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A Mischievity of Craneflies:
or the Roguery of
Holorusia rubiginosa

Prints and Essay by Ian Boyden
Walla Walla, Washington: Crab Quill Press,1998

Edition of 11




This twenty-four-foot accordion book explores the roguish and calligraphic nature of craneflies. It contains nine copperplate drypoints of craneflies interacting with other animals (each print accompanied by a rigorously playful title) as well as an essay considering the scientific, aesthetic and spiritual aspects of the cranefly. Inspiration was drawn not only from the artist's monumental collection of these insects but also from the 12th c. Japanese satirical animal scroll of the Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga (鳥獣人物戯画, Scroll of Frolicking Animals and People) and the 14th c. scroll Tsuchigumo-zōshi (土蜘蛛草子, Story of Monstrous Spiders). The books are printed on Hahnemühle German Etching, the typeface is Spectrum. The individual folios are bound together with Douppioni silk. The cases are made from rejected guitar backs, the wood being variously padauk, figured maple, mahogany, and Madagascar rosewood. Each book comes in a walnut and cedar slip case. All copies are signed by the artist.
Dimensions: 5.25 x 14.5 inches. 18 pages.


Read my short essay titled "For I Shall Consider the Cranefly."