Chicago, Illinois:: Don Widmer,, 2016.. Deluxe edition of 10. Two books housed in a cloth-covered clamshell box. Hand bound, sewn and assembled by the artist and includes his illustrations and original story. Clamshell box: 8.75 x 10 x 2.25" (opens to width of 22"); bookboard, Asahi bookcloth, Laval bookcloth, Hahnemühle Bugra paper, ink, PVA; clamshell box structure with inset illustration, inkjet printed. Tunnel book: 8 x 9.5 x .5" (expands to approximate depth of 10"); Bristol Smooth 270 gsm paper, Mohawk Superfine Text Paper, linen thread, ink; tunnel book structure, hand-sewn, inkjet printed. Drum leaf bound book: 8 x 9.5 x 1" (opens to width of 19"); Hahnemühle Bugra paper, Arches Cover 250 gsm paper, hand-marbled 55 lb. text paper, Stonehenge 250 gsm paper, French Paper cover weight, matboard, Asahi bookcloth, graphite, beeswax, ink, PVA; drum leaf structure with graphite edge decoration, inkjet printed. Don Widmer: "Fanny and the Doll Corpse consists of a drum leaf binding and a tunnel book, which come together in a clamshell box. This is a historical fiction account of Frances Glessner Lee, a Chicagoan who pioneered crime scene forensics in the early 1900s. It has mystery, architecture (Prairie Avenue's famous Glessner House), and history. "Ten-year-old Fanny wakes one wintry morning to find her toy doll stripped naked and shattered in the parlor of Chicago's famous Glessner house. A fan of Sherlock Holmes, she attempts to solve the 'murder' by questioning several well-known architects including Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Isaac Scott. This work of historical fiction was inspired by Captain Frances Glessner Lee (1878-1962), a pioneer in modern forensic science and creator of the miniature crime scenes known as the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. "The Glessner House Tunnel Book features outside views of all four sides of the famous Prairie Avenue home designed by Henry Hobson Richardson. Inspired by theatrical stage sets, tunnel books date back to the mid-18th century. Stored flat, the book can be expanded to create a 3-dimensional scene. The interior view of the Glessner House parlor contains visual clues to the 'murder' and is reminiscent of the miniature crime scenes constructed by Frances Glessner Lee. "Fanny and the Doll Corpse tells a story from the point of view of ten-year-old Frances (Fanny) Glessner Lee. It features a drum leaf binding, a structure developed by contemporary bookbinder Tim Ely. This structure is archivally sound, using very little adhesive, and provides the feel of a child's picture book. The 19 illustrations depict objects from the story with dictionary-like objectivity, appropriate for the shrewd mind of a police detective cataloging evidence.
(Inventory #: 22176)
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