Berkeley: Shambhala, 1975. 1st Edition. Tall quarto, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps, text printed on various colored paper stocks.
"Of all the beautiful things we see in the world around us a rainbow comes closest to being purely imaginary. You cannot touch it because it has no material substance. If you walk toward it, it retreats and you cannot get closer to us. If you go away from it, it follows you like a shadow." First edition of this part-visual encyclopedia/part-exhibition catalog published on the occasion of a multi-faceted exhibition celebrating the rainbow (March 21-June 22, 1975). The exhibition was proposed in 1972 by the Chief Curator of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Lanier Graham, when he invited a man named Sunshine to curate a show that would "demonstrate the relevance of the past to the present, and to try to build a new level of communication with our local artistic community." Museums, galleries, universities, artists, scientists, engineers, community programs, parks and even the zoos were invited to contribute to this citywide exhibition. Each chapter is printed in black ink on different colored paper, with poems by Virgil, Dante, Blake, Keats, Wordsworth, among others; paintings by Giotto, Bosch, Van der Weyden, Durer, Rubens, Blake, Turner, Constable, and Church as well as the sacred art of Tibet. A sort of Whole Earth Catalog for rainbows. Light soiling to wraps, spine slightly creased, 2" tape remnant to upper wrap with light overall general wear. Very good. Item #2079