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THE WOLF WHO ATE THE SKY

The Wolf Who Ate the Sky
is a story by Anna Isabel Rauh, and her mother, Mary Daniel Hobson that has been designed and illustrated by Charles Hobson.

A very hungry wolf eats the sky, plunging the whole world into darkness, but a brave boy and a menagerie of animals are determined to bring back the light.

The story was created by Anna and her mother in car rides to and from preschool, and then told and re-told growing into the tale that appears in the book. You can see and hear Anna at 3-1/2 years old tell one version of this tale on YouTube.

This three-generation project has been published as a trade edition by Heyday Books, Berkeley, 2015.

The hardback book sells for $16. It has 32 pages and measures 10-1/4 x 7-1/4 inches. It is available at Heyday and at Amazon or at your local bookstore.

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MATISSE'S FISHING POLE

Matisse's Fishing Pole hinges on the notion that Matisse could use his brush like a fishing pole to capture images and dreams. The book imagines Matisse fishing at the river and encountering bathers. Reproductions of three of Matisse's paintings of bathers have been cut in half and are pages in a French-door book. The pages overlap a 34-inch long scroll photograph of the bathing area at Tresbas, a small French town on the Tarn River. The scroll is mounted in the back of a stretched canvas and the scroll can be turned to compare Matisse's painings to actual bathers.

A painted monotype of the beach scene is contained on the reverse of the book which may be displayed on an easel that comes with the book.

Limited edition of 14 Copies. The book in its box measures 17 x 12 x 3.5 inches. The scroll and the monotype are mounted on a stretched canvas that is 14 x 11 x 2 inches. The easel when assembled measures 17 x 6.5 x 6.5 inches.

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DIDEROT DECAPTIONED

A play on Denis Diderot's Encyclopédie.

Diderot Decaptioned is a series of ten vovelles contained in a box covered with the image of the spines of the Diderot Encyclopédie which was published in Paris between 1750 and 1770. It was innovative in describing and depicting with 3000 engravings many mechanical processes that were to transform the world.

Diderot Decaptioned contains some of the more intriguing illustrations presented as vovelles and contains a short essay on the Encyclopédie and a folder containing the vovelles. It has been made as an edition of twelve copies in the winter of 2013-14. The book measures 13 x 9.5 x 1.5 inches and has been designed and assembled by Charles Hobson with the assistance of Alice Shaw.

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DEGAS IN ROME

Dégas in Rome is a fictional diary of Edgar Dégas covering a week in Rome in 1857. Dégas was then only twenty-three years old and had traveled to Italy to immerse himself in its culture and artistic traditions. The diary contains imaginary entries and drawings by Charles Hobson in which a beautiful woman escorts Dégas to the City's masterpieces and opens his eyes to the lessons they hold. As an old man Dégas said, speaking of his time in Rome, "It was the most extraordinary period of my life."

Dégas in Rome has been made as a limited edition of 34 copies in the last months of 2012 and the beginning of 2013. Five independent signatures have been sewn into an 11 x 15" accordion of BFK Rives paper. Each signature has a page-edge design from an actual Dégas sketchbook. Original drawings in the style of Dégas have been made by Charles Hobson with pencil on stained or acrylic washed paper and reproduced as high resolution digital prints that have been accented with handwork in many instances. The maps used are from the Nolli Map of 1748 by Giambattista Nolli and would have been available to Dégas as he traveled about the City in 1857.

33 pages, plus 5 inserted cards. 12 x 8.5 x 2 inches.
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QUARANTINE
Eavan Boland


A stop action animation about the making of Quarantine has been created as a video on Youtube. See the video.

Eavan Boland's moving poem is a stark and severe depiction of the deep relationship between a man and a woman that transends the traditions of love poetry. The imagery and design of the book have been inspired by the bleak winter landscape of snow and frozen trees and by the practice of grafting.

Quarantine has been made as a limited edition accordion book in an edition of forty-two copies in the spring and summer of 2011. The images are monotypes of bundled twigs that have been printed as high-resolution digital prints with additional pastel finishing. The text is 12 point Palatino and has been printed letterpress by JR Press, San Francisco, on BFK Rives. The box was cut on a Gunnar 3001 Cutter at Magnolia Editions, Oakland, California and the covers have been editioned by John DeMerritt in Emeryville, California. The book design and images are by Charles Hobson who assembled the book and the boxes with the assistance of Alice Shaw.

18 pages. 9 x 6.5 x 2.25 inches.
Publication Price: $2,100

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RITUALS FOR LIFE MILESTONES

For more than twenty years Sandra Hobson has traveled around the world encountering and engaging with indigenous cultures and shamanic traditions. Her travels have taken her to Nepal, Ecuador, Lapland and Tuva (in Siberia), to name a few of her destinations, as well as to Native American sites in the United States. From the travel and lessons learned in these cultures she has created rituals for contemporary life transitions and events.

Fifteen rituals are described in Rituals for Life Milestones which has been published in an edition of 500 copies in the fall of 2009. The rituals are accompanied by photographs of objects used in the ceremonies of the diverse cultures. The text is printed on Finch 100 pound opaque paper and the text pages have been saddle stitched into a cover of black museum board and Strathmore charcoal paper. The title page is printed letterpress on Rives Grey BFK paper. The cover has been die cut with an opening which permits a small stone to be attached to the title page and to show through the cover. The stones have been collected on walks taken by the author over the last several years at Stinson Beach, California.

Edition of 500 copies. Publication Price $75.

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