MADGE GILL – MYRNINEREST book (Standard edition)


MYRNINEREST, edited by David Tibet and Henry Boxer, is the first book to be published solely devoted to Madge Gill and her work. There are two editions of the book, a STANDARD and a SPECIAL; the SPECIAL comes with a piece of original art by Madge Gill. (The SPECIAL edition is now SOLD OUT.) MYRNINEREST is released in connection with the extraordinary Madge Gill exhibition that is being held between 5 October 2013 and 26 January 2014 at Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ, England, which we highly recommend visiting.

One of my greatest inspirations is the English visionary artist Madge Gill (1882–1961), who first started channelling her spirit-guide MYRNINEREST on March 5, 1919. I and Henry are OverMoon to publish this beautiful and evocative and haunted tribute to this amazing woman and her astonishingly moving work.

This book presents reproductions of 108 postcards of hallucinatory portraits drawn by Madge Gill of her spirit-guide MYRNINEREST. All of the postcards were created by her in the 1940s. Each postcard has been reproduced in its original black and white pen and ink medium, and at the same size (3 3/8" x 5 1/2"; 83mm x 140mm) as the original postcard. The book is introduced with a comprehensive essay about Gill’s work by Roger Cardinal, an expert on Outsider art and on Madge Gill, as well as a short essay by Tibet and an appreciation by Boxer.

MYRNINEREST is bound in off-white Natuur cloth with a blocked image of MYRNINEREST on the front board; the title of the book, as well as its author and book imprint, is blocked on the spine, and THE SPHERES’ logo is blocked on the back cover. The book has printed end-papers featuring two different Madge Gill portraits of MYRNINEREST, coloured head- and tail-bands and a book ribbon. Measuring 5 ¼ x 7 ½ inches (135 x 185mm), and 1 inch (25mm) thick, the paper we have used is an off-white and thick 150gsm Munken Pure paper. The book contains 232 pages, with all images printed on the recto, and with the verso blank, in order to stop any bleed-through of ink and in order to display images as atmospherically and beautifully as possible. We have had the images printed in a way to emphasise the haunted nature of Madge Gill’s work and her sidereal æsthetic.

The STANDARD edition’s print run is of 250 copies. The head- and tail-bands are white and the book ribbon is white. Each copy costs £25 plus postage and packing.