All Done But None – Carol Es
I’ve been enticed by this book since its arrival, but it wasn’t until today that I had a chance to read it. Although editioned, each of the 20 copies is unique as the hand lettering and illustrations are hand-done. Page 24 of each copy, the colophon informs the reader, has a painting unique to that copy. Each book also includes 3 intaglio prints – a solarplate, a drypoint and a copper etching.
The accessibility of the handwriting, the watercolor and ink illustrations and casual language have great appeal. The book begins with the statement “You know I’m not really sure what to make this book about.” And by not settling on any one ‘about’ the writer is able to tell, in a pithy and very engaging style, a series of stories about her life lived to date.
This book is a treasure, of remarkable value at $1400, and in an edition of 20 copies.
Artist statement, images, descriptive details and ordering information here: