Washington DC: Abstract Orange Press, 2020. Number 10 of 20 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Lauren based this powerful and timely work on the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights from 1949. She has created a set of 30 broadsides, each printed with text from one of the declarations, starting with "all humans are free & equal" through "no one may deny the rights of others." The text pages have hand cut wood type printed on brown chipboard using neon ink and printed on a Vandercook 99 proof press. They are housed in a portfolio with the title printed in wood and metal type on blue Keaykolour cover stock. In fine condition. Measures 7 x 11 inches. ARTISTS/100620. Fine.
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Washington DC: Abstract Orange Press, 2016. Hardcover. Number 14 of 20 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Lauren Emeritz is a book artist, letterpress printer and graphic artist who founded and runs the Abstract Orange Press. She creates prints and books by hand using a Vandercook press and wood type, including type she designs and carves herself. Lauren holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Delaware. She is the President and Creative Director of Abstract Orange, a graphic design firm in Washington, DC, and a letterpress associate at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, Maryland. This beautifully designed book is in the special collections at the Library of Congress. It is one of a series of books that Lauren has done using her handmade type to explore letters, numbers, and shapes. In this accordion style book she has printed her hand carved letters of the alphabet in a bold orange. There is one letter to a page. They have been carved our of linoblock, pine, basswood, and plywood. Printed on Lettra 220 paper and bound in orange Mulberry paper with debossed titles in gilded orange on front cover and spine. In fine condition. Measures 5.25 x 7 inches. ARTISTSB/082018. Fine.
Washington DC: Abstract Orange Press, 2017. Hardcover. Number 11 of 20 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Lauren Emeritz is a book artist, letterpress printer and graphic artist and runs the Abstract Orange Press. She creates prints and books by hand using a Vandercook press and wood type, including type she designs and carves herself. Lauren holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Delaware. She is the President and Creative Director of Abstract Orange, a graphic design firm in Washington, DC, and a letterpress associate at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, Maryland. This boldly designed book is one of a series of books that Lauren has done using her handmade wooden type to explore letters, numbers, and shapes. In this accordion style book she has printed her hand carved wood numbers from 1 to 0 in various bright colors either on a single page or on a fold-out page. Bound in dark blue cloth with title in orange on front cover and spine. In fine condition. Measures 5.25 x 7 inches. In a protective stiff plastic case. ARTISTSB/082018. Fine.
Washington DC: Abstract Orange Press, 2018. Hardcover. Number 11 of 20 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Lauren Emeritz is a book artist, letterpress printer and graphic artist and runs the Abstract Orange Press. She creates prints and books by hand using a Vandercook press and wood type, including type she designs and carves herself. Lauren holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Delaware. She is the President and Creative Director of Abstract Orange, a graphic design firm in Washington, DC, and a letterpress associate at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, Maryland. This striking book is one of a series of books that Lauren has done using her handmade wooden type to explore letters, numbers, and shapes. This accordion style book juxtaposes a shape as a white space on a blue, grey, or orange background on one page with the shape in that color on a white background on the facing page. Shapes include a circle, square, triangle, arrow, heart, star, and hand. Bound in grey cloth with orange title on front cover and spine. In fine condition. Measures 5.25 x 7 inches. In a protective stiff plastic case. ARTISTSB/082018. Fine.
Minneapolis: Angel Bomb Press, 2020. Limited to 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.
