[Raleigh NC]: Jon Kolkin, 2014. Hardcover. Number 37 of 50 copies. Inscribed: "May you experience Inner Harmony as you continue along your life's journey - Jon Kolkin #37/50." Kolkin is a fine arts photographer, Buddhist, and an international speaker on achieving a more enriching and balanced life. This beautiful book has thirty black and white images selected from his photographic series, Inner Harmony. The evocative and mysterious photographs were taken at Buddhist monasteries in China and Bhutan. The text is both in English and traditional Chinese with calligraphy created by Oi Yee Tai. Bound in black Japanese cloth and bound using a traditional Chinese binding technique. In fine condition. 12 x 13 inches. 72 pages. PRI/031215. Fine.
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2007. Hardcover. Number 18 of 26 copies. Numbered and signed by the book artist. This book was inspired by a Little Red Riding Hood doll that the artist had as a child. "When Little Red is turned upside down, the wolf, in grandmother's clothing, is revealed under her skirts. A long lost music box, embedded in her back, played 'Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf.'" Includes text from the poem "Silver and Gold" by Ellen Steiber (1994). The featured wood engraving is by Gustav Dore (1869). Fine in red cloth boards with black title and illustration printed on front cover. The book is accordion bound and printed in black and red. Housed in a plain black paper envelope. Unpaginated (6 pages). ARTB/103018. Fine.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Viewpoint Editions, 2015. Number 2 of 10 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. This handsome and intriguing work is from well-known artist Dorothy "Dot" Krause. In her artist's statement she describes her work: "My work includes large scale mixed media pieces, artist books and book-like objects that bridge between these two forms. It embeds archetypal symbols and fragments of image and text in multiple layers of texture and meaning. It combines the humblest of materials, plaster, tar, wax and pigment, with the latest in technology to evoke the past and herald the future. My art-making is an integrated mode of inquiry that links concept and media in an ongoing dialogue - a visible means of exploring meaning. " "PreScribe" exemplifies her artistic philosophy. This work perhaps offers a statement on the medical and pharmaceutical professions and also the impact of opioid drugs in our current society. As Dot states on the title page, Prescribe "is from the Latin prae +scribere to write previously, to recommend, advise, authorize or order the use of a drug or other remedy." In this portfolio, images are printed on pages from a prescription ledger kept by a pharmacy in the late 1800’s and housed in a black paper over boards box covered with prescription images and lined with red handmade paper. The imagery is taken from work that was produced during an Artist-in-Residency at Harvard’s Countway Library, one of the world’s leading collections of medical history. Photographs of their anatomical specimens, medical artifacts, rare books and manuscripts are incorporated. The processes include prints onto the ledger pages using Pronto, Toray and Solar intaglio and planographic plates and Gocco screens. The title page, introduction and colophon are letterpress printed on Rives BFK tan. The font used for the title is “Ambulance Shotgun” by Guillaume Seguin. Completed at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Boca Raton, Florida. The book measures 11.5 x 17.25 inches and is housed in a box 12 x 18” inches. 9 pages + title/introduction and colophon. In fine condition. Fine.
Montreal: les editions du silence, 2004. Number 4 of 26 copies. The artists began working on this project in June of 2002 and did not complete the edition until nearly two years later. This is an unusually long period of time given the small number of the edition, though it can easily be understood given the detail and craftsmanship of this work of art. A custom-made paper covered file box with a removable lid contains a booklet for each of the 26 letters of the alphabet. Each booklet is filed in order alphabetically within the box. Thick handmade paper is accordion folded to create a separate compartment for each letter. Each booklet represents its letter differently with various papers, fonts, binding styles, cutouts, movables, and pop-ups. For example, the book for ‘W’ is stab bound in black paper wrappers with ‘W’ printed in a pattern on the front wrapper. The interior page is bright orange and is folded to create a pocket that holds a large, removable, black paper W. An artistic and innovative exploration of the alphabet. ARTB/100616. Fine.
