by SMITH, Keith A.
24 hand-cut pages with intricate geometric designs. 8vo (200 x 160 mm.), hand-sewn to a pleat by the artist, saw-tooth spine, marbled endpapers. [Rochester]: Keith A. Smith, October 1994. One of Smith's most splendid creations, one of only three copies produced. Here, for the first time, the artist employed a new method of spine sewing. In personal correspondence Smith writes that he was inspired by Eikoh Hosoe's famous Kamaitachi in the conception of this book. From the printed explanatory text laid-in: "The geometric forms were drawn with the program Aldus Freehand™ on a Power Macintosh 7100/66. The drawings were proofed onto typing paper using a Laserwriter II NT. These were cut and bound as a prototype as a means of a sketch of the book. The designs of several pages were then altered and proofed. The end result was printed onto various laid and etching papers. The sections are pamphlet sewn to a pleat, which is decorated by cutting and folding. The spine sewing is devised by Keith Smith, and this is the first use of this new sewing." A superb example of Smith's ingenuity with the book form. Smith gave the other copies to his partner and a friend. His books are hardly ever available on the market. ❧ K.A. Smith, 200 Books, p. 281-"Book 171 is hand cut and hand bound. The title means that no single page is the collage, but it is a layer of pages, ever-changing as pages are turned.".
(Inventory #: 7002)