Oro-Medonte, Ontario]: Shanty Bay Press, . One of thirty-five copies, numbered and signed by the editors in pencil on the colophon. Designed by Walter Bachinski and Janis Butler. Contains three poems: “Sun and Flesh” by Arthur Rimbaud, “The Birth of Venus” by Rainer Maria Rilke, and “Pervigilium Veneris” by fourth-century poet Tiberanius, all translated into English. The Tiberanius poem is translated by Canadian poet and rare book librarian Bruce Whiteman. Illustrated title page and colophon. Clamshell box with a matted pochoir triptych inset. Illustrated with color linocuts and pochoirs by Walter Bachinki. Text and color printing by Janis Butler. A fine copy in a black cloth clamshell case. Quarter blue cloth over boards, front board illustrated with a five-color reduction linocut printed on Gampi paper. Tall folio. , v, , 21, [1, blank] [+1, colophon] pp. Item #16350
The inspiration for the book evolved out of Bachinski’s obsession with representing the female form. The centerpiece of the book, the Venus pochoir triptych, has been influenced by his study over the years of the great bather paintings of the French artists Cezanne, Matisse & Renour. Accompanying this is a small book of three poems on the theme of Venus…The book of poems is housed in the bottom of a large clamshell box, while the complex Venus pochoir is matted and set within the cover of the box. It is designed to allow for the viewing of the triptych while reading the poems. The various images in the book are not meant as specific illustrations to the text, but rather as decorative elements having an emotional connection to the three poems" (prospectus).