1992. 42 X 33cm
Edition of 12 of which only two copies in colour,
similar but not identical. The
rest of the edition comprises the 38 plates and facing
text printed in black on double sheets of white Rives,
held in a solander box with an etching printed in copper
metallic ink on the lid.
For the colour versions, I painted
the Velin d'Arches paper before over-printing the etchings
in black. The text is printed from zinc relief plates which
deeply emboss the paper. I inked the text plates intaglio
with a thin layer of lighter ink rolled on the surface, making
the words appear to float above the surface.
Of the colour copies, Copy A was bound
Coptic style in mahogany wooden covers which I carved and
painted. For Copy B, the loose double leaves, printed in colour as above, are held in a solander box decorated with additional prints.
THE COLOUR COPIES WERE ACQUIRED BY THESE PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:
Copy A: Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany.
Copy B: Rijksmuseum Meermanno-Westreenianum (Museum
of the Book), The Hague, Netherlands.
In 1989 I discovered
in a secondhand bookshop the apocryphal Book of The Secrets of
I was bowled over by this alternative and, to me, more eloquent
version of Genesis and decided to illustrate eighteen extracts for a livre d'artiste.
In powerful and poetic language the Creator, speaking in
the first person, gives his scribe, Enoch, an account of
the first eight days of creation. Sample quote:
For before all
things were visible, I alone used to go about
in the invisible things, like the sun from
east to west, and from west to east. But
even the sun has peace in itself, while I
found no peace, because I was creating all
things, and I conceived the thought of placing
foundations, and of creating visible creation.