[Altered book in the shape of a gun.]. Robert Thé, b. 1961. Conte artist, S. D.

[Altered book in the shape of a gun.]

[Kingston, NY? the artist, 1990s?]. A copy of S.D. Conte's Elementary Numerical Analysis: an Algorithmic Approach (New York: McGraw-Hill, ©1965) has been carved by the artist Robert Thé into the shape of a Luger-like semi-automatic pistol. The unaltered spine forms the top of the breech and barrel, and most of the open part of the book has been removed to form a barrel, grip, and trigger guard; the last is drilled irregularly to create the illusion of a trigger. 23.4 x 15.7 x 2 cm (maximum width). Dark red cloth with gilt titling on a grey background. A copy of the original book accompanies this artist's book. They provide an interesting surprise shelved together. In his essay "The beauty of second use" (The best American essays 2008, edited by Adam Gopnik. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2008), Jonathan Lethem writes about receiving as a gift "a copy of my own first novel, Gun, with occasional music [1994], expertly cut into the contours of a pistol. The object was the work of Robert The, an artist whose specialty is the reincarnation of everyday materials…. The gun-book wasn't readable, exactly, but I couldn't take offense at… this appropriated object conveyed back to me—the strange beauty of its second use…. [T]he world makes room for both my novel and Robert The's gun-book. There's no need to choose between the two." Light wear at the head and tail of the gun-book backstrip. A previous owner has written his name, Minneapolis address and telephone number, and a collection number in ink on the flyleaf of the unaltered copy. **Free domestic or international shipping with direct order. Item #31351

Price: $500.00

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