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Foof the Fook Bible

Artwork date(s): 1903

Walter Battiss


Measurements: 210mm

Type: South African Artists Book

Place publication: London & New York
Publisher: Macmillan and Co., Limited [The Macmillan Company]
Pages: viii, 314pp

Reference noteBattiss has illustrated a found book 'The Soul of a People' by H. Fielding Hall and published by Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1903. It is inscribed to 'Mary Anderson from BCRL 1915'.

Using watercolour, Battiss has created the text using the negative white of the printed pages.

He has pasted an irregular card with the title onto the cover of the book .

The altered pages are as follows, alternating in English and Fook Text:

Inside front cover: The FOOK ISLAND CREATION MYTH | Canto One | And Lo! | in the middle of the night |

Half title: LASALA GABOOG YIFOOK | Yiroom Zik | eebee | nooloomgla | ka |

Opposite title page: awoke belo | ved Ferdin | and Fook the | First | a bright lig | ht | singing in a | soft voice: | write down, | write down, |

Title page: layok zik | ferdurii | zizi sooroom | lasafiki | yiroo | frokla frok | la | fook ferdir | oo|

Opposite PREFACE [iv]: beloved Fer | dinand | for all your | beautiful | people | (telling the | m) how it all | began. |

PREFACE [v]: gee | fookfoo| baga| goobagoob |

Opposite CONTENTS [vi]: Then the be | loved Ferd | inand wro | te | It was at | the begin | ning of all | things | great and | strong |

CONTENTS [vii]: lip | ferdiroo | frokla | goobagoob | yi foo | gaboosh |

[viii]: and small a | nd weak | visible and | invisible | out of the g | reat spac | es | (came a) sing | ing-beautif | ul voice | birth of the |

[1]: ee fiki | wupwup | ee bawupw | up | ruk yaboosh | gabaa | yiroo lasa | zizioosi | wooble | zizioosi |

[2]: he-she gre | at | GOD BOOB | CREATOR | creator | of all thin | gs before | and after | forever | and ever |

[3]: gaboosh | GOOB | goob | goobee | Goobee | fookergo | ob | ga ee la | fookyafook |

[4]: 100 rainbows | fell around | the great | GOOB | and the new | sums and mo | ons and st | ars and na | meless (un- | created) | dust (came) |

[5]: gokyagok | gazoo foom | goobyaboos | h | ee zizifook | eroo | ee oosi | ee twi-twi | ee | bafooker | gof |

[6]: out of the ey | es | of the gre | at GOOB | and moved | to their pl | aces (house | s) | in the sky | from the du | st & grime | earth

[7]: ruk guri | goobyaboo | sh | ee guga | wompwom | hisoosoo | ruk gof | ee | kuku |

[8]: of GOOB's | body | ran down | the land | and hills | and great | volcanoes. | From Goo | b's fingers | ran down |

[9]: goobguzz | gugergu | kukuee | pol | ee garoom- | gaboosh | ruk foobi- | goob | gugergu|

[10]: male and fe- | male | all things of | creation | joined tog |ether in lo | ve | joined | together | in love |

[11]: zizoosi | foogooba- | goob | fook | fookeroo | fook | fookeroo |

[12]: separating | and coming | together | as is natu | ral | forever | and | ever. | From the he |art of GOOB |

[13]: womom | ee | kuku | ookli | fook ya- | fook. | Rik bo | GOOB |

[14]: ran down | gook ee | op-op | man and | woman | joined | togeth | er in love |

[15]: gugergu | gookee | op- op | fookfooke | roo | fook | fookeroo |

[16]: joined to- | getger in | love | separatin | g and co | ming to- | gether | as is na |

[17]: womwom | ee kuku | oolili |

[18]: natural | forever | GOOB ma | de other | love (for | ms) | male - ['with' written in white ink] ma | le, femal |

[19]: fookyafoo | k | GOOB fook | er naga | fookeroo | zizizee | oosise|

the rest of the book from p20 to p314 is un-illustrated apart from an insect opposite the rear endpaper.

Ref: GB/13994















Total images: 6


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