San Francisco: The Arion Press, 1998. Kendrick, Mel. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 198 of 300 copies, square quarto size, 63 pp., signed by Mel Kendrick, with original publisher's white paper wrapping. Fine. Item #CNRD04
A writer of both prose and poetry, William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) combines the two forms in this series of "Improvisations", a prose poem. A physician as well as a poet, Williams was associated with various movements in art and literature during his life, including modernism and imagism, and his work shows his unceasing dedication to experimental forms using American language.
Illustrating this Arion Press edition is Mel Kendrick (b. 1949), an artist who works primarily in sculpture using different materials such as wood, bronze, and paper; his woodcuts in this volume adhere to the chaos explored in the text, a tangled web of abstract forms and interior spaces.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter black leather with black cloth boards overlaid with thin pieces of stained wood, red lettering on the spine, title page in red and black, full-page black-and-white woodcuts by Mel Kendrick throughout; Stymie Bold and Franklin Gothic types, Zerkall paper, square quarto size (10.25" by 10.25"), pagination: [1-4] 5-61  [1 colophon], one of 300 copies, this number 198, signed by Mel Kendrick on the colophon. With the original publisher's white paper wrapping.
___CONDITION: Volume is very fine, with clean covers, straight corners with no rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; clean and as new, volume came to us in the unopened publisher's wrapping, which we opened in order to catalogue.
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