We have to admit that we were a bit stumped as to how a man’s shoe qualifies as a book at the exhibit ''Multiple, Limited, Unique: Selections from the Permanent Collection of The Center for Book Arts,'' featuring selections from a New York City organization and gallery dedicated to all things books. Clark Coolidge’s On the Slates is made up of a size 11 brown wingtip paired with what seems to be a roll of dollar bills. (Actually, it’s a dollar wrapped around 29 pages of original poetry that have been rolled into a wad and tied with a shoelace. That’s the book.)
Barton Lidice Benes’s Censored Book was much easier to understand. The book has been tied with a thick rope and hammered shut with several long nails. There’s also Roni Mocan’s Handwriting Practice — a New Learning Tool for the Children of Today, with the words ''Iraq,'' ''Iran,'' ''Afghan'' and ''Weapons of Mass Destruction'' printed across the top of the pages instead of the usual words elementary school students use for handwriting exercises. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Through August 25. Museum of Printing History, 1324 West Clay. For information, call 713-522-4652 or visit www.printingmuseum.org.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: May 31. Continues through Aug. 25, 2012