New York: (self-published), 2019.
Signed and numbered
31 + 4 APs
Splendor Solis is the new book from Fred Cray made in a limited edition of 31 copies (plus 4 artist proofs). Each copy is different, containing 15 or more unique photographs. Additionally each copy contains hand painted pages, stampings, postage stamps, and occasional furtive text markings. The book is ostensibly a treatise on alchemy with the original publication dating 1582. The copies used here as a backdrop for the inserted photographs are from a black and white 2000 Yogi Society reprint and have been distressed with a hammer, sandpaper, and paint. The unique photographs inserted are images of the sun, a focal point of alchemy. Since the treatise on alchemy has never allowed anyone to actually make gold, Cray has leafed part of one page with authentic 24 karat gold as wry consolation. Item #19239