Thursday, December 24, 2009


Comus: A Mask
John Milton
with eight illustrations by William Blake
Hardcover, housed in a slipcase
Published in 1926 for the Julian Editions by Ernest Benn Limited
in an edition of 300

"The Lady", along with her two brothers, becomes lost in the wood, where she swoons. While her brothers set off in search of food, she is carried away by the lewd, beast-like Comus to his pleasure palace where she is glued to his hot, gooey chair and pressed to drink from his magical love cup, but she refuses.
Meanwhile the boys meet an angel, disguised as a shepherd, and the three defeat Comus, and with the aid of another magical creature, free the Lady. And they all live happily ever after.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

FEATURED: Two by Robert Duncan

Robert Duncan, from the Laboratory Records Notebook, 1953
Facsimile manuscript with illustrations by the author
Illustrated stapled wraps, Self-published, 1969

Robert Duncan & Jess, The Cat and the Blackbird
Spiral-bound illustrated heavy card covers
Lithographed edition of 500
Poems by Robert Duncan, llustrations by Jess
White Rabbit Press

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

FEATURED: Bukowski for kids? The Day It Snowed In L.A.

...not quite.

Charles Bukowski, The Day It Snowed In L.A.
Paperback, Paget Press, 1986
(out of print)

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Holiday Gift Ideas: Literature for the Adventurous

Malpertuis, Jean Ray (A Shop Favorite Restocked! )

Paperback, $24.95

"A manuscript stolen from a monastery; the ancient stone house of a sea-trading dynasty, which may be haunted. These are familiar ingredients for a Gothic novel. But something far more strange and disconcerting is taking place within the walls of Malpertuis as the relatives gather for the impending death of Uncle Cassave. The techniques of H.P. Lovecraft, when transplanted into the suffocating Catholic context of a Belgium scarred by the inquisition, produce in Jean Ray’s masterpiece a story of monumental intensity from which events of brilliant ferocity break the surface without ever lessening the suspense as we are carried towards the tale’s apocalyptic denouement. Terrifying, all-absorbing; this novel is one of the most celebrated examples of the modern gothic genre in Europe and should have been available in English years ago." -Atlas Press

The Book Of Masks: French Symbolist & Decadent Writings

Paperback, $24.95

"The selection is based on a series of essays on contemporary writers published as The Book Of Masks by the foremost critic and author of the period: Remy de Gourmont. (The “masks” are remarkable portrait drawings by Felix Vollotton.) De Gourmont’s essays brilliantly evoke the pre-occupations of each author, their genius and shortcomings, while simultaneously decribing, and contributing to, the literary theories of the movement. His introduction provides one of the most important overviews of Symbolism and decribes its gradual subsidence into its “dark side”: decadence. De Gourmont’s book consisted solely of essays, but the editor of this anthology has added characteristic texts from each writer to accompany them. Nearly fifty are included, ranging from the extraordinarily obscure and unjustly forgotten to the literary giants of the day. Here are the works by Gide, Mallarmé and Verlaine which have never before appeared in English." -Atlas Press

Foam of the Daze, Boris Vian

Paperback, $18.00

L'Ecume des jours (Foam of the Daze) is a jazz fueled Science Fiction story that is both romantic and nihilistic! Vian's novel is an assortment of bittersweet romance, absurdity and the frailty of life. Foam of the Daze is a nimble-fingered masterpiece that is both witty and incredibly moving. It is a story of a wealthy young man Colin and the love of his life Chloe, who develops a water lily in her lung.
The supporting cast includes Chick, an obsessive collector of noted philosopher Jean-Sol Partre's books and stained pants, and Nicolas who is a combination of P.G. Wodehouse's fictional butler Jeeves and the Green Hornet's Kato. The soul of the book is about the nature of life disappearing and loving things intensely as if one was making love on a live grenade!

I Spit On Your Grave, Boris Vian

Paperback, $17.00

Boris Vian was a novelist, jazz musician, jazz critic, poet, playwright, a friend of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Raymond Queneau, Jean Cocteau, Louis Malle, Jean Paul Sartre, and numerous others of forties and fifties Parisian cultural society. He was also a French translator of American hard-boiled crime novels. One of his discoveries was an African-American writer by the name of Vernon Sullivan. Vian translated Sullivan's I Spit on Your Graves. The book is about a 'white Negro' who acts out an act of revenge against a small Southern town, in repayment for the death of his brother, who was lynched by an all white mob. Upon its release, I Spit on Your Graves became a bestseller in France, as well as a instruction manual for a copycat killer whose copy of I Spit on Your Graves was found by the murdered body of a prostitute with certain violent passages underlined. A censorship trail also came up where Sullivan as the author was held responsible for the material. It was later disclosed that Vian himself wrote the book and made up the identity of Vernon Sullivan!
This edition is a translation by Vian, that was never published in America. I Spit on Your Graves is an extremely violent sexy hard-boiled novel about racial and class prejudice, revenge, justice, and is itself a literary oddity due to the fact that it was written by a jazz-loving white Frenchman, who had never been to America.

