An Illustrated History of Domestic Arthropods is an artifact from an imagined world where humans are the only vertebrates and the rest of the animal kingdom is populated by giant insects, arachnids, and crustaceans. This book describes the centipedes in Marie Antoinette's garden, the grasshoppers tamed by Alexander the great, and the discovery by Empress Xi Ling-Shi of the silkworm cocoon. This book also contains recipes, advertisements, and numerous ink illustrations that offer insight into a word in which the animals are very different from those in our world, and the humans are largely the same. This is the trade paperback version of the artist book originally bound and printed at Paper Machine by Harriet Burbeck.
Harriet Burbeck is a visual artist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has a Master's Degree in Illustration from the University of Edinburgh, and teaches at the University of New Orleans. Her work, which is centered around ink drawing and world-building, is concerned with he biological experience of being alive, and the strange wonder of our human bodies and the natural world.