New York: Béatrice Coron, 2002. Paperback. Number 3 of 3 copies. The skilled paper cutting in this book by well known artist Béatrice Coron is here inspired by a poem by Joachim du Bellay. du Bellay (1522-1560) was a French poet, critic, and a founder of the Pléiade. He notably wrote the manifesto of the group: Défense et illustration de la langue française, which aimed at promoting French as an artistic language, equal to Greek and Latin. In this poem printed here, he writes of the glory that once was Rome, but which as happens in the world, falls and what remains are its monuments and the Tiber River that continues to flow to the sea. Coron describes her book work: "For the last 20 years, I have been exploring visual storytelling in artist books, paper cutting and public art. Collecting memories from individuals and communities, I stage narrative allegories in silhouette to create a dialogue with the viewer in playful fantasies. These visual chronicles record archetypal stories that transcend time and space. I have been fascinated by the relation of people to their space and the sense of belonging. Using papercutting where everything is cut from a single piece of Tyvek, the profusion of individual stories makes a coherent whole world." [From her website]. Cristina Favretto, Head of Special Collections at the University of Miami describes her work in Coron's "artfragments" portfolio: "There is a palpable joy in the work of Béatrice Coron, the kind of joy we felt as children in unwrapping a particularly enticing holiday gift. But...for Béatrice the gift is a sheet of Tyvek...or paper, and the stories to be unearthed and unleashed within and through the medium." Hand-cut on one sheet of white Arches paper. Housed in a clamshell box painted gray and gold on its cover with a cut out design that reveals the poems title. In fine condition. Size: 5.75 x 6.25 x .75 inches when closed. ARTB/081921. Fine.
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New York: Béatrice Coron, 2001. Hardcover. Number 24 of 25 copies. Beatrice Coron is renowned internationally for her book arts and installations. She is particularly known for her use of papercutting to tell stories and create books. This inventive and complex book by Coron is a departure from her works created by cutting paper. It first appears to be a traditional codex. However, when opened one discovers that the text pages in French of Verne's novel are bifolds that open to reveal facsimiles of his manuscript pages of that text. Even more unexpected are inserts between the pages that may be pulled out by green string to document the changes made in the text in the manuscript. A wonderful production. Soft covers in a Coptic binding. Inkjet printed and stenciled on paper. Housed in a blue cloth and black leather custom box with a title label on front cover. Size: 6 x 9 x 1 inches. Unpaginated. ARTB/081921. Fine.
Paris: Goujon fils, An X, . Hardcover. First Edition of this famous work. Jean Itard (1774-1838) was a French doctor who was known as an educator of deaf-mutes. He tried to test his educational theories in the celebrated case of Victor - The Wild Boy - of Aveyron. The boy was found in the woods in a feral state and was believed to have lived there for years. Itard worked to make the boy “normal,” but failed. In this first report Itard was optimistic about the feral child’s prospects for language acquisition and socialization. In his 1807 second report his conclusions were much more pessimistic, as even after a number of years of intensive education the boy had been unable to learn to speak. Itard’s methods, described in his two reports, were based upon the philosopher Condillac’s analytical approach to the acquisition of knowledge, which had been used with success in the teaching of deaf-mutes. However, Itard created a new system of pedagogy in adapting this approach to the needs of this extraordinary boy. [Haskell Norman Catalog 1144]. A small octavo bound in modern marbled brown paper covered boards with gilt-stamped spine. Lacking the frontispiece portrait of the “Wild Boy” and trimmed a bit closely at the top margin, otherwise very good with minor foxing. With two minor early corrections to pages 45-46 and an early marginal ink comment to page 7. Signed as usual by Itard and Goujon on the verso of the title page to prevent piracy. 100 pages. Very Good.
Paris: Chez F. Muguet, 1671. Hardcover. Quite scarce. In this work - The testimony of Protestants in favor of the Catholic religion by Rossel, deals in part with his own conversion. Theophile Rossel (1615-1683) was the pastor of the Reformed Church of Cognac in 1653 but converted in 1669 to Catholicism. The book is something of an apology for this conversion. The book is dedicated to Cardinal de Buillon. Bound in contemporary leather that is bumped, scraped, and worn. Covers curl and lower front joint is split but holding. Faded gilt titling to spine. Stains to front pastedown and free front endpaper. Title page with stains and and some spotting and staining to first several pages otherwise clean. Includes a table of chapters, in the first and second books (bound together, continuous pagination). Text pages include shoulder notes in French and Latin. Pencil notes about the book on the free front endpaper. Very good. Octavo. 468 pages. REL/022621. Very Good -.