The Architextures 1–7: “The Man of Music,” Nathaniel Tarn 1998
These are the first seven from a collection of seventy prose poems by Nathaniel Tarn, about whom Eliot Weinberger has said, “What holds it together is Tarn’s ecstatic vision – his poetry encompasses Eastern philosophy, world myth, revolutionary politics, and precise descriptions of the natural world.”
Printed in six colors in Meridien, with seventy-two point Felix Titling for the display and opening initials. The dove-gray abaca paper was made especially for this edition by Katie MacGregor at the MacGregor/Vinzani papermaking studio in Whiting, Maine. Six vividly colored wood block embellishments, augment the text throughout, beginning from the opening fly leaf, culminating in two double-page abstract illustrations and carrying through to the closing fly. The boards are covered inside and out in thin brass that has been alternately torched and patinated until a variety of colors bloom, making each book unique. The spine is made of both brass and stainless steel. The text is attached at the spine by a system of delicate brass rods passing through small stainless steel hinges resulting in an integrated slender spine. The book is enclosed in a clam-shell style box covered in black kyosei-shi, a handmade paper from the Fuji Paper Mills Cooperative in Tokushi-ma, Japan. The binding, brass covers and wood block illustrations are by Carolee Campbell.
There are 65 numbered copies in the edition, signed by both poet and bookmaker. 11.25 inches by 8.25 inches. 32 pages.