Philadelphia: University of the Arts, 2017. Hardcover. Number 9 of 10 copies. Signed by the artist. Folio. "All Disease is an exploration of hysteria in women. Images of inkblots invoke interpretive psychological tests and are paired with images of pelvic bone and language from 18th and early 19th century medical texts. The conclusion presented by the male-dominated voices in the text is that women are bound to irrationality, emotional instability, and insanity on account of the womb" (artist statement). The text that meanders through the book, often cut off against the edge of a page reads: "The womb, the starting point of hysteria. My womb, the starting point. Like some delicate plant deprived of the beneficial rays of the sun, she is a flower, which withers and droops away, even before its blossoming. On account of the uterus, woman is all disease. A document in madness, thoughts and remembrance fit. Divided from herself and her fair jud ... On account of the uterus, I am all disease.... some delicate plant deprived of the beneficial rays of the sun, she is a flower, ... My womb, the starting point of hysteria. A document in madness, thoughts and remembrance fitted. The womb, the starting point of hy ... On account of the uterus, woman is all diseas... Divided from herself and her fair jud ... On account of the uterus, I am all disease." The disjointed, repetitive text paired with the inkblots makes the reader feel as if they are descending into madness or recalling a traumatic event. As you read it, you can easily imagine a woman sitting, rocking, and whispering these words over and over in a chant of despair - and then you realize that as the reader, you have become this woman. A subtle, but powerful book about the oppression of women. Bound in quarter black leather boards with hand marbled paper covered boards. Imagery and text are appropriated from 19th century medical texts and Shakespeare's "Hamlet." Letterpress printed on a Vandercook SP20 from polymer plates. Printed on handmade cotton rag paper (including watermarks, formed shapes, and pulp painting). Inkblot imagery printed by hand lithography. Size: 22 (width) x 15 (tall) inches when open. ARTB/060920. Fine.
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American Medical Association, 1930. Paperback. Single issue. Includes articles on fasting, "Dad comes home late", nutrition, indigestion, summer holidays, painful feet prevention, toys, a shortage of country doctors, astigmatism, human anatomy, health pursuits in pictures, heath for kids, and more. Includes some fiction as well. Many illustrations. Many ads for various health products, baby products, deodorants, bras, dentists, camps, etc. Written for the common family (not doctors). Oversized black and white paper wrappers with white spine panel titled in black. Minor rubbing to wrappers, dampstain to top margins, and short tears to top margins of some pages, but clean overall. Paginated 591 - 685. PER/040820. Very Good.
American Medical Association, 1931. Paperback. Single issue. Includes articles on cancer, syphilis, pneumonia, a football hero, lessons in relaxation, parenting, jaw injuries, and a few short fictional works including "Alice in Slumberland" part III. The Tarts by Nellie G. Herriman. (pages 270 - 273). Many illustrations. Written for the common family (not doctors). Oversized red and white paper wrappers with white spine panel titled in black. Minor scuffing to wrappers and slight browning to margins but clean overall. Paginated 201 - 304. Very Good.