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Roni Horn: Lava, Special Limited Edition (with Gelatin Silver Print) (Ísland (Iceland): To Place 3) [SIGNED]

Publisher: New York: Roni Horn (Self-published), 1992
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 1564660354
Condition: As New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 114020



Special limited edition of 100 copies (this being #78/100), with an original gelatin silver print (8 x 10 inches), numbered and signed in pencil on verso by Horn. The print is enclosed in 3 special additional folding orange endpapers attached to the rear inside board of the book and presented with a copy of the book in an embossed cloth slipcase, in a numbered edition of 100.

About the book: First edition, first and only printing. Hardbound. Black linen cloth with blind-stamped title, no dust jacket as issued. Photographs of lava (reproduced actual size) and text by Roni Horn, with studio photography by Morgan Rockhill, Providence, Rhode Island. Designed by Roni Horn and Anthony McCall Associates, New York. 96 pp., with 45 four-color and black and white plates, beautifully printed on heavy fine matt art paper. 10 1/2 x 8 3/8 inches. The lava used to make the images was collected in Iceland between 1979 and 1991. This is the third volume in the series of the work, To Place. Out of print. Very scarce.

To Place is an ongoing series of publications. Each volume is a unique dialogue addressing the relationship between identity and place. The books take as their starting point Iceland and the evolving experiences of the artist in this country.

[Cited in Andrew Roth, ed., The Open Book. (Göteborg, Sweden: Hasselblad Center in association with Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, Germany, 2004), and in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume II. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2006).]


As New in publisher's original packaging (from the artist's archive). Book, slipcase and print are flawless.


From Roni Horn (in a 1995 interview with Claudia Spinelli): "The entrance to all my work is the idea of an encyclopedia of identity. It is best represented by the books, the series called To Place, which is extremely important to me. I have been working on this since 1988. It's really the heart. It is a series of books, each one of which adds to the whole in a way that alters the identity of it retroactively. So the first volume appears to be a book of drawings. The second book was about a completely different subject but in the same format. With the third volume people start to realize something: 'Well, this looks like a series, so there must be some relationship. But I haven't a clue as to what it is.' Then there was the fourth volume, with texts and photographs. The books are this very slow process of accumulation in the period of a life, my life."