4AD – Vaughn Oliver – This Rimy River Signed Limited Edition Book
Here is a very rare 4AD collectible; the limited edition art book "This Rimy River" inscribed and signed by 4AD Album Cover Art legends Vaughn Oliver and Chris Bigg (aka V23.)(br)Jeff Gold of Recordmecca worked with Vaughn on 4AD projects released by Warner Bros. including a special blue velvet sleeve for the band LUSH. It was this Vaughn alluded to when signing Gold's "Rimy River" book (in a blue velvet slipcase) when he wrote "Who knows where Velvet ideas come from, Dear Jeff. Vaughn O." Chris Bigg, his partner in the V23 design firm signed "Chris Bigg V23."(br)This extraordinary book, bound in plexiglass, and slipcased in Velvet, was printed in an UNSIGNED numbered limited edition of 400 (this is number 212.) So to find a signed one (actually signed at the opening of the Los Angeles exhibit of their work that it was designed for) is rare indeed. The book, which measures 17" x 12 1/2", is in mint condition with a tiny bit (and we mean tiny) of rubbing to the slipcase.(br)Here is a description we found online of the book, which is very hard to describe: " Vaughan Oliver is one of the most powerful and explosive graphic designers of his time. This Rimy River is a catalog of an exhibition held at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles in 1994. Long out of print, it has been sought after by designers and collectors who have followed the work of v23. Limited to 400 copies, this special edition of the Los Angeles exhibition catalogue uses the regular edition as its starting point but bears it little resemblance. Coming eight years after the Lonely Is An Eyesore deluxe box design it marks another watershed in v23's studio output. The original page designs have been overprinted with two new layers of artwork. The first overprint, in black, utilizes enlarged details of archival artwork which virtually obliterate the existing illustrations and text. This, in turn, is overlaid with one large word per page, running bottom to top in a translucent bronze ink. The words are an extract from Victoria Mitchell's poem Dearest Vaya con Dios Darling, which inspired the exhibition's title This Rimy River.(br)The resulting palimpsest, more painting than book, is finished with end papers that incorporate snapshots of the L.A. show bound in a patterned plexiglass hardcover, and housed in a luxurious velvet slipcase."
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