Norwich, VT: 2015. Artist's book, one of 13 copies, all on Somerset Velvet Radiant White paper, each copy hand-numbered and signed by the artist on the colophon. Page size: 5 x 9-3/4 inches; 26pp; + colophon. Bound by the artist: compound structure, primarily non-adhesive, tabbed single pages sewn onto a concertina of French paper and then inserted into strip of Tyvek folded into Hedi Kyle's crown binding structure, reinforced covers of white Somerset paper sewn onto the concertina and sealed with adhesive at edges, housed in custom-made grey cloth over boards clamshell box lined with white paper, the front tray with THE BEAUFORT WIND SCALE printed letterpress in 14pt. Perpetua, each number with its corresponding word / words descriptor, i.e. 0 Calm, 1 Light Air through 12 Hurricane. The front cover of the book is printed letterpress, Perpetua 30pt., printed in light gray ink throughout. The text, in Perpetua 18pt., each line printed on a separate page, and that page with the word descriptor for the Beaufort Wind Scale number appearing in all caps perpendicular to the text in Perpetua 30pt, the BWS number which is printed blind in 10 line wood type to the left of the text. Each page of text is hand-cut into "fringe" strips enfolding the text and moving as each page is turned. The higher the number on the Beaufort Wind Scale, the more cuts in the page. The resulting final page: 12 cuts for #12, Hurricane, and a fringed sheet that sways as the page is turned reflecting the force of a hurricane-gale wind. A most unusual page design and structure that works perfectly for this book.
Rear Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort (1774-1857) was an Irish hydrographer and advocate / creator of the scale named for him indicating wind force. While the idea of a scale was not new, the words and numbers used to describe the increasing intensity of each gale category are forever associated with Admiral Beaufort. The words have real impact: one can feel the increasing tension with each category. The artist's design, simple and elegant, creates its own intensification. The anticipation of each page grows until the last page: #12 HURRICANE: Devastation occurs - and we know we are experiencing the strong arm of nature. Item #11131