In 1859 Brittish naturalist and geologist Charles Darwin published his book, On the Origin of Species, with its world-changing theory of evolution of mankind and all living things. This was certainly one of the gateways of modern thinking and has affected the approach to science and many religious philosophies ever since. This week's book-of-the-week alludes to Darwin's book while also spotlighting a significant time of year. The book-the-week for Week 51 is titled, On the Origin of Christmas.
|the cover... tied with an organza bow|
|cover and title plate|
Each of the five folios depicts a two-layered whimsical view of a stage of the evolution of Christmas as cut-paper silhouettes on a moonlit starry night. On the back series of folios, tiny yellow stars were letterpress printed... with clouds and moon hand painted in white gesso. Each letterpress star was pierced with a hole to let light from behind further illuminate the black paper sky. Black and red-dotted bookcloth strips were used to attach the folios, thus creating each of two accordion strips. The rear accordion strip (with the sky and stars) was attached to the forward accordion strip (with the cut-paper silhouettes) by means of a three-hole pamphlet stitch sewn with black waxed linen thread. This is essentially how the book was created. Once the covered boards and ribbon closures were glued onto the ends, the fabrication was complete.
|Page 1, the earth was here...|
|Page 2, plant life grew...|
|Page 3: people came together...|
|Page 4: religions began..|
|Page 5: Santa Clause!|
|a Christmas train...|
The book can be stretched out like a Christmas train... chugging around the Christmas tree.
Or twisted around like the five-pointed star of Bethlehem...
|in it's slipcase...|