Collage, Silkscreen, Wood
26 × 11.25 × 5 in
Library of Congress (LoC)
University of California, Berkeley (UCB), The Bancroft Library
A collage of three books disassembled and made into one, Coptic stitched and cased in embossed leather with original paperback covers set into the inner and outer front cover and inner back cover. Issued in an armored-glass windowed 26 x 11 ¼ x 5” bigleaf maple box inlaid with madrone and pepperwood. Wood provenance silkscreened inside the box lid.
ed. of 10, 350 pages, 26 x 9 ½”
Book conception: Scott Holmquist.
Book design: Scott Holmquist, Blake Reagan, and Dorothy Swendeman.
Page assembly and stitching: Blake Reagan and Erik Horvath.
Casing: Erik Horvath, Scott Holmquist, and Blake Regan.
Box design: Scott Holmquist.
Box production: Dan Primerano.
Copies of 3 books are offered only as part of the Chronic Freedom suite.
3 books is a collage combining the only three nationally distributed trade paperback books on Northern California marijuana cultivation, all released at the peak of the first cycle of major media interest in domestic pot-growing: T.C. Boyle’s Budding Prospects, Steve Chapple’s Outlaws in Babylon, and Ray Raphael’s Cash Crop: An American Dream. All three books were published at approximately the same time: 1984 and 1985. Using the coincidence of the original concurrent publication dates, 3 books seeks to draw out a new field of meaning by bringing the books together to be read simultaneously as a single volume.