San Francisco: Deeply Game Publications, 2012. Hardcover. Number 45 of 55 copies. Signed by the author and book artists. Book artist Sara Press collaborated with Andrew Rottner to create this exquisite tribute to printing’s golden age. "The story, by Christina Lauritsen, mis-remembers H.C. Andersen’s classic tale of the same name, transforming it into a story of revelation and madness. The visual progression of the book mirrors the plot, pitting the beauty of the decorative arts against the intense and unpredictable messiness of human experience. This book confronts the inevitability of loss and bows to intellectual freedom and its attendant risks." [artists' statement]. The book is printed in Garamond and Bembo types on Moab Entrada paper. It features two 26 inch wide foldouts with illustrations by Rottner. The striking cover is done from a cut-marbled-paper and brocade. The book measures 7 x 9 inches. It is unpaginated. Deeply Game Productions creates and distributes the art works of Sara Press and her collaborators. Sara L. Press is a photographer, printmaker and book artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Many of her projects examine peculiar areas of overlap between nature and culture (for example: dog fighting, feral children, and our co-evolution with snakes). Sara has also wrestled with the relationship between creativity and the scientific method. Recently, Sara has turned to constructions of masculinity and femininity in our culture (such as human bloodsports and altered fairy-tales). Her work can be seen in public collections around the country and are also in many library and private collections. A lovely book in fine condition. PRI/021919. Fine.
Rochester NY: Leopard, Sue Huggins, 2005. Leopard, Sue Huggins. Hardcover. 8vo. 3 of 10 copies. SIGNED BY ARTIST. Lovely work by this noted printmaker and book artist. Fine in beige cloth boards with title label on front and long beige ribbon ties. Six accordion style fold out pages reproduce stunning color prints by Huggins, each with a water theme. Unpaginated. PRI/051107. Fine.
Rochester, NY: Sue Huggins Leopard, 2005. Leopard, Sue Huggins. Hardcover. 16mo -. 19 of 50 copies. SIGNED BY ARTIST. An interesting book without words by this noted book artist and printmaker. Black and white lineleom block prints on accordian folded pages indeed depict a predatory bird stealing a baby. The primitive looking prints evoke the eeriness of the event. Inkjet printed on Kaji paper at the Weekend Print Shop. Bound in black cloth with long red ribbon ties, and signed on colophon by artist. Unpaginated. PRI/051107. Fine.
Kensington/Berkeley CA: Liminal Press, 2017. Hardcover. Number 9 of 10 copies. Signed by Richards and Sibony. “Stained is a collaborative book of word and image, pigment and fiber, documenting the emotional experience—bright lightness, dark depths—and reckoning of motherhood” (colophon). It is an intensely personal yet universal statement on being a mother. In her artist’s statement, Camden writes: “As an artist, I focus on telling the stories of people and places that are in danger of being lost or forgotten, with a focus on women, children and the environment. History repeats itself too often: by telling these stories I help others to remember, to learn from the past, and to take action for the sake of our present and future... I am specifically drawn to the artist’s book format as a sculptural medium to convey these stories because it is tangible, experiential, and provides an interactive experience for the viewer.” Camden’s powerful and beautifully produced books have been in numerous exhibitions and are in many public and private collections throughout the country and in Canada. She both studied and taught at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Stained is bound in the buttonhole style with stiff white paper boards and brown title to front cover. Accenting Camden’s poignant poem are eight unique non-objective monotypes by Sibony and leaves of white handmade paper that resemble weavings by Patti Harden. The photographic collages are ink jet printed on Canson Vidalon Vellum. Text set in Zuzana Licko’s Mrs Eaves and letterpress printed by Richards on a Vandercook 4 proofing press. Monotypes were pulled in counterpoint to the text on a Takach etching press on BFK paper. The book is housed in a custom clamshell box with hand painted beige book cloth by Sibony. Box construction by John DeMerritt. Size: 10 x 15 inches, Unpaginated [56 pages]. ARTISTSBOOK/061217. Fine.
Petersham, MA: The Lone Oak Press, 2012. Hardcover. Master wood engraver Abigail Rorer is considered one of the finest engravers working today. She founded her Lone Oak Press in 1989 and has published many beautiful works that often focus on nature - animals, flowers, trees, and water. Abigail has also provided lovely illustrations for other private and commercial presses. Her fine press books have been in numerous exhibitions in the U.S., U.K., and Ireland. They can be found in many public and private collections.Number 12 of 14 deluxe copies. A total of 60 copies were printed. Numbered and signed by the book artist. “In the Lone Oak Press book Mimpish Squinnies we focused on fourteen plants that British plant explorer Reginald Farrer (1880 - 1920) disliked with a passion. In this new book, we join Farrer on a journey to the Alps in his quest to see in situ one of his most beloved plants, Eritrichium nanum, also known as King of the Alps” (prospectus). In addition to the book, this deluxe edition includes an essay by book artist Abigail Rorer discussing the trials and tribulations of trying to grow Eritrichium nanum, a botanical illustration in watercolor of the King of the Alps, a pseudo herbarium specimen of Eritrichium nanum, and an extra suite of prints from the book with an experimental print using various engravings from the book and related material. All housed within a large black cloth clamshell box with black leather spine titled in silver. A splendid work by this noted wood engraver. In fine condition. Fine.
