Specimens is a book in four parts. The narrative compares the speaker’s romantic relationship to the behaviors of poisonous and carnivorous insects. Or, more accurately, the speaker relays the ways in which her lover, an entomologist, compares her behavior to that of said insects.
The collection is comprised of four single-sheet books that can be read as a codex and then open to 6″ x 12″ to reveal a larger image. Each book closes to just under 3″ x 3″.
The size of the main edition is 35. These are printed on four different colors of Hannemuehle Ingres paper. These are $20 each, or $60 for the whole set of four (this edition includes a slipcase to keep all four volumes together). The deluxe edition is the same size, printed on Japanese Sakamoto paper. The deluxe edition comes in a cloth-covered box with an origami butterfly pinned inside (see top picture–colors may vary). There are 14 copies of the deluxe edition, priced at $175.
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