A miniature book is usually defined as one being under 3 inches in width, height and depth. A micro-mini is one often under 1.5 inches in each dimension. The box or container is not included in these measurements.

 

I digitally printed and hand bound all artist books presented here. All the artwork, images and text, with rare exceptions, are my original work. I also made the painted and marbled papers used in the bindings and the boxes. Most of the paintings, drawings, prints, assemblages and collages that appear in these books have been exhibited in various parts of the country, most recently at the WSG Gallery in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

Some of the entries below are accompanied by a selection of the images that appear in the book. Each book comes with a handmade clamshell box, a slipcase or a clear plastic container. I sign and number all my books.

 

Measurements for the books are in inches and width precedes height.

Down on the Sticky Floor: Making Art in the 21st Century

Codex with clamshell box, 2-9/16 x 2-7/8, 88 pages, 36 images in color of mixed-media assemblage pieces. #1 of an edition of 50. Preface by the artist; a note on the illustrations by Sara Hudson-Eddy.

Price: $89. Cat. no. 4-114.

Guns for Hire: A History of Western Philosophy

Codex with slipcase with magnetic closure flip-top lid, 2-5/8 x 3. Eighty-eight pages, 25 portraits in color by artist. Proof copy. An eccentric look at 25 famous philosophers. Foreword by Sara Hudson-Eddy. 

Price: $85. Cat. no. 5-118.

The Usual Suspects

The original edition of this book was made as a catalog to accompany a large (4′ x 6′), mixed-media, wall-mounted assemblage of 70 panels that featured the portrait, reproduction of the artistic license, and a replica of an artwork by each of 70 artists responsible for the death of painting in the 20th century. The entry for each artist is accompanied by a short critical note intended to throw light on their intentions.


Codex with slipcase with magnetic closure flip-top lid in purple, 2-7/8 x 3. One hundred and sixty pages; 70 portraits and 70 reproductions of artwork in color. #1 of an edition of 10. Foreword by Elmo Eumig.

Price: $150. Cat. no. 5-120.


Codex with slipcase in red and gold, 2-9/16 x 2-7/8. One hundred and sixty pages; 70 portraits and 70 reproductions of artwork in color. #1 of an edition of 1 copy. Foreword by Elmo Eumig.

Price: $95. Cat. no. 12-146.

A History of Apples

Codex in clamshell box with magnetic closure, 2-7/8 x 2-7/8. Fifty-six pages; 29 images of drawings of apples in watercolor and colored pencil. #1 of an edition of 25. Preface by Alvey Jones; poem “Sauce” by Domenica Trevor. Signed by both the artist and the poet.

Price: $75. Cat. no. 18-172.

A History of Clouds

Codex in slipcase with flip-top lid and ribbon pull, 2-1/2 x 2-3/16. Eighty-eight pages; 37 reproductions of watercolor and pastel drawings of cloudscapes. #1 of an edition of 25. Preface by the artist.

Price: $79. Cat. no. 18-163

Poking the Sea Urchin

This book is one of two published with the same title. It has illustrations inspired by photos taken by my brother Chuck while scuba diving in the Carribean off the coast of Bonaire.

Codex in a miniature aluminum suitcase with slide clasps, 40 pages.

2-1/4 x 2-1/2; 13 reproductions of watercolor and colored pencil drawings. #5 available of an edition of 25.

Price: $69: Cat. #21-184

Poking the Sea Urchin

This book is one of two published with the same title. It has illustrations inspired by photos taken by my brother Chuck while scuba diving in the Carribean off the coast of Bonaire.

Codex in a clamshell box with magnetic closure, 40 pages. 2-5/8 x 2-7/8; 13 reproductions of watercolor and colored pencil drawings. #2-4 available of an edition of 25.

Price: $79: Cat. #21-185

Water & Sand

Codex in slipcase, 2-5/8 x 2-15/16. One hundred and eighty-eight pages; 64 reproductions of collages printed on photo paper and hand mounted. #3 of an edition of 30. Prologue by the artist.

Price: $115. Cat. no. 15-160

This Odd Paper Fragment: Stamps From Around the World

Codex with cloth, half-bound clamshell box, 2-5/8 x 2-3/4. Ninety pages, 84 hand-mounted postage stamps facing rubber stamp postmarks from the artist’s collection. #4 and #5 of an edition of 5.

