Alicia Bailey – Book of Questions, Volume 5


c. 2017
edition of: 5 v.e.
dimensions: 7.75 x 4.25 x .4

This series presents selections of both the Spanish and English translations from one of my favorite collections of poems by Pablo Neruda. Neruda’s The Book of Questions was completed only months before his death in 1973. The collection is a series of brief poems composed entirely of unanswerable questions; a culmination of Neruda’s lifelong commitment to revealing inner structures of thought and feeling that underlie all experience.

This volume includes the following text:

Who was she who made love to you
in your dream, while you slept?

Where do the things in dreams go?
Do they pass to the dreams of others?

And does the father who lives in your dreams
die again when you awaken?

In dream, do plants blossom
and their solemn fruit ripen?

The central image is a gate-fold, multi-run, hand-pulled print on translucent Japanese paper. The text pages are laser-etched onto layered text-weight cotton backed with Moriki paper. The end-sheets are a wrap around signature, also a multi-run, hand-pulled print on translucent Japanese paper. Cover paste-downs are hand-printed book-cloth. Spine is hand-printed leather skiver. The result of all these individually printed pages are a gathering of a single signature, stitched to the inside cover paste-down with a pamphlet stitch and cased into a hard-cover book with that, unlike most pamphlet stitched books, has a spine. Cover label is laser-etched and inset into the front cover.

NOTE: A few of the earlier Volumes are still available.


paper, ink, bookcloth, book board, thread, leather

About the artist:

Alicia Bailey is a studio artist working across multiple disciplines. She has focused on book arts and assemblage since the mid-nineties, producing artists’ books, sculptural books and limited edition books. Alicia’s work embraces a wide variety of methods and materials. It has been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibits throughout the world and is held in numerous public, private and special collections. An archive of her work in the book arts is under development at Penrose Special Collections, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado.


Alicia Bailey – Book of Questions, Volume 5