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Creator:
Batey, Jackie
Title(s):

Running a secret society no. 20 : including revised handshakes and signals : (for issue down to sections)

Additional Title(s):

Running a secret society number twenty

Edition:
Second edition.
Published/Created:
[Brighton, England] : Damp Flat Productions, 2004.
Physical Description:
iii, 8 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
N7433.4.B384 R86 2004
Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art Fund
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Classification:
Books
Notes:
"This instruction supersedes starting a secret society no. 18 and supplements no.19: no.17; no.14; no.12 appendix D; and no.16 appendix Q; no.11 appendices F and A."--Front cover.
Foreword signed above "Commander-in-Chief": J. Batey.
Limited edition of 20 copies.
First edition printed in 2000. Book is altered for each new edition.
Accompanied by 1 courtesy hand-markings recognition chart, 1 secret password card in a small brown envelope, and 1 matchstick in a small plastic pouch.
BAC: British Art Center copy is no. 14 of a limited edition of 20 copies.
"I am fascinated by secret societies, especially the bizarre rituals that the members indulge in, in order to be recognised by one of their colleagues but unnoticed by non-members. This book purports to be a manual for running your own secret society. There are sections on 'secret handshakes', 'how to remain unnoticed' and a loose card 'courtesy hand-markings recognition chart' as well as a free 'computer enhanced match' to destroy the book after it's been memorised. The introduction explains how it is better to be the only member of your society in order to remain secret in this nonsensical book."--Publisher's catalog (2004).
Subject Terms:
Artists' books -- Great Britain.
Damp Flat Books -- Publisher.
Espionage -- Humor.
Satire, English.
Secret societies -- Humor.
Form/Genre:
Artists' books -- Great Britain
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