alter the images to evoke the x-rays to which we are now subjected. Finally, I added text with sayings that a TSA agent, a police officer and a criminal might say to any of us." The book is an accordian fold with pop-up text along the top and bottom of the images. Printed with archival inkjet on Rives BFK. Bound in cream and black patterned paper with white paper title label on front. In fine condition. 4 x 7 inches. ARTISTSBOOK/072115. Fine.
[Book #28439]
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Birth / Control

Birth / Control

Morgan Hill, CA: [Midnight Moon Press], 2014. Hardcover. Number 8 of 10 copies. This is another thought-provoking artists' book from Ginger Burrell, whose works often address important social and political issues. She writes in artist's statement: "Birth/Control explores the history and public debate surrounding what should be a private decision between a woman and her doctor. Birth/Control features eleven signatures, each with an original poem and layered imagery of quotes, birth control methods and the female reproductive system. between signatures are female silhouettes, not of the stereotypical sexualized form, but of real women, each as individual as the choices she makes." Found and altered imagery. Archival inkjet printing on Rives BFK and laser printing on Strathmore Laser Vellum. Eleven signatures with decorative sleeves. Button-hole stitched white paper binding with red exposed sewn signatures and attached silver heart. Housed in a white paper custom slipcase. In fine condition. 85 pages. ARTISTSBOOK/072215. Fine.
[Book #28440]
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24.
Counter / Surveillance

Counter / Surveillance

Morgan Hill, CA: [Midnight Moon Press], 2015. Hardcover. 1 of 10 copies. Ginger Burrell is an innovative book artist who discovered that artists' books, through their endless form and flexibility, provide her with the medium she needs to explore topical subjects and issues. Her technology background further informs her work. "Counter/Surveillance explores the social and personal consequences of having cameras everywhere. Not only are we being recorded by our governments and businesses, but we are also constantly being photographed with camera phones – both with and without our knowledge. Our images are posted and transmitted with no regard to permission or privacy. In Counter/Surveillance the reader is being watched while he is watching someone – a reminder that our culture has become one of ubiquitous image capture and exchange" (artist's statement). Counter/Surveillance is a complex production that combines text and technology to address her subject. The book is a Coptic bound volume with original poetry and photographs, and an inset video screen with a film of an eye watching the reader. The poems are printed in binary form on the left and the converted text is on the right. Bound Coptic binding in black and cream patterned cloth, with the video screen on the left and the book opening on the right. Laser printed on Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover. Housed in a custom black cloth covered box along with a charger for the eye video. In fine condition. Book is 6 x 8 1/4 inches; Box is 8 x 11 1/2 inches. Fine.
[Book #28437]
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25.

Phantasmagoria

[Midnight Moon Press]. Hardcover. Number 1 of 5 copies. In this inventive and thoughtful production, book artist Ginger Burrell explores the nature of consciousness and imagination in our lives. She writes: "Phantasmagoria, or a shifting series of images, references the combination of our every day images into new and more interesting dream vignettes" In the book, she offers definitions of the words dream, vision, phantasm, nightmare, and more. These text pages are juxtaposed with Burrell's own black and white photographs and composite images. Attached to the book is an "inset video screen that plays a rotation of source images in sets of three - those collected by our brain as we go through our daily lives....the dreams, nightmares and phantasms created by our minds and played in our nighttime cinemas." The book, video player and its enclosure are custom bound in black cloth. Archival ink jet printed on Rives BFK paper using English 111 Presto font. Housed in a box with patterned black and cream paper covers along with a charger for the video. Instructions for the digital unit are included in the box. Book is 9 x 15 inches with attached video enclosure. Box is 10 x 18.5 inches. In fine condition. ARTISTSBOOK/072415. Fine.
[Book #28436]
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