Item #9851 Flight into Egypt. Timothy C. Ely.
Flight into Egypt
Flight into Egypt
Flight into Egypt
Flight into Egypt
Flight into Egypt
Flight into Egypt
Flight into Egypt
Flight into Egypt
Flight into Egypt
Flight into Egypt
Flight into Egypt
Flight into Egypt
Flight into Egypt
Flight into Egypt
Flight into Egypt
Flight into Egypt

Item Details

Flight into Egypt.

Colfax, WA: Timothy C. Ely, 2011-12. Unique. Hardcover. A unique set of 4 books, a variant of Ely's famous (and enormous) single volume book Binding the Book:The Flight Into Egypt (1985). This specially commissioned grouping, collectively titled The Flight into Egypt, comprises four volumes: Atum, Fulcrum, River, and Thoth, with a combined total total of 23 fully illustrated spreads.
"The original version of Flight into Egypt is about Ely’s grandfather, the journal he left behind about his mysterious trip to Egypt between the wars, bookbinding, and the geography of Egypt. For much more information about Binding the Book: The Flight Into Egypt (unique, 1985), see The Flight into Egypt: Binding the Book (Chronicle Books, 1995). In this version of Egypt, Ely focuses more on the geography, geology, and mythology of Egypt rather than on his grandfather's travels per se. He also omits explicit allusions to his studies in bookbinding. Each of the four volumes in this group contains a title spread and four or five additional spreads of original art housed in a unique binding. Spectacular images of scarabs, Egyptian deities, geological formations, and star maps feature heavily in this version of Flight into Egypt, all extensively annotated in Ely’s secret writing called ‘cribriform.’ These gorgeous, intricately painted and drawn books are deeply evocative of Egypt on many levels. They are a particularly fine example of Ely’s lush treatment of a beloved subject, yet Ely, as always, leaves plenty of room for the viewer’s imagination to take flight." [AS] [See: Timothy C. Ely: 8 Books (Abby Schoolman, 2016) for more about Ely’s methods.]
Timothy C. Ely is a renowned and enigmatic figure in the book world. His one-of-a-kind manuscript books combine elaborate and often mysterious painted and drawn folios contained within finely crafted bindings, most of which are original designs or variations on traditional binding techniques. Each book carries layers of both materials and meaning. Each drawing and element elicit revelations, personal to each viewer.
“For the last forty years, his books and other works have sprung from a central core of concepts, owing to a fascination with obscure or seemingly incomprehensible forms inspired by science and other projections from the history of the human imagination. This spectrum of inspiration includes such things as fractured and whole grids, cypher systems, landforms and landscapes as viewed from a satellite, and the archeological overlay of some of these sites, especially those containing libraries. Originally, the atlas format provided a platform for the rendering of his complex maps, which gradually gave way to an expanded psychological viewpoint of a larger universal scheme.
Much of Ely’s work is richly annotated with his own glyphs he calls “cribriform.” While they are made up of a finite set of marks, they take on many different “meanings” depending on the tool with which they are drawn. He has written and spoken often about the roots and evolution of these drawings. Gestural in their formation, these trailings evoke a sense of language and meaningful discourse. Though suggestive, they never yield up a firm translation.” [A. Schoolman]. Fine in Fine Archival Box. Tight, bright, and unmarred. Four drum leaf bindings, illustrated and hand-tooled fabric spines, each with a cutout revealing painted and hand-tooled paper, boards covered in drawings by Ely and hand-tooled by him, hand-made paste paper endpapers by the artist; custom dropback box made and decorated by Ely, with paper spine label. Each volume 33.3cm x 28cm. Item #9851

Price: $50,000.00

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