Agrippa (a book of the dead)

Agrippa (a book of the dead) was published in 1992 in two limited editions (Deluxe and Small) by Kevin Begos, Jr., Publishing, New York, New York. The deluxe edition comes in a heavy case designed to look like a buried relic and includes pages of DNA sequences set in double columns of 42-lines each like the Gutenberg Bible, copperplate aquatint etchings by Dennis Ashbaugh, and a poem by William Gibson on a self-erasing diskette. It was originally priced at $1500 (later $2000). Each copy is partly unique because of handmade or hand-finished elements. The small edition, set in single columns and without etchings, was sold for $450. See “Bibliographic Description” for a fuller overview of Agrippa and exact specifications.

simulation of pistol printed over page 21

Simulation of an advertisement printed in fading ink over one of Ashbaugh’s etchings.

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The Virtual Lightbox is a browser-based Java tool for studying, juxtaposing, comparing, and resizing multiple images as if arranging slides on a “lightbox.” Users can also populate the lightbox with images from their own hard drives. Requires Sun Javaâ„¢ runtime environment 1.3+ plug-in. Go to Virtual Lightbox of Agrippa. Virtual Lightbox