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The Cosmic * Sidereal * Galactic Abecedarium of the Universe & Other Tangential Star Ephemera
False Bay Editions, San Diego 2001 - Stiff Boards. Copy C of 26 lettered copies. This gorgeous alphabet book captures the wonder and joy of the cosmos through words, pictures, and various imaginative and inventive visual constructions throughout the book. There are windows, foldouts, items that pull out, cutouts, a flexagon, and many others. In their colophon, the authors say: "This ABC book of the universe was created from March to November, 2011. During this period Jim's mother Agnes died and took her place among the stars. Sibyl's husband Al had successful open-heart surgery, and then the September 11th tragedy occurred. Throughout it all the stars remained our constant as we created visuals with photopolymer plates, wood type, monoprinting, digital imaging, and a zinc intaglio plate for the cover." These visuals illustrate and adorn each letter, for which five words are given relating to the universe. Some of the text describes the discoveries by such figures as Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler. There are also quotes from luminaries such as Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, Eudora Welty, and Lord Byron. The text was printed on a Vandercook Universal I letterpress using Venus and Clarendon types on Somerset Book, Fabriano Rosapina Bianco, and Rives BFK papers. Bound in heavy black and white paper stock with astral designs. The rear flap slides into a red paper square on cover to close. About 8 x 8 inches. A magical book in fine condition. ARTISTSBOOKS/073112. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: The Kelmscott Bookshop, ABAA]
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