Price: $155. Cat. no. 2-105 and 2-106

Q&A: multiple choice

Codex with slipcase, 2-11/16 x 2-7/8, Eighty-eight pages; 41 images.

#1 of an edition of 15.

 Codex with clamshell box, 2-1/2 x 2-7/8. Eighty-eight pages; 41 images. #1 of an edition of 25.

 

The first edition of this book was printed, bound (in an edition of 1) and included in a mixed-media assemblage first exhibited in “I know you’re there, but who am I?: Explorations of identity and place,” at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design’s Work gallery in Ann Arbor, Michigan, curated by John Gutosky and Juliet Hinley in 2012.

 

Pictured here is a spread from that original edition showing the piece exhibited in the show (“Q&A: multiple choice.” See Gallery). The illustration was not included in subsequent editions of the book.

The book contains three critical essays and a memoir by the artist’s daughter. Preface by the artist.

Price: $75: Cat. no. 4-117;  $95: Cat no. 5-119

Light of Day

Codex with clamshell box, 2-1/2 x 2-7/8, Eighty pages; 64 images. #3 and #4 of an edition of 50. Only #3 (pictured) has the image in the clamshell lid. Preface by the artist.

Price: $79: Cat. no. 4-116 and Cat no. 15-161

Ghosts & Shadows

Codex in vintage box, with glass plate photograph in the lid, in clamshell box, 2-5/8 x 2-3/4, Twenty-eight pages; 21 reproductions of vintage photographs from the artist’s collection. #1 of an edition of 2.

Preface by the artist.

Price: $95: Cat. no. 1-103

Ghosts & Shadows

Codex with clamshell box, 2-1/2 x 2-3/4, Eighty pages; 65 reproductions of vintage photographs from the artist’s collection. #3 of an edition of 50.  Preface by the artist.

Price: $69: Cat. no. 1-104

Nothing

Codex with dust cover in slipcase; 2-1/16 x 2-1/8, Two hundred and eight pages, reproductions of 95 paintings of nothing. #1 of an edition of 6.  Price: $65: Cat. no. 2-107

Fiery the Angels Fell

Codex with slip case; 2-7/16 x 2-7/8; Two hundred and thirty-two pages, 86 illustrations in color. #1 of an edition of 50.

This book combines my “Down on the Sticky Floor: Painting in the 21st Century,” (part 1), and “The Poetry of Dust: A Theory of Art,” (part 2), in one volume. Preface to the volume by Sara Hudson-Eddy; Preface to part 1 by Sara Hudson-Eddy, verse text by the artist; Preface to part 2 by the artist, with a colophon by Sara Hudson-Eddy.

Price: $110: Cat. no. 12-147

Bezonki

Codex with clamshell box, with magnetic closure. Eighty pages, 73 selected illustrations (samples above) of an 8-panel comic strip that ran from October 2008 to September 2014 at AnnArborChronicle.com, published monthly by Mary Morgan and David Askins. 

Left: #19-177, 2-15/16 x 2-7/8, #1 of an edition of 50. $89

Center: #20-178, 2 x 1-3/4, #4 of an edition of 50. $79

Right: #19- 176, 2-15/16 x 2-7/8, #2 of an edition of 50. $89

The Body in Question

Figures in various media drawn from live models, old master drawings, paintings and sculpture in museums, and other sources.

 

Left: Codex with clamshell box, with magnetic closure, 2-3/8 x 3; Forty pages, 13 images. Preface by the artist. #2 of an edition of 25. #19-175, $69

 

Center: Codex with clamshell box, with magnetic closure, 1-5/16 x 1-11/16; One hundred and twenty pages, 53 images. Preface by the artist. #1 of an edition of 25. #3-112, $89

 

Right: Codex with clamshell box, with magnetic closure, 2-3/8 x 3; Forty pages, 13 images. Preface by the artist. Proof copy. #16-165, $69

The Drawings of Caravaggio

This book is part history, art history, biography, autobiography and speculative aesthetics wrapped around the life of the great Italian Baroque artist Michelangelo da Merisi, known as Caravaggio.

Codex in clamshell box with magnetic closure; 2-1/2 x 2-7/8, One hundred and twenty pages, 26 reproductions of drawings in watercolor, acrylic, marking pen and crayon (sample images shown above). Foreword and text by the artist. #1 of an edition of 12.  

