Freeville, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 2022. Hardcover. Number 5 of 24 deluxe miniature copies. This deluxe edition is issued in a special wooden box with a glass front. A hand beaded illustration is underneath the glass panel. A ribbon with a metal coyote charm is affixed to the interior of the box to assist in lifting the book. Housed inside of the box is a miniature digitally printed reproduction of a unique hand painted and hand-sewn folio sized artist book by Schwartzott. The text written by Belting relates the native American themed creation myth of the origin of shooting stars. In this tale they are the falling bodies of coyotes that unsuccessfully desired to dance in the sky with stars.
The miniature book is bound in black handmade paper with paper title label to spine and illustration with hand painted embellishments, collage and stitchery to front board. Unpaginated. [30 pages.]
Carol Schwartzott has been creating artists' books for over twenty-five years. Her work appears in many museums, libraries, and private collections including the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Natalia Belting (1915-1997) taught history for 43 years at the University of Illinois until her retirement in 1985. Dr. Belting really had four careers: she was a history professor, a writer, a lay minister, and an environmentalist. She published 24 children's books about history and mythology. Book size: 3 x 2.75 inches; Box size: 4.75 x 3.5 x 2.5 inches. ARTB/060223. Fine.