[Cape Town, S.A.: The Artist, 2002. Square folio (41 x 39 cm). Open-sewn paper over boards (decorated in blind with hieroglyphics) backed with varnished gold foil finished paper, with an engraved copper title plate in the form of a pyramid affixed to the upper board. Fine, wrapped in an Egyptian cotton cloth with ribbon tie and winged metal figurine as a fastener. Copy #7 from an edition of twelve copies, each with unique variations, each signed and dated by the artist. "Zerkal Butten paper was used for the contents pages and the end pages. All the etchings were hand printed off copper plates and printed with Charbonelle etching ink onto 100% cotton Fabriano paper. Canson paper was used for the coloured contents pages and watery paint and text were applied in layers. The text and some of the other images were printed using a transfer solvent printing technique and later hand coloured ..." -- Colophon. An artist's book with claim to the adjective monumental, with illustrations involving hand-painted color, collages, labels, sealing wax, gold paint, small ornaments, tip-ons, fold-outs, die-cuts and shaped pages. The artist's extended statement about the book can only be quoted in part, and hints at the complexity of the work: "The book consists of 53 original etchings inspired by existing wood carvings, sculptures and wall paintings ... I have included tangible objects [such as] semi- precious stones including lapis lazuli, amber and turquoise which were often used by the Egyptians in their jewelry design, on mummy cases and in the decoration of tombs. A swatch of three types of fabric was included to illustrate the different samples of Egyptian cotton. I incorporated various Egyptian beads and etched them in ferric chloride to achieve an aged effect ... [etc]."
(Inventory #: WRCLIT75853)
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