Materials relating to the work 'Agrippa (a book of the dead)'

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Rebecca Nielsen
2012



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Materials relating to 'Agrippa (a book of the dead)',

1991-2005

Abstract:
Documents concerning the production and reception of 'Agrippa (a book of the dead)', a collaboration between William Gibson, Kevin Begos Jr. and Dennis Ashbaugh.

Extent: 5 shelfmarks (papers); 2 shelfmarks (digital); 0.1 Linear metres
Language of Material: English

Biographical/Organizational history

Agrippa (a book of the dead), published in 1992, is a collaboration between William Gibson, Kevin Begos Jr. and Dennis Ashbaugh. The work consists of an artists' book with images by Dennis Ashbaugh that are intended to fade after exposure to light, and an enclosed floppy disk containing a poem by William Gibson, which is programmed to erase itself after being read once.

Scope and Content

Documents concerning the production and reception of 'Agrippa (a book of the dead)', a collaboration between William Gibson, Kevin Begos Jr. and Dennis Ashbaugh.

Acquisition

The materials were presented to the Library by Kevin Begos Jr. in 2011.

Separated Material

A metal dog tag that reads 'Retirw William Gibson Tsitra Dennis Ashbaugh 1946-48/1992' is now JL896 and a slightly rusted metal plate that reads 'William Gibson Dennis Ashbaugh' is now JL897. They were originally with MS. Eng. c. 7980.

Related Material

The Library also received from Kevin Begos Jr.:

Restrictions on Access

Some items are restricted from access. These are noted in the catalogue.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and item reference, e.g. MS. Photogr. c. 503 fol. 2, or MS. Digital 8/2].

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)

Ashbaugh | Dennis | 1946- | Artist
Begos | Kevin | Publisher
Gibson | William | 1948- | Author

Subject(s)

Artists' Book
Memory in literature - Poetry

Descriptive List

Photographs of Agrippa.
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 503
Extent: 17 items

Scope and Content

Removed from MS. Eng. c. 7980. Comprises:

Documents about the production of Agrippa.
Date: 1991-6, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7980
Extent: 13 folders

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Restrictions on Access

The contents of folders 12 and 13 may not be copied, transcribed or published without the written approval of Kevin Begos Jr.


Separated Material

A metal dog tag that reads 'Retirw William Gibson Tsitra Dennis Ashbaugh 1946-48/1992' is now JL896 and a slightly rusted metal plate that reads 'William Gibson Dennis Ashbaugh' is now JL897.


Documents about the reaction to Agrippa.
Date: 1992-2005, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7981
Extent: 7 folders

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Videos about Agrippa
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Digital 27 = RES
Extent: 3 items

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Restrictions on Access

Digital material is not currently available.


Unbound Agrippa image, with traces of the 'disappearing image'.
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2160 = RES
Extent: 1 leaf

Restrictions on Access

Reserved from access for conservation reasons.


Proofs of the large and small sizes of Agrippa, and copies of the prospectus.
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2161
Extent: 4 folders

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Photographs of the 'Deluxe' edition of Agrippa
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Digital 28
Extent: 31 items

Scope and Content

Comprises:


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