Washington DC: 1989. 56 cards (four of which are the title card, the dedication, the limitation, and the preface) housed in a box. This edition consists of 600 copies on Mowhawk Superfine set in Times and printed on a Hamada offset press by Brad Freeman, master printer at Pyramid Atlantic, under the direction of Elizabeth Whiteley, book artist, of which 100 are numbered 1-100 and signed by the author and the book artist, and 500 copies are numbered from 101 to 600, and of which this copy is 334. This deck has been signed by Beaman on the title card. Item #58034
Illustrations by Peter H. Beaman and Elizabeth Whiteley.
From the Author's Note-
"Deck of Cards is 52 'cards' constituting a textual and visual description of a single spring moment in Pittsburgh. The 'cards' are 'readable' in any order and should be shuffled before each reading. The narrative operates in the interactive present- the present because the 'now' is the only form of time in which action occurs with an unknown outcome; interactive because the reader, by rearranging the sequence of the text, involves in the creation of the narrative. From a narrative perspective the 'past' or 'future' lack one of those attributes- the narrative outcome must be known or it must be predetermined. Deck of Cards, involving the reader as co-author of the text, seeks also to participate the reader in the narrative as one of the characters experiencing the described events. These events are treated as occurring simultaneously in the lives of five characters: at the moment Julie steps on board her bus, Paul is already almost downtown on an earlier bus; Richard is awakening; Enid is visiting her psychiatrist and Dora is getting dressed. Because the 'real time' are simultaneous, the order of presentation is irrelevant. The characters, however recall their interlocked pasts with recollections developing a 'plot' leading to the described moment. The order of the immediate and recollected experiences is determined by the reader who, having shuffled the 'cards', has created a text which only that reader has made."