4 '' x 8 ''
book cloth, letterpress printed, rives paper, handmade endpapers, inkjet printed mulberry paper
Judas Tree in Bloom is a handbound, letterpressed book about two women who lived in the Confederacy during the American Civil War. One was a wealthy lady of high society, March Chesnut who kept a diary of her thoughts and misgivings about the war, and the other is the invented voice of my own ancestor, Abigail Hubbard, a poor woman who lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains. In a strictly patriarchal society, each woman was forced to stand aside and endure the war, that they had no say in. When open, the pages of the book lay like the rolling mountains. The endpapers are photographs of a Judas Tree printed on mulberry paper.