2004 · [San Francisco]
"The letterpress pages [in the larger volume] are interleaved with vellum pages containing hand painted patterns printed as digital pigment prints into which have been hand cut the shapes of starlings in flight, a motif that is central to the poem. Initially, the vellum pages obscure the text, but then lift off to reveal with a flutter and a flap, the words of the poem. . .The lower volume is a flip book, or rather a "flutter book," since it is hinged at the fore-edge and scored so it can open like an accordion. It contains selected words taken from the poem that reprise the poem with a new cadence. It is contained loose in its cover so that it can be held in the hand and ruffled with the fingers so as to set the starlings in flight, a visual metaphor derived from the poem. The poet's final wish for his child is simple and heartfelt. The final pages of the book contain a monotype printed over text from the poem, reproduced as a digital pigment print, which carries with it the feeling of uncertain first flight the father is sensing in his daughter" (per the prospectus).
___DESCRIPTION: Larger book: Case made of spine and rear board covered in blue cloth with striped yellow and blue paper over the front board, white paper label with black lettering on the front board, softcover book adhered to the inside rear board of the case, fore-edge uncut, light blue endpapers, title page with paper cut-out of a bird, coloured papers with cut-outs of birds tipped-in and overlaying the text of the poem throughout; Courier type, Rives BFK paper, oblong duodecimo size (7.75" by 11.5"), 13 unnumbered pages, one of 54 copies, this number 26, signed by Charles Hobson on the colophon.
Smaller booklet: Case made of rear board and spine covered in blue cloth with coloured paper with bird images over the front board, "flutter book" laid inside case, numbered in pencil; 3.25" by 11.5". With hand-coloured illustration of a bird laid into the box, signed by Hobson, with thin sheet overtop with printed word "cargo". With prospectus, one sheet, and two booklets with information about the book, and a hand-written letter from the publisher to a prior owner. All housed in a clamshell box covered in blue cloth, with coloured paper label on the front board and yellow lettering on the spine.
___CONDITION: Both books are fine, with clean boards, straight corners, strong, square text blocks, the interiors are clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markers; clean, crisp, as new. The clamshell box is fine, strong and sturdy, clean, without wear. The prospectus is near fine, clean, with a few shallow creases at the corners.
___CITATION: Quote and description of the work from the web site of Charles Hobson; see also "Experiments in Navigation", p. 61.
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