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Essay and poem by Sandra Alcosser; drypoints by Michele Burgess on Twinrocker paper. Typography designed by Merilyn Britt. Text hand set and printed letterpress. Bound by Claudia Cohen with a chine collé drypoint over boards. Drypoints printed by the artist and Nelle Martin. Silk enclosure with a watercolor by the artist mounted on the inside. 11 3/4" x 11 1/4". Edition of 30. 2001.
Responds to the exploration of the West, how its resources are extracted, cataloged—the artifacts of exploration collected by early explorers on the Missouri River that had ghosted themselves away from the hands of collectors, disappearing mysteriously by flames, water, and theft.