Minneapolis: Angel Bomb Press, 2020. Number 47 of 125 copies signed and numbered by the book artist, Todd Thyberg. He writes in the colophon that the book took over two years to write, create, and print. He states: "This experiential read was conceived as an ode to H.P. Lovecraft, whose books I had discovered and read profusely as a teenager growing up in a small town in rural North Dakota....I knew I wanted to be a writer, to breathe life into stories that transported the reader to realms unknown. H.P. Lovecraft gifted the world with a style of cosmic horror and weird fiction that was previously unknown. In homage, Todd created a mythical and mystical expedition to the steppes of Siberia to find the temple and artifacts of a mysterious people that supposedly once inhabited this barren and forbidding land. He says, "In the winter of ‘18, I rented a cabin in the woods of Wisconsin and sequestered myself for a week, sketching, researching and writing down plot points. I took an historic event that fascinates me and turned it on its head, spinning it into the world of old gods and monsters that thrilled me as a kid. I wanted to celebrate and honor the creepy cosmic horror that made Lovecraft’s work so unique. One of the men on the expedition is required to document their findings. Odd diagrams and even odder structures are found and recorded for the archives at Miskatonic University. What is it that they find? What happens to the expedition when they find it?" It’s all hidden within. But be forewarned! Many who have seen the contents of The Miskatonic Papers have died horrible deaths or gone completely insane! The valiant quest for knowledge may lead you down a path that branches into dark corners of the night, filled with arcane shadows. Never travel there alone and be cautious where you step. If you hear a wet, rustling noise behind you, you had best run screaming. After exploring Todd's remarkable and complex production, the reader will indeed understand Todd's warning! The work comes in a foil-stamped grey clothbound clamshell box with three sealed folders inside.Todd urges the reader to break the seals and pore through the contents of the folders. One includes a broadside for the expedition, drawings, two letters, a rubbing, telegrams from the field, and an amazing handwritten expedition journal. All of them letterpress printed, aged, and weathered. The Expedition Broadside appears stained with ale and smudges from the hands of inquisitive sailors. It states that Professor Tyler Freeborn seeks able-bodied men to risk life and limb for the advancement of science. Do you have a thirst for adventure? Perhaps you should apply. Each piece of the book was made to look as if it was created 100 years ago. Stains, creases, and even burned edges will provide the reader with a rich experience when delving through the ephemera and piecing the story together. Printed on a selection of stocks as well as vintage business cards and journal pages, with too many typefaces to name and lots of handwriting as well. Letterpress printed at the Angel Bomb studio. In fine condition. ARTSB/071320. Fine.
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Baltimore: Beeline Books, 2009. Hardcover. Fine in paper covered boards with blue title to front cover. This book features a humorous essay by the artist about her summer custom of accompanying her husband to Arundel Golf Park where she often sketches and observes the golfers. It is bound in a triptych format and appropriately features a digital reproduction of a colored pencil drawing of the golf course which was completed on site. Unpaginated. [6 pages.] ARTB/122809. Fine.
Rosemead, CA: Bookhaven Press, 1968. Number 381 of 500 copies. This lovely miniature book was the second book to be printed at Pall Bohne's Bookhaven Press. As he states in the colophon, Bohne was the author as well as the illustrator, typographer, printer, and binder. "Pall W. Bohne (1935-2017) was an eminent member of the Southern California fine press and book arts scene who was known particularly for his expertise in letter press printing. As the operator of Bookhaven Press in Rosemead, California from 1967-1992, Bohne produced numerous works of ephemera and printed pamphlets, including a few miniature books, including Highlights in the History of American Whaling and Jabberwocky, the Famous Mock Heroic Epic. Bohne demonstrated his skills as an artisan through wood-engraving and bookplate production, and purportedly held a wide range interests in other fields such as beekeeping and blacksmithing" (from UCLA library finding aid for their Bohne collection). Bound in grey paper covers with black glossy paper spine with title in gilt. Small nick and repair to top of spine. otherwise very good. Interior pages near fine with many illustrations by Bohne of whale species, whaling tools, and products made from whales such as scrimshaw and corsets. 45 pages including bibliography. Measures 1 7/8 x 2 1/2 inches. MINIATURE/111418.
Chicago: Tand McNally & Company, 1942. Hardcover. Very good blue cloth 4to., bright color illustrated pastedown covers almost entire front board, Minor rubbing to edges of boards and to spine. Interior is clean, though light soiling to endpapers and ink inscription to front free end page. Adorable illustrations throughout, many are in bright color. 71 pages. A cute book. Children's Literature. CHIL/10153. Very Good.
Chicago: Homewood Publishing Company, circa 1904. Hardcover. Uncommon. Dark brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and embossed decoration to boards. Gift inscription to front free endpaper dated 1904, else clean. 143 pages plus one page of ads featuring books by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. LIT/122018. Very Good.
Palo Alto, C.A. American West Publishing Company, (1974). Hardcover. Third Printing. Very good mustard yellow, patterned paper covered boards, gilt title to spine. Light edgewear to exterior. Interior is clean, filled with bright color photographic illustrations of California. Contains many Steinbeck quotes. Binding strong. Index, 191 pp. Photography. PHO/6063. Very Good +.
Maureen Cummins, 2018. Number 17 of 35 copies signed and numbered by the book artist, Maureen Cummins. Secretary deconstructs the life and death-by-suicide of the artist's mother, Dolores Cummins, a brilliant woman, aspiring artist, and housewife for twenty-five years. It is this story that inspired Cummins's later book Crazy Quilt, as well as all the subsequent work that she created around marginalized populations. This book is the first of several around this common theme that Maureen has become well-known for. Secretary is made even more powerful by the structure and composition. It was letterpress printed on sheets of Asian lined paper resembling a steno pad, with titling redacted by hand in graphite. The type used appears to have been typed on an old typewriter. Each section of the book is preceded by a ghostly photographic image of Cummins's mother from that period of her life, reprinted from originals in the artist's possession. The text pages are bound in the style of a stenographer's notepad. It is housed in a stiff grey paper folder. Maureen Cummins is a noted creator of artists' books. Her work is held in over one hundred permanent public collections internationally and has been included in exhibitions at the American Craft Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Rotunda Gallery (amongst others). She has received over a dozen grants and awards and has been an artist-in-residence at numerous venues, including the American Antiquarian Society and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. In fine condition. Measures 8.75 x 14.5 inches. ARTB/100119.
Berkeley: Flying Fish Press, 2019. Hardcover. Number 23 of 50 copies, signed and numbered by the artist/author. This book was inspired by a series of conversations between Julie Chen and her daughter, Eleanor Chen-Ranstrom about pattern, texture, perception, and learning. Artist's statement: "Wayfinding examines the relationship between physical and mental learning through the context of navigation through time and space. The piece focuses the reader’s experience on the physicality of the book as object with the inclusion of three-dimensional cast paper panels and pages that rattle when turned, all housed in a series of shallow boxes that are hinged together in layers. The inclusion of a three-dimensional alphabet abstracted from diagrams of flag semaphore addresses the activities of signaling, translation and gesture, highlighting how information is taken in by all the senses and not just through the eyes" Letterpress printed using pressure printing and photopolymer plates on handmade papers from the Morgan Paper Conservatory and Hahnemuhle Bugra. Measures 9 x16 inches byx4 .5 inches when closed, opening to a full width of 41 inches In fine condition. ARTSB/042820. Fine.
Foolscap Press, 2016. Hardcover. Number 16 of 100 copies. The Snails is a short story by Patricia Highsmith (author of The Talented Mr. Ripley) about giant snails with huge teeth that inhabit a remote island. When an out-of-shape professor decides to visit the island in hopes of capturing one of the snails in order to secure fame for himself, his plans go awry. A seemingly peculiar topic for a story, it was perfect for Highsmith who kept snails as pets and was known to take them to parties on leaves of lettuce in her handbag. The book is housed in a brick red cloth box with a cast-paper sculpture of a snail shell to the top cover. The book is bound in tan cloth with an illustration of a snail pasted down to the front cover. Within the folds of the accordion structure binding are smaller gatherings of pages, which include the text. Illustrations of snails roaming the island and encountering the professor are printed on the larger pages. An interesting structure, as is frequent with books issued by the Foolscap Press. Letterpress printed from polymer plates. In fine condition. Unpaginated. [44 pages] PRI/022217. Fine.
Belfast, ME: Dudley Zopp, . Number 124 of 175 copies. Signed by the author and artist. "A Butterfly Careless" includes 37 haiku-like poems by Andrew Gay and four monotypes by artist Dudley Zopp. The two met during meetings of a local writers' group, and discovered they had similar artistic interests. "I think he wanted to talk to me about doing the book because my sensibilities about the natural world were similar to his," Zopp said. "He was just so very intensely involved with people and with the natural world." Gay, both a physician and poet, died in 2004 and Zopp's words are taken from his obituary. Ms. Zopp graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. and M.A. and completed postgraduate studies in Drawing and Painting at the Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville. She now lives in Lincolnville, Maine. Zopp finds inspiration in geological processes and cultural histories of place. Her engagement with restoring habitat where she lives feeds directly into her work, which ranges from site specific installations to paintings, woodcuts and limited edition books. Poems typeset in Dante and printed on Mohawk Ultrafelt Text paper. Images from original ink monotypes are printed as offset duotones. Printed at the renowned Stinehower Press in Lunenburg, VT. Bound in a green Fabriano Ingres paper with title in black. Housed in a tan cloth slipcase with an original monotype laid into a debossed panel. A lovely book in fine condition. 7 x 7 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/111517.
