Armillary Sphere


   Thanks first of all, to you, for being here.

The first issue of Hamilton Arts & Letters was released one year ago featuring the work of
Michael Allgoewer, David Cohen, Mark Mavrinac, Sara Knelman, Caroline Moran, Kåthe von Nagy,
J. S. Porter, Samuel Isaac Robinson, Robert Clark Yates & Jim Chambers, John C. Weaver, and Kim Neudorf.

They were joined by Paul Ropel-Morski with words by John Kinsella, Endre Szkárosi, Robert Oldham, and Tim Gibbons in issue one.2

Jason Avery attends all editorial meetings and has been called upon to provide image treatments as well as legal advice.

Fiona Kinsella, in addition to being Artist in Residence, troubleshoots web matters, is the magazine's union representative, and chairs meetings of the international editorial advisory group.

The magazine is privileged to have Peter Stevens as Art Director. His  enthusiasm is ferocious, his design sense impeccable, and his ability to elucidate and find workable solutions uncanny. He is the only person the Editor has ever seen send a martini back because it was not dry enough.

Thanks, as always, to our friend Bryan Prince, Bookseller.

And to Wayne Allan. Before knowing Wayne, the Editor knew his work, and it spoke a dream, a meditation, a universe.

Wayne introduced John Porter to the Editor, to the great benefit of the magazine et ma joie de vie. John Porter introduced David Cohen. The Editor corresponded via email with Mr. Cohen for a number of weeks before discovering that he lived across the street from the magazine offices.

Wayne has known Sam Robinson since the days of the founding of the Hamilton Artists Inc., one of Canada's first artist-run centres. He is in a book club with
Michael Allgoewer. We are all comfortably in his web.

Similarly, Fiona Kinsella has completed a number of circles on behalf
of HA&L.
She knew Wayne early on, as well as Sam. She secured contributions from Sara Knelman and Kim Neudorf. Her association guaranteed access to the work of Paul Ropel-Morski, and in turn the Ferdinando Bilanzola feature in the current issue.

Princeton University defines Samizdat as a system of clandestine printing
and distribution of dissident or banned literature. To this might be added the distribution of literature [materials] that would not otherwise be distributed. Having been denied official publication, writers [creators] found a clandestine audience. Samizdat Press has not elucidated upon its endorsement of Hamilton Arts & Letters but HA&L seemingly adheres
to its mandate to present what would otherwise remain hidden.

[Images above and below from the installation I imagine paradise to be a kind of library -based on an idea expressed by Jorge Luis Borges. Curated by Paul Lisson with Caroline Moran. Sculpture by Wayne Allan.]

Erstlich, was das sphaera sampt sein enzeigern, vnd auch derselbigen lauff belangt. Soll man wissen . . .

Description:   —  ff. 12  —  Bound, s. XVII, in black vellum wrapper.  —  Ownership note, f. 2v: "Johann Carl Hildebrand, Anno 1734"; Frédéric Spitzer (1815-1890) of Paris; George A. Plimpton (1855-1936).  —  De Ricci, p. 1793.
     Number of Parts: 1  —  

Part  1: ff. 1-12v
Description:Parchment 212 x 190. 21-24 long lines ruled in lead.
Country:Germany    Cardinal point:
Region:     City:
Assigned Date: s. XVII    Searchable Date Range: 1600-1699
Dated by scribe: No    Inscribed Date:
Document: No    Number of Scribes: 2 (?); scribe i, f. 1r-v; scribe ii, ff. 3-12.
Script: Early modern gothic cursive hands for the text; articles on f. 1r-v in book hands.
Figurative Decoration: Pen and ink drawing of "Astronomia" with two men following her instruction.
Other Decoration: Elaborate oval baroque cartouche with cherubs using astronomical instruments; 4 drawings of the astronomical clock, each from a different vantage point.
Number of Texts:  1
 Text 1 of 1: ff. 1-12
Title: Description of and instructions for the operation of an astronomical clock with an armillary sphere
Incipit: Erstlich, was das sphaera sampt sein enzeigern, vnd auch derselbigen lauff belangt. Soll man wissen . . .
Language(s): German
Notes: ff. 4, 7, 10, 12, containing diagrams on larger folios (325 x 190) folded to fit the book; f. 12v blank.

    * f. 1. Cartouche and book curse added at a later date; the date "1543 (?) appears to be in yet another hand.

    * f. 1v. Cartouche and text.

    * f. 2. Astronomia as allegorical figure.

    * f. 2v. Added ownership note.

    * f. 3. Opening of text.

    * f. 4. Astronomical clock and armillary sphere.