Middletown, CT: Robin Price, 2009. Small quarto. (32)pp. One of 12 copies of the deluxe edition. Signed by the artist. Presented as an unusual double-layer accordion, co-designed and -produced with Daniel Kelm, the book provides interactive insight into Price's method, on her persistent fascination on mixing choice with chance. Text excerpts from 86 books significan to Price are gathered using a variety of formulas based on the number forty-three, Price's age at the start of the project. They are then grouped by subjects, such as "Time", "Hands", "Flora", and "Counting", and by their forumulas for retrieval. All are set over gridlines (the first accordion layer) and topographic maps (the second accordion layer) from locations along the forty-third parellels. Running throughout is a river, borrowed from the Ninja Press' The Real World of Manuel Córdova, which invites a sense of forward progression and exploration. Included are a legend card, which deciphers the formula symbols, and a supplemental booklet containing an annotated bibliography.
Deluxe edition bound by Daniel Kelm accordion-fold in gridline paper with pocket for legend card inset to upper cover and slot for booklet at rear. Housed in an inventive, unfolding box, designed by Kelm, which requires the reader to essentially unscroll the volume as they might a map. Interior is brown paper decorated with text and imagery from the book; exterior is green leather with giltwork, inset titling, and a compass, which slots into the box directly above the book cover's "43". Fine. Item #30236
(Counting on Chance 161).