Artists’ Book (handmade)
Edition of 8
Overall size (folded): 4 3/4″ x 5 1/4″
AKA: A Prehistoric ABC
Note: twenty-six color engravings, one for each letter of the alphabet and all depicting prehistoric animals, are represented in this artists’ book. Titled on the cover as ABC, an inside title page refers to the book as A Prehistoric ABC. Other than the names of the animals listed and the included colophon – all handwritten by DeArmond – there is no text or story. Not all copies have an outer slipcase. There are unnumbered and unsigned single prints with handwritten names that exist – it is unknown if any were editioned, although some proofs were likely produced.
Reportedly, Dale was pleased with the wood engravings she created for her ABC book but was unhappy with its accordion-style binding. A few years later (c. 1995-96) DeArmond attempted to create a similar book, this time consisting of insects; she did complete the 26 wood engravings and also pulled a few proof prints. She sought the advice of Artemis BonaDea, her collaborator and co-creator of their artists’ book, From Long Ago: Crest Hats, Masks and Faces from Alaska’s Past, to improve the binding for the insect book. It was ultimately not completed. Some of the insect print proofs have surfaced (see picture below) but few other details are known about the project.
From the colophon:
This book was designed, engraved, hand printed on an etching press on Rising Stonehenge paper, assembled and bound in an edition of 8.
The prehistoric animals titled and illustrated:
- Frog (Palaeobatrachus)
- Jurassic Coelurosaur
- Megathere (Megatherium)
- Tyrannosaurus rex
- Victorians imperialis
- Woolly Mammoth
These uncolored prints were not included in the portfolios – they were likely made as proofs or samples. It is unknown how many of these were produced.