Iowa City, Iowa:: Offal Press,, 2015.. Edition of 30. 9 x 5.5"; 36 pages. Materials: handmade paper, thread. Letterpress printed text. Handset in Gill Sans. Images printed from photopolymer plates and linoleum blocks. Handmade paper by the artist using cotton fibers. Modified paper case binding. Paper wrapper with dinosaur illustration and tiles on front cover. Laid in a three-flap hard cover cloth-covered portfolio case. Signed and numbered by the artist. Thomas Helmers: "A series of prose fragments, Hic Svnt Dinosavrs explores how our understanding of the past, present, and future is continually in flux. The title is inspired by the Latin phrase, hic svnt dracones, which translates to 'here be dragons.' This phrase, often accompanied by drawings of serpents and mythological creatures, denoted unknown territories on early maps and globes. "Paired with the text are nine fossil illustrations from Othniel Charles Marsh's 1896 book, The Dinosaurs of North America. These drawings mark a moment in history when many fossils were initially documented, only later to be questioned or proven incorrect. "The book observes, using dinosaurs as the foundational metaphor, that as our understanding of the world changes, so does our concept of the self."
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