New York: Béatrice Coron, 2016. Number 4 of 5 copies. In this fun production, book artist Béatrice Coron collaborated with musicians Van Gage and Cortez to create both a book and a CD of their music! In addition to her paper cutting of musicians playing instruments, singing, and dancing Coron also wrote the song's lyrics, which are handwritten on one side of the black Arches paper silhouettes. 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]. Christina Favretto, Head of Special Collections at the University of Miami describes Coron's "work in her 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." The paper silhouettes and the CD are housed in a black folder with a blue title label to spine and front cover. In fine condition. Folder is 6.5 x 6.5 inches. The paper-cut measures 6 x 24 inches when opened. ARTB/081921. Fine.
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London and Philadelphia: J.M. Dent and J.B. Lippincott, 1894. Hardcover. A charming set of British ballads. They range by those from anonymous composers and writers to those by such well known figures as Wordsworth, Scott, Keats, Browning, Kipling, and Swinburne. The ballads are accompanied by many delightful black and white illustrations and vignettes by Cooke. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards and endpapers. Leather is scuffed and worn. Spine labels missing from Volumes I and II. Scuffing to paper boards. Top edges gilt. Text pages are generally clean and bright with occasional light spotting. Very good condition. Measures 5 x 7.25 inches. Volume I: 254 pages: Volume II: 285 pages; Volume III: 290 pages; Volume IV: 311 pages. POET/102121. Very Good.
Columbus: Slavica Publishers, Inc., 1983. Paperback. This is a scholarly publication of a study of lyric folksong performance, conducted in 1966-8, in the region of Skoplje Polje. Octavo. In off-white paper wrappers with green title and author on front cover and on spine. Minor wear to covers. Interior pages are clean and bright, with many photographs and numerous song lyrics (with English translation) in text and appendix. Some musical scores in one appendix. MUS/042821. Very Good.
Paris: Baudry's European Library, 1838. Hardcover. Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border is an anthology of Border ballads, together with some from north-east Scotland and a few modern literary ballads, edited by Walter Scott. It was first published in 1802, but was expanded in several later editions, reaching its final state in 1830, two years before Scott's death. It includes many of the most famous Scottish ballads, such as The Young Tamlane, The Twa Corbies, The Douglas Tragedy,The Wife of Usher's Well, The Cruel Sister, The Dæmon Lover, and Thomas the Rhymer. Scott enlisted the help of several collaborators, and found his ballads both by field research of his own and by consulting the manuscript collections of others. Controversially, in the editing of his texts he preferred literary quality over scholarly rigour, but Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border nevertheless attracted high praise from the first. It was influential both in Britain and on the Continent, and helped to decide the course of Scott's later career as a poet and novelist [Wikipedia]. Each ballad is accompanied by a history and explanation of the ballad's origin and meaning. This is a later edition published in English by a French publisher. It is bound in three quarter dark brown leather with green cloth covers. Spines have red title labels and gilt decorations. Leather is rubbed, bumped and worn, and the green cloth is darkened along the spine. Hinges a bit tender. The interior pages are very good with occasional light spotting and dampstain to the top margin of the first few pages of Volume I. Measures 5 x 8.5 inches. Volume I: 313 pages; Volume II: 324 pages. SCOT/092021. Very Good.