New York: Pantheon, 2012. First Edition. Illustrated paper-covered box measuring 11.5" x 17.75" approx. containing fourteen individual items including volumes in cloth, paper boards, broadsides and booklets. INSCRIBED at box lid interior (copyright page,) "To Nick, best of luck! C. Ware./2012.". Original interior shrinkwrap opened but present. Minor wear to box at edges. Paper at front cover lifting slightly. Two tiny stains at one edge. Contents pristine. Near fine overall. Near fine. Item #16767
Completed over ten years and incorporating myriad techniques and forms, BUILDING STORIES is Ware's most ambitious work. Recalling the work of Joseph Cornell and Marcel Duchamp, BUILDING STORIES is a physical, tactile work made of individual pieces that the reader must assemble together to tell the story of an unnamed woman living in a three-story brownstone in Chicago. Martha Kuhlman said of the work, "The project—to document the multiple perspectives of these characters—aspires to a graphic novel on the scale of James Joyce’s Ulysses." A landmark of the graphic novel genre.