The Invisible Fly

West Sayville, NY: Tideline Press, 2016. Signed Limited First Edition. Stiff boards. Fine.


Copy 10 of 10. 14 leaves (including endleaves and mylar overleaf). Signed by Baatz, signed and numbered by Seastone, Reviewed by printer/bookbinder David Esselmont in Parenthesis 33 (Autumn 2017): "Playful graphic devices: polka dots, squares -- his harlequin patterns are reminiscent of floor tiles... -- rectangles and lines, are repeated throughout the book. They generate a dynamic tension -- an almost audible vibration, a real buzz... They move, rotate, repeat, and gyrate . . . just like the fly." "The book is best read in bright sunlight of with a strong lamp at hand, for its real beauty is only seen when the pages are held up to the light. Here is an invisible world of colored lines, shapes and marks: four layers combined -- the quartet plays a chord. Beyond the rational world of harmony, rhythm, and meter exists this world of concrete music ... Seastone is an artist of uncanny wit whose response to the poem reveals that he has listened closely to the fly's buzzing. The books is a delightful addition to the canon -- Seastone's syncopation simply sizzles. Compared to the myriad other slim volumes of poetry this books refreshingly departs from the wood engraving | poem recipe that pervades much fine press production" Arches text wove paper. Elizabeth and Stradivarius type. Title page with printed frosted mylar overleaf; title relief offset printed carbon paper blue with knockout type. All pattern designs were printed ca. 1987, except the spiral page and colophon which were both first letterpress printed along with the rest of the Baatz text in 2016 and then had the design printed around the text. Small circular punches throughout the book added after printing. This edition has two variations of the title page and frontispiece spread. The title spread of this copy is different from that of the copy reviewed David Esselmont. Leonard Seastone is a book designer, printer, binder, and proprietor of the Tideline Press, the imprint he has been using since 1972. He studied poetry at Fairleigh Dickinson University and has an MFA (1988) from SUNY, Purchase College where he is an Assistant Professor of Book Arts. Drum leaf binding. Flexible boards created from layers of unlaminated paper covered with vintage (1930s) Japanese crackled paper. Exposed shoulders covered in green vintage (ca. 1950s-1960s) Fabriano paper. White vellum spine titled in 23ct gold leaf. Thin, narrow strip of maroon French goatskin onlayed in a looping design across the front board, encircling the spine title and extending onto the rear board. Another loop adorns the lower left corner of the rear board. Endpapers of brown St. Armand cartridge paper. Bound by Leonard Seastone in 2016. 12.5cm x 18.5cm.