The Castle Of Communion, Bernard Noel

Paperback, $16.95

When Le Château de Cène (here translated as The Castle of Communion) first appeared in France in 1969, under the sonorous pseudonym of Urbain d’Orlhac, it created a sensation. Immediately recognised as being among the finest works of French literary eroticism (along with, say, Bataille’s Story of the Eye, or Reage’s Story of O), its author was soon identified: the poet and essayist Bernard Noël, born in 1930.
The author recounts an intense initiatory sexual quest which occurs on a mysterious remote island. Chosen as the moon’s lover the hero undertakes a Dantesque voyage through sucessive levels of pain and ecstasy. The book’s climax is a beatific rite of sexual purification in the Castle of Communion, which is described in a poetic language at once incantatory, crude and almost mystical. The intensity of the book matches its method of composition: dictated into a tape recorder and finished in only 3 weeks, and written as a partial response to the atrocities of the French authorities in Algeria.
This edition is postfaced by Noël’s essay The Outrage Against Words, his thoughts on the government’s unsuccessful attempts through the courts to supress the novel for “outraging public morals.” He illuminates the intimate connection between writing and censorship in general.

Pirouettes On A Postage Stamp, Bohumil Hrabal

Hardcover, $20.00

Novelist Bohumil Hrabal (1914–97) was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia and spent decades working at a variety of laboring jobs before turning to writing in his late forties. From that point, he quickly made his mark on the Czech literary scene; by his death he was ranked with Jaroslav Hašek, Karel Capek, and Milan Kundera as among the nation’s greatest twentieth-century writers. Known for writing about political questions with humor and vivid expressiveness, Hrabal also was given to experimentation—his early novel Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age, for example, consists of a single extended sentence.
Pirouettes on a Postage Stamp carried Hrabal’s experimentation to the field of autobiography. On its surface a verbatim record of an oral interview conducted by Hungarian journalist László Szigeti, the book confuses and confounds with false starts, digressions, and philosophical asides. Yet despite all the games and distractions, Hrabal’s personality shines through, compelling and unforgettable, making Pirouette on a Postage Stamp an unexpected treat for any lover of Czech literature.

The Keeper Of Sheep, Fernando Pessoa

Paperback, $12.95

Fernando Pessoa is one of the great poets of the 20th Century, and is still something of a mystery to readers outside Portugal and Brazil, where his work has been elevated to classic status. Most puzzling for his readers, perhaps, is the fact that Pessoa wrote under a series of of other names—heteronyms, as he called them—and confusingly also under the 'orthonym' Fernando Pessoa, who is not the same person as the man born with that name. The major poetic heteronyms are Caeiro, Campos and Ricardo Reis, but Pessoa had a whole range of others: journalists, prose-writers, essayists, as well as two English poets in the form of Charles Robert Anon and Alexander Search, heteronyms used by Pessoa before the break-through year of 1914, when Reis, Caeiro and Campos all came into existence. Little of his work was published in book form during his lifetime: two slim volumes of English verse and the mature collection Mensagem (Message), but he left a trunk full of manuscripts and fragments—some 25,000 all told—and these have been mined by scholars ever since.

Concordance, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge & Kiki Smith SOLD OUT!

Paperback, $29.95

Poetry infused with striking drawings and paintings, CONCORDANCE is a beautiful collaboration of the visual and literal forms of art. Mei-mei Berssenbrugge's written word is at once completely independent yet cohesive with Kiki Smith's simplistic and minimal illustrations. In this collection, Bressenbrugge describes her lyrical poetry in verse "My words unroll a plane of/ consistence they do not pre-exist--/ particles, fluxes the colors of spring./ Desire individuates through affects/ and powers I place on a page or plane/ of light vibrations like a flowering/ field"--

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Holiday Gift Ideas: Cookbooks

Perfect for the epicurean in your life, even if that person is you.

