Hadley: Double Elephant Press, 2006. 17 x 12. 30 leaves laced together at fore-edges in Coptic style. Illustrated with 19 etchings and 12 lithographs by Kuch. Several additional etchings are on the three-part binding. Upper cover of the book bears a collage of various objects (including scissors) within temple pillars. The book is then embraced by a cloth portfolio with large etching. These are placed in a case of cloth & cork which functions as an easel. Fine copy. Item #13836
Poetry, lithographs, and etchings by Michael Kuch retell the Biblical story of Samson from Delilah's point of view. The book's images refer to and play upon well-known works of art. The temple image on the book's cover continues throughout the book, with paired columns of text surmounted by etchings as friezes. In a remarkable feat of engraving, the entire Hebrew text of Judges is incorporated into the etchings. An English text appears at the end. Twelve lithographs depict brutish Samson in his labors.
Etchings are printed in black, blue, gold, red on various handmade papers. The text is printed by Art Larson from Lutetia and Bembo types cast at Gologonooza Letter Foundry, on Velké Losiny handmade paper. No. 27 of 60 copies.