Upland CA: Blackbird Press, 2007 [Distributed in 2010]. Hardcover. Number 40 of 100 copies. Signed by the poet, the book artist, and the illustrator. Writes Gillingwators, "When I first read B. H. Fairchild’s poetry collection The Art of the Lathe, I knew I wanted to publish the opening poem “Beauty” as a letterpress limited edition book. The poem has book characteristics–narrative structure and four, chapter-like divisions–and its visceral, lyrical appeal motivated me." Fairchild's poetry has been widely published and he has been the recipient of numerous awards. The Art of the Lathe was described in the LA Times as "a contemporary classic...finely crafted and perfectly pitched." The book artist continues: "I knew from the initial reading that my book edition would have metal covers, reminiscent of the corrugated-metal buildings that often house machine shops [where the poem takes place]. The making of the book took three years as the book artist and illlustrator learned how to make the tiny metal hinges for the book and how to age the thin aluminum used for the book covers. Each step required research, test trials, and practice. Printed with Centaur and Arrighi monotype on Zerkall Book paper, with linocuts by Alquitela. Housed in a grey clamshell box with title and author in red to spine. In fine condition. 7 x 11". Unpaginated. [11 pages] PRI/031715. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2018. Hardcover. An interesting miniature book from Pat Sweet's Bo Press. She says: "Our alphabet used to be a lot bigger. It used to include letters like ampersand (and), eng ( the sound at the end of words like 'sing'), and the famous long s, which still puzzles readers of old books when it appears in the middle of words looking like 'f' but sounding like 's'. I've taken eleven of these once well-known letters and given each of them a tiny spotlight: illustrating it against a background of medieval tracery, telling a little of its history, and giving some examples in modern fonts (yes, these old letters still turn up in modern typography. You never know when you'll need a conjoined ae.) The book is printed in Kelmscott and Thryomenes on Monarch superfine paper, and bound in a diagonal pattern of cream colored paper and a gold on red medieval-ish print." In fine condition. It measures 2 5/8 x 2 inches. Unpaginated [56 pages]. PRI/060121. Fine.
Ogdensburg, New York: Caliban Press, 2020. Softcover. Number 10 of 100 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Mark writes of his new book: "As it thankfully draws to a close, 2020 has been a year of counting. Counting days, counting votes counting covid cases, counting hospital beds, counting death, counting lost jobs...so a book of numbers doesn't seem as strange as it did back in January or even back in 2009 when I first began it. Initially conceived as a way to document a growing collection of wood type which eventually filled some 53 cases with some 75 fonts. Then realizing that there was too much type...for a single volume showing alphabets, figures, punctuation marks, as well as whole words. I decided to devote the first volume to figures - what printers generally call numerals or numbers. Volume 2 is planned to be complete alphabets, with volume 3 for words, phrases, and declarations....Printed on found, left over, and scrap papers that have accumulated at the press over time. In some instances, a lot of time." Includes papers from many countries and everyone's favorite papermill, Papeterie St. Armand in Montreal. Printed with black, silver, and red inks. As always with Mark's books a lovely volvelle is incorporated. In a red spiral binding measuring 9 x 11 inches. The book is accompanied by an inserted guide to volume 1 that describes aspects of type in general as well as more specific descriptions of wood type faces such as gothics, antiques, romans, etc. A beautifully done whimsical yet serious work on type and life. In fine condition. PRI/011821. Fine.
Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2015. Number 16 of 66 copies signed and numbered by the publisher, Andy Malcolm, the writer of the introduction, Edward Wakeling, and the printer, George A. Walker. The press calls this fine production their Sesquicentennial Edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Edward Wakeling, who wrote the introduction, is an internationally known authority on Carroll. Wakeling writes in his introduction: Harry Furniss was born in Wexford, Ireland on March 26, 1854. He was a prolific artist and illustrator, best remembered for his humorous illustrations published in Punch, to which he contributed over 2,600 drawings from 1880 to 1894. Furniss was eleven years old when Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published. He regretted not being old enough to illustrate the Alice book for himself. He was delighted when Carroll singled him out to illustrate the Sylvie and Bruno books. Carroll recognized Furniss’s ability to draw both character likenesses and grotesques; an essential ingredient for his new book. Sylvie and Bruno was nothing like Alice’s Adventures. Furniss said that this was a bitter disappointment to him. Inwardly, he nursed the ambition to do his own illustrated version of Alice. When the copyright ran out in 1907, he drew twenty illustrations for the book. But few people have seen Alice as illustrated by Harry Furniss. The illustrations first appeared in three installments of The Children’s Encyclopaedia edited by Arthur Mee in 1908. This edition offers for the first time enlarged, high resolution copies of the original Furniss art. The portfolio of loose illustration leaves is made available for sale as a hand printed folio. The polymer plates of the illustrations were made from high resolution scans; sixteen of these images are from the original drawings from the archives of the Fales Library in New York City. Printed on Arches Velin Cream French 100% rag archival paper with Janson type. The portfolio is housed in a clam shell box made from the finest quality materials, with red cloth covers and a gilt illustration of the white rabbit on the top cover and gilt title on spine. In fine condition. Paper sheets measure 11 x 15 inches. PRI/111519. Fine.
