AKA: A Prehistoric ABC
Artists' Book (handmade)
Edition of 8
This book was designed, engraved, hand printed on an etching press on Rising Stonehenge paper, and assembled and bound accordion-style by the artist. 26 (twenty-six) color engravings, 1 for each letter of the alphabet, are represented in this artists' book. All images depict prehistoric animals. Titled on the cover as ABC, an inside title page refers to the book as A Prehistoric ABC.
Other than the names of the animals listed and the included colophon – all handwritten by DeArmond – there is no text or story. Not all copies have the outer slipcase (as shown below). There are black and white, unnumbered and unsigned single prints with handwritten names that exist. It is unknown if any were editioned, although it is likely some proofs were produced.
The prehistoric animals titled and illustrated:
These uncolored prints were not included in the portfolios. They were likely made as proofs, or samples, for a separate prospective work. It is unknown how many of these singular prints were produced.