Charlie Trotter & Roxanne Klein, Raw

$19.95, HB

La Bonne Cuisine de Madame E. Saint-Ange

$29.95, HB

Clifford A. Wright, Little Foods of the Mediterranean
$9.95, PB

Douglas Rodriguez, The Great Ceviche Book
$12.95, PB

Daniel Boulud, Cafe Boulud Cookbook
$24.95, HB

David Paul Larousse, The Sauce Bible
$24.95. HB, (no dust jacket)

Kuwako Takahashi, The Joy of Japanese Cooking,
$19.95, PB, out of print

David Bouley, East of Paris
$34.95, HB, (out of print)

Emi Kazuko, Japanese Food and Cooking
$19.95, HB, out of print

Paula Wolfert, Mostly Mediterranean
$19.95, PB, (out of print)

Patricia Wells, Bistro Cooking
$11.95, PB

Colman Andrews, Catalan Cuisine
$12.95, PB

Tom Colicchio, Craft of Cooking
$24.95, HB

Gordon Ramsay, A Chef for All Seasons
$29.95, HB, (No dustjacket) (out of print)

Lynne Rossetto Kasper, The Splendid Table
$19.95, HB

Marcus Samuelson, Aquavit: New Scandinavian Cuisine
$19.95, HB (no dustjacket)

Tony Custer, The Art of Peruvian Cuisine
$65.00, HB, (out of print )

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Monday, December 14, 2009

NEW ARRIVALS: New Twisted Spoon Arrivals & Restocks

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
Vitezslav Nezval
Written in 1935 at the height of Czech Surrealism but not published until 1945, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is a bizarre erotic fantasy of a young girl's maturation into womanhood on the night of her first menstruation. Referencing Matthew Lewis's The Monk, Marquis de Sade's Justine, K. H. Macha's May, F. W. Murnau's film Nosferatu, Nezval employs the language of the pulp serial novel to construct a lyrical, menacing dream of sexual awakening involving a vampire with an insatiable appetite for chicken blood, changelings, lecherous priests, a malicious grandmother, and an androgynous merging of brother with sister.

In his Foreword Nezval states: "I wrote this novel out of a love of the mystique in those ancient tales, superstitions and romances, printed in Gothic script, which used to flit before my eyes and declined to convey to me their content." Part fairy tale, part Gothic horror, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is a meditation on youth and age, sexuality and death — an exploration of the grotesque that juxtaposes high and low genres, with shifting registers of language and moods that was a trademark of the Czech avant-garde. The 1970 film version is considered one of the outstanding achievements of Czech new-wave cinema.
This edition includes the first edition's original six black-and-white illustrations from Kamil Lhotak, a member of Group 42.

Baradla Cave
Eva Svankmajerova
illustrated by the author and Jan Svankmajer (collages)
Baradla Cave is a novel by the Czech Surrealist Eva Svankmajerová, who is perhaps best known for her paintings and collaboration with her husband Jan Svankmajer on a number of films. Originally published in samizdat in the 1980s, the book was republished in 1995 by Edice Analogon, having lost none of the force of its social critique and wit. Baradla is a living organism, both place (Prague) and person (a woman), and the novel explores maternity and femininity while offering a satirical look at the overweening mother-state and consumer society. As the language shifts between psuedo-scientific jargon, common vernacular, and metaphoric stream, scenes of episodic sexual violence alternate with humorous reflections on various ingrained habits and customs. Svankmajerova's sense of the absurd is seemingly without limit, fingering here practically everything having to do with modern urban existence: drug addiction, murder, sex crimes, corruption, and dysfunctional family relationships.

Severin's journey into the dark
Paul Leppin
First published in 1914, this acclaimed novel is set in Prague, a city of darkened walls and strange decay which forms the backdrop of Severin's erotic adventures and fateful encounters — a world of femmes fatales, Russian anarchists, dabblers in the occult and denizens of decadent salons.

Signs & Symptoms
Róbert Gál
Called "the Czech Cioran" by Andrei Codrescu, Róbert Gál is one of the freshest voices to come from Prague over the past few years. His writing is a mix of philosophy and prose poetry that explores the tenuousness of one's identity and existence. Ironical in his outlook, Gál's aim with this volume is to bring the great Romanian philosopher E. M. Cioran into the present in the same way that John Zorn, whose music provided the impetus for writing this book, brought Ornette Coleman into the present. The volume includes aphorisms and longer and shorter "philosophical" fragments. The photographs by Lucia Nimcová were taken specifically for this collection. As aptly described by well-known psychiatrist/publisher Ales Pech, Nimcová's nude self-portraits act as a "counterpoint to the philosophical denuding that is the book's basic premise."

