San Francisco: The Arion Press, 1982. Dine, Jim. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Copy "X" of 15 hors de commerce copies (plus 150 numbered copies), elephant folio size,  pp., signed by Jim Dine and Andrew Hoyem, with prospectus. Near fine. Item #22032201
The Book of the Revelation of St. John, with its graphic depiction of the end of the world, has inspired countless works of art and literature. It was written in the first decade of the Christian Era while the Christians were suffering widespread persecution at the hands of the Romans; their oppression, often in ruthless forms, engraved even more deeply in the hearts of Christians the fiery message of the book.
This publication by the highly-regarded Arion Press with twenty-nine woodblock prints by Jim Dine (b. 1935), whose work is in multiple museums and galleries around the world, having been the subject of over 300 solo exhibitions. Dine's style seems to defy categorization, although he has, at various times, been associated with Neo-Dada, Abstract Expessionism, and Pop Art. His woodblock illustrations for this "Saint John" are intensely powerful and evocative, with the starkness of the black-and-white images highlighting the intensity of the biblical text.
Somewhat scarce in the marketplace, as of this writing there are no other copies online.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in oak boards with a white pigskin shelfback, the design of a lightning bolt stained a darker shade onto both boards, the frontis one of the twenty-nine woodblocks bound in throughout (most full-page, a few half- or quarter-page and a few double-spread), pencilled signature of Jim Dine on the title page, pencilled signature of publisher Andrew Hoyem on the colophon page; elephant folio size (15.25" by 11.5"),  pp, text Monotype Garamond Bold, set in 14 point for the account of St. John, 18 point for "louder pronouncements from on high" (n.b., per Arion Press Catalogue), biblical verses set in 12 point Hadriano and display capitals in Stempel Garamond Titling, printed damp on French handmade paper, published in an edition size of 150 numbered copies plus fifteen hors de commerce copies, this being copy no. "X" of the HDC copies. Note that we acquired this volume directly from one of the (then-current) members of the Arion Press staff, whose name is printed on the colophon page. Loosely laid in is the prospectus, a single sheet folded once to four pages, one of Dine's woodblock illustrations on the front, information on the forthcoming book on the other three pages, measuring 11" by 7.5"; laid into the prospectus is the envelope for the customer's use to place an order.
___CONDITION: Near fine overall, the wood boards clean, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and the volume is entirely free of prior owner markings; some discolouration to the spine and minor wear to the wooden boards (the top corners slightly worn and a short (approx. one-half inch) spot of wear to the fore-edge of the back board), else fine. Prospectus also fine, clean and, other than an extremely shallow bend to the upper corners, without wear.
___CITATION: Arion Press Catalogue with Checklist of Publications 1995-1975.
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