Mandragora Volume 2. Douglas Shafer.
Mandragora Volume 2.

Mandragora Volume 2.

[NP]: 1999. Unique Artist's Book, 6 leaves plus pastedowns, page size: 7-5/16 inches x 5-1/2 inches, hand-lettered in white on hand-painted paper, blue ground with copper colored highlights. The middle page spread consists of shaped text block in Latin with image of purple and yellow crocus on left side and a male torso with roots instead of arms and legs and sprouting green leaves instead of a head. This page is bordered in gold gilt. On the penultimate page, lettered in white, as is the title page, which is also the colophon, is the text, "The mandrakes have / shed a fragrance: - in our hands are all / manner of delicious / fruits, newly gath- / ered as well as old." Bound by the artist, gessoed boards painted to resemble leather in terracotta with dark green geometric design, bordered in deep blue, spine gold gilt, fine. Mandragora, also known as Mandrake and Satan's Apple, is an herb that was the object of many superstitions. In old herbals it was often pictured as it is here, with the body of a man, as the roots fork into two and shoot out at each side. An homage to the ancient herbal brought up to date. Item #9275

Price: $1,500.00

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