Petersham, MA: The Lone Oak Press, 2005. Hardcover. Number 9 of 70 signed and numbered copies. There were also 14 deluxe copies with an extra set of prints and an original block. This beautiful production from master printmaker, Abigail Rorer, is a tribute to Henry David Thoreau and his celebration of the wonders of nature. In Ms. Rorer's description of her book, she says that "woodland pools, spring-holes, and ditches are all terms used by Thoreau to describe vernal pools; ephemeral springtime wetlands that often dry up in the summer and are vital breeding habitats for many species ranging from wood frogs, spadefoot toads, spotted salamanders....In New England these pools are an important part of the landscape and the rites of spring. The book comprises selected entries from Thoreau's Journal for the months of March, April, and May  to give a sense of the awakening spring and teeming life...at this time of year. Thoreau puts so beautifully into words what one woud see, hear, and feel when out in nature at this time of the year." The enlightening introduction is written by renowned Thoreau scholar, Bradley P. Dean. Accompanying the text are twenty-eight marvelous wood-engravings, some with hand-coloring, by Ms. Rorer. They are based on the landscape and pools that Thoreau explored. The book was designed and printed by Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press on Zerkall Book in Baskerville type. Barbara Blumenthal bound the book in quarter brown morocco leather with marbled paper by Iris Nevins for the covers. Housed in a grey-green cloth clamshell box with the same marbled paper on the edges and spine. The result of the collaboration of these book artists is this stunning edition. 92 pages. PRI/081417. Fine.
Eugene, OR: Susan Lowdermilk, 2002. Hardcover. One of 35 copies. Susan Lowdermilk is a book artist and printmaker working in traditional processes such as woodcut, wood engraving and intaglio etching as well as digital media. Her artist’s books involve movable parts, pop-ups and LED circuitry. She is a professor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, teaching courses in printmaking, artist books and graphic design. Her work has been collected by over 60 public institutions including, the Getty Museum, the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library. Her artist’s books are represented in galleries throughout the United States. She earned her Master’s of Fine Art from the University of Oregon. This inventive book uses a six panel Jacob's ladder structure with the panels connected by black ribbon. Images of rock, paper, and scissors appear in each panel and are printed from black and grey woodcuts. The panel backgrounds are carved to imitate wood grain. Housed in a grey and black chemise. In fine condition. 4 x 4 inches closed. ARTISTSB/073118. Fine.
Eugene, OR: Susan Lowdermilk, 2016. Susan Lowdermilk is a book artist and printmaker working in traditional processes such as woodcut, wood engraving and intaglio etching as well as digital media. Her books involve movable parts, pop-ups and LED circuitry. Her artists’ books are in the collections of many university libraries, public libraries and museums. She is a professor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon where she teaches courses in printmaking, artist books and graphic design. Susan earned her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon in Eugene and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Colorado State University. In her artist’s statement she writes: “Through my art practice as a printmaker and book artist, I reflect my life experiences and relate them to a broader sense of the human condition: struggles, transitions, choices and the inevitable element of chance. I explore and express these themes through familiar forms and shapes, symbolic of humankind’s shared stories as we, as individuals, progress from one day to the next.” Number 14 of 30 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. In this inventive work, Lowdermilk uses Emily Dickinson’s poem to examine the inherent interconnection of environmental elements. She uses three dimensional pop-up shapes to complement Dickinson’s words. Bound in blue-green cloth covers with vertical decorated paper inset to front cover. Includes four pop-up spreads tipped at the fore-edges with an exposed concertina spine. Printed in Twentieth Century type on Vanguard Recycled Plus paper. Unpaginated. In fine condition. Size: 7.25 x 9.25 x 1 inches. ARTISTSBOOK/073118.
