Fifty-six Ontological Studies; Poems: Jan Zwicky | Photographs: Robert Moody
[Mission B.C.]: Barbarian Press, 2020. Octavo, 27.1 x 17.3 cm. In a Bradel or German case binding; with a blue-grey silk spine-strip and matching tips, printed paper label to the spine, and blue paper over boards. The upper cover is printed with the title in blue, along with vertical and horizontal rules in grey and blue. Together, the rules form a subtle grid. Plain black endpapers. Top edges cut, others opened but uncut. pp. , 3-66, . A fine copy. The text was set in Van Dijck type by Apollonia Felicity Elsted, according to a design by Crispin Elsted, and printed by Apollonia and Jan Elsted on Zerkall Smooth White Wove paper. The binding was executed by Alanna Simenson at the Mad Hatter Bookbinding Company. Alongside Zwicky’s text are eight monochrome photographs by Robert Moody. The photographs were printed by the photographer on Hahnemühle Rice Paper, and are tipped in. From a single state edition comprising 110 copies. Item #293
“It is important to realize that 'Fifty-six Ontological Studies' is not a book of poems illustrated with photographs, but a group of reflections on essences in verse and image. The two modes of reflection are entirely co-equal: as one moves through the pages of the book one slips among the verbal and the non-verbal, much as a bird slips between the branches of a tree, landing on one, gliding over another.
The characters of both poems and photographs are distilled, singular, and exquisite.”.
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