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Signs & wonders / Jacques Menasche, Stephen Dupont
Bib ID 8050216
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Menasche, Jacques, 1964- author, book artist
Description [New York, New York] ; [Scarborough, NSW] : [Jacques Menasche and Stephen Dupont], [2019] 
308 unnumbered pages : 144 illustrations (some colour), 8 maps ; 31 cm (in clamshell box 28 x 35 x 9 cm) 

A limited edition artists’ book retracing Mark Twain’s 1867 expedition to the Holy Land. A collaboration between American Jacques Menasche and Australian Stephen Dupont, it includes photographs printed on hand-painted emulsion, texts hand-typed on translucent kozo paper, and maps constructed from pages of an 1870 first edition of Twain’s “The Innocents Abroad” and an 1887 Bible atlas. Handstamped with drop-cap wooden letterpress letters, with a leather cover hand-tooled in gold leaf, it comes in a clamshell box and has the dimensions of a family bible.

Dupont and Menasche first collaborated in 2004, when as a writer/photographer team they reported from the region during the Second Intifada. Thirteen years later the pair returned for the 150th anniversary of Mark Twain’s trip, following a route that today weaves between Israel and the West Bank. The result is a journey, alternately reverent and comic, that winds through the grottos and deserts and seas and checkpoints and churches, from the volcanic plateau of the Golan Heights to the Old City alleys of Jerusalem. Driven by a desire to see what has changed in the 150 years since Mark Twain’s visit, the text of Signs & Wonders creates a palimpsest of experiences (Twain's, the artists’ own reportage during the Second Intifada, and the present journey), told through the use of obsolete technologies (typewriter/letterpress). Dupont’s 119 analogue black and white images (taken with a Leica MP, a Mamiya 6, and a Hasselblad Xpan — all using Kodak Tri-X film) were similarly printed using the obsolete technology of silver gelatin liquid photographic emulsion on cotton rag paper, and Menasche’s 25 instant colour images were printed by the same method and then hand coloured. The cover design, binding and clamshell case is by Uriel Cidor at the Center for Book Arts, New York, and each copy will have a slightly different binding. —Based on the prospectus.


Limited edition of 12 copies signed by Jacques Menasche and Stephen Dupont.

National LIbrary of Australia's copy is no. 1/12.


National Library of Australia copy bound in box calf with goat onlay and gold tooling. Leather handpainted and printed with images from the book. Handsewn headbands, Japanese bookbinding silk endpapers. 

Subjects Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 -- Travel -- Israel.  |  Menasche, Jacques, 1964- -- Travel -- Israel.  |  Dupont, Stephen, 1967- -- Travel -- Israel.  |  Artists' books.  |  Photobooks.  |  Israel -- Description and travel  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Dupont, Stephen, 1967- photographer, book artist  |  Cidor, Uriel, binder  |  Center for Book Arts (New York, N.Y.)


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