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On this page you can find details of books published by John Bevis, and books by John Bevis from other publishing houses, as well as a backlist of books and booklets, cards and prints and editioned objects that are available by contacting John Bevis via the Contact Form.

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The Keartons: Inventing Nature Photography

kearton coverJohn Bevis

Published by Uniformbooks
192pp, 234 x 192; sewn paperback with flaps. 2016, £14.00
Illustrated throughout.
Available from http://www.colinsackett.co.uk/thekeartons.php?x=73&y=8

In 1892, brothers Richard and Cherry Kearton took the first ever photograph of a bird’s nest with eggs. Realising the camera’s potential to reveal secrets of the natural world, they resolved to make the best possible records of their discoveries in the habitats, habits and behaviour of birds and other creatures. The following three years of field work resulted in the first nature book to be illustrated entirely with photographs.

This was the springboard to two outstanding careers in wildlife photography. Richard developed the photographic hide through a series of devices which included the extraordinary Stuffed Ox, was author of numerous best-selling nature books, and with an exhaustive programme of public lectures did more than anyone of his generation to popularise nature studies. Cherry excelled at both still and cine photography, made the first recording of birds singing in the wild, and brought back the first film footage of African big game. They were, as numerous natural history photographers have proclaimed, founding fathers of their discipline.

This new and definitive study concerns itself with the lives and partnership of the Keartons, especially their role in the history of nature photography; their attitudes to and interaction with nature; and the status of invention in their work. Reproduced throughout the book are the remarkable photographs that they proudly decreed taken “direct from nature”.

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Construction : Storage : Despatch

img0201 martin rogersMartin Rogers

Published by Coracle
74pp, 165 x 210; casebound. 2015, 15.00 euros
With 54 plates, colour.
Contents: Simon Cutts: From Construction to Publication;
John Bevis: Construction, Storage, Despatch;
RGAP: A Complete Inventory, complied by Jill Mustchin;
Simon Cutts: bagatelle.
Available from www.coracle.ie/pages/new_books.html

Martin Rogers, printer, sculptor, and publisher, was the exemplar of a condition that had become prevalent after the nineteen-sixties. He had moved the physical materials of his work to the production of multiple objects in printed form, to books and publication, eventually embracing the idea of publishing as the platform for the work. At the same time, in the way he avoided the side-track, even the cul-de-sac, of the so-called artists book, he becomes emblematic of that repositioning. With this book we attempt to site this as a different model. The work moves from its Construction through Storage to its Despatch into the world as Publication. – Simon Cutts

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The Window Paintings

windowcoverStephen Skidmore & A Poem by John Bevis

Carpe Diem IV
Published by Coracle & Galerie Hubert Winter
32pp, 206 x 133; casebound. 2015, 25.00 euros
With 7 plates.
Available from www.coracle.ie/pages/new_books.html

The Window Paintings follow on from Stephen Skidmore’s exquisite series of Rain Paintings, which looked down from the window of his bedsit – or ‘studio apartment’ – to the uneventful street below, its pavements and parked cars and blurry hints of apartment walls. Sometimes the focus strayed no further than the drops of rain fused to the window glass itself. Now, a new series of paintings looks up from the same viewpoint to treetops, rooflines and clouds, in almost colour-free compositions that re-examine the scarce variations of a view both mundane and ominous of the suburban dormitory.

The poem written to accompany the paintings is in six sections. It has a jagged, almost improvised quality which marks a departure from the author’s previous essays. Fragments of past lives of occupants of the room are imagined in a series of interactions between the view from the window, whether studied or glimpsed, and what is going on inside, in a montage described by Simon Cutts as ‘a cold-war narrative’.

‘… one integrity, two symmetry, three chaos
his latest effort toward constructing the simplest model
fit to accommodate the window’s view…’

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The Suburban Fauvist

suburban fauvist cover imageAn essay by John Bevis on the paintings of Stephen Duncalf

Little Critic No 20
Published by Coracle
ISBN–13: 978 0 906630-49-5
16pp, 210 x 148; stapled. 2014, 6.50 euros
With 8 colour plates.
Available from www.coracle.ie/pages/new_books.html

The amazing paintings of Stephen Duncalf, produced from the early 1970s until an abrupt cessation in 1999, were “consciously hand-crafted objects, with house paint and hardboard to the fore, square ramin mouldings, ‘the whiff of turpentine.’ As the paintings pile up we get a better idea of the world according to Stephen Duncalf: the nonchalant lodger in a backdrop of formica and laminates, forbidding stairwells, the mortal leisure of the remnant armchair; a flaneur amidst abandoned mangles and pram wheels in the brambles; subsisting in an Edward Hopperish café with ‘a quality of damp fag ash pervading the rose festooned wallpaper.’ Or again in the flight to the attic, its wonderland of model railway and battlefield layouts.

This ‘quite mundane, often trivial subject matter’ served in his search for, as he put it, ‘ways of indicating a bush without describing it.’ His aim of creating ‘ambiguities where shape and colour can be broken down… into another synthetic realm,’ suggests his cherished Paul Nash in whose own paintings the ‘relationship of parts creates a mystery.’ As in the case of Nash, or Kandinsky, or Schwitters, the sophisticated eye endows a structure mesmeric with tension.”

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Printed in Norfolk

Printed in NorfolkCoracle Publications 1989-2012

Published by RGAP
ISBN–13: 978 0 9569024-1-2
96pp, 150 x 140; sewn paperback. 2012, £9.00
With 16 colour plates. Contents: Andrew Wilson: Foreword; Simon Cutts: The Norfolk Years; John Bevis: A Star-gazey Pie; The Norfolk Books 1989-2011; Bibliography
Available from www.coracle.ie/pages/new_books.html

“For more than 35 years, Coracle has produced artists’ books, critical works, editions and ephemera. Printed in Norfolk tells the story of this contemporary small press in all its manifestations as printer, publisher, bookshop and gallery. The emphasis here is on the years 1989-2012, when, under the direction of Simon Cutts and Erica van Horn, a symbiotic working relationship between in-house production, the commercial practices of Norfolk printers Crome & Akers, and binder Stuart Settle, signalled a new standard for the small press.”

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Aaaaw to Zzzzzd: The Words of Birds

aaaaw_zzzzzdNorth America, Britain and Northern Europe

Published by MIT Press, Cambridge and London. ISBN 978-0-262-01429-8
160pp, 172 x 108; cloth. 2010, £9.95
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“Birds sing and call, sometimes in complex and beautiful arrangements of notes, sometimes in one-line repetitions that resemble a ringtone more than a symphony. Listening, we are stirred, transported, and even envious of birds’ ability to produce what Shelley called “profuse strains of unpremeditated art.” And for hundreds of years, we have tried to write down what we hear when birds sing.

Poets have put birdsong in verse (Thomas Nashe: “Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, towitta-woo”) and ornithologists have transcribed bird sounds more methodically. Drawing on this history of bird writing, in Aaaaw to Zzzzzd John Bevis offers a lexicon of the words of birds. For tourists in Birdland, there could be no more charming phrasebook.

Consulting it, we find seven distinct variations of “hoo” attributed to seven different species of owls, from a simple hoo to the more ambitious hoo hoo hoo-hoo, ho hoo hoo-hoo; the understated cheet of the tree swallow; the resonant kreeaaaaaaaaaaar of the Swainson’s hawk; the modest peep peep peep of the meadow pipit. We learn that some people hear the Baltimore oriole saying “here, here, come right here, dear” and the yellowhammer saying “a little bit of bread and no cheese.”

Bevis, a poet, frames his lexicons — one for North America and one for Britain and northern Europe — with an evocative appreciation of birds, birdsong, and human attempts to capture the words of birds in music and poetry. He also offers an engaging account of other methods of documenting birdsong — field recording, graphic notation, and mechanical devices including duck calls and the serinette, an instrument used to teach song tunes to songbirds.

The singing of birds is nature at its most sublime, and words are our medium for expressing this sublimity. Aaaaw to Zzzzzd belongs in the bird lover’s backpack and on the word lover’s bedside table, an unexpected and sui generis pleasure.”

-quoted with permission from the MIT Press Fall 2010 catalogue

“This gorgeous little book… is an elegant tribute to the beauty of its subject.”
(Susan Salter Reynolds, LA Times)

“On a small scale, John Bevis… has done for birdsong what John James Audubon did for bird identification.”
(Jan Gardner, Boston Globe)

Click here to open scrapbook of reviews of Aaaaw to Zzzzzd from Bookforum, Wall Street Journal, TLS, LA Times, Boston Globe, The Scotsman…

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Some Alternatives to Flock

Some Alternatives to Flock
Published by Coracle. ISBN 978 0 906630 36 5
48pp offset with letterpress cover, 175 x 130; sewn paperback. 2008, £8.00
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A collection of found poems and verse from 2005-2008. This example, Manykhot, is from a text found in the in-flight magazine of a local feeder airline in South East Asia:

According to the legend of Puyeu Yayeu
whom have believed to be the people
are the people who made the world
said that on a small island locating
the uppermost part of the waterfall
there is a sacred tree called Manykhot.

The tree that occasionally produces leave
has grown for the time of many generations
and nobody knows exactly how long
the tree has grown so far
but obvious thing is the tree doesn’t grow
more than it has ever done

as it still has the same size
and has only three blanches.
The long legend said that the tree has sacred
as if a person or animal like bird
is eating at least a small amount of its blanch
the person or the bird will have forever lives.

