New York: Béatrice Coron, 1997. Paperback. One of 5 copies plus 2 APs. This is a powerful work created by Béatrice Coron in response to François Villon's sorrowful poem, translated as "The Ballad of the Hanged." In it he describes in their words the fate that hanged men know they are facing both before and after death. This production comprises a shadow box and a handwritten copy of the poem and its translation, that are both housed in an original binding structure covered in light green and brown papers. When the binding is opened it reveals an amazing papercut of three hanged men, surrounded by birds and a desolate empty background in a shadow box. This interior box with the papercut scene has a plexiglass cover. The poem and its translation by Mick Stern are handwritten on straw paper pages in brown ink, with a string binding. 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]. Hand-cut on paper with hand-written text. In fine condition. Size: 10 x 11 x 2.5 inches. ARTB/081921. Fine.