RD Burton Books ~ Maryland
(R. D. Burton)

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R D Burton: "My books explore the layers of consciousness and sub consciousness through which the past is experienced. I am intrigued by the concept of travel - movement from one point to another through Time, Space, and Place. The majority of my imagery is based on my own photography as well as some vintage ephemera. The images are combined with various book structures to create a harmonious whole. Computer software is used to alter and manipulate the images. The books are printed on a wide variety of papers. They are hand cut and assembled using many traditional and non-traditional bookmaking techniques. I enjoy working with 21st-century technology while using methods and structures from the past."

   

Tunnel Books by Burton
Miniature books by R.D. Burton

 
   
Out of Gas
By R. D. Burton
Havre de Grace, Maryland: R. D. Burton Books, 2014. Open Edition.

7.75 x 4 x 2.25" closed; 7.5 x 20" open; 10 pages. Double-sided accordion structure. Manipulated digital images, inkjet printed. Materials: specialty papers, metal, linen string. Bound in matching illustrated paper-covered boards with thread and tab closure. Signed by the artist.

R. D. Burton: "Double-sided accordion structure with five cutout sections that provide a moving and (slightly) moveable visual feast. … Hopefully all gas pumps may end up as rusting relics from the 'age of oil.' And there will be no need to 'fill it up.'"
$400

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No Gas
By R. D. Burton
Ocean, New Jersey: Burton Books, 2009. Edition of 10.

2.75 x 6.75" closed, opens to 16"; 22 pages. Double-sided accordion
structure. Manipulated digital images. Materials: specialty papers, metal, linen string. Inkjet printed. Thread and tab closure.

R. D. Burton: "Hopefully all gas pumps may end up as rusting relics from the 'age of oil.'"
$50 (Last Three Copies)


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Blue Highway
By R. D. Burton
Ocean, New Jersey: Burton Books, 2008. Edition of 5.

7.5 x 4.25 x 2.25" closed; 7.5 x 16" open; 10 pages. Double-sided
accordion structure with five cutout sections that provide a moving and (slightly) moveable visual feast. Manipulated digital images. Materials: specialty papers, metal, linen string. Inkjet printed. Bound in matching illustrated paper covered boards with thread and tab closure.

R.D. Burton: "The author Least Heat Moon describes 'blue highways' as the older small, winding, and less traveled roads which were printed in blue on vintage road maps. Taken at a leisurely pace these highways can provide an interesting ongoing view of the passing landscape."
$300

 


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Tunnel books by R.D. Burton.

   
Glass Factory
By R.D. Burton
Havre de Grace, Maryland: R. D. Burton Books, 2016. Open Edition.

6 x 8 " closed, opens to 7.5 x 16". Tunnel book structure with four panels and gate opening. Materials: Canson Edition paper, museum board, Velcro tabs. Manipulated digital images. Inkjet printed. Signed by the artist.

R. D. Burton: "Abandoned structures can be found beside many backroads of America. These mills, factories, foundries, and plants are no longer running. Rust and silence are all they produce. Workers are now gone, along with a way of life. This book began as a series of photos of an abandoned glass factory in Vineland, New Jersey."
$400

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Structures I
By R. D. Burton
Havre de Grace, Maryland: R. D. Burton Books, 2016. Open Edition.

6" x 4" x 2.5" closed; 7.5 x 8" open. Tunnel book structure with gate opening and six panels. Materials: Canson Edition paper, museum board, Velcro tabs. Manipulated digital images. Inkjet printed. Signed by the artist.

R. D. Burton: "Exposed building elements are an integral part of the structures shown in this tunnel book. They are the 'skeletons' of bridges and factories, rarely noticed by most viewers. This book presents a dynamic three-dimensional look at these skeletal elements which define positive and negative geometric spaces. This book is one of a series of books based on photos of bridges and abandoned factories in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York."
$300
   
   
Structures II
By R. D. Burton
Havre de Grace, Maryland: R. D. Burton Books, 2016. Open Edition.

6" x 4" x 2.5" closed; 7.5 x 8" open. Tunnel book structure with gate opening and six panels. Materials: Canson Edition paper, museum board, Velcro tabs. Manipulated digital images. Inkjet printed. Signed by the artist.

R. D. Burton: "Exposed building elements are an integral part of the structures shown in this tunnel book. They are the 'skeletons' of bridges and factories, rarely noticed by most viewers. This book presents a dynamic three-dimensional look at these skeletal elements which define positive and negative geometric spaces. This book is one of a series of books based on photos of bridges and abandoned factories in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York."
$300

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Cement Plant
By R. D. Burton
Havre de Grace, Maryland: R. D. Burton Books, 2014. Open Edition.

7.75 x 4. x 2.25" closed; 7.5 x 20" open. Tunnel book structure with gate opening and five panels. Photographs digitally printed. Signed by the artist.

