The Book of Life. Photographs by Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison. Poetry by Morri Creech. Edited by John Wood with an introduction by Lance Speer. 21st Editions/Steve Albahari, South Dennis, MA, 2005. No. 38 in an edition of 75 numbered copies. Oblong elephant folio. 10 hand-coated platinum prints by John Marcy, each initialed on verso by the artists. Prints hand-bound in silver stamped boards. Tan cloth clamshell case. With an additional platinum print, "DaVinci's Wings (shown at right; 12 x 10 1/2 in., mounted and signed on recto; oused in separate printed folder). Also accompanied by loose sheet with printed poem, "The Gardener," by Morrie Creech, with title, author's name in the poet's hand, and inscription from publisher.
"In the Quixotic world of Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison alchemy actually works. The quest for flight is both preposterous and infinitely possible. A single individual can stand in for all of humanity in his efforts to make the world whole”"--Lance Speer.
The second publication by the ParkeHarrisons for 21st Editions. "In this handcrafted book, the companion to Listening to the Earth, richly toned platinum prints once again combine with the lyrical poetry of Morri Creech to perfectly illustrate the ParkeHarrisons’ incredible imaginations. Includes 10 bound, hand-initialed platinum prints. An 11th free-standing and fully signed platinum print of da Vinci’s Wings accompanies the books in its custom case."--the publisher
21st publishes editions that integrate the elements of the livre d'artiste with photography and lush gravure printing.