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Mrs Delany Meets Herr Haeckel Radiolaria, Tetracoralla, Pediastra, Ciliata, etc , Rendered in Paper Mosaicks
[Vancouver:] HM Editions, 2015 One of an edition of twenty-five copies and six A.P. copies, each signed by the author, printer, and binder in pencil on the colophon. This is one of the A.P. copies, numbered IV. Full polished morocco ruled and stamped decoratively in red and gilt with a gilt-lettered spine. Binding by Claudia Cohen. Marbled endpapers. . Quarto. Cut paper image of a microscopic organism affixed to frontispiece with another cut paper image affixed to the recto of the same sheet; eleven cut-paper interpretations of microscopic organisms tipped on to captioned plates; tipped-in cut-paper initials; numerous smaller cut-paper decorations. The paper-cuttings in this book were adapted from images in Ernst Haeckel's Die Radiolarien (1862) and Kunstformen der Natur (1899-1904). They are cut from a variety of papers, including Yatsuo, Kozuke, mulberry, Gifu, Kitikata, and Kiraku kozo from Japan; Ingres and unidentified wove from Europe; and Reg Lissel handmade papers from Canada. Some were cut from papers previously marbled in the Turkish or Suminigashi styles. Some were dyed by the papermaker; some were dyed or otherwise hand-colored for this book. The cuttings are mounted on one of Arches text wove (white), Arches MBM Ingres (black) or Hahnemuhle Ingres (black). A fine copy in an orange clamshell case with a gilt-lettered spine label. Mrs. Delany Meets Herr Haeckel is "an imagined collaboration between Mrs. Mary Delany (1700-88) and, an English widow, woman of accomplishment, and creator of imaginative botanical 'paper mosaicks' and Herr Ernst Haeckel, (1852-1911), a distinguished and controversial German biologist and artist who devoted much of his time to the study and rendering of single-celled creatures. The book...expands on a paper-cutting theme presented in Cutting Paper (2013)...An introductory text provides some biographic background for Delany and Haeckel, and describes how the cut-paper renderings may have come about. An appendix provides a detailed taxonomy and nomenclature for each of the plates" (from the Heavenly Monkey website).
      [Bookseller: Michael R. Thompson, Booksellers, ABAA/I]
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