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.
Portland, OR: Anne Greenewood, 1993-2009. Softcover. Number 40 of 50 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Greenwood writes in her colophon to this work that she calls a story of transfiguration: "Transfiguration is a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state. This story was conceived in 1993, soon after I had moved to Portland, Oregon leaving behind my home state, North Dakota." The text and black and white illustrations describe the process and effects of change. The type was handset and printed by Alisa Dix and printed on Thai Kozo and Unryu paper. The pale blue paper cover has a background pattern of vintage wallpaper. In fine condition. Measures 6.5 x 8.5 inches. Unpaginated (13 pages). PRI/053020. Fine.
Portland, OR: Anne Greenwood, 2016. Softcover. One of 138 copies. Book artist Anne Greenwood celebrated the life and poetry of Hazel Hall (1886-1924) in a special edition portfolio n with the same title, limited to twelve copies. The portfolio and this chapbook republish Hall's Needlework Poems. This chapbook is laser printed and handbound. The chapbook cover art Tapestry of Hours is the republished Needlework Poems by Hazel Hall, made in an edition of one hundred and thirty-eight laser printed and hand-bound. The cover art is machine sticking in crinoline: the under print is pressure printed, hand=stitched embroidery with pochoir. In fine condition. Measures 6 x 10 inches. 22 pages. PRI/053020. Fine.
Jersey City, NJ: Harsimus Press, 2017. Hardcover. Number 28 of 40 copies, signed and numbered by the book artist. This beautifully produced book by Barbara Henry explores the possibility of life on other planets. It recounts the discovery of a mysterious manuscript and note found on a beach in Maine by a woman named Sonia Duracote. While on a walk she finds a "strange bundle" that turns out to be a book written in the strange alphabet of a language she had ever seen before. After bringing it home, Sonia fell asleep and had a vivid dream in which she is visited by an extra-terrestrial who communicates with her through telepathy. He explained that the beautiful indecipherable text was not language as she understood it but prompts and symbols that evoke sights and sounds without ever becoming words. Following the text of Sonia's story, there is a separate section that has copy of the manuscript on a translucent paper with the text composed in Kliluk, a monotype font designed by book artist Barbara Henry for creating asemic texts as well as for decoration. Asemic means with out semantic value, a purely visual set of characters that look like language. The font is named for a lake in British Columbia that dries in summer into a series of mineral stained pools resembling polka-dots, said to be a terrestrial analog for ancient Martian lakes [artist's statement]. Bound in light blue cloth with title labels to front cover and spine. Hand set in foundry and monotype. The text is printed on Zerkall Book paper and the manuscript is printed on white Linen Wrapper from Canal Paper in Montreal. In fine condition. Measures 9.75 x 10 inches. Unpaginated. PRIVATE/111721. Fine.
Penland School of Crafts, 2017. Hardcover. Number 12 of 16 copies. Signed by the artist. An exploration of women's domestic roles in the late 19th century through the language of Henrik Ibsen's play, "A Doll's House" juxtaposed with pastel renderings of domestic objects. The text oscillates between a husband's dialogue to his wife and her inner dialogue, including: "Has my little spendthrift been wasting money again? ... They all think that I am incapable of anything really serious - that I have gone through nothing in this world of cares.... My little songbird must never do that again. A songbird must have a clean beak to chirp with - no false notes! ...." Grey cloth boards with silhouette of a vessel to front board. Text and images are letterpress printed on cotton and Japanese papers. Size: 7 x 5 inches. ARTB/090320. Fine.