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Direct from nature

Direct from natureThe Photographic Work of Richard & Cherry Kearton

Published by Colin Sackett
ISBN–10: 0 9537048 6 6 | ISBN–13: 978 0 9537048 6 6
64pp, 210 x 140; sewn paperback. 2007, £9.00
With 40 full-page plates, illustrated Biographical Commentary
Out of Print

In 1892 Richard and Cherry Kearton took the first ever photograph of a bird’s nest with eggs. Realising the camera’s potential to reveal secrets of the natural world, they resolved to make the best possible records of their discoveries in the habits and behaviour of birds and other creatures. Three years of field work resulted in the first nature book to be illustrated entirely with photographs.

This was the springboard to two outstanding careers in wildlife photography. Richard, with his patience and intellectual clarity, developed the photographic hide through a series of devices which included the extraordinary Stuffed Ox. Cherry became the world’s first professional nature photographer, and travelled the globe as a prolific film cameraman and producer.

Numerous natural history photographers have proclaimed them as founding fathers of their discipline; none, however, of the thirty-odd volumes published in their lifetimes is now in print. This new study examines the methods and procedures behind their work, and reproduces a selection of the remarkable photographs that they proudly advertised as having been taken ‘direct from nature’.

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Certain Trees

Certain_trees The Constructed Book Poem and Object 1964 -2006

Centre des Livres d’Artistes
ISBN: 2 9512638 5 6
176pp, 215 x 138; sewn paperback. 2006, O/P
Edited by Simon Cutts and Colin Sackett.

Essays by John Bevis and Harry Gilonis, together with a complete bibliography complied by John Janssen.

Catalogue of an exhibition curated by Simon Cutts for the Centre des Livres d’Artistes, St Yrieix la Perche, 87500 France, from June 10th – September 16th 2006, and subsequently at Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, Netherlands from November 11th -January 4th 2008, and then to the Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, London SW7 from late February to August 2008.

Featured book artists and poets include: David Bellingham, John Bevis, Thomas A Clark & Laurie Clark, Les Coleman, Simon Cutts, Stephen Duncalf, Martin Fidler, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Brian Lane, Robert Lax, Stuart Mills, Martin Rogers, Colin Sackett, Erica Van Horn, Steve Wheatley.

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From Furnace to Paradise… and back

From Furnace to Paradise... and backThe Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire, explored in words by John Bevis & images by William Finnigan

Published by Coalport Press. ISBN 10: 0 9551945 0 4
48pp, 220 x 165; perfect binding. 2005; £8.95
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Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and once the most modern place in the world, the Ironbridge Gorge is a wonderland of contrasts: past and present, rural and industrial, picturesque and austere. A World Heritage Site, the dramatic landscape of the Gorge frames an amazing industrial archaeology of mining and manufacturing, with the world’s first iron bridge at its centre. From Furnace to Paradise… and back celebrates the life of the Gorge in photographs, poems and prose.

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Vinyl

vinyl2 Project for Installation

Coracle
ISBN: 0 906630 28 2
108pp, 160 x 150; sewn paperback. 2005
Available from www.coracle.ie
Essay by John Bevis

Catalogue of an exhibition of installations in vinyl curated by Simon Cutts at Christian Brothers School, Sullivans Quay, Cork, July 1 – August 13 2005, featuring the work of Solveig Adalsteinsdottir, Boekie Woekie, John Bevis, Christian Bok, Marie Bourget, Stephen Brandes, Yves Chaudouet, Thomas A Clark,Susan Collis, Maud Cotter, Chris Drury, Matthew Falvey, Martina Galvin, Katie Holten, Susan Howe, Trevor Joyce, Cralan Kelder, Brian Kennedy, Caroline Koebel, Marton Koppany, Langlands & Bell, Billy Mills, Stuart Mills, Maurizio Nannucci, Mark Pawson, Kathy Prendergast, Tim Robinson, Kay Rosen, Colin Sackett, Eric Watier, Trevor Winkfield, Lawrence Weiner, and Ian Whitlesea.

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Backlist of book, booklets, cards, prints and editioned objects

