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26. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne, with art by John Baldessari.

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne, with an essay by Melvyn New and with 39 photo-collage illustrations by John Baldessari, 1988.

As chance would have it, the Press issued in the same year two of the most experimental novels in English literature. The preceding item on this checklist owes much to the precedent of Tristram Shandy. Sterne's novel, through its own graphic and typographic devices, illustrates itself. John Baldessari, a Shandean artist of the present, paid homage to the parson of York with parallel wit in a separate volume. The book was included in a retrospective of Baldessari's career organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles that travelled to several other institutions.

Format: three volumes, novel, 10-1/4 by 6-3/4 inches, 624 pages; essay, same size, 42 pages; accordion-fold of 41 panels for illustrations, same size. The type for the novel and the essay is Monotype and handset Caslon Old Style, printed by letterpress on specially made Curtis Ruysdael paper. The type for the quotations from the novel in the illustrations is Monotype and handset Univers Bold. The photo-collages and the quotations were printed by offset lithography in black and seven colors on Curtis Brightwater Cover. The novel is bound in green calf for the spine and corners, and marbled paper over boards, with titling stamped in gold on the spine. The essay is bound in green paper over boards, foil stamped. The accordion-fold for the illustrations has green paper covers, foil stamped. Contained in a slipcase. Edition of 400 copies, $900.00. Out of print.*

An extra suite of larger-scale lithographic prints by John Baldessari, images chosen from the photo-collages in the book, was editioned in black and eight colors by Magnolia Editions on T. H. Saunders Waterford hot-press finish paper. Paper sizes vary within 22 by 30 inches. A booklet giving titles and quotations from the novel is included in the portfolio. The prints are numbered and signed by the artist. Edition of 50 copies, sold with the book. $10,000.00. Out of print.*

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