Oakland CA: Littoral Press, 2002. Hardcover. Number 6 of 125 copies. This is one of the ten copies from the Deluxe Edition that are signed on the colophon by sixteen of the seventeen contributors to this poetry and prose anthology (alas, not Frida Kahlo). They include Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran, Claribel Cone, Martha Gies, Robert Hass. Steve Hellman, Marie Howe, Frida Kahlo, Vickie Karp, Stephen Kessler, Rachel Loden, Jane Miller, Janell Moon, Sharon Olds, LIsa Rappoport, Mark Salerno, Joseph Stroud, and Gary Young. Rappoport writes that this book "is dedicated to those we love with a blazing passion, to those we hope will burn in hell, and ideally, to the future separation of the two." She has been a book artist for almost twenty years and her books can be found in many institutional collections. This beautiful accordion book is bound in red and black Thai Unryl reversible paper with a black title label to front cover. Printed with handset Garamond type on Johannot paper with black and blood-red ink. Each volume has unique pastepaper endpapers. With title page drawing of a heart in flames by Bobbe Besold. The book is 11 x 7 folded and 18 feet long unfolded. In fine condition. Unpaginated. [25 pages] PRI/030915. Fine.
New York: Russell Maret, 2021. Number 23 of roughly 90 copies, signed by the book artist. Printed on a variety of vintage hand- and mould-made papers and handset in Cádiz Ornaments, Baker, and Hungry Dutch types, making this the second book Maret has printed entirely from metal typefaces that he designed. Maret writes in detail of the making of this book on his web page. From his fascinating description: "In 2013 I designed a couple of typographic ornaments while thinking of the pavement designs around the city hall in Cádiz, Spain. The ornaments were not intended to be reproductions of any specific pavement designs, they were simply prompted by the memory of a lovely day walking around Cádiz. Once the metal ornaments were in my hands, I realized that they could be assembled into many more combinations than I had originally imagined. I began to think about a small specimen book. Many of the Cádiz patterns I was designing reminded me of textile designs and, unlike my book Ornamental Digressions, I initially wanted the Cádiz book to starkly emphasize the ornaments’ patterning structure, rather than to concentrate on potential color applications. As part of my bookmaking process I always need to break through a certain amount of thick-headedness before I can get to where I want to be. In the case of this book the breakthrough happened while showing the prints to Annie. After looking through my endless permutations, Annie suggested that I might not need to show every combination, that in fact it might be a more engaging book if there was a bit of surprise, a little variety. This may sound obvious now but, once in it, it can be very hard to see over the walls of a design rut. Finally, the stagnation broke when I realized that I was concentrating on how the pages looked rather than what I wanted the book to be. And what I wanted was a book that felt like a salesman’s swatch book, something assembled from different shapes and sizes, that showed potential without being restrictive, that was not too neatly put together, that had a bit of randomness to it. I began looking through my flat files and found all kinds of vintage papers, none of which I had enough to print an entire edition. They would be perfect for this book. [He changed his ] five-signature dummy into a single signature of a mere 41 press runs. (After printing the book, I realized that some of the sheets had an unacceptable level of show-through. Rather than discard these sheets, I added an “Appendix,” a second signature in which the sheets could be seen, but at a remove from the rest of the book. To make this happen required a final, 42nd pressrun. Not exactly a small specimen book….)" This beautiful book was designed by Russell Maret and printed by him and Sarah Moody during the Covid-19 pandemic. All of the patterns are made from two pieces that were engraved and cast by Ed Rayher at Swamp Press. In fine condition. Measures 9.25 x 6.375 inches. Housed in an acrylic slipcase. ARTISTSB/112321 I.
