artists books:

The Bunnies
Knew Better

She's Fallen
Down Dead

The Child With
A Bent Spine

The Four Chairs

The House of the
Man That Died

Rat Poison

Victoria In
The Woods

The Family Name



Hideous Bliss

Danse Macabre

Dog That Bit Son

The Favorite
Pastimes of
Rotten Children

Old Perverts and
Small Animals

Death Made Simple




















































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The Child With A Bent Spine

The Child With a Bent Spine is an illustrated fictional diary of a ten-year-old Victorian named Eliza K. Blackwell. Her story opens with an event that sets off a string of tragedies; the death of the child with a bent spine. Haunted by delusions, Eliza follows a peculiar path that inevitably leads to her own demise. The text is typeset in a handwritten script that mimics a penmanship style popular in the 19th century. The illustrations are bold yet detailed black and white line drawings that bleed through to the other side creating a ghostlike effect further accentuating the haunting nature of the tale. The cover depicts an archetypal white horse symbolizing Death, a recurring theme throughout the book.

Bent Spine Handmade

Edition of 20 – Handmade Book & Box: handmade, signed and numbered by Eileen Arnow-Levine – 2006

Handmade Book – offset lithography, black ink, silver ink, black silk bookcloth, Bertini paper, Neenah Patriot Blue 80 lb. linen cover, 60 lb. Cream text, 60 lb. Cream text, Davey’s binder's board, Lineco mouselline, Lineco binder's tape, 5.25” wide x 7.25” high x .25” deep, 32 pages. Handmade Box – offset lithography, silver ink, Bertini paper, Neenah Patriot Blue 80 lb. linen cover, U.S. Silkscreen paper, Davey's binder's board, ribbon, PVA glue. 6.375” wide x 8.375” high x 1.875” deep – $100


Bent Spine & Illust

Edition of 200 – Chapbook with inside illustration – 2006, staple saddle stitched/mock perfect binding, offset lithography, black ink, silver ink, Neenah Patriot Blue 80 lb. linen cover, silver ink, 60lb. Cream text, black ink, PVA glue, 5.125” wide x 7.125” high x .125" deep, 32 pages– $8.00


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