Books & Booklets

Plaster Casts in the V&A Museum

Plaster Casts in the V&A Museum


Titles still in print are shown with prices. A few copies of some out-of-print titles may be available, with prices and details available on application. All orders and enquiries for Backlist titles should be sent to info@johnbevis.com
Tailplanes
20pp, sewn, ed. 50; Suet Pudding, 1979
Out of print
Match
8pp, sewn, ed. 75; Hobby Book 3, Suet Pudding, 1979
Out of print
Four Seasons and Two Minutes at the Swan
24pp, sewn, ed. 100; Suet Pudding, 1980
Out of print
How to Photograph Aeroplanes
16pp, ppr, 100 copies; Chocolate News, 1981
Out of print
The Economies
20pp, ppr, ed. 200; Coracle, 1982
£4.00
The Foliage Society
Society12pp, sewn; ed. 120; Coracle, 1984
£15.00
Correspondences
20pp, sewn; 75 copies; Mollusc, 1990
£6.00
Direct From Nature
16pp, stapled; Little Critic Pamphlet 5, Coracle, 1991
Out of print
Pre Cast Post
20pp, sewn; Duplicate Books, 1992
Out of print
Duck*
8pp stapled; Copy Books, 1992
Out of print
The Battle of Brentford Basin
6 cards in folder; Duplicate Books, 1992
£5.00
Plaster Casts in the V&A Museum
16pp, stapled; Duplicate Books, 1993
£3.00
Clocking 100 mph
8pp, sewn; Duplicate Books, 1993
Out of print
An A-Z of Bird Song
36pp, casebound, ed. 200; Coracle & St Paulinus, 1995
Out of print

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Cards & Folded cards

Art isn't working

A postcard from the Saatchi Collection


Titles still in print are shown with prices. A few copies of some out-of-print titles may be available, with prices and details available on application. All orders and enquiries for Backlist titles should be sent to info@johnbevis.com
Par Avion
Suet Pudding, 197
Out of print
Skyline
Suet Pudding, 1978
Out of print
A Sea Plane Tree
Suet Pudding, 1978
Out of print
Christmas Pudding
Xmas card; Suet Pudding, 1978
Out of print
R: Robin
Xmas card; Suet Pudding, 1979
Out of print
Poetry Writing by Numbers
Folded card; Suet Pudding, 1980
Out of print
Daisies Awake, Daisies Asleep
Chocolate News, 1981
Out of print
The Stuffed Ox
Chocolate News, 1981
Out of print
(untitled) from a drawing manual
Folded card; Chocolate News, 1981
Out of print
Permanent Way
Folding card with insert; Chocolate News, 1981
Out of print
Hall of Cards
Xmas card; Chocolate News, 1981
Out of print
After Donald McGill
Critical readings Series No 1; Duplicate Books, 1992
(Also printed as Correspondence Series No 5)
Out of print
A postcard from On Kawara
Correspondence Series No 1; Duplicate Books, 1992
£0.75
A postcard to On Kawara
Correspondence Series No 2; Duplicate Books, 1992
£0.75
A postcard to Ed Ruscha
Correspondence Series No 3; Duplicate Books, 1992
Out of print
A postcard from Ed Ruscha
Correspondence Series No 4; Duplicate Books, 1992
Out of print
A postcard from Lawrence Weiner
Correspondence Series No 3 [sic]; Duplicate Books, 1992
Out of print
A postcard to Herman de Vries
Correspondence Series No 4 [sic]; Duplicate Books, 1992
Out of print
Critical Readings Series No 2
Duplicate Books, 1993
Out of print
On Striking a Bum Note in Ireland Critical Readings Series No 3; folded card;
Duplicate Books, 1993
Out of print
Pennies from Heaven
Critical readings Series No 4; folded card; Duplicate Books, 1993
Out of print
Names based on types series No. 1
Duplicate Books, 1994
Out of print
A postcard from the Saatchi Collection
The 3rd Correspondence Series No 4 [sic]; Coalport Press, 1995
£0.75
A postcard to Cindy Sherman
Correspondence Series No 5; Coalport Press, 1995
£0.75
My other card…
Coalport Press, 1995
£0.75
Nature Abhors…
Coalport Press, 1995
£0.75
All art constantly aspires…
Postcard and folded card editions; various colour card
Form Books / Coalport Press, 1995
£0.75
Bird-box
WAX366, 1996
Out of print

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Prints & Editioned Objects

Random Identity Card

Random Identity Card


Titles still in print are shown with prices. A few copies of some out-of-print titles may be available, with prices and details available on application. All orders and enquiries for Backlist titles should be sent to info@johnbevis.com





Prints

Laurel
Ed. 50; Chocolate News, 1982
£35.00
Mirage
Ed. 8; Chocolate News, 1982
Out of print
A poinsettia for Simon Cutts
Ed. 50; Duplicate Books, 1994
Out of print
Nonnonstop 1895-1995 Broadsheet list of publications and exhibits for Fruitmarket Gallery
13 December 1995 – 2 February 1996
£2.50

Editioned Objects

Cloud Study
Boxed dymo tape, ed. 50; Chocolate News, 1981
Out of print
Random Identity Card
Card in plastic wallet; Chocolate News, 1982
£2.00
Andrew Marvell’s Thinking Cap
Eyeshade in envelope, ed. 25; Chocolate News, 1982
Out of print
Cloud Studs
Boxed button-badges, ed. 10; Coalport Press, 1995
Out of print
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