The Dance of Death at London, Ontario by James Reaney and Jack Chambers
London, Ontario: Alphabet Press, 1963. First Edition. 32 pp. 8vo. Very Good. Staplebound.
This is probably the most interesting publication to ever come out of London, Ontario. Written by Governor General Award-winning poet James Reaney, and illustrated by filmmaker ("The Hart of London") and celebrated visual artist Jack Chambers, this darkly sweet verse is accompanied by images created in pointillism of regional landmarks and personalities, each one shadowed by the ever present figure of death himself.
Chambers includes himself and Reaney, the local Court House, Springbank Park train, the Armouries, Cenotaph and St. Peter's Basilica in his illustrations. Reaney references London streets, landmarks and cultural elements.
I can't think of another publication that so perfectly summarizes the spirit of London's art scene in the 1960s. This text is a significant artifact of both Canadian regionalist art and literature.
The first book printed by Alphabet Press.