1 accordion pleated v. ( p.) : ill. ; 12 cm. + 1 postcard 20 x 16 cm. folded to 10 x 16 cm. (ill. : with 1 inserted leaf 14 x 43 cm. accordion folded to 3 leaves 19 x 14 cm. and double-folded to 10 x 14 cm.)
Artists' books (books)
Smithsonian Libraries artists' books
"Elizabeth Barrett Moulton Barrett and Robert Browning, one hundred fiftieth wedding anniversary celebration, 1846 12th September 1996"--Outer envelope.
"'Yes, I answered you last night ...', from Elizabeth Barrett's lyric 'The Lady's Yes', captures the essence of two people's dreams of a happy future life together in spite of very conservative traditions and strong family opposition"--P.  of accordion pleated text in folded postcard.
"The semi-transparent printed sleeve portrays the imposing facade of the St. Marylebone Parish Church. The secret book slips out of the sleeve, revealing eight rings on either side (eight being a symbol of two rings, the infinity of the circle, and two lives linked forever). The rings on the right are Robert Browning's, and contain excerpts from the Marriage liturgy. The rings on the left are Elizabeth Barrett's, who was standing on her future husband's left. The first rings on both sides contain information taken directly from the Marriage record, followed by excerpts from Elizabeth Barrett's Sonnets from the Portuguese, numbers XXII, XXIV, XXV and XLIV. ... As the rings part, they lead the way to the intimate area of the altar, as a couple approach it"--P.  of accordion pleated text in folded postcard.
The artist's book is embossed white paperboard cut in the shape of the front pediment and columns of St. Marylebone Parish Church, and measures 12 cm. at its highest point, with a width of 15 cm. The artist's book has accordion-pleated white paper strips along the two vertical edges, and expands from a thickness of 1 cm. to 6 cm. when fully extended, revealing the rings and printed image of the church's interior.
Limited ed. of 150 copies.
The folded postcard, featuring a photograph of a fragmentary sculpted face (from a death mask?), comes in an unprinted white paper envelope, and the artist's book comes in a semi-transparent printed sleeve portraying the facade of the St. Marylebone Parish Church, both of which are contained in a larger envelope (16 x 20 cm.) with gold printing.
CHMRB copy 39088014775092 is no. 94 of the limited ed., signed by the artist.
CHMRB copy of the artist's book is housed in the original printed sleeve, and placed together in the gold-printed outer envelope with the postcard (in its original unmarked envelope), as issued.