From the Book Arts Web – a lengthy online conversation with many different perspectives and definitions. The following is the link to this online discussion and one person’s definition.
I tell people when they ask me what an artist's book is that I've never met two artists who agree on a definition, but for me, as an artist, it means a book or book-like object in which content is not limited to words alone--it is expressed in every aspect of the book or object from the words and images to the structure and type and printing method. Ideally, that is. Sometimes it isn't quite so.
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Twentysix Gasoline Stations, 1963 by Ed Ruscha
Artists' books have employed a wide range of forms, including scrolls, foldouts, concertinas or loose items contained in a box as well as bound printed sheet. Artists have been active in printing and book production for centuries, but the artist's book is primarily a late 20th century form. They are often published in small editions, though sometimes they are produced as one-of-a-kind objects referred to as "uniques."
This was a project for a class taken at the Pacific Art League in “how to prepare yourself for a solo show.” The class work included writing a bio, getting your resume complete and putting together a portfolio to present to a gallery. I chose a photographic project on the sunflower as a neighbor of mine had a small patch of volunteer sunflowers. After the project I wrote a book, researched the history, and make a jeweled tape binding and included my photos.