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I Found Out
By Alisa Golden
Berkeley, California: never mind the press, 2016. Edition of 34.

2.5 x 2.5" paper box. Box interior painted pearlescent gold. Houses 2.1 x 2.1" miniature book with 14 pages, cloth over boards. Letterpress printed from handset Univers type. Book title "I Found Out" printed in wood type." Photos inkjet printed. Signed and numbered by Golden.

Alisa Golden: "Overlooked and overheard people and things are the subject of this palm-sized box that contains a miniature accordion folded book. The overheard conversations are letterpress printed on the outside of the paper box. The words "I Found Out" are also printed in wood type. Inside is painted pearlescent gold.

"The miniature book has inkjet printed photographs of objects I found out on my walks with a short poem about shyness and people taken for granted printed via letterpress in yellow ink. The covers are mix and match in thirteen combinations, boards wrapped in book cloth I found in my studio from other projects; a penny is inset in the cover of each.

"The first color is the cover color. Choices are: forest green, leaf green, bright cherry red, wine red, sky blue.



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Once Said a Stoic: Epictetus
By Alisa Golden
Berkeley, California: never mind the press, 2003. Edition of 41.

2.5 x 3" Six quotes from this first century stoic philosopher are printed in black with Caslon 471 Oldstyle type on Lenox paper and wood type Roman numerals printed in silver. Short paragraph biography in the back. Combination tabbed accordion-fold book with exposed coptic binding. Maroon bookcloth over museum boards. Back page is also a flap that wraps around the front and tucks into a pocket to close the springy book securely.

Epictetus was lame, a slave, and although eventually freed, he was exiled by the emperor. Throughout these seemingly difficult situations he maintained a calm demeanor and positive attitude. Although he never wrote, his student Arrian posthumously compiled Epictetus' teachings in what is known as Discourses and a summary called The Enchiridion. Each teaching was given a Roman numeral.

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She is the Keeper
By Alisa Golden
Berkeley, California: never mind the press, 2003. Edition of 30.

Book: 2.5 x 3"; 22 pages. Box: 3 x 3". Lift the lid off of this miniature box and the sides drop down, revealing text on the inner box and a miniature book within. Book printed letterpress from handset type on gray Stonehenge paper in blues and greens. Three linoleum cut illustrations printed in greys. Cover a reduction print of hummingbirds printed in blues and greens. Structure is a chunky, single-page flag book attached to a turquoise Canson accordion.

Alisa Golden: "The text is a dream story about a mysterious box, curiosity, a desire to help, and a new understanding."

She gets down, puts the box on the bed and opens the lid.


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Not Falling / Not Moving
By Alisa Golden
Berkeley, California: never mind the press, 2002. Edition of 42.

2.75 x 3" miniature book. Handset type and two relief prints letterpress printed on painted Lenox paper. Double-sided, seven-panelled accordion. Each side of the accordion opens “correctly” making it possible to open the book from either end. Painted hard covers with foil stamped title.

Two poems about having presence and conquering fear.

As his body moves / growing between the / cracks in the ground / his mind is / not moving.




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