Saturday, March 19, 2016
Ex Libris - a collection of unusual historical deaths.
A5, 28 pages, colour and B&W illustrations.
This is outside of my usual reviewing procedure - I was given this as a present by someone who knows of my love for zines, stories of unusual deaths, and books. Ex Libris, perfectly, and uncannily, combines all three in its "Series of linocut prints inspired by memento mori bookplates that foretell 13 unusual and untimely deaths".
The subjects are varied, historically diverse, and always tragically funny. They include the execution of the Duke of Clarence in a barrel of wine, the Chinese poet who died trying to kiss the reflection of the moon, and the burgomaster who died by tripping over his own beard.
Ex Libris is witty, smart and well produced - the perfect gift for friends, lovers and potential enemies.
You can buy Ex Libris from Alex via Etsy: etsy.com/uk/listing/164603784/ex-libris-bookplate-zine
Review by Nathan Penlington.