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For much of his life, Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) was a semi-recluse, but on lower Manhattan's famed Fourth Avenue Book Row, he could be seen as a habitual browser. One day in the early thirties, he happened there upon a dilapidated copy of the Journal d'Agriculture Practique. What other Depression era bookstall regulars might have rightly regarded it as a ragged old manual, but to Cornell, it was gold. He brought it home and began annotating it with collages, drawings, photomontages, engravings, cutouts, lift-ups. There it remained until long after his death, too fragile to be exhibited in its full reconstituted splendor. This magical act of recovery, accomplished with a DVD and an accompanying book, gives us an incomparable new view of a very private act of creation. Editor's recommendation.