Kensington MD: Lion Stone Books, 2013. Softcover. Number 37 of 650 copies. Signed by the book artist and author of essay. "Clothed in Bark's unconventional words and images connect the reader with the issues of forests, globalization and climate that haunt our world today" (Carter Roberts, President and CEO World Wildlife Fund). Sallie Lowenstein has transformed her photographs of tree bark by drawing on top of each image to accentuate the lines and patterns formed by nature. Her images are paired with an essay on climate change by her brother, former head of the Nature Conservancy's North America Conservation Region's Forest Health Program. Each copy is in a unique binding. Bound by hand in flexible dark brown leather wrappers decorated with an intricate pattern of circular punches. Sewn with a medieval long stitch, which is then woven in a pattern resembling tree bark. Housed in a cardboard box with velcro closures and plastic bag insert, which holds the book in place inside of the box. Images from the book decorate the exterior of the box. Unpaginated. [60 pages.] ARTB/051214. Fine.
Kensington MD: Lion Stone Books, 2013. Softcover. Number 48 of 650 copies. Signed by the book artist and author of essay. "Clothed in Bark's unconventional words and images connect the reader with the issues of forests, globalization and climate that haunt our world today" (Carter Roberts, President and CEO World Wildlife Fund). Sallie Lowenstein has transformed her photographs of tree bark by drawing on top of each image to accentuate the lines and patterns formed by nature. Her images are paired with an essay on climate change by her brother, former head of the Nature Conservancy's North America Conservation Region's Forest Health Program. Each copy is in a unique binding. Bound by hand in flexible brown pigskin wrappers decorated with an intricate pattern of circular punches. Sewn with a medieval long stitch, which is then woven in a pattern resembling tree bark. Housed in a cardboard box with velcro closures and plastic bag insert, which holds the book in place inside of the box. Images from the book decorate the exterior of the box. Unpaginated. [60 pages.] ARTB/051214. Fine.
Oakland, CA: Lunation Press, 1992. Hardcover. Number 2 of 45 copies, signed and initialed by the book artist. The late Marylee Bytheriver was a skilled book artist and print maker. Her focus on book arts came later in life. After a twenty-year break between her sophomore and junior years in college, Marylee return to school to complete her B.A. in Book Arts at Mills College, Oakland, California. She graduated with honors in 1991. She established Lunation Press in Oakland where she created books that were a tribute to her creativity and dedication to the environment. Her books can be seen in public collections nationwide including the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This personal work about the effects of color on one's life is excerpted from "The Tyranny of Color," first printed in July 1986 in the monthly "Mendocino Country" journal. After a childhood and early adulthood with wardrobes limited to blue and brown, Marylee writes that she realized that she enjoyed wearing and decorating in bright colors and began to do so. She further realized that "when we surround ourselves with dull dark, neutral colors, we live dull, dark, and neutral lives." This transformation is visually shown by "swatches" of color on the pages to accompany the text. Printed on white Johannot French paper that is collaged with color Moriki papers from Japan (the swatches). The text was composed in Kabel Medium on a Macintosh computer and then transformed into polymer plates. The plates and various rules and ornaments were printed on a Vandercook Proof Press. Bound in red paper covered boards with a blue linen spine. In fine condition. 9 x 9 inches. Unpaginated (about 17 pages). ARTISTSB/071218. Fine.
Barcelona: Printed at The Folio Club for Sandra March, 2014. Hardcover. Number 83 of 100 copies signed and numbered by Sandra March. Text in Spanish, Catalan, and English. March is a talented young book and installation artist. With this work she draws a metaphorical, graphic, and auditory journey captured by words, illustrations, and sound. Thus the contents comprise the book, two posters, and a CD. She writes that this project has a scientific basis with a therapeutic and artistic impulse, starting on a subconscious level after losing both her sister and her father from heart diseases. The journey goes from a symbolic loss of the heart until its restoration, through a tour of the beautiful and varied morphology of the cardiac systems of thirty-one different animals and the sounds of their heartbeats. The heartbeat sounds are from a jellyfish, starfish, black widow spider, giant tortoise, Nile crocodile, frog, parakeet, and human being among many others There were a number of contributors to this project, including the biologist Francesc Uribe Porta, sound engineer Vicente Rosati, and illustrator Raquel Bullon. Bound in a white cardboard CD case, with posters attached to the back cover by a pink elastic band and CD held on the middle fold of the case. In fine condition. 58 pages. PRI/042715. Fine.
