“Raft Amphibians”

You marvel that this matter, shuffled pell-mell at the whim of Chance, could have made a man, seeing that so much was needed for the construction of his being. But you must realize that a hundred million times this matter, on the way to human shape, has been stopped to form now a stone, now lead, now coral, now a flower, now a comet; and all because of more or fewer elements that were or were not necessary for designing a man. Little wonder if, within an infinite quality of matter that ceaselessly changes and stirs, the few animals, vegetables, and minerals we see should happen to be made; no more wonder than getting a royal pair in a hundred casts of the dice. Indeed it is equally impossible for all this stirring not to lead to something; and yet this something will always be wondered at by some blockhead who will never realize how small a change would have made it into something else. (Excerpt from “Voyage Dans La Lune,” written by Cyrano De Bergerac in 1661 and translated by Maurice Laugaa and Hector Savinien in 1984.)

“Raft Amphibians.” Artists’ book by Mary MacDougall. Published by Co-Ed. 32 pages 1-color digital print, 8.5 × 11 inches. First edition, 2017: 120 copies. $12.00, in stock.