Joseph Cornell's Manual of Marvels: How Joseph Cornell reinvented a French agricultural manual to create an American masterpiece 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0500516492
ISBN-10: 0500516499
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While only sixty pages have been printed for this facsimile edition (the rest are included on an interactive CD), they amply demonstrate the entrancing, evocative poetics of this redemptive art: Cornell took a discarded book, did something to it, and made it so new that over a century later we can peruse with delight the marvels to be found amid French farm facts. —Albert Mobilio

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“[A] unique publishing event.” (Gallery & Studio)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (November 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500516499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500516492
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 2.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Nikki Soppelsa on December 8, 2012
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The box is large, heavy and inside is are two very thin books. The DVD froze my work pc twice before I could get it to load, and then midstream, the images just showed as large red squares. I'm not interested in attempting to load it again on any other computer. What you receive in this box is a fraction of what the original book is. I think if the expense of the box had been shifted over to the book, there would have been MORE book! I'm not interested in curling up with a box or a DVD...it's the book I was looking forward to.

As a collage artist, collector of popup books and books like Nick Bantock's Griffin & Sabine, I think this is a great disappointment in every way ... and most certainly for the price. As to the work itself ... it's interesting but a masterpiece? marvel? I don't think so. I have a similar work in progress that someone will discover in my basement one day and am aware of many other altered works by people I know (and people I don't) that are marvels, masterpieces with a great deal to learn from.

I've never returned a book before ... this will be my first.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Anthony S. Keys on February 7, 2013
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The worst book, I've ever purchased from Amazon. The Dvd was taped very heavily into the box. Taped! It was impossible to get it out. And the emulsion tore so it was not possible to view it. It is a big box with two small books and a dvd. It is not really a book, but just a big box. Even if you love Cornell,as I do, you will feel cheated. And you will be. Bah!! Enough of this...
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Sally D. Mericle on December 4, 2012
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I was under the impression that this boxed set contained a complete "facsimile" of an altered book that Joseph Cornell made from an Agricultural Textbook. What arrives in the nicely appointed box case is a slim volume "Facsimile" that contains some pages from the aforementioned book. There is a DVD that presents the complete volume in digital form, but as for hands on book facsimile this just doesn't cut it. I was disappointed to say the least. The essays are interesting, and overall it's a nice package but it's not a full facsimile (or even close to it) of the original altered book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ruth ansel on January 11, 2013
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I was so excited to see this Cornell book offered as a facsimile of the original artists conception. Couldn't wait to receive it. Even considering how complex the production of such a book would be I was very disappointed with the quality choices of the paper and printing. The publisher obviously made a choice to keep the costs down. But why do a book so special and unique, and then cut corners on production?
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful By James B. Mccann on November 22, 2012
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While the entire book is not reproduced here, what has been done is very nice. The disc runs on flash is kinda slow but does give above average views of the entire book.This is a excellent addition to any Cornell library but maybe not a good place to start if you are unfamiliar with his work. It comes in a large presentation box, I give it 5 stars.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fishfunk on February 9, 2013
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always interested in knowing more about how cornell reacted to materials and composition and enjoyed seeing presentation of these original materials
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