Octon, France: Verdigris Press, 2011. Artist's book, one of 36 copies, from a total issue of 40, (4 deluxe) all on Hahnemulhe paper, each copy signed by the artist, Judith Rothchild and initialed by the author in pencil, as is the numbering. Page size: 6-1/4 x 8-1/4 inches; 20pp; printed on 5 folios. Bound: loose as issued, housed in grey wrappers printed in black, the whole in custom-made burgundy paper over boards sleeve and slipcase, title, author, artist, and press printed in black on spine. Each copy of this lovely book as four interior scenes printed as mezzotints by Ms. Rothchild.
Seemingly a simple series of interiors, accompanied by words about the spaces, it is a very powerful "aide-memoire" - visualizing and verbalizing the power of rooms and the objects therein, bathed in their own peculiar light - to elicit memories / sensations all but forgotten. The artist tells us that the images were made from drawings at a friend's apartment. The parents of her friend established a bilingual journal in Paris, creating a literary circle with included Henry Miller and Lawrence Durrell. The poet, Frederique Temple, developed a friendship with the publishers from this time and it endures through an almost familial relationship with their daughter, the artist's friend, whose apartment is depicted.
The text is hand set in Vendome romain and printed letterpress by Mark Lintott, who also made the clamshell boxes. Each of the folios has been marbled in a most subtle shade of grey - delicate and yet full of life with swirls compelling one to open the folio to the mezzotint on the verso. This is a very beautiful book - elegant and restrained - just what one has come to expect from Judith Rothchild and Mark Lintott. Item #10487