The Sargasso Sea. Nancy Ruth Leavitt.

The Sargasso Sea.

Amherst, MA: Tomato Press, 1986. Artist's book, one of 25 on Arches, each signed and numbered by the artist / author, Nancy R. Leavitt. This is the artist's / author's first book featuring her own science-based text. Page size: 15 (W) x 11-1/8 (H) inches; 9 leaves including TP and Colophon. Bound: loose as issued in black portfolio case, housed in custom-made black cloth clamshell box with white label lettered in black with title on spine. This is an early work by the artist and the first in which she has illustrated her own science-based text with eight original woodcuts, each hand-numbered and signed in pencil, The original eight cuts illustrate life in the Sargasso Sea "as it exists for several species of sea turtles who inhabit the weedlines" of this circle of currents in the north Atlantic Ocean ... bordered by the Azores in the east and the Bahamas in the west. The woodcuts all convey the mysteries inherent in the natural phenomena and the motion implicit in the story of these turtles and the world they inhabit. Each print has a hand-lettered title above and hand-lettered text below consisting of words associated with the naturally-occurring events of the Sargasso Sea: migrate, swim frenzy, instinct, weedline, algal mats, air seeds, plankton, tunicates, etc. An elegant harbinger of things to come. Item #11363

Price: $2,500.00

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