Maplewood, NJ: Olchef Press, 2020. Number 12 of 55 copies. Signed by the poet and signed and numbered by the book artist, Sydney Jean Reisen. Reisen studied at Rutgers and at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Her books can be found in several collections nationally including the Library of Congress, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Getty Institute. Poet John Yau (1950 - ) has published over 50 books of poetry, fiction, and art criticism. His first book of poetry was published in 1976. Since then, he has won acclaim for his poetry’s attentiveness to visual culture and linguistic surface. In poems that frequently pun, trope, and play with the English language [Poetry Foundation]. Catullus (c. 84 – c. 54 BC), was a Latin poet of the late Roman Republic who wrote chiefly in the neoteric style of poetry, focusing on personal life rather than classical heroes. His surviving works are still read widely and continue to influence poetry and other forms of art [Wikipedia]. This lovely book marries Yau's evocative poem to Reisen's thoughtful and beautifully executed artist's book. She writes in her prospectus: "If Catullus is going to sail to China he better have a boat that floats. John Yau’s words take a poet to his destination, but words are impermanent. Printing, in particular letterpress, give words physicality, it forms and protects them. Printing creates text. It was the mission of this book to not impede the words’ journey by making sure the text was equally seaworthy. First, there needed to be a sea. The element of water was introduced by the flexible fibers of kozo paper. Kozo was the right substrate, but in turn it created problems of buoyancy. Another characteristic of the paper, transparency, sunk the text into a puddle. To open the route and keep the text afloat, a rig and a crew were implemented. The structure of the book, the materials, and printing techniques were developed to fill these roles. Once the text was secure on the surface, the book granted the text more liberties. It was able to rise and fall, fly and dive as it journeyed eastward. Hopefully the reader enjoys the ride more than Catullus. Nine poems are printed on Sekishu and color kozo from Hiromi Paper and stab bound in a shop-made muslin bookcloth to construct a fluid and strong book. The texts are set in cold metal Bembo in tandem with prints crafted with ornamental letterpress, wood and resingrave block, and pochoir. The applied colors are distemper inks derived from historic recipes for preindustrial wallpaper production." Housed in a black archival box with a white spine with black titling. In fine condition. Book measures 6 x 7 inches; Box is 7 x 8 inches. ARTB/092821. Fine.
Bronx, NY: Plotzing Press, 2003. Hardcover. Number 21 of 35 copies. A graduate from SUNY College, Tammy Wofsey now lives and works in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx, New York. She studied with Antonio Frasoni and printed at Robert Blackburn’s Printmaking workshop before establishing her own studio. Her work has been exhibited around the world and is held in several institutional collections including Yale University, the Library of Congress, and Duke University. She has won several awards including the BRIO Award from the Bronx Council on the Arts. Her beautifully constructed books often address such societal issues as war, climate change, and with this book, the food we eat. She writes: "Mankind is now at the helm of deciding what the future will be with the food we eat. The animals eating junk food represent the global problems created by genetic engineering and monoculture farming. The wild animals in this book are smart enough not to consume our creations. Once set in motion there will be no way to revert the changes corporations are making to our food chain. The animals leave the colorful junk food for the natural world leaving behind the question only the future will tell, what will be the color of regret?" The book is an accordion-fold with the pages unfolding to reveal Tammy's etched and watercolor images of animals and plants. They are printed on Coventry Medium paper with the text in Times New Roman. The cream color boards are covered with a cream dust jacket with delicate dry point illustrations of plants on the front and back flaps. The book is housed in a bright hand painted Japanese Paper Box with hand made paper, by Dieu Donne. The book measures 6 x 6 inches. The box measures 6.25 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches. In fine condition. Unpaginated [56 pages]. Fine.
Rutland, VT: Carolyn Shattuck, n.d. Open edition of this beautifully crafted origami-designed book. This collaborative book was made to commemorate Carolyn's experience living in Okinawa for three years. The folds of the book reflect traditional patterns from Edo craftsmen. These fine patterns represent the distinguishing tastes of Edo including stylishness, sophistication and refinement. The haiku created by Victoria describe their reverence for our home and harbour, Earth (from colophon). Digitally printed on Epson Matte and Japanese Washi paper. The boards are covered in lovely Genji cloth with paper title label, with ribbons to close the book or to hold the pages open. 4.5 x 4.5 x 1 inches. In fine condition. ARTISTS/062819. Fine.