New Orleans: F.F. Hansell and Bro., Ltd, 1903. Hardcover. Fourth Edition. American historian, lawyer, author, politician and slave owner, Charles Gayarre (1805 - 1895) was best known for his histories of Louisiana; although, he wrote fiction as well. Born in New Orleans to a Spanish and French Creole planter family, he grew up on a plantation before attending law school in Pennsylvania. He lost his considerable fortune by supporting the Confederacy and later earned money by writing and working as a court reporter. He was president of the Louisiana Historical Society for nearly thirty years. This four volume edition includes a biography of the author, bibliography, an extensive index, and combines multiple works and lectures that were previously published by the author about Louisiana under separate covers. Each volume is bound in three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards. Leather and gilt title and volume labels to spines. Minor cracking to leather on spines, minor wear to corners and edges of boards. Frontispiece and three fold-out maps. Clean interiors overall. Minor browning to margins of pages in some volumes. Top edges gilt with marbled endpaper. Volume I is 540 pages; Volume II is 383 pages; Volume III is 649 pages; Volume IV is 693 pages plus index. This set may require an extra shipping fee. STA/022119. Very Good.
Terra Alta, WV: Hill & Dale Private Press and Typefoundry, 2014. Softcover. Very scarce. Richard L. Hopkins is a leading authority on the Monotype and is proprietor of the Hill and Dale Private Press and Typefoundry. Hopkins originally wrote this piece for the Whittington Press's Matrix, published in 2014. After getting permission from the Whittington Press, he extensively reworked the manuscript for this production. He recounts the long and tortured history of James Paige's efforts to develop an automatic typesetting machine, starting in an era that still required the laborious process of setting type a letter at a time by hand. It is a fascinating story that directly involved Samuel Clemens, already famous as Mark Twain. Twain had worked in a printing house in his early days and was quite familiar with the labor and boredom involved in setting type. He was very interested in Paige's invention and invested a great deal of money for its development, which was ultimately lost as Paige's machine was overshadowed by the Mergenthaler's Linotype machine. Mergenthaler ultimately bought out Paige. There is a stunning image of Paige's marvelous machine. There were only two ever built. One is currently on display at the Mark Twain Museum. The other was donated to Cornell University but was donated by them to a scrap metal drive during World War II. Hopkins printed the machine's image via offset - the rest of this book is letterpress. The image is reproduced on a two-page spread and clearly shows its intricacy and beauty. The machine was 7 feet tall, 11 feet long and 3+ inches deep. It weighed 7,550 pounds. Bound in a stitched dark blue paper cover with an oval opening showing the title on the half-title. Measures 8.75 x 13 inches. In near fine condition. Laid in is a note from Hopkins to printer Roland Hoover thanking him for his help. 15 pages. PRI/042220. Near Fine.
London: Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange; and Sherwood, Neely, & Jones, 1819 and 1820. Hardcover. 2 volumes. Each featured person (all men) has a full page biography and an engraved portrait. Each volume includes approximately 100 persons. Very good in green full leather with intricate gilt decoration on boards and spines. Raised bands, gilt titles, volume numbers, and decorations to spine. Slight sunning to spines, some light wear to edges and corners, and minor rubbing to spine and boards; otherwise, in wonderful condition with very bright gilt. Marbled endpapers and full gilt edges. The early pages in volume 1 have some thin spots (a paper defect) and a previous owner has reinforced these small areas with discreetly with clear tape that appears to be archival. Effected pages include blank free endpages, verso of title page, table of contents, and verso of first text page. The interior of volume 1 is foxed throughout , with the foxing lessening towards middle of book. There is also light foxing in volume 2. There is some pencil writing on first endpage in volume one. Text and engraved portraits remain bright. The binding is nice and tight. A beautiful set, especially in light of its age, even though it contains no eminent women. Biography. This set may require an extra shipping fee. BIO/2253. Very Good.
Elkader Iowa: n.d. c.1900. Hardcover. In plush blue velvet covered boards with ornate steel clasp. The boards are heavily rubbed with little velvet remaining. The spine is torn along the front hinge, the lower edges are frayed, and there is a tear along the head of the spine. This album includes 18 thick cardboard pages with antiquated black and white photographs inserted. Each page is labeled in pen with captions including the sitter's names (Gruver, Johnson, Kilpe, and Peters are a few). Not all pages have pictures inserted and some of the pages are torn. Includes 22 larger 4 x 6 inch photos and approximately 20 smaller 2.5 x 4 inch (or smaller) photos. One of a kind. Photography. PHOTO/3103. Very Good.
New York: Kirk and Mercein, 1820. Hardcover. Good- condition, full leather 8vo., both boards detached, text block split in two and a few signatures loose. Heavy chipping to edges of boards and corners very worn. Spine lacks right half of red & gilt label; spine is cracked down the middle and has some leather loss. Interior is lightly browned w/age but text still bright, light foxing throughout, though pages mostly clean. Detached and heavily chipped ffep; title page and subsequent page lack top right corner due to chipping. Bookplate and library plate to pastedown fep. Good candidate for rebinding. 356 pp. American History. AME/6203. Good-.