[Camden, ME], 2011. Artist's book on Mohawk Via Felt Natural paper, 1 of 5 copies only, French fold, signed by the artist / author, Richard Reitz Smith and hand numbered in pencil on the last page. Page size: 10-3/4 x 7-3/8 inches; 16pp. Bound by the artist: folios hand-stitched and laced through birch veneer multi-laminate plywood boards, boards with brass hinges at outer joints, pastedowns of ochre and ivory wallpaper, alternating lines with tiny stylized flower with ½-inch repeat, label printed on green ground in black with title and author and vintage image of crouching rabbit in front of head of cabbage. The text includes a page from a dictionary where "rabbit" is defined and pictured, pages of various vintage images of rabbits collaged against a green ground, or on vintage wallpaper, vintage picture of farmer juxtaposed with 1882 front page of "Country Gentlemen" followed by a page showing vintage target below a vintage label from "National Sportsman" (hunter and fisherman) with the last page being a recipe for Fricassee of Rabbit, printed electronically. Dark humor indeed! An engaging book, combining a variety of texts and visual images. (Inventory #: 11135)
Book arts, Livres d'Artiste, Fine Bindings, American Women Authors, Book Arts, Feminism, Fine and Private Press, Contemporary Book Arts, Contemporary Private Press, Contemporary Artist's Books
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