Baltimore: Aquarius Press, 1969. Hardcover. This is a special deluxe edition of this stunning first book from the Aquarius Press, a then new Baltimore private press. The edition comprises the book and a separate portfolio of the 16 signed and numbered lithographs for the book as well as 6 additional unrelated erotic lithographs. The sixteen illustrations are numbered 47/80 copies and signed and numbered by Castellon. On the back of each are the letters AP for artist's proof. The six additional illustrations are signed by Castellon and numbered E/E. The book is Letter A of the ten copies reserved for the collaborators. Signed by the artist Federico Castellon. The work appeared two years before the death of Spanish American artist and lithographer Castellon in 1971. Castellon, born in 1914, was a well known painter, sculptor, and printmaker who is best known for his graphic works that incorporated the influences of surrealism. The 16 evocative color lithographs he did for this book are both surreal and haunting. This beautiful work was designed by Bert Clarke and the text set in Monotype Walbaum and printed by Clarke & Way in New York City. The binding is by the Russell Rutter Company. Done under the editorial direction of John Ross and Jacob Landau. Both book and portfolio are bound in decorative light brown fabric and a black leather spine with titling in gilt. Housed in a custom black cloth covered clamshell box. In fine condition. Volumes measure 11.25 x 15 inches. PRI/062922. Fine.
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Baltimore: Aquarius Press, 1970. There were 262 copies of this humorous and boldly illustrated work published by the Aquarius Press. This is one of twelve copies reserved for the collaborators. It is signed and numbered by author and artist Satorsky. It is also inscribed by him to Baltimore art dealer Ernest Lowenstein. A Pride of Rabbis is a collection of satirical and ribald poems regarding rabbis. The work is strikingly illustrated throughout with 13 irreverent, humorous full-page linocuts by Satorsky, all hand-printed on beautiful rag paper. The linocuts and text were printed by hand at Tarot Designers and Printers in Buffalo, NY. There are 15 loose double leaves held in a blue cloth chemise with white linen spine with blue titling. The chemise is housed in a blue cloth slipcase. In fine condition. Folio. Unpaginated. . Cyril Satorsky (1927-2021) was a prolific artist and well established educator. He worked as an artist and designer in London and at the University of Texas in Austin. He taught at Leicester University, Hammersmith College of Art, Camberwell College of Arts and Crafts and at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, where he served as chairman of the Department of Visual Communication. PRI/070522. Fine.