San Francisco, CA: The Arion Press, 1984. Quarter Leather. First Edition. Elephant Folio. Green quarter-leather binding with light green cloth covered boards, titling in gold embossed on spine. Housed in a custom box of the same light green cloth, it is topped by a bas-relief sculpture of the Temple of Flora by Jim Dine, with a green leather inlaid doorway with the edition title in gold. A stunning presentation with light spotting around the outer edge, which appears to have only had an effect on the box exterior, two light rust colored spots on bottom of box near foredge. Includes separate print "Details from Nancy's Garden" in printed paper folder with tissue guard, signed and numbered by Dine. Fourteenth book of the Arion Press. Fine.
Book contains twenty-eight dry-point etchings by Jim Dine and botanical notes and poetry selected by Todd Glenn and Nancy Dine. Inspired by the original "Temple of Flora" by Dr. Robert John Thornton (1765-1837) published in 1807, this edition, also printed in folio with full page plates, steps away from the color vibrancy of that edition to look at a more stark depiction of the flowers represented within. Poetry by John Ashbery, Richard G. Barnes, Hart Crane, Robert Creeley, E. E. Cummings, Hilda Doolittle, Robert Graves, Thom Gunn, Robert Hass, Andrew Hoyem, Ronald Johnson, Denise Levertov, Josephine Miles, Frank O'Hara, Ron Padgett, Robert Pinsky, Sylvia Plath, Ezra Pound, Kenneth Rexroth, James Schuyler, Edith Sitwell, Wallace Stevens, Philip Whalen, Jonathan Williams, and William Carlos Williams. Set in Monotype and Romulus type and printed on Rives BFK paper Signed in pencil on limitation page by Jim Dine, this is number 7 of 175. Fourteenth publication of the Arion Press.