After I received the original book in the mail, I have been curious about it's journey. Since it's publication in 1826, I can't help but wonder who touched the pages, read the chapters or passed the book along to the next reader. Where has the book been? This was the inspiration for the concept and title of Silence. From the printers who set the original type, to the publisher and book binder, all those hands and voices are unknown. The book's journey from that point is silent. I only know of the brief past that brought the book to me; an imprint from a bookstore in Rotterdam on the front end page, a purchase slip from Amsterdam in 2013, then mailed, by my brother, to me in Iowa.