Edition of 20 – Handmade Book & Box: handmade, signed and numbered by Eileen Arnow-Levine – 2006, Handmade Book: 5.25” wide x 7.25” high x .25” deep, 32 pages. Handmade Box: 6.375” wide x 8.375” high x 1.875” deep Materials: offset lithography, Black Ink, Silver Ink, Bertini paper, Neenah Patriot Blue 80 lb linen cover, 60 lb Cream text, Daveys binders board, Lineco mouselline, Lineco binders tape, ribbon, US Silkscreen paper, black silk bookcloth
"The Child With a Bent Spine" is an illustrated fictional diary of a ten-year-old Victorian named Eliza K. Blackwell. Her story opens with an event that sets off a string of tragedies; the death of the child with a bent spine. Haunted by delusions, Eliza follows a peculiar path that inevitably leads to her own demise. The text is typeset in a handwritten script that mimics a penmanship style popular in the 19th century. The cover depicts an archetypal white horse symbolizing Death, foreshadowing the haunting nature of the tale.
“The Child With A Bent Spine”, Edition of 20, is included in “1000 Artists’ Books: Exploring the Book as Art” by Sandra Salamony and collaborators Peter and Donna Thomas.