NYC & LA: Works, 1972. Artist's book. "Except for what you are reading on this page, this book has no words or printed images. It is as the title suggests a book of sounds. The pages in sequence make a quiet drama of subtle noises.
"By turning, fumbling and rustling the pages, you will find all that is intended." [From the copyright page.]
One leaf of lightweight tan paper bearing title and copyright pages; 4 leaves of what appears to be fine, lightweight, handmade white paper; 5 leaves of natural waxed paper; 3 leaves of unbleached tissue; 4 leaves of brownish yellow-orange tissue; 3 leaves of tan tissue; 4 leaves of lighweight parchment (the first with light foxing on the front); three leaves of silver foil paper, facing verso, the verso and recto to make a reflective opening); and concluding with two leaves of stiff paper fastened together in the middle with what undoubtedly was a sound-making device a half century ago but now is silent. 26 leaves total. Stiff, coated white covers. 21 cm square. Signed and dated "73" at the bottom inside cover. The neatly printed name of the previous owner, a filmmaker, written at the top of the inside cover. Signs of light handling. Near fine, except as noted. A poetic and ingenious concept, the book was created and produced while the artist was on the part-time faculty of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) between 1971 and 1973. The black border in the scan is background, not part of the cover design.
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