Deluxe edition. Santa Monica, California : Danger! Books, 2002.
1 folded leaf (28 x 22 cm) and 1 leaf (11 x 15 cm) in envelope; 1 metal tray of galley proofs ((13 leaves (45 x 19 cm)) wrapped in a canvas straightjacket; 1 discharge planning/risk assessment screen (47 x 21 cm); 1 felt tip marker; 1 white-out correction pen; 1 pencil; 1 wooden nickel; 1 globe shaped magnifying glass with 4 cm ruler; 1 Star Wars action figure: Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot; 2 rubber stamps; 1 baseball card in plastic cover: Bob Hendley; 1 cigar butt in glass container; 12 scrabble tiles in gray mesh pouch with "scrabble notes for 2 letter words" ; 7 photographs of "original artwork for placement only" from the "layout dept."; 1 publisher's advertising card (20 x 14 cm) ; in box 49 x 24 x 12 cm
Box has magnetized leather cover, with cloth padding inside.
"Surplus Value Books: Catalog Number 13 first appeared as an offset artist book, published by David Ford and Rick Moody in 1999. The fine press editions of 2002 include: 174 numbered standard copies, 7 uncorrected proofs, 26 lettered deluxe copies with 2 (Author/Illustrator) proofs and 13 Hors Commerce copies."--Colophon.
"The deluxe edition was designed in collaboration by Daniel E. Kelm and Wilber Schilling. The text is set in Mrs. Eaves roman and italic and printed on handmade flax paper commissioned from Cave Paper in Minneapolis ... The deluxe edition collectors box was constructed by Daniel E. Kelm and his mechanics at the Wide Awake Garage in Easthampton, Massachusetts. The book images throughout the publication were created by David Ford."--Colophon.
"The deluxe edition is designed to be a collector's box, and also a mental patient's box, of personal possessions. The text is formatted as a publisher's galley proof, presented as a galley tray inside a straightjacket enclosure. The deluxe edition also includes margin notes (marginalia by Rick Moody) in the hand of the author, some of which have whiteout applied according to the author's instruction. Various levels make up this edition. Upon removing the galley holding the text, the reader is presented with a removable panel resembling a hospital release checklist. Holes cut into this panel reveal objects contained below. The collectible objects in the box act as literal illustrations to the story. The deluxe edition was printed letterpress by Wilber H. Schilling at Indulgence Press, on handmade flax and various papers. Set in Mrs. Eaves roman and italic types (title page in Filosophia Unicase). The deluxe edition is designed in collaboration between Wilber H. Schilling and Daniel E. Kelm (Wide Awake Garage). There is a space in the deluxe edition left empty and sized to fit the standard edition of the book, suggesting that standard book should be purchased to 'complete' the deluxe edition, thus nudging the possessor of the deluxe edition toward the collector's obsessiveness as described within the text."--Indulgence Press website.
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