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Akiba, David (Artist/photographer) & Myers, Jack (Poet). WILL IT BURN: PHOTOGRAPHS BY DAVID AKIBA, POEMS BY JACK MYERS. Winthrop, MA: Falcon Publishing, 1974. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. Fine.

Artist Book. Collection of photographs with accompanying poetry. Limited Edition of 50 numbered and signed copies. Should not be confused with the regular first print run of 1000 copies, which was published simultaneously with it. There is no ISBN. The Limited Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by David Akiba and Marya Wintroub: Oversize-volume format. White spiral-bound softcovers with black titles on the cover, as issued. Photographs by David Akiba. Poems by Jack Myers. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents David Akiba's and Jack Myers' "Will It Burn". The enigma called life, as seen in black-and-white, Meatyard-inspired images, which their accompanying poems illuminate and amplify. The images are presented on the right-hand side, the poems en face. Their subject is the unexpected, mysterious, and sublime, "embedded" in our seemingly ordinary human existence. An informal portrait, taken in his home, prompts this eloquent response from Jack Myers: "But I who have learned to say/this picture of my life is good/am like the horse who stands/all night in his stall wondering/if it will burn" (from which poem the title is taken). The single best portrait is of a young, suburban couple, which elicits this insight: "We never thought the voyage would be/the simple distance between us". The couple is shown looking far apart from each other within the very narrow confines of their affluent living room. Akiba subsequently published another Artist Book, "Knot This Broken Thread" (2011), with equally gnomic poems by Myers, who had died, and to whom the book is dedicated. An absolute "must-have" title for David Akiba and Jack Myers collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Edition, indicated/numbered as such on the title page, and it is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen by both David Akiba and Jack Myers. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a late-modern Artist Book classic. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the Limited Edition available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies of the regular edition available online have major flaws such as soiling on the white softcovers and missing spiral teeth yet are priced as though they had collectible value. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 11 plates. Two of the most brilliant American artists of our time. A fine copy. . $60.00

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