Blaugast: A Novel of Decline
Paul Leppin
Blaugast is a tale of ruin. A bored clerk, Klaudius Blaugast, pursues his desires down a path spiraling into complete degradation. Homeless and destitute, having lost everything to the evil prostitute Wanda, he seeks redemption in a Prague that has become sybaritic and uncaring — a city in which he has become an outcast among the outcasts. Flashbacks to incidents in his past, hallucinatory revelations of the meaning of events long forgotten, point to the seeds of his eventual downfall.
Leppin's final novel, which he never saw published (the typescript languished for decades after his death in the archives in Prague), Blaugast is an indictment of the despotic and vulgar, an exploration of the sadistic tendencies found amongst the "moral" and "respectable." Max Brod's depiction of Leppin as "a poet of eternal disillusionment, at once a servant of the Devil and an adorer of the Madonna" nowhere rings more true than here.

The Maimed
Hermann Ungar
Set in Prague, The Maimed relates the story of a highly neurotic, socially inept bank clerk who is eventually impelled by his widowed landlady into servicing her sexual appetites. At the same time he must witness the steady physical and mental deterioration of his lifelong friend who is suffering from an unnamed disease. Part psychological farce, Ungar tells a dark, ironic tale of chaos overtaking one's meticulously ordered life. One of only two novels Ungar wrote, this translation marks the first time his work has appeared in English. His novellas and short stories are collected in Boys & Murderers

Boys & Murderers
Hermann Ungar
Boys & Murderers is the first complete collection of novellas and stories in English from Hermann Ungar, author of the highly-acclaimed novel The Maimed. A writer of unique talent whose life was prematurely ended by illness, he was much admired by Thomas Mann, who prefaces this volume, and known as the "Moravian Dostoevsky" for his analysis of the human psyche. In fiction that is often grotesque and comical, Ungar explores the depravities of the heart and delusions of the mind. Taking Prague as well as his hometown of Boskovice for his settings, he can be located in that illustrious tradition of both Prague German writers (he was associated with Max Brod in the Prague Circle) and Jewish writers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, such as Joseph Roth.

The Passive Vampire
Ghérasim Luca
Originally published in 1945 by Les Éditions de l'Oubli in Bucharest, The Passive Vampire caught the attention of the French Surrealists when an excerpt appeared in 1947 alongside texts by Jabès and Michaux in Georges Henein's magazine La part du sable. Luca, whose work was admired by Gilles Deleuze, attempts here to transmit the "shudder" evoked by some Surrealist texts, such as André Breton's Nadja and Mad Love, probing with acerbic humor the fragile boundary between "objective chance" and delirium.
Impossible to define, The Passive Vampire is a mixture of theoretical treatise and breathless poetic prose, personal confession and scientific investigation — it is 18 photographs of "objectively offered objects," a category created by Luca to occupy the space opened up by Breton. At times taking shape as assemblages, these objects are meant to capture chance in its dynamic and dramatic forms by externalizing the ambivalence of our drives and bringing to light the nearly continual equivalence between our love-hate tendencies and the world of things.

B. Hrabal
Total Fears
In these letters written to April Gifford between 1989 and 1991 but never sent, Bohumil Hrabal (1914-1997) chronicles the momentous events of those years as seen, more often than not, from the windows of his favorite pubs. In his palavering style that has marked him as one of the major writers and innovators of post-war European literature, Hrabal gives a humorous and at times moving account of life in Prague under Nazi occupation, communism, and the brief euphoria following the revolution of 1989 when anything seemed possible, even pink tanks. Interspersed are fragmented memories of trips taken to Britain — as he attempted to track down every location mentioned in Eliot's "The Waste Land" — and the United States, where he ends up in one of Dylan Thomas's haunts comparing the waitresses to ones he knew in Prague. The result is a masterful blend of personal history and poetic prose.

Hidden History
Otokar Brezina
The works of the Czech Symbolist Otokar Brezina (1868-1929), a writer twice nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature, influenced an entire generation of artists in Bohemia and Moravia. Hidden History (published posthumously in 1935) is one of the most important works of 20th century Czech prose and represents the apotheosis of Brezina's endeavors in the essay form. I n this finely crafted collection, he discusses the role of art as a vanguard of developments in science and as a force for social change. These essays also contribute to an understanding of Brezina's poetry, for which he is better known. They comprise the most systematic exposition of his aesthetic creed, which served to inspire the Czech writers and literary critics who followed in his footsteps.

