Omaha. NE: Abattoir Editions, The University of Nebraska, 1985. First Edition. Hardcover. LIMITED FIRST EDITION. NUMBER 56 OF 200 COPIES. Olive green cloth with black title to white label on the spine. Label darkened at lower edge, otherwise fine, without printed dust jacket, as issued. In glassine dust jacket. Vietnam War poetry. PRI/102416. Near Fine.
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Ichikawa City, Japan: Kotosubo, 2014. Softcover. 1 of 60 copies. An exquisite handmade notebook with a silk binding and Japanese paper created by Japanese miniature book artist Miyako Akai. Miyako delights in the miniature book form and has won awards for her work from the Miniature Book Society. The 60 books in the edition have covers done with various Japanese silk patterns. This copy has a brown and cream repetitive design. The binding is stitched together with thin color ribbons. The book's pages have no text but most are printed with delicate designs, ornaments, or illustrations in different colors. The front pastedown has the name of the press and the date, while the rear pastedown has text in Japanese. In fine condition. Measures 3 x 4.25 inches. Unpaginated [62 pages] PRI/080117. Fine.
West Chester, PA: Aralia Press, 2008. Hardcover. 1 of 200 copies. Translated by a renowned American poet, James Merrill (1926 - 1995). An avid traveller to Athens, Merrill wrote often of Greek locales and themes, so it is appropriate that he chose to translate the work of one of the finest Greek poets, C.P. Cavafy (1863 - 1933). These were the only four poems by Cavafy that Merrill chose to translate. Fine in black cloth backed marbled covered boards with white title pastedown to spine. Printed from Bembo and Romulus Open types on Rives Heavy paper by Jon Mooallem, Michael Peich, and Dan Stone. Beautifully bound by Lawrence Yerkes. A lovely copy in near fine condition. Unpaginated. [10 pages.] PRI/121216. Fine.
West Chester University: Aralia Press, 1991. Softcover. One of 200 unnumbered copies. There were also 50 signed press copies and seven presentation copies. A moving collection of seven poems published after the death of Gioia's infant son and dedicated to him. Gioia is a noted poet and critic and was the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003-2009. He is currently a professor at the University of Souther California. Bound in handmade flax papers. Beautifully printed by Michael Peich on Vandercook Universal I press from Spectrum and Hunt Roman types on Umbria paper. With black and white drawing by Testa on title page. 7.5 x 12 inches. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/062118. Fine.
San Diego: Bay Park Press, 2008. Hardcover. Number 46 of 50 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist, who states that "this limited edition...was printed from the original artist's book of drawings done in gouache, watercolor and crayon of the woolen animals made by the women of San Cristobal in Chiapas, Mexico. These ' portraits' are an attempt to share the warmth and humor that these animals generate." The result is a brightly colored accordian style book with pictures of animals on one side and a blue & white design on the other. Bound in orange paste paper with yellow paper label with title and author on front cover. In fine condition. 5 x 5 inches. PRI/072712. Fine.
Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1985. Hardcover. One of 200 cloth trade copies. Inscribed on the title-page. "For Martin & Tracy / with all love on this / good day - in your / new space/ Joel Oppenheimer/ 2/22/86/ Swedesburg." Bound in the original quarter cloth with printed paper boards and dark blue paper title pastedown to spine. Top edge spotted, a few spots of foxing to covers, and small spot to front endpaper; otherwise very good in acetate jacket as issued. A few creases to acetate. 148 pages. POE/101316. Very Good.
Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1979. Hardcover. First Edition. Letter N of 26 copies hand-bound in boards, lettered and signed by the author. There were many copies issued in paper wrappers and also 200 hardcover copies signed by the author. "Rochelle Owens is the award-winning author of many controversial and innovative plays and a pioneer in the experimental off-Broadway movement" (last page, unnumbered). Bound in quarter decorated cloth with green paper boards and green paper title label to spine. Fine in acetate dust jacket. 152 pages. PRI/101416. Fine.
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1969. Hardcover. First Edition. Number 121 of 150 numbered copies in hardcover, signed by the author. There were also 300 signed copies issued in paper wrappers and 250 unsigned copies issued also in paper wrappers. Printed by Noel Young. Includes 17 poems. Bound in quarter patterned cloth and olive green paper covered boards with printed paper label on the spine and illustration on front cover. Clean and bright. Very fine in clear plastic dust jacket, with minor wear to edges of jacket. 33 pages. PRI/101416. Fine.
Washington DC: Blue House Press, 1989. Softcover. Number 34 of 500 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. Nancy Garruba is a writer, photographer, and graphic designer. Her artists' books have been collected by many museums and libraries. This scarce work is a meditation on birth and death after the loss of a baby. The contemplative text is accompanied by monochromatic photographs of sky, clouds, water, along with that of a woman giving birth and a solitary unmoving figure. The book can be opened as a codex or fanned out in carousel fashion to see all of the pages at once. Transparent covers reveal the photographic paper boards with title. In near fine condition with slightest wear to corners of covers. 7.5 x 7.5 inches. Unpaginated. PI/050218. Near Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, (2013). Hardcover. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. Number 26 of 50 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. "We all know how the story goes: Jonathan Harker leaves the inn at the beginning of 'Dracula', and is dropped off at the crossroads by the coachman, who is afraid to take him any further. But there is another part of the story, one that Stoker's editor (so the story goes) persuaded him to omit. In this version, Harker demands to be taken down a side road that leads to a long-abandoned village, with dire results. This is the story of that dangerous digression: 'Dracula's Guest', published posthumously in 1914. It may have been a part of the novel, or it may not. The narrator is never named, and seems unlike the characterization of Harker in the novel. You can be the judge" (book artist). Designed, printed, and bound by Pat Sweet. Includes 5 illustrations. and endpapers decorated with a flying bat's wing. Bound in black and gold Japanese chiyogami paper with blood red cloth spine. 74 pages. Measures 2 1/16 inches x 1 1/2 inches. PRI/121416. Fine.
Bracketpress, 2008. Hard Cover. 1 of 60 copies printed for subscribers to the Incline Press. This essay, first written for the Idler, appeared in issue No. 41 - The Q.I. Issue, published on the fist day of May 2008. Fine in grey cloth backed grey paper covered boards with black title to front board. Pristine interior printed in Morris Golden type with Morris ornaments and frontispiece illustration by Edward Burne-Jones (reprinted from 'A Dream of John Ball and A King's Lesson' by William Morris) on Zerkall edelweiss halbmatt paper. Includes a laid-in 4 page facsimile letter by Morris. 13 pages. MOR/121216. Fine.