Price: $89: Cat. no. 18-173

Sample pages

Art and Language: The Illusion of Permanence

Codex in a clamshell box with magnetic closure; 2-1/2 x 2-7/8, Ninety-six pages, 66 reproductions of original artwork in acrylic, watercolor, collage, pen and ink and rubber stamp accompanied by verse text. Preface and note on the illustrations and text by the artist. Introduction by Jane Brown. An envelope inside the back cover contains a photograph of the artist’s studio. #1 of an edition of 12.  

Price: $85: Cat. no. 15-159

Sample illustrations

 

Researching an Illusion: Drawings and Studies by Alvey Jones

Codex in clamshell box with magnetic closure; 2-1/2 x 2-7/8, Two hundred and thirty-two pages, 60 images. 

 

A catalog raisonne of drawings and studies for paintings and prints. Compiled and annotated, with a checklist of sources and a note on the drawings, by Becky Arndt. Introduction by Janet Shed.

 

Left: #1 of an edition of 25. Cat. no. 6-122

Right: #2 of an edition of 25. Cat. no. 16-162  

Price: $115 each

Horsemen, Pass By

Codex in clamshell box. Two hundred and forty pages. 112 images of original artwork. A compilation of drawings, collages, studies and sketches from previously published books. Preface by Sara Hudson-Eddy. Colophon by the artist. 

 

Left: 1-7/8 x 2-3/8, #4 of an edition of 12. Cat. no. 3-110, $110

Center: 1-3/8 x 1-3/4, #2 of an edition of 12. Cat. no. 11-145, $110

Right: 1-7/8 x 2-7/16, #1 of an edition of 12. Cat. no. 6-125, $110

Sample pages

The Failed Haiku

Codex in clamshell box with magnetic closure; 2-5/8 x 2-13/16, Sixty-four pages, 16 images of collages with verse text. #1 of an edition of 25.  

Price: $69: Cat. no. 19-174

Memory and Desire

Codex in clamshell box; One hundred and sixty-eight pages, 108 images of original artwork. A combination of “Q&A: multiple choice” and “Water and Sand” in one volume. Preface by the artist. Critical essays by Domenica Trevor, Jane Brown, Sara Hudson-Eddy and a memoir by Ashley Carper.

Left: 2-1/2 x 3, #1 of an edition of 30. Cat. no. 3-109, $89

Right: 1-7/8 x 2-3/8, #2 of an edition of 30. This book is set in a walnut and mahogany box with a sliding lid, encased in a clamshell box. Cat. no. 17-169, $150

Sample images

Life in the Paper Cage

Codex with dust cover and slipcase; 2-1/16 x 2-1/8. Two hundred and eight pages, 95 reproductions of original drawings, collages and watercolors.

#1 of an edition of 12, Cat. #11-143, $75

#2 of an edition of 12, Cat. #11-144, $75

No Galaxy Is Forever

Codex with clamshell box

This book combines “From the Closed World to the Infinite Universe,” “A History of the Moon,” and “My Trip to the Crab Nebula,” in one volume.

2-1/2 x 2-7/8; 176 pages, 90 illustrations in color.

#1 available from an edition of 35.

Price: $95: Cat. #17-167

Our Promised Land

Codex; combines “Light of Day,” “The Train From London to Cambridge,” and “Plot, Earth and Realm” in one volume; 168 pages, 50 reproductions of original landscape paintings.

 

Left: 3 x 2-1/4, Proof copy in clamshell box, Cat. #2-108, $75

Right: 2-3/4 x 2-1/8, comes in a hand made walnut and mahogany box with a flip top lid; a vintage coin is adhered to the lid; encased in a clamshell box. #2 available from an edition of 25, Cat. #18-170, $130

Country Voices

Codex binding; 208 pages, 97 reproductions of original artwork.

Combines “A History of Apples”, “A History of Bees” and “A History of Clouds” in one volume.

Left: 1-3/4 x 2-3/16, comes with a clamshell box with magnetic closure, #2 available from an edition of 30.

Cat. #21-182, $95

Right: 2-7/16 x 2-7/8, comes in a hand made walnut and mahogany box with a sliding lid; a vintage coin is adhered to the lid; encased in a clamshell box. #1 available from an edition of 30.

Cat. #18-171, $180

Plot, Earth and Realm

Codex with clamshell box with magnetic closure.

2 x 1-11/16; 104 pages, 37 reproductions of landscape paintings of scenes in and around Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Preface by the artist. Foreword by Domenica Trevor.

#1 available of an edition of 35.

Price: $79: Cat. #20-179