Hadley: Double Elephant Press, 2007. 15 x 13. 53 leaves. Eight poems on white St.-Armand paper are printed letterpress along with a blind-embossed image. Each poem is followed by five intaglios (2 folding out) on variously colored St.-Armand papers. They are tipped to linen which has a thin copper "spine," and suspend by waxed twine from copper rings. Bound in cloth & handmade paper boards; blue & white clouds endpapers. The original copperplate of a long-stemmed iris "fossil" attached to an etched skeleton is mounted into the cover. In a copper & oatmeal cloth, handmade paper boards tray case with 3 etchings inlaid. An extra, signed print from this iris/skeleton plate is laid in. Fine. Item #14435
An amazing artist's book that "explores the inner landscape of memory, thought & dream." The 40 etchings were created by squashing found objects (skeletons, flora, fauna, insects, seashore life) into a soft ground plate. "These intaglio fossils become the aerostatic vessels to which the artist then drafted his fantastic & lyrical gondolas"--in hard ground. Most of the nature-printed objects are natural--gingko, maple, & oak leaves, ferns, roots, seed pods, pine cone, seaweed, mussel shells, a fish, snake skin, bird wing, etc. Two of the "found objects" are manmade--a crocheted doily and a leather glove. No. 3 of 40 signed copies.