Letterpress Edition                                                Offset Edition

The Blind Men and the Elephant

By John Godfrey Saxe
Niagara Falls, N.Y.: Lilliput Press, [1994]. Offset edition of 500.
Letterpress edition of 100.

Offset Edition: 2.8 x 2.8" accordion-fold flutter book. Printed offset with hand-colored illustrations. Bound in paper wraps with elephant illustration on front cover. In matching paper slipcase with paper title label on spine and elephant illustration on cover. Book design and binding by Carol Schwartzott. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Letterpress edition: 1.5 x 1.5" accordion-fold flutter book. Bound cloth with patterned end-papers. Card slipcase with image of elephant on front. Laid in clear acrylic snap case. Book art, design, and hand-colored illustrations by Carol Schwartzott. Numbered and signed by the artist. These are artist proof copies.

American poet John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887) based "The Blind Men and the Elephant" on a fable from India. He used it as a means to put forth a little of his own view of the world.

Carol Schwartzott: "I found some wonderful tiny boxes at Pier I. They were made in India and one had an Elephant on it, and the other a Camel. I bought all they had! I then proceeded to create a tiny book that would fit inside. I hand-printed (letterpress) and then hand-colored 100 of each of these, but only 25 or so were the 'specials' placed inside of those tiny boxes that I re-painted and gilded. I liked ' The Blind Men and The Elephant' so much that I actually printed another edition offset."
Offset edition (SOLD)
Letterpress Edition (SOLD)