Other's Paradise
Toward the end of his life Leppin wrote: "Prague remains my deepest experience. Its conflict, its mystery, its rat-catcher's beauty have ever provided my poetic efforts with new inspiration and meaning." Others' Paradise represents one of the most intense expressions of this experience. Beginning with the highly imagistic "The Doors of Life," the eight stories contained in this volume detail the contours of the lives and visions of a collection of Prague inhabitants, from a prostitute bound to the decay of the old Jewish quarter, to a man caught in the memory of a lost love, and a shoemaker whose knowledge of the world has been constricted to the view from the window of his cellar workroom. Amidst their differing circumstances what these characters share is an intense desire for lasting human contact and the fated disappointment of all such aspirations. Binding their personal histories, woven into their most intimate details, is Prague itself, the city whose nature, mythical and yet all-too-real, gives shape and force to their desires while simultaneously determining their frustrations.

Karel Hynek Macha SOLD OUT!
Compared to Byron, Keats, Shelley, and Poe, called Lautreamont's "elder brother" by the Czech Surrealists, Karel Hynek Macha (1810-1836) was the greatest Czech Romantic poet, and arguably the most influential of any poet in the language. May, his epic masterpiece, was published in April 1836, just seven months before his death. Considered the "pearl" of Czech poetry, it is a tale of seduction, revenge, and patricide. A paean as well to his homeland, virtually every Czech student learns to recite the first stanzas of the poem from memory and new editions are still regularly published. The reason for the poem's popularity and longevity is the beauty of its music and its innovative use of language. Scorned at first by the national revivalists of the 19th century for being "un-Czech," he was held up as a "national" poet by later generations, a fate from which the interwar Czech avant-garde, who considered him a precursor, tried to rescue him.

The Sufferings of Prince Sternenhoch
Ladislav Klima
Philosopher, novelist, essayist, madman, no Czech writer has had a greater impact on underground culture than Ladislav Klíma (1878-1928). Mentor to artists as diverse as Bohumil Hrabal and the Plastic People of the Universe, Klíma's approach to philosophy was similar to that of the sages of ancient India: philosophy should not be limited to speaking or writing about it, it should be lived. Adopting Nietzsche as his paragon, he embarked on a lifelong pursuit to become God, or Absolute Will, and he developed his conception of radical subjectivism in numerous essays, aphorisms, prose works, and plays.
The Sufferings of Prince Sternenhoch is the apotheosis of Klíma's philosophy. In a series of journal entries, the novel chronicles the descent into madness of Prince Sternenhoch, the German Empire's foremost aristocrat and favorite of the Kaiser. Having become the "lowliest worm" at the hands of his deceased wife Helga, the Queen of Hells, Sternenhoch eventually attains an ultimate state of bliss and salvation through the most grotesque form of perversion. Klíma explores here the paradoxical nature of pure spirituality with a humor that is as darkly comical as it is obscene. This volume, the first of Klíma's work to appear in English translation, also includes his notorious essay "My Autobiography."

edition 69
Vitezslav Nezval / Jindrich Styrsky
Launched in 1931 by Jindrich Styrsky, Edition 69 consisted of six volumes of erotic literature and illustration that followed the path marked out by Louis Aragon's Irene's Cunt and Georges Bataille's Story of the Eye. Including the first Czech translation of Marquis de Sade's Justine and Pietro Aretino (both illustrated by Toyen), three volumes were from contemporary Czech avant-garde artists, and these were all illustrated by Styrsky himself, who also contributed the text for the last volume of the series. Because of the censorship laws Styrsky encountered with his illustrations for the first Czech publication of Lautréamont's Maldoror, the Edition 69 series was not for sale in regular retail outlets, nor was it made available to libraries. As the original colophons indicate, the books were exclusively for subscribers, collectors, and a circle of friends, and the original print runs numbered no more than 200 (Styrsky's volume was limited to 69 copies).

