Basel/Stuttgart: Verlag von der Basilius Presse, 1965. Leporello bound 16mo printed on card stock pasted into two laminated orange covers, one at each each end and measures 215 cm (84") when unfolded. Panels feature a lithograph illustration printed on recto side only in black, blue, yellow, red, purple, green, brown, and blue. Text in French and German.
A visually complex and powerful artists’ book by Honegger-Lavater where she explores the evolution of mankind in the vernacular of a map complete with a hidden legend on the inside left flap. The book can be read by turning the pages, or as a single long horizontal panel. Much like in her other work, Honegger-Lavater uses icons and symbols to replace language, thus completely altering the reading process. Through a carefully organized layout and organic illustrations, and much like on a map, the reader deciphers the narrative by referencing the legend. A remarkably rich and rewarding experience.
Honegger-Lavater was originally trained as a graphic designer, a skill that clearly comes across in her artwork. Along with Ed Ruscha and Dieter Rot, she’s one of the earliest artists’ bookmakers. Furthermore, she’s one of the earliest women artists’ bookmakers.
Overall age toning throughout with trace amounts of rubbing and scuffing to boards, else fine. Item #52
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