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The First Writing Limited Edition


10 pages

6.75 H x 5 W x .25 D inches closed, to 49 in. long opened

Limited edition of 50, signed

Poem by the artist, inspired by the work of archeologist Marija Gimbutas. The idea that writing came out of a spiritual place rather than a commercial one appealed to me as a calligrapher. I invented an alphabet style based on the catalog of marks in The Civilization of the Goddess, and in the background of the paste paper used symbols found in the 5000-year-old passage grave Newgrange in Ireland, whose meaning has never been fully understood.

Handmade accordion book in paper-covered case, pages digitally printed on Arches Text Laid paper. Boards covered in Lokta paper with gold painted crescent on cover, with leather and bead wraparound closure. A reproduction made from scans of an original book of the same name now in a private collection. Original book paste painted in layers of oil pastels and acrylics, and lettered on with gouache.

For an in-depth essay entitled “Sacred Script” which contributed to the genesis of this book, visit the Library here.

I was pleased beyond measure when this book was included in the exhibit at Santa Clara University entitled Sacred Texts with every manner of beautiful book, in 2013. It was later acquired by the library’s special collections, which has also bought several other of my calligraphic manuscript books.

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