Signed * Mystery Girls' Circus and College of Conundrum, Katherine Dunn & Mare Blocker, Ames Lake: M. Kimberly Press, First Edition 1991


Issued by the authority of The Mystery Girls & The National Museum of Women in the Arts. A very scarce and beautiful art book, limited to 125 copies. It is filled with 13 full-page linoleum and magnesium cut prints, two die-cut pages in the shape of animal heads, as well as a foldout lithograph, illustrated endpapers and several scrap-book additions (a ticket, a sticker and a dinner menu). Printed and bound by Blocker's M Kimberly Press.

Signed by writer, Katherine Dunn (Geek Love) and artist/illustrator, Mare Blocker.

This book depicts the story of an imaginary circus : "ALLTHE ZOOMY MAGIC of the Mystery Girls' Circus and Fun College derives from the splendid fact that two redheads are even better than one. The sawdust tales say the Mysterious pair met first in a dank espresso bar under less than auspicious circumstances. One Mystery Girl had her leg slung out in the aisle and the other tripped over it, flinging a full tray of double lattes into the murky air. In a spontaneous duet of agile juggelry, the flashing hands of the Mystery Girls miraculously snatched four foaming hot cups, as many spoons, and a brimming sugar bowl to the safety of a calmly spinning aluminum tray balanced on the seated Mystery Girl's glowing red head. Not a drop was spilled.
During the exchange of compliments that followed, it was revealed that both girls had, in the dark misery of their separate 6th grade years, been booted out of PE. class for a complete inability to turn somersaults. An instant and indelible bond of friendship was thus formed. As naturally as dawn follows night, the pair soon discovered the great psychic ringmistress, Glenda Selena, when they noticed the hypnotic sparkling of her ring in the 24-Hour Bowlarama Lanes at 4 am. So the Mystery Girls' Circus and Fun College was born."

No notable issues except for light fading of cloth at cover's corners. Near Fine and wrapped in protective mylar.

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