A couple of days ago, Ronnie posted a comment about the need for an edition colophon. Coincidentally, I'd been working on a colophon for my own contribution to the edition and am happy to put this forward as a discussion starter for others to consider, although those working with letterpress or in miniature will probably throw up their hands in horror. Here it is:
Kurt Johannessen’s Exercises (1994) is a handbook of tasks that individually seem quirky and harmless but, when taken as a whole, are a gently subversive prompt to readers to reflect upon their world.
One of Kurt’s exercises, “write 100 stories and bury them in the forest”, inspired British book artist Sarah Bodman to do just that. Her 100 stories, collected as An Exercise for Kurt Johannessen (2010), are quietly decomposing in a forest in northern Denmark.
The titles of Sarah’s stories have, with her permission, been taken as the starting point for BookArtObject Edition 4.
#41 It's beginning to hurt is a single section pamphlet binding with laminated paper boards and oasis spine piece. The text paper is 118gsm Superfine Eggshell Soft White and the font is Palatino Linotype.
Fifteen copies have been printed of which this is copy number: