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n.p. Cheloniidae Press, 1979. A stunning black and white print of a majestic bald eagle in flight. This is the last available print of a sold out edition of 50. Signed and dated by renowned artist and printer Alan James Robinson. He founded the Cheloniidae Press, later the Press of the Sea Turtle, in 1979. His books and art have won numerous awards and can be found in many public and private collections. The eagle is shown from the side with his head extended and wings held wide. In fine condition. Image is 17.5 x 23.5 inches; in mat it is 21.5 x 25 inches. ORIGART/072517. Fine.
Northampton MA: Cheloniidae Press, n.d. State Proof signed by the artist. A stunning original print, never published and the only copy ever printed, created by renowned artist and printer Alan James Robinson. He founded the Cheloniidae Press, later the Press of the Sea Turtle, in 1979. His books and art have won numerous awards and can be found in many public and private collections. The image depicts an owl flying in the dark of night. Most of the surface is a profound black, with the hunting owl visible by moonlight. The print is 17.5 x 23 inches and measures 22 x 27 inches with the mat. In fine condition.ORIGART/072017.
n.p. Cheloniidae, n.d. State Proof. This marvelous black and white etching of a walking hippopotamus is a one of a kind print signed by renowned artist and printer Alan James Robinson, particularly well known for his depiction of animals, birds, and nature. He founded the Cheloniidae Press in 1979, and his work can be found in many public and private collections around the country. The hippo appears to be walking toward the viewer with his head done in particular detail. In fine condition. 22 x 28.5 inches. PRINTS/072517. Fine.
New York: D. Appleton & Company, (1868). Hardcover. Originally published in 1864, this was issued several years later in a gift book format. Includes 27 plates and half-title in sepia and white along with many black and white in-text illustrations. The plates show hundreds of different snowflake formations. The contents includes mostly prose and poetry on snow; however, some scientific writings are included. A scientific introduction including a letter from Louis Agassiz, derived in part from Scorseby's observations in the Arctic, and several pages on the forms and modifications of snow crystals with experiments by scientist Charles Smallwood begins the book. Several contibutions were written expressely for this book by John Neal, Lowell, Ruskin, Bryant, Emerson, Whittier, et. al. Other included authors are Shakespeare, Cowper, Tennyson, Swift, Etc. This was the first widely circulated American work on the crystallography of the snowflake. Bound in the original full leather publisher's binding with gilt title to spine and both boards. Marbled endpapers, gilt dentelles, and full edges gilt. The front hinge is starting with a five inch crack to the leather. Wear to edges with boards exposed at corners. Wear and rubbing to hinges and fading to spine. Minor dampstain to top corners of some pages, but no text affected. Bookplate of Samuel W. French to front pastedown. 158 pages. SCI/080822. Very Good.
Martinez, CA: Lucy Childs, 2021. A unique embroidered artists’ book. Lucy’s exquisite embroidered books are inspired by her “exploration of the history, craft, and culture of early American and British sewing samplers, made mostly by young girls to learn the practical craft of sewing but also to learn letters and spelling. Many old and antique samplers included text or images in memory of family members who had died.” Lucy’s beautiful and painstakingly created books are a fitting tribute to and continuation of the craft she honors. Her unique books can be found in several artists’ books collections. This beautiful work evokes the feel and mood of its inspiration - a windy day on a quiet island. A card depicting Quiet Island has the following text inside: "Blustery windy days on Quiet Island are those in-between weather days (gutsy and wild , but not hurricane) where being outside is fine and even enjoyable. But if you’re biking along the coast, use your helmet's strap and remember - strong winds will push you over. Quiet Island is within the sweep of the North Atlantic Drift of the Gulf Stream and inside the arm of land that guards against the hurricanes hitting most everywhere else nearby. A few hundred or so people live on the island. Houses are simple, cars are shared, and the three public libraries are loved. On very stormy days friends can be found watching the weather from the sea-facing libraries' cushioned window seats or down in one of the cafes." The intricate embroidery depicting a Quiet Island beach on a blustery day is stitched in blue, green, brown,purple, orange and yellow threads on white linen cloth. The lower borders are stitched with intricate white designs. The cover is blue wool with the title and border stitching in various colors of thread. The folded book measures 6 x 7 inches. Unfolded the book is about 24 inches. The book and card are housed in a light gray clamshell box with a blue wool decoration affixed to the cover. In fine condition. ARTSB/051622. Fine.
Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2004. Hardcover. Presentation copy signed by the author to Bob [Robert] Ringler, a well-known ornithologist and nature-lover in Maryland. Ringler was President of the Maryland Ornithological Society and a founder of the Breeding Bird Atlas Project. Sugarloaf Mountain is a major natural recreation area in Frederick Country, Maryland. This book is relatively scarce in its original hardcover production. Octavo. Dark green cloth-covered boards with silver title to front and spine. Pages are bright and clean. Cover has minor bumping to bottom of front panel. Spine is slightly cocked. 415 pages. NAT/070722. Very Good.
New York: Béatrice Coron, 2016. Paperback. Number 3 of 3 copies. This intricate work created by Béatrice Coron beautiful displays her skill and artistry in papercutting. A sea blue book case opens to reveal the mystery, diversity, and wonder of the Galapagos through Coron's hand cut creation, made from a single sheet of black Arches paper. The individual pages unfold to show a scene 44 inches long. The viewer sees silhouettes of water, land, birds, sea creatures, and more. Coron describes her book work: "For the last 20 years, I have been exploring visual storytelling in artist books, paper cutting and public art. Collecting memories from individuals and communities, I stage narrative allegories in silhouette to create a dialogue with the viewer in playful fantasies. These visual chronicles record archetypal stories that transcend time and space. I have been fascinated by the relation of people to their space and the sense of belonging. Using papercutting where everything is cut from a single piece of Tyvek, the profusion of individual stories makes a coherent whole world." [From her website] Christina Favretto, Head of Special Collections at the University of Miami describes Coron's work in Coron's "artfragments" portfolio: "There is a palpable joy in the work of Béatrice Coron, the kind of joy we felt as children in unwrapping a particularly enticing holiday gift. But...for Béatrice the gift is a sheet of Tyvek...or paper, and the stories to be unearthed and unleashed within and through the medium." Size: 8 x 44 inches when unfolded. 5.5 x 8 inches when folded. In fine condition. ARTB/081921. Fine.
San Diego: Anne Covell, 2017. Paperback. Number 9 of 20 standard copies. There were also five deluxe and two artist copies of this beautifully conceived and executed work. Anne Covell is a book artist and hand papermaker living in San Diego, CA. She has studied Asian and Western papermaking techniques with Timothy Barrett, and has taught for numerous professional organizations including the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory, Penland School of Crafts, and the University of Georgia study abroad program in Cortona, Italy, among others. Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be seen in a growing list of private collections, special collections libraries, and museums worldwide. In her colophon Anne writes: "I first became interested in the Japanese beetle in 2012 during a particularly hot and dry summer in Iowa City. Perhaps it was a result of the season or of my having moved to a new home ripe with some of the beetle's most preferred foods, but I became overwhelmed by its pervasive, relentless assault on my garden. As the summer wore on, I began finding leaf remains gathering at the bases of trees...as if it were fall. Their presence was out of place; out of season. But when I began to look more closely, what struck me was the beauty of form that the beetle had inadvertently left behind. Starved of oxygen and drained of color, these leaf skeletons would soon crumble and return to the earth. But, for a moment they existed between realms and reflected a loss that spoke to the complexity of the natural world." The book contains 12 folios of 100% Japanese Gampi hand-dyed with persimmon tannin and treated with konnyaku to mimic the sound and texture of withering foliage. The illustrations of leaves, berries, and twigs were letterpress printed from drawings by Anne. Housed in a stiff brown paper envelope, with paper handmade, hand dyed, and hand burnished with persimmon tannin by the artist. Measures 4.5 x 10 inches. Fine condition. ARTISTSB/010421. Fine.
San Diego: Anne Covell, 2019. Number 12 of 18 copies signed and numbered by the artist. Anne Covell is a book artist and hand papermaker living in San Diego, CA. She has studied Asian and Western papermaking techniques with Timothy Barrett, and has taught for numerous professional organizations including the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory, Penland School of Crafts, and the University of Georgia study abroad program in Cortona, Italy, among others. Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be seen in a growing list of private collections, special collections libraries, and museums worldwide. Anne writes: "History of a Felling was first conceived during the winter of 2014 while at the Penland School of Crafts on a winter residency in letterpress. The images were made on-site from polymer plates created from film ink hand-painted on Yupo paper. The project was filed away while the concept evolved into a body of work that would become Covell’s graduate thesis, “Towards a Just Landscape,” in 2015. In the intervening years, the US/Mexico border would draw global attention for the deeply contentious debate over the compulsion to secure the southern border though the construction of a border wall. It seemed a particularly poignant time, by comparison, to revisit the history of the US/Canada border felling, and so the project came out of storage. In many ways the southern and northern US border conflicts remain as isolated as their geographical latitudes; however, their ethical and environmental costs deserve equal scrutiny. Over 150 years later, the deforestation continues. Nature inevitably begins to rebound - trees, shrubs, and grasses grow - and every six years the swath is cleared through exhaustive manual labor." Anne has created a lovely tunnel book that opens to reveal a multi-layered forest of delicate trees printed in light brown on a cream background of Sakamoto paper. The images were printed from photopolymer plates made from original drawings by the artist. Housed in a brown cloth portfolio with a discussion and description of this book. In fine condition. 5.75 x 4.75 x .5 inches (closed) 5.75 x 4.75 x 18 inches (open). ARTISTSB/012121.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Hardcover. This is the first volume of a 9-volume series covering different bird groupings. First published in 1977. The volume contains descriptions of 122 species. Each species is shown in color plates, and maps show breeding and wintering areas. There is a small section of colored plates of eggs and plumage at the end of the book. Quarto. Dark blue cloth cover with gilt title to spine. Blue illustrated dust jacket with orange and white title to front and spine panels. Pages are bright and clean. Spine is slightly cocked. Dust jacket has minor wear to edges, rubbing to front and back panels, a short closed tear at foot of spine panel, and British price label on inside front panel. 722 pages, including index. NAT/061522. Fine / Very Good.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1983. Hardcover. This is the third volume of a 9-volume series covering different bird groupings. The volume contains descriptions of 112 species. Each species is shown in color plates, and maps show breeding and wintering areas. There is a special section of colored plates of eggs at the end of the book. Quarto. Dark blue cloth cover with gilt title to spine. Brown illustrated dust jacket with yellow and white title to front and spine panels. Pages are bright and clean, with minor smudging to top/side edge of text block. Binding is cocked. Dust jacket has rubbing, slight wear at top, a small open tear to front panel, a small closed tear to top of spine panel, and creasing on bottom corner of back panel. 913 pages, including index. NAT/061522. Very Good / Very Good.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985. Hardcover. This is the fourth volume of a 9-volume series covering different bird groupings. The volume contains descriptions of 113 species. Each species is shown in color plates, and maps show breeding and wintering areas. There is a special section of colored plates of eggs near the end of the book. Quarto. Dark blue cloth cover with gilt title to spine. Blue illustrated dust jacket with yellow and white title to front and spine panels. Pages are bright and clean, with minor smudging to top/side edge of text block. Binding is cocked. Dust jacket has a small open tear to top of front panel, slight scuffing, and a price label on back panel. 960 pages, including index. NAT/061522. Very Good / Very Good.