R. D. Burton: "Our family moved into company housing at the Universal Atlas Cement plant in Independence, Kansas, the summer of 1945. My mother raised five children in company housing and waged an endless battle with the dust. My father worked in the power house where the plant generated its own electricity.

"I have fond memories of growing up in this place. I remember the sounds of the plant - the ongoing hum of the various plant operations and the sound of the dinky trains as they brought limestone from the quarry or red clay from the pits near the Verdigris River. In the afternoon dynamite blasts set off in the quarry caused the windows in our house to rattle. The houses were moved into town in 1959.

"The plant fell silent when production ended in 2008.


"The plant was razed in 2011."

$500

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O Sarah!
By R. D. Burton
Havre de Grace, Maryland: R. D. Burton Books, 2011.Edition of 10.

7.5 x 5" closed, 7 x 5 x 15" open. Tunnel book. Digital images. Inkjet printed. Housed in printed sleeve. Signed and numbered.

R.D. Burton: "This Civil War theme tunnel book is based on a quote from a letter Sullivan Ballou wrote to his wife Sarah before the battle of Bull Run or Manassas. It was the first major conflict of the American Civil War. Colonel Ballou served with the Rhode Island militia. He died at Bull Run on July 21, 1861."

But, O Sarah! If the dead can come back to this earth and flit unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you; in the garish day and in the darkest night – amidst your happiest scenes and gloomiest hours – always, always; and if there be a soft breeze upon your cheek, It shall be my breath; or the cool air fans your throbbing temple, it shall be my spirit passing by. Sarah, do not mourn me dead; think I am gone and wait for thee, for we shall meet again…:.
$350

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Lincoln Tunnel
By R. D. Burton
Ocean, New Jersey: Burton Books, 2007. Edition of 10.

7 x 5" closed; 7 x 5 x 15" open. Tunnel book. Manipulated computer images. Materials: specialty papers. Matching illustrated cover sleeve.

R.D. Burton: "The Lincoln Tunnel carries cars beneath the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey. Here is another version of the Lincoln Tunnel."

Burton's tunnel book includes images of and allusions to Abraham Lincoln as well as photographs of the approach to the Lincoln Tunnel.
$275 (Four copies remaining)

 


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Washington Grade School
By R. D. Burton
Ocean, New Jersey: R. D. Burton Books, 2007. Edition of 10.

7.25 x 5" closed, extends to 14". Tunnel book. Manipulated computer images. Materials: specialty papers. Matching illustrated cover sleeve.

R.D. Burton: "School Days! School Days! Arriving at Washington Grade school began an adventure of new friends, new teachers, and a wealth of learning. From kindergarten, to learning to read and write, to addition and subtraction, to the exploration of world events in the sixth grade - Washington Grade school was home to all these experiences."
$300


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R.D. Burton books out of print and/or sold Titles:  
   

Dexterity Crustasea
By R. D. Burton
Havre de Grace, Maryland: R. D. Burton Books, 2012. Open Edition.

3.5 x 6.5 x 0.875" (closed) hinged aluminum box with window top. Digital images inkjet printed. Materials: metal, glass, copper BBs. Paper colophon label with title on case bottom.

Burton combines images from his miniature book Crustasea with the structure of his dexterity books structure.
(SOLD)

 

 


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Dexterity Flight
By R. D. Burton
Havre de Grace, Maryland: R. D. Burton Books, 2008. Edition of 5.

5 x 4" closed, 5 x 8" open. Digital images. Inkjet printed. Materials: metal, glass, copper BBs. Housed in hinged aluminum box. Paper title label on lid.

R.D. Burton: "Take control of this book based on the children's dexterity game, but with an additional challenge to solve the game. Vintage images of early flying machines and aeroplanes provide the visual for this codex book. Have fun getting all the BBs in the correct place."
(SOLD)

 


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Dexterity Pumps
By R. D. Burton
Havre de Grace, Maryland: R. D. Burton Books, 2008. Edition of 5.

5 x 4" closed, 5 x 8" open. Digital images. Inkjet printed. Materials: metal, glass, copper BBs. Housed in hinged aluminum box. Paper title label on lid.

R.D. Burton: "Various gas pumps and a vintage gas station located on the historic Lincoln Highway are the images which provide the visuals for this codex book based on the children's dexterity game, but with an additional challenge to solve the game. Have fun getting all the BBs in the correct places."
(SOLD)


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Dexterity Walking Man
By R. D. Burton
Havre de Grace, Maryland: R. D. Burton Books, 2008. Edition of 5.

5 x 4" closed, 5 x 8" open. Digital images. Inkjet printed. Materials: metal, glass, copper BBs. Housed in hinged aluminum box. Paper title label on lid.

R.D. Burton: "The manipulated digital images of the human body walking in the cosmos provide the visuals for this codex book based on the children's dexterity game, but with an additional challenge to solve the game. Have fun getting all the BBs in the correct place."
(SOLD)


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