Where to view A Deeply Game Dog:
Library of Congress, Rare Books and Special Collections Division.
Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Corcoran Library, Artists’ Book Collection.
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, W. Van Alan Clark Jr. Library.
Yale University Library, Art of the Book Collection.
Stanford University, Special Collections.
Kohler Art Library, Madison WI.
Louisiana State University, Special Collections, Baton Rouge.
Mortimer Rare Book Room at the Neilson Library, Smith College.
Watkinson Library, Special Collections, Trinity College.
University of Virginia, Shirley and Albert Smalls Special Collections Library. Charlottesville.
A Deeply Game Dog: The Sweet Science of Breeding Champions
Winner of the 2005 Ann Bremer Memorial Artists’ Book Prize at the San Francisco Art Institute, this is a look at the historical and contemporary culture of dog-fighting and breeding for “gameness”. Printed by letterpress, this book is bound as a classic, gentlemanly manual in a rich brown full-cloth binding. Approximately 8”x 6”, it includes a smaller 4”x3” removable book in a pocket. A Deeply Game Dog contains two found texts by different authors, culled from contemporary internet discussion groups. The first contains both spelling errors and advanced genetic science. The second (mini-book, “Jolly Jumper’s Aftercare Guide”), exhibits a strong and paradoxical morality. There is also a section of letter-pressed dog genealogy charts, and a portrait gallery of dogs and handlers. The book’s images, which are printed by letterpress as well, are from original ink drawings and etchings, all based on historical photographs and pedigree charts. An etching, (“Earl Tudor with Shipley’s Johnny”) is mounted as a removable frontispiece in half the edition.
Edition of 20, 2005: $800 without etching [still available], with etching [SOLD OUT].