My guess is that this book was produced from collages that were photographed in a copy camera and used to make offset plates for inexpensive offset production.
typographic: Most of the typographic elements are collaged from found type.
imagery: Eclectic, photographic, illustrational, and collaged into striking, disturbing, juxtapositions.
graphical: The book is organized in a grid. Each page has an upper and lower band, separated by a stroke of dark rule. The bands are clearly segmented into three or four graphical units, each of which reads as an element of the rebus.
openings: Each page is distinct, so the dialogue across openings is not striking.
turnings: The turnings simply follow the sequence of the alphabet.
development: None in particular.The alphabet organizes the book.
sequence: From A to Z.
Gary Richman's sensibility is dark, surreal, but more journalistic than cartoonish. That is to say that he is genuinely interested in the vision of the contemporary world that comes through these images. The work reminds me of Bern Porter's found visual poems, with their wit, but their relentless willingness to look at the full range of human foibles. Richman's "take" on the world seems fairly consistent across the body of his work. He does not tell tales so much as offer snippets and snapshots from a particular point of view. The book is an expression of a sensibility more than a communication of information or ideas or stories.
Index of the Alphabetic Rebus
title note: The book is indeed a rebus. [J.Drucker]
edition type: editioned
publisher: Gary Richman
place: Kingston, Rhode Island
edition size: 100 copies
horizontal: 11 inches closed
vertical: 8.5 inches closed
depth: 0.05 inches closed
binding: other stapled
general description: The book is wrapped in blue paper with images in black ink. The production values are fairly low, and the overall appearance is unpretentious.
format: book object (AAT)
cover: Blue cardboard paper with black images photocopied on the front side.
Of a limited edition of one hundred copies of The Index of the Alphabetic Rebus this is copy number 27.