Barcelona: Printed at The Private Space for Sandra March, 2012. One of 100 copies. This collection of booklets is the catalogue for Projecte Antomica, an inventive and thought-provoking project by Spanish book and installation artist, Sandra March. The booklets feature images of chastity belts, anatomical drawings of figures in enticing positions, altered historical paintings to depict dissections of breasts, and much more. One collage of nude self-portraits bears the slogan "My body is your battleground." This is a disturbing but fascinating project. March describes it as a "work that operates somewhere between the old and the new, plays with the imagination, and uses irony to discuss the excessive aestheticism of the current era,demystifying it. It consists of different parts organized around two themes, the representation of the human body and anatomy. The project and the book consist of eight pieces that are numbered and correlated. They allow the project to be considered as a whole or as independent parts. Various media were used in this project, including drawings, computer graphics, photography, and sculpture. The catalogue also includes two additional booklets - the prologue and the documentation. The latter has a bibliography and a physical description of each part of the catalogue. Text is in Spanish, Catalan, and English. In fine condition. The ten booklets are housed in a brown paper envelope that in turn is in a tulle bag. Each piece is 8 x 11 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/120414. Fine.
Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1860. Chicago binder, book, and installation artist Karen Hanmer’s intimate, playful works fragment and layer text and image to intertwine memory, cultural history, and the history of science. Her work weds the ancient art of book binding with the high tech use of the computer to aid her process. The intimate scale and the gestures of exploration required to travel through each piece evoke the experience of looking through an album, a diary, or the belongings of a loved one. However, her works often take the forms of games or puzzles, and many include witty text. Karen Hanmer has created a beautiful and unique leather binding for this classic book about Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition that was one of many to search for the elusive Northwest Passage, a sea route through the Arctic connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Franklin’s two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, became trapped in sea ice and were abandoned in 1848. None of the 129 man crew survived, and the ships were believed to be lost. The Voyage of the ‘Fox’ in the Arctic Seas is an account of one of numerous expeditions to search for Franklin’s ships and crew. Karen began working on this binding in August of 2014, the same time another expedition to search for Franklin’s ships began. The well-preserved wreckage of HMS Erebus was found on September 7, 2014. The design for her binding was inspired by historic and contemporary photographs, paintings and illustrations of sea ice and Arctic exploration. The book was rebound in full teal goatskin, with white, blue, and green buffalo and calf vellum inlays to both outer and inner covers. The inlays are in various shapes to represent floating ice. There are public domain images of historic shipwrecks injket printed and then laminated behind the vellum inlays. With hand-sewn, French-style headbands and graphite to top edges. The book’s original cloth covers are bound in at front and rear. The book is housed in a green cloth clamshell box with leather title label to spine. The green suede interior of the box has narrow cutout spaces to accommodate the cover’s inlays. In fine condition. Size: 7.75 x 5.25 x 1.5 inches. PRI/061917.
North Adams, MA: Messenger Press, 2004. Hardcover. Number 26 of 40 copies signed and numbered by book artist Valerie Carrigan. She won the Juror's Award for best book in show in 2014 at Pyramid Atlantic's biannual book arts fair. The book was also selected for the juried exhibition of the 100th Anniversary of the Guild of Book Workers. Valerie created this moving and compelling work in tribute to her sister after she died. Powerful close-up black and white images of birds are juxtaposed with text about encounters with birds Valerie experienced. The birds presented in the book - a barred owl, northern flicker, bald eagle, pileated woodpecker, and evening grosbeak - "are messengers, urging us to pay attention to the world around and within us". In the colophon she writes: "Wonder strikes at the soul unexpectedly against a backdrop of the common and everyday. "Messenger" was born of such moments, created for Julie Rae Carrigan who believed all living things have souls." With five loose bird images, each in a paper folder with letterpress text on the front cover. The images began as monotypes and translated to offset lithography. Printed on Arches Hot Press. Text was set in Tiepolo and printed from polymer plates on Mohawk Satin Cover. Housed in a grey silk covered slipcase with bird image inset on top. In fine condition. 11.5 x 14 inches. PRI/040615. Fine.
