Books On Books Collection – Joyce Cutler-Shaw

The Anatomy Lesson (2004)

The Anatomy Lesson (2004)
Joyce Cutler-Shaw
Middletown, CT: Robin Price, Publisher, 2004)
Limited edition of 50, of which this signed copy is the binder’s copy (Daniel E. Kelm). Acquired 20 October 2018.

Twelve signatures of handmade cotton text paper, the central ten signatures each made up of one sheet H356 x W514 mm and one sheet H356 x W500 mm glued to the 14 mm margin of the first sheet, for a total of ninety-six pages, each measuring H356 x W253 mm.
Binding of leather covered boards (a hologram embedded in front cover) with an open spine, taped and sewn into a reinforcing concertina structure: H361 X W259 mm.
Contained in engraved steel box: H370 x W326 x D44 mm.

Clockwise: stainless steel box container, detail of sewing and detail of reinforcing accordion structure. For a description of this type of structure, see Hedi Kyle’s The Art of the Fold (London: Laurence King, 2018), pp. 82-85.

Top of photo: gives a view of the doublure, which is part of the reinforcing concertina structure.
Bottom of photo: gives a view of page 1, which precedes a blank page and half-title. Note that pages are unnumbered.

Title page of the third signature.

Opening of the third signature.

Internal four-page spread of the third signature.

Left-hand page (from the Fasciculus Medicinae) of the four-page spread above. Note that the pagination (lower right) refers to the page number in the source text.

Second page (from Fasciculus Medicinae) of the four-page spread. Again note that the pagination (lower left) refers to the page number in the source text.

Third page from the four-page spread above. Print by Joyce Cutler-Shaw

Fourth page from four-page spread above. Poem by Joyce Cutler-Shaw.

Alphabet of Bones (1987)

The Alphabet of Bones (1987)
Joyce Cutler-Shaw
Munich, West Germany: VerlagKretschmer and Grossman
Edition of 700. Acquired as a gift from Hubert Kretschmer, 10 January 2019

Twenty-six glossy photo cards, offset white on black, H70 x W114 mm
with trifold panel of glossy photo paper, offset white on black: H70 x W458 mm
Contained in pasted, open-ended box of matte card, offset white on black: H72 x W117 x D14 mm
Contained in fold-flap box: H73 x W118 x D15 closed, H72 x W498 open

Further Reading

Cutler-Shaw, Joyce. “Embodied/Disembodied”, LitMed Magazine, 10 March 2009. Accessed 3 September 2019.

Cutler-Shaw, Joyce. “Chinese Calligraphy Biennial 2008, Beijing”, artist’s website, 26 August 2008. Accessed 3 September 2019.

Hoffberg, Judith A. “Birds, Bones, and Books”, Episodes of The City – New York as a Source Book, Wallworks and Artists Books of Joyce Cutler-Shaw, exhibition catalogue (New York, NY: Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, New York University, 2007).

Lippard, Lucy. “Que viva el Rio Grande! Messages from the Great River”, Lightlines and Birds in Flight, East San Jose Carnegie Library, exhibition catalogue (San Jose, CA: East San Jose Carnegie Library, 2011).