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The Honour Book

Item date(s): 2017

Maureen de Jager
Heléne van Aswegen  - (bookbinding by)

Pages: 250 x 190 x 70
Binding: Leather cover - cream; Copper clasp
Technique: Digital prints
Edition: #1/4 with 1 artist`s proof

Type: Codex
Theme(s): Honour; War reports; South African War

Place publication: Grahamstown
Publisher: The artist
Exhibition 2017

Reference note:
The Honour Book comprises a series of macro-lens photographs of the word 'honour', as this appears in record WO 105/5 - a box of war reports concerning the South African War (UK Archives). The book resembles a leather-bound bible (with gilded edges and decorative clasp), but as one pages, the 'honour' images become redder and redder, eventually morphing into blood. Embossed on the back cover is a quote by Cecil John Rhodes: 'if there be a God, I think that what he would like me to do is paint as much of the map of Africa British red as possible'.

A hand-bound book with off-white leather cover, rounded spine, gilded edges, and copper clasp

Digital print in hand-bound book with clasp (bovine leather, paper, Eska board and copper)

Exhibition notes:
‘Booknesses: Contemporary South African Artist's Books’.

FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg.

Curated by David Paton and Eugene Hon.

24 March - 5 May 2017

Ref: DP/17057

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