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SAM STEWARD (1910-1993)
An Obscene Diary: The Visual World of Sam Steward. First, limited edition, signed by Spring on the title page in July 2011, copy number X of a limited edition of 26, housed in a black linen clamshell box with additional material, including an original Steward tattoo pencil sketch of a topless mermaid, one sheet of Phil Sparrow Tattoo letterhead, a small sheet of personalized notepaper with Steward's initials and name, two original business cards, an original matchbook advertising Sparrow's tattoo business in Oakland, and twelve facsimiles of index cards not illustrated in the book, very good, with the original purchase receipt, 30x24 cm. Printed in Italy for Antinous Press & Elysium Press, 2010.Printed in Italy for Antinous Press & Elysium Press, 2010.
This visual diary immerses the reader in the world of photographer, tattoo artist, writer, and sexual outlaw Sam Steward, [aka Phil Andros, aka Phil Sparrow]. Although Steward was a professor of English literature in Chicago in the 1950s, the end of his academic career signaled a time of signficant personal transformation. With vernacular photographs, original drawings, and text, Steward explicitly documented his personal and sexual history, and portrays his many partners. The title is derived from Steward's description of his Polaroid collection, "a kind of obscene diary, with no art." Spring adds context, a biographical sketch, and modern images of objects from Steward's papers and collections, including Steward's meticulously typed index card catalog, "the stud file."
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