Maureen Cummins, 2013. Artist's Proof. One of 25 copies. Signed by the book artists Maureen Cummins and Tona Wilson. The book artists describe their work as "an impassioned paean to the flowering of book culture, as well as a mournful enumeration of deliberate acts of censorship, repression and destruction. The constrast and continuum of these two realities is represented within a dos-à-dos structure that allows the reader to flip from one narrative to the next, from a bright jewel-colored world to dark, fragmented one, neither of which is clearly the beginning or the end of the story." The book is the result of a long collaboration between Cummins and Wilson, created as part of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition, an international response by over two hundred artists to the bombing of Al-Mutanabbi Street (the Street of Booksellers) that occurred in Baghdad on March 7, 2007. In the MInute Before depicts the world of knowledge and beauty. Grand epophs are contained within sweeping, horizontal spreads. In the Minute After depicts a world of chaos and annihilation, the only light that of books being burned. As they worked on the book the artists incorporated world events such as the threats to precious manuscripts in Timbuktu and the controversy surrounding renovation plaus at the New York Public Library. The book was printed on Arches cover paper with over two hundred runs of letterpress printing, silkscreen, stenciling, and hand-coloring. The blue and black covers were hand-painted, screen printed and stamped with the numbers "11:39" and "11:41," the times before and after the bombing of Al-Mutanabbi Street (artists' description). Measures 7 x 10.75 inches and contains eight spreads. In fine condition. ARTISTSB/092619. Fine.