This volume brings together English translations of the two most important texts in the series: Nezval's "Sexual Nocturne" and Styrsky's "Emilie Comes to Me in a Dream," which is also supplemented by the original essay from psychoanalyst Bohuslav Brouk, a fellow founding member of The Surrealist Group of Czechoslovakia. Additional texts from Styrsky's dream journal are included as a contextual source. Much influenced by Max Ernst's collage-novels, Andre Masson's illustrations for both Aragon's and Bataille's volumes, as well as the idea of the book-object, Styrsky's illustrations and overall conception for the edition rank among the most important of Surrealist works. Along with the Erotic Review, which he initiated and edited during the same period, Edition 69 represented a sustained attempt by the interwar Czech avant-garde to investigate the taboos of bourgeois culture.

Time Is a Mid-Night Scream
Pavel Z
Musician, artist and poet, Pavel Z. was one of the leading figures of the Czech underground that operated outside the official culture imposed by the former communist regime. The trial that sent him and several others associated with the experimental rock group the Plastic People of the Universe to prison for their activities gave rise to the human rights declaration Charter 77. Later exiled, Pavel Z. first lived in Sweden and then in New York City, eventually resettling in Prague in the mid-1990s. Time Is a Mid-Night Scream is his poetic testimony of this period, a time of transformation for both himself and his city.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Featured: Holiday Gift Ideas: Devices & Objects

The Vance Orchestra
Two 10 inch shellac records each housed in two silkscreened inner sleeves contained in a silkscreened cardboard gatefold outer sleeve.
Handmade, limited to 100 copies

The vintage shellac 78s have been re-coated with a new layer (of either shellac or vinyl. I not sure which), with music by the Vance Orchestra then cut into the new coating at 45rpm. The new coating is not uniform, allowing the older recording to "bleed through" into the new recording, a bit like a kind of aural palimpsest. Of course its not so neat and tidy as all of that, with the poor arm of your turntable bouncing all over the record as both your needle and the recording are pretty much destroyed. A stunning art object, beautifully conceived and executed.

Felix Knoth (Felix Kubin)
"Die Pein vom Haupt entfernen"
One 12 inch record with attached cardboard zoetrope accompanied by 8 filmstrips and a booklet, contained in an illustrated box.

"This box-set combines a mini-LP with 8 musical tracks, with a primitive film projector called a ‘zoetrope,’ containing 8 short films. The 8 musical pieces are connected to the 8 short films,
which can be both listened to and seen on your record player. No complicated assembly kit, no risk for your record player, everything is quickly installed adding a new dimension to the medium ‘long player’. This object is an archetype in the tradition of the Tödliche Doris Box or the Vegetarian Bavarian in Exile Box. Apparently it has to be in a box. "

The Micromosaics of Harold Dalton (The Museum of Jurassic Technology)

2 View-Master reels with 6-page booklet. $24.95
The process by which Harold Dalton constructed micromosaics was a long and painstaking one. After devising a design, he would gather butterfly wings collected from the four corners of the globe. He stripped each wing of its scales using a needle and then sorted the individual scales by color, size, and shape, forming a working palette. Arranging the scales on glass slides was an equally laborious task. Using a microscope he would transfer an individual scale from palette to slide using a single boar bristle, and then position the scale using a thin glass tube through which he directed tiny puffs of air. Once in place, he adhered the scale to the slide by crushing it at one small spot against the glass. Butterfly wing scales are oily, and oil alone is in fact what holds them in place...

"Tell the Bees" Phantogram Set (The Museum of Jurassic Technology) $29.95

This set commemorates the Museum's exhibit, "Tell the Bees: Belief, Knowledge, & Hypersymbolic Cognition". The set contains eight color phantograms which measure 4"x4" each.

The Eye of the Needle (The Museum of Jurassic Technology)

Viewmaster reel with 8-page illustrated booklet containing an essay by Ralph Rugoff detailing the life and work of microminiaturist Hagop Sandaljian. $14.95
An unexpected sneeze or misdirected breath could blow away a microminiature with hurricane force, while a casual movement could sabotage the work of months. Since even a pulse in his fingers could cause an accident, Sandaldjian ultimately learned to apply his decisive strokes only between heartbeats.

Phantogram Set: Including The Great Pyramid & Noah's Ark

The phantogram is a unique form of stereoscopic drawing which when viewed with the prescribed viewer and from the proper perspective creates the extraordinary illusion of a fully dimensional object in "real" space in front of the observer. The carefully constructed geometry of this form of stereo drawing creates a remarkably convincing illusion that invites the viewer to manipulate, touch and penetrate the apparition. The phantogram set is packaged in an acid free glassine envelope and is accompanied by illustrated instructions and an appropriate anaglyphoscope (viewer). Set of two and viewer.

Black View-Master Viewer $8.95

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