The book only edition is out of print.
Some book and print sets are available. The print must be purchased with the book (price included).
Book format: large octavo, 11 by 8 inches, 124 pages, plus 12 unnumbered pages for the colored leaves to which the etchings are attached. The type is Goudy Old Style, printed by letterpress. The photographs appear on verso pages, the etchings on recto pages. The etchings are 9.25 by 6.25 inches. The paper for the text is Mohawk Superfine. The paper for the etchings is Rives Lightweight. The paper for the mounting of the etchings is Fabriano Ingres. The photographs were printed in duo-tone and four-color offset lithography. The edition is limited to 350 numbered copies for sale, signed by the artist and photographer. For 300 copies of the edition, the book is bound with a brown cloth spine and red paper over boards. These copies are presented in an envelope made of the cover paper, with a fragment of the etching attached. For 50 copies of the edition for sale, those accompanied by the print, the book is bound as above, but with a brown leather spine, and presented in a slipcase of cloth and paper, with the fragment of the etching attached.
The etching by William T. Wiley, "Canetti in Marrakesh", is printed in two colors, black and red, on Rives Heavyweight paper. The size of the plate is 29.5 by 20.75 inches; the size of the paper is 38 by 27 inches. The intaglio plates were prepared and proofed by Timothy Berry of Teaberry Press in San Francisco and printed by Robert Townsend of R. E. Townsend Studio in Georgetown, Massachusetts. The edition is limited to 50 prints for sale, numbered and signed by the artist, each with a copy of the book, plus five artist's proofs and five publisher's proofs.
Signature: All books and prints are signed by the artist.
Publisher: Arion Press
About William T. Wiley
New York Times art critic Ken Johnson once said of William T. Wiley that “you might think he’d been invented by Thomas Pynchon.” Wiley was one of the founding fathers of West Coast Funk Art, alongside Robert Arneson, Roy Robert Hudson, and Roy DeForest. He rose to prominence in the 1970s with his offbeat representational style and narrative focus in painting, which was then in opposition to the widespread influence of Abstract Expressionism. Wiley’s works combined mystical iconography from Zen Buddhism, textual elements, regional aesthetics, humanist philosophy, and darkly funny commentary on politics, environmental issues, and global conflict. There is a recurring character in some of his works, a lanky figure with an awkward nose in a dunce cap and a bathrobe, named Mr. Unnatural. Wiley also creates drawings and assemblage sculpture.
American, b. 1937, Bedford, Indiana, based in California