Specifications Edition of 10
Book - 6” x 10.75” x .75” closed; letterpress printed on Twinrocker handmade paper; DaVinci and Mowhawk Via for interleaving and endpapers
Cover - Letterpress-printed image on copper sheet with patina
Thomas Parker Williams – Concept, text, design, illustrations (gravures from original drawings), binding, printing
Mary Agnes Williams – Hand-set text, printing
Copies are in private collections
This work features twelve principles, or secrets, that are personal observations inspired by “The Nature of Things” written c.50 BC by the Roman philosopher and poet Lucretius. Each of the twelve secrets is represented by a gravure from an original drawing. The principles deal with the physical sciences, biology, and philosophy. The cover image is a dodecahedron, a twelve-sided perfect solid, which represented the universe in the ancient world. In 2015, I made a three-dimensional book, also titled “Vessel of Secrets,” in the shape of a dodecahedron.