Sunday, February 22, 2009

Deep Play, by Clifford Geertz - New Contre Coup Press Book

ANNOUNCEMENT A New Book from the Contre Coup Press Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight By Clifford Geertz With Wood Engravings by Wesley Bates The Contre Coup Press is pleased to announce its new book, Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight by Clifford Geertz. This is the first separate printing of this seminal essay in the field of Cultural Anthropology, an essay that is considered one of the most influential works of scholarship in the last fifty years In 1958, Clifford Geertz and his wife went to study the culture of a small village in Bali. Little did they know that they would become caught up in the fascinating phenomenon of cockfighting. Geertz would go on to write this essay, one of the best examples of his “thick description” approach to exploring cultural issues and behaviors. The essay recounts Geertz’s first experience with the Balinese cockfight, which ended in a mad chase by the police and a narrow escape, an event that opened up the previously unresponsive Balinese people to Geertz’s observations. In the essay, Geertz describes the cockfight itself, but he describes in much greater detail the rituals surrounding betting and the way in which the cockfight is used to reinforce power and status relationships amongst the Balinese people. This book reprints the original essay in its entirety, and also includes a collection of tributes to the author, who died in 2006. The book is 9 inches tall by 6 inches wide with 111 pages. The text was set in the Bembo typeface, and the book was printed on Frankfurt paper using a Vandercook SP20 proof press. The book is illustrated with wood engravings by Wesley Bates, the Canadian wood engraver whose engravings have graced the pages of some of the finest books printed in recent years. He is shown at the peak of his powers in these illustrations, filled with action and detail. There are four full-page illustrations, a magnificent double-page spread of two cocks fighting, a portrait of the author, and four vignettes, all printed directly from the blocks. Each copy of the book is signed by the artist. The book is bound using a special decorated paper designed especially for this book by Carol Blinn, the proprietor of the Warwick Press and a renowned paper decorator. This paper is a variation on a common Balinese textile design. The bindings were designed by Gregor R. Campbell and bound at the Campbell-Logan Bindery in Minneapolis. There are two editions of the book. The regular edition is limited to 24 numbered copies (the colophon states that there were 25, but only 24 copies were completed). It is bound with a cloth spine and Carol Blinn’s decorated paper over boards, and is enclosed in a slipcase. The special edition is limited to 8 roman-numeral numbered copies. The book is bound with Carol Blinn’s decorated paper over boards, with a morocco leather spine. Included with each copy of the special edition is a portfolio of the Wesley Bates wood engravings printed on Johannot paper. Also included with each copy of the special edition is one of the actual wood engraved blocks used in printing the illustrations for the book. The book, portfolio and block are housed in a custom clamshell box. Price for the regular copies is $195.00, plus $15.00 for shipping within the U.S. Price for the special copies is - Now Out of Print. Payment may be made via MasterCard, Visa, checks, money orders or PayPal (PayPal payment address is Order from: Timothy Hawley Books P.O. Box 5277 Louisville, KY 40255-0277 502-451-3021