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Book Description

4to, 250 x 200mm, [4], 37 ff., printed on rectos only, various line drawn illustrations, original printed & stapled grey card wrappers. Only edition, produced by the artist himself, of this monograph on death iconography and the intertwining themes of sexuality and mortality . Examining predominately 16th century iconography as appearing in woodcut illustrations of the period, Lenkiewicz expands the period to the 19th and twentieth century, addressing the the work of Thomas Mann and Edvard Munch. A final section gives a brief survey of five early books & manuscripts on alchemy which contain references to death symbolism. The work is of some interest as book as artistic object, produced as an extension of the work of a figurative artist. The typographic layout includes reversed images, images on coloured paper and unusual typographic layout. Lenkiewicz, a very prolific and individual artist, was a noted eccentric with an interest in matters relating to mortality throughout his life. He was a keen bibliophile, amassing a library of 20,000 books prior to his death in 2002, including a sizeable collection of early books on alchemy, magic and witchcraft which raised some £600,00 at his sale in 2003. He also had a collection of mortality related objects such as the skeleton of Ursula Kemp, a 19th century midwife hanged of witchcraft.
Author [ARTISTS BOOK]. Lenkiewicz, Robert.O.
Date 1974.
Publisher [Plymouth, England]: [By the author],
Condition Very good

Price: £150.00

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