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Artist's book - Synesthesia


  • Object:

    Artist's book

  • Place of origin:

    New York (State) (published)

  • Date:

    1992 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    McKenna, Terence (author)
    Ely, Timothy C. (artist)
    Granary Books (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed book

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    National Art Library

Contains drawn and painted images by Timothy Ely and text by Terence McKenna.

The images comprise colourful abstract explosions of colour, combined with more refined graphic elements and calligraphic symbols. The rich visuals sometimes seem to allude to ancient languages and maps.

The text explores large themes such as history, nature, art and language.

The dark binding is covered in blind-tooled graphics and pock marks and also features a small brass plate.

NAL copy is number 26 in a limited edition of 55, signed by the author and artist.

Physical description

Pages printed in pairs on single leaves are folded around and pasted on to thick card with watercolour illustrations and decorations.

Thin brass rods inserted support sewn bands securing textblock to boards covered in black paper embossed with designs relating to the images within, and bearing a brass label.

White endpapers blind printed with script-like pattern.

In black cloth bound solander box, with white title label on spine.

Edition: 1-55 for sale, G-Z hors commerce.

36 pages

Place of Origin

New York (State) (published)


1992 (published)


McKenna, Terence (author)
Ely, Timothy C. (artist)
Granary Books (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Printed book


Height: 25 cm

Descriptive line

Artist's book, 'Synethesia', by Terence McKenna and Timothy C. Ely, Granary Books, New York, 1992


Paper; Ink




Artists' Books; National Art Library


National Art Library

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