Smith (Philip) 'The Imperfect-white Book' [or 'Black Monolith'], March 1984

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Lot 117
Smith (Philip)
'The Imperfect-white Book' [or 'Black Monolith'], March 1984

Sold for £ 701 (US$ 963) inc. premium
THE REMAINING BOOKBINDINGS OF PHILIP SMITH (1928-2018)

Sold on behalf of his executors
Smith (Philip)
'The Imperfect-white Book' [or 'Black Monolith'], approximately 120 blank leaves of thick black paper, binder's printed notes tipped-in at rear, signed and dated in ink, bound by Philip Smith in smooth black calf with incised abstract multi-linear monolith design on covers, top edges flush with book block rising to a shaped headband and cap, rounded spine, black suede paste-downs, tall folio (450 x 255mm.), March 1984

Footnotes

  • "This work represents a current pre-occupation with the concept of a holistic Universe where all the opposites are integrated in non-dualistic spectrum gradients, e.g. brain: mind; mind: consciousness; consciousness: Self; good: evil; etc. The book cannot be taken without its 'imaginary' title and the conceptual notation implied as black text on the black paper of the book".
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