New York: Four Walls Eight Windows, 1996. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's black paper-covered boards, spine gilt, illustrated endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
Political cartoonist and animal rights activist Coe's scathing critique of the cruelty and inhumanity of the meat industry in North America, the product of six years spent sketching and taking notes while traveling to slaughterhouses, feedlots and factories in the US, Canada and England. The many color and black-and-white drawings and reproductions are punctuated throughout with somber, graphic anecdotes detailing the atrocities she witnessed throughout the course of her research. Selections from sketchbooks further contextualize the final illustrated works. "In terms of art history the only previous depictions of this sort were of the Day of Judgment, of Inferno, as for example displayed by Coppo di Marcovaldo in the Baptistry in Florence. Coe gives us the meat machinery of the slaughterhouse depicted as the day of judgment, with no heaven, only the purgatory of the feedlot, and the hell fires of death" (from the lengthy essay by political journalist Cockburn). With a preface by philosopher and animal rights activist Tom Regan. Fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #1071