Chicago: Starshaped Press, 2020. One of 40 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. This splendid production from Jennifer Farrell's Starshaped Press celebrates her love for Chicago and showcases the impressive type and ornament collection that she has gathered and uses for her work. For this production she created ten multi-colored prints, or ELEVATIONS, that cover the themes of printing, women, labor, music, neighborhoods, architecture, motherhood and perseverance. Each tells a story in image and anecdote while featuring a grouping of typefaces based on her approach to the subject. Ten CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS designed to resemble traditional architectural bluelines explain and document the text and typography of the prints. Each set is held in an archival folder and housed in a clamshell box. She writes: "Since 1999, Starshaped Press has stayed true to the original craft of letterpress, disregarding the naysayers that claim antique metal & wood type is too limiting for quality design. With solid presswork and hard working midwestern gumption, I like to buck popular trends by showcasing the beauty and relevance of well-designed, historic type. Unlike most letterpress shops, Starshaped focuses on reusing existing materials (some over 150 years old) for all projects, meaning no plastic is ever used in production. The substantial metal type collection at Starshaped Press is constantly growing and evolving alongside my life experiences that are deeply rooted in Chicago. The urban environment is the backdrop for this typographic memoir that showcases the studio’s type collection and serves as a pictorial representation of the first 25 years of my life in the city." Printed on Mohawk Superfine Cover paper. The clamshell box is covered with red cloth with a pictorial title label affixed to the cover. Fine condition. Prints measure 11 x 17 inches. Box is 11.75 x 18 inches. ARTISTSB/061920. Fine.
Chicago: Starshaped Press, 2021. 1 of 40 copies. A new abecedarium from the Starshaped Press that creates each letter using only 12 point metal type and ornament. Each and every sort in the book must have 12 points along at least one side. Includes title page, colophon, 26 letters and a final ampersand. A soft cover book bound with a wraparound cover and screw posts. Letterpress printed on Somerset gray with interior pages of Zerkall soft white. Each letter is printed in two colors. Size: 12 inches square. [58 pages.] ARTB/111621. Fine.
Chicago: Starshaped Press, 2021. 1 of 50 copies. Printed as part of the Project Chicago campaign - which involved working with the Design Museum of Chicago to invite artists to help spread the word about getting vaccinated. The project called for only digital art, but the Starshaped Press decided to create a set a of limited edition posters that encompass the elements of Chicago - from its buildings and gardens to its neighborhoods, with a message to consider both self, family, and community. This poster is not only intended to promote the Covid-19 vaccine, but all vaccines. It is a reminder of the good work that these shots do. Letterpress printed in 7 colors on recycled white card stock. Proceeds from sales benefit Heartland Alliance and Howard Brown Health, two Chicago based organizations working hard to get vaccines to marginalized populations of the city. Size: 14 inches square. Fine.
Chicago: Starshaped Press, 2019. Hardcover. Number 6 of 50 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. This powerful book was created by book artist and printer Jen Farrell to describe the pain and anguish she experienced as Jo, her young daughter, was treated in 2018 to stem the growth of tumor nodules around her right lung. She writes: "While the treatments were challenging, the fallout that followed over the winter was unbearable. The chest pressure, pneumonitis and inability to breathe sent us to the hospital repeatedly, with unsatisfactory results. By ‘unsatisfactory’ I mean punching-a-hole-in-the-wall angry at the lack of understanding about why Jo had these side effects and the weeks, sometimes months, it took to get appointments with specialists. I sought solace in songs that directed my frustration away from people around me. One of these was Black Star’s Respiration, with lyrics that expressed a metaphorical difficulty to breathe in an urban environment. Many of the words applied to our reality; rewriting the lyrics was an outlet for acknowledging the trauma....Respiration is a rewrite of the song, but in this case applied to watching my child struggle to breathe." The book unfolds as a poster measuring 20x14 inches that folds down to approximately 5x 7 inches within red paper covered boards. The covers are printed in two colors on Mohawk Keakolour and the interior text is printed on Fabriano Tiziano paper with ‘fuzz’ in the texture as a nod to the scarring fuzz in Jo’s lungs. The book is accompanied by a white folded paper reference guide to the lyrics with notes on Jen's rewrites. In fine condition. Fine.
(Staten Island, NY): Stone Street Press, 1990. Paperback. Three charming handmade books by Irish book artist Malachi McCormick housed in a handmade slipcase featuring Gaelic text that has been translated into English by the book artist. Some of the original Gaelic has also been reproduced. Each booklet is bound in paper wrappers with hand written title in gold to front covers. The slipcase is covered in light brown textured paper and is also labeled by hand on both the front and rear panels. It is numbered 555, but no indication of limitation is given. Each booklet is about 18 pages. PRI/081420. Very Good.