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Defensive Book, Riddle Book, Ghost Book
N.p.: Skeptical Press, 1993, 1993, 1992. Three small octavo volumes. (7); (4); (10)ff. Each volume is one of fifteen copies. A collection of unusual artist’s books. Defensive Book is an expression of paranoia and fear, underscoring its point by ending with the repeated words “Don’t trust anybody.” The book bristles with pins embedded between the pages. Each page becomes progressively smaller in size, and as a result the pins become increasingly more exposed and extend from the edges of the pages. Adding to the ominous tone, rust spots from the pins have bled through the paper. In Riddle Book, intaglio prints are suspended within windows in each page, and are accompanied by cryptic text. Ghost Book is printed in faint gray ink on delicate, transparent leaves of a kozo-sulphite paper called “silk tissue.” The medium is suited to the book’s nebulous subject matter, memory, as the narrator recalls the final days and death of her grandmother. An extremely fine set, housed together in a cloth-covered slipcase.
      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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