MEINDERSTA, Christein. Pig 05049.

(No place): Flocks, 2007.  First edition.  Octavo. 185 pages plus explanation and index.  An amazing book that tells the story of what happened to a single pig, the one identified by the number in the title, after it was slaughtered, and its various parts were shipped to different places all over the world. It then reveals the 185 different products to which that pig contributed. Not just sausages, bacon, ham, pork scratchings, mincemeat, and a pork pie, but also a cupcake, chocolate mousse, a gelatin leaf, chewing gum, a tattoo, various types of glue, safety gloves, a porcelain figurine, soap, a jigsaw puzzle, black pigment, a dog treat, cattle feed, anti-wrinkle cream, an artificial human heart valve, bullets, and the book itself—particles of Pig 05049 were used to make the jacket.  The volume is illustrated throughout with photographic plates.  A near fine copy in card covers with very good dustjacket.  Jacket with signs of label removal from rear.  Reissued a number of times, very scarce in this first edition.


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