(Arion Press)

The Apocalypse: The Revelation of Saint John the Divine. The Last Book of the New Testament from the King James Version of the Bible, 1611, with Twenty-Nine Prints from Woodblocks Cut by Jim Dine.

Dine, Jim (illus.)

San Francisco: Arion Press, 1982. Folio. (64)pp. From an edition of 165, this is one of fifteen hors commerce copies, signed by Jim Dine and by Andrew Hoyem, the printer. This publication marks only the second artist's book from the Press, in addition to being its first collaboration with Dine, whose riveting expressionistic woodcuts depict objects and characters in Revelation, such as a skull, a cloud, the Beast, the serpent, and a two-page spread of angel's wings. The text is set in Garamond, with the voices of God and the angels distinguished by type size. To ensure that the pages would lie flat, Hoyem himself sewed the signatures concertina-style over a flexible core of plastic and nylon fiber. The binding is quarter-inch laminated oak boards with a lightning-bolt device by Dine, backed in white alum-tawed pigskin. One of the major artists' books of our times, drawing on a long tradition of illustrated Apocalypses, from Dürer to the present. Typical light toning to spine, else a fine copy. Prospectus laid in. Item #32119

(Arion Bibliography 10).

Price: $8,500.00