Item #213 The Deaths of the Two Dans. Tara BRYAN.
The Deaths of the Two Dans.

The Deaths of the Two Dans.

s.l., s.n., s.a. [Cumberland, Iowa: Pterodactyl Press, 1987]. Oblong octodecimo, 10 x 16.7 cm. Concertina fold construction cased in tri-fold covers; tan linen over the upper and lower boards, joining with a stiff flap of Tairona paper; the flap paper, which was hand made by Marta Gomez, is repeated for the pastedowns and for a folded envelope with a tab to the top, on which the topmost of the accordion-folded leaves is mounted; printed paper label, decorated with two hourglass ornaments, inset to the upper cover. Unpaginated [two sheets pasted together at the top and bottom, folded widthwise six times to produce seven double-leaves, or 14 pages; the structure measures 61.1 x 15.6 cm. when open]. A fine copy. The text was set in 12 point Bembo Cagado, and printed in green and brown on Okawara Japanese paper. Illustrated with two linocuts by Lester Dore, printed to the front pastedown and inside of the paper flap. One of 40 copies, of which this is number 6. Item #213

Two poignant parallel stories about the deaths of two Dans, “converging in nuptials on a Saturday afternoon”. The concertina folds open vertically rather than horizontally, and in reading the text, one describes a circle, moving first from the top leaf to the bottom, turning the last leaf, and then proceeding back up to the top. A challenge to describe, but a pleasure to view and read.

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