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artists' books; astronomy; stars (extraterrestrial bodies); collagraph printing; Japanese paper (handmade paper); letterpress printing


72 unnumbered pages (some folded) : illustrations "This book is made in its entirety by Sara Langworthy in Iowa City, Iowa"--Colophon. Edition of 35 numbered copies, signed by the artist. "Inspiration came from 'The heavens : an illustrated handbook of popular astronomy" by Amédée Guillemin. All text in Sidereal is excerpted from Guillemin's writing and reassembled here. The star images are drawn from plates presented in The heavens ... The afterword is a direct transcription found on page 311 of the fourth edition"--Colophon. "The images are printed from collagraph blocks paired with pressure print templates"--Colophon. Black, handmade paper over boards, in a gray cloth clamshell with white title label on spine. Library has copy no. 4. Longstitch binding, foldout pages, clamshell box. Winner of the 2020 MCBA Prize, an international artists' book award. Remnants of this book were used to make "Wandering stars," another artist book made by the artist in 2019 (RISD A.B. collection L 296Wa).

RISD Fleet Library Catalog Record


[Iowa City, Iowa] : [Sara Langworthy], 2019.


©[Iowa City, Iowa] : [Sara Langworthy], 2019.

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collagraphs (prints); Japanese paper (handmade paper)


31 cm, in case (33 x 21 cm)




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