Arundel Books, January 2009. First Edition. Hardcover. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. New. Item #00505760
Beauty and the Books, a portfolio of 7 photographs by Vanessa Rudloff, with accompanying poems by Rex Wilder, is a true creative collaboration between author and artist. The oversized portfolio (17 x 11 inches) of seven signed photographs is accompanied by Wilder's poems in broadside format. The edition is limited to 30 numbered copies, of which 26 are for sale. The text was printed letterpress in Perpetua type on Innova 315-gram paper by Phil Bevis, Derek Smith, and Rebecca Mancuso on an Asbern proof press at the Arundel Press studio on Vashon Island. The portfolio cases, covered in Japanese silk, were made by hand at the Campbell-Logan Bindery in Minneapolis. This is the first book by Rudloff, a remarkably talented young photographer. As she says, 'Beauty and the Books manifested itself from an errant suggestion to make reading sexy. What could be sexier than lazily reading a book in the nude?' The photographs were shot on location at Arundel Books' store in Seattle. Rex Wilder has been widely published in major English language magazines and reviews. An elegant formalist and leader of the New Romantics, Wilder has been praised for his classical appreciation of the fairer sex. A. E. Stallings says of his first book, Waking Bodies (Red Hen Press, 2006): 'Like a body waking from sleep, these poems stretch and reach out and anticipate.'Two-Time Pulitzer Prize Winner and Poet Laureate Richard Wilbur writes, '[Wilder] can handle the erotic without false notes.' Moods Descending a Staircase by Rex Wilder Moods are infants, wary And unwary. Lofty moods Miniaturize worry. Moods overdo it. All's well With no mood. The finest Moods are not made From clay but forged From the sands of time Into glass, and blown All out of proportion until They become vessels Of brittle happiness. The only mood I care About is yours. Your cirrus Mood that tips the blues Of your eyes with Mischief and cues My heart's stage manager To silence the overture And open your blouse.7 Original Signed Photographs By Vanessa Rudloff.