Stillwater, ME: 2011. Artist's book, one of 12 copies, all on archival paper vellum and transparent vellum with original (each different) collages of hand-made pastepaper by the artist, Nancy Ruth Leavitt, and archival Mohawk Superfine paper for the hand-lettered text, each signed and numbered by the artist, Nancy Ruth Leavitt. Page size: 4-3/4 x 7 inches; 16pp. Bound by Joelle Leavitt Webber: accordion folds based on a structure developed by Hedi Kyle and re-interpreted by Joelle Leavitt Webber, each fold holding a double-sided leaf with text on one side and collage on the reverse, all housed in a hand-painted pastepaper (inside and outside) box, hinged with Japanese paper to open as a Japanese-style box, lying completely flat, with button closure. The book can be read by turning each page as in a conventional book or can be removed from the box and displayed as screen of the collages. As with the collages, each box varies in colors, but all are in the blue-purple-green palette. The text is hand-lettered in black Sumi ink in an Italic script by the artist. Both texts - the Emily Dickinson the more well-known - are complementary and both irresistible to any bibliophile.
The text of the verse by Emily Dickinson (Verse 1263) reads:
There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How Frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human soul.
The text of Theodore Parker's "The Book Lover" reads:
A great book that comes from
a great thinker – it is a ship of thought,
deep-freighted with truth,
with beauty too. It sails the ocean,
driven by the winds of heaven,
breaking the level seas of life into beauty
where it goes, leaving behind it
a train of sparkling loveliness,
widening as the ship goes on.
And what a treasure it brings
to every land, scattering the seeds of
truth, justice, love, and piety,
to bless the world in ages yet to come! Item #10466