Notes: Seventeen groups of leaves, each tied with a piece of string, laid into a handmade paper shoebox. Leaves, 11-3/8 by 5-1/4 inches; box 12 by 6 by 4 inches. An edition of 200 copies. Colección Aforos.
This collection of short prose pieces on Cuban theater are printed on individual sheets assembled into groupings of one to five leaves. The sheets are photocopied on the rectos (front side) only. The design is by Rolando Estévez who, in addition to creating books, also works as a stage set designer. According to Handmade in Cuba (p. 121), the box is a nod to a well-known Cuban critic Rine Leal who was known in the theater world for his extensive collection of notes kept in shoe boxes.
The box is decorated with collaged paper and a piece of string mimicking shoelaces on the boxtop.
The cataloguing of this item is rather difficult. OCLC describes it as "19 essays" and "49 unnumbered leaves." I have collated my copy against another and I believe this is how the OCLC cataloguing was figured: There are 17 separate essays bound with string laid into the box. At the top of the box are two flaps, printed on both sides, that mimic the tissue that often wraps new shoes. At the bottom of the box is a mounted colophon sheet. I believe the count of 19 essays includes the flaps and the 49 leaves includes the flaps and the colophon.
OCLC: BLSTP CRU CUY DEIAI DRB FQG HHG NOC OBE PUCPR UCW ZCU
Edition + Condition: A very good copy, with mild "crushing" of the box sides, as usual.
Publication: Matanzas, Cuba: Ediciones Vigía, 2001.
Item No: #306793