Stockholm, WI: Midnight Paper Sales, 2005. Hardcover. Number 8 of 50 copies of the deluxe edition, signed by the author. There were also 300 copies issued in the standard edition and 50 copies issued unbound. Includes thirteen entomological identifications of mayfly specimens. For three years fly fisherman (and artist) Gaylord Schanilec became entranced by the mayflies he found fluttering about his favorite fishing spots lining the Mississippi River. He collected countless specimens, which he examined under his microscope and sent to entomologist Clarke Garry for identification. According to the author “to be included in this book, a mayfly had to be of importance to fly fishers – and I also had to catch one.” Each specimen is illustrated with a color wood engraving and described with a scientific and at times poetic set of key characteristics. This deluxe edition is housed in a slipcase with a glass window at the top revealing eight fly fishing flies hand tied by David Lucca. The book is accompanied by a portfolio that contains seven proof sheets and an extra suite of the 13 engravings, each titled and signed. It is bound in full brown leather with a gilt fly on the spine, and the portfolio is bound with leather spine and green paper boards. The wood engravings in the book are printed on Gampi Torinoko paper. The type was composed by hand in Bembo Monotype. The slipcase is edged in matching leather with panels covered in green paper; the glass window is held into place with wood and the base is also wood. Winner of a Judges Choice Award at the 2005 Oxford Fine Press Bookfair and of the Carl Hertzog Award for ‘excellence in book design.’ The vast majority of the 50 deluxe copies have entered institutional collections, with what appears to be fewer than 20 copies in private collections. 88 pages. We are offering this set with an additional suite of progressive proofs which are housed in a blue cloth slipcase. Number 12 of 13 copies, signed by the artist. The proofs show the separate layers of color that were printed on top of each other to form each finished illustration. Progressive proofs for all 13 illustrations are included. [Approximately 50 loose sheets.]. Fine.
New Haven: Meredith Miller, 2017. Number 23 of 25 copies signed by the artist. This interesting book of seemingly abstract black and white photographs reflects on the history and meaning of books in a totally new and inventive way. Meredith Miller describes her book as follows: "In my role at Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, I capture hundreds of images of the pages of each individual book every single day. As they are photographed, the books often shed bits and pieces of their bindings and flecks from their brittle pages. I started documenting these bits and pieces within the course of my regular work day. At the end of a session, after I have photographed a book, I capture what remains on the bed of the copy stand before I sweep it up and dispose of the residue. These bits and pieces from rare and seminal works are at once precious and incidental. The resulting photographs leave the imagination open to both the presence and the absence of the object and in the process create abstract illusions." Each of the photos includes the name of the book from which the bits and pieces creating the image are from. Photographer and artist Meredith Miller received her undergraduate degree in Visual Art from the University of Chicago before earning an MFA in photography from Yale School of Art. Meredith’s work has been exhibited in group exhibitions throughout New England as well as in New York and in California. Her photographs are included in the collections of the Danforth Museum of Art and the Yale Art Gallery. Meredith currently works as a photographer at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and teaches at Fairfield University, Southern Connecticut State University, and Yale School of Art where she was appointed lecturer in photography in 2013. Bound in black paper covers with title and author in silver to front cover. Each copy includes a small envelope affixed to the rear inside cover that holds a bit or piece. In fine condition. 8.5 x 8.5 inches. 58 pages. PRI/100118.
Hopewell, NJ: Sans Serif Studio, 2015. Paperback. Limited to 150 unnumbered copies. An artist and a professor of art, Nell Battle Booker Sonnemann became deeply interested in fiber, fabric, and appliqué during the last three decades of her life. She was particularly intrigued by appliqué techniques used in Third and Fourth World countries, but found that little scholarship and very few photos documenting this area of study existed. She took it upon herself to investigate further, to travel around the world, and to commission others to travel for her when her health began to fail. This collection of twelve journals include photographs, research, and anecdotes from her (and her friends') travels into the Canadian arctic, Syria, Egypt, the Peruvian Amazon, India, Indonesia, Finland, Bhutan, Tibet, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Panama, Japan, Senegal, Nigeria, and Palestine. The introductory booklet includes three essays: a background on the project and how Nell came to it, a biography and remembrance of Nell, and an essay by Nell herself. She writes: "My search was an adventure, and from the beginning the joy in telling the story has been at odds with my sense of duty to my graduate training in bibliography and research. Now I know that, for better or worse, 'Wings of a Ragtag Quest' has been just this - playing - and that is what it wants to be." All twelve volumes are bound in side-stapled illustrated paper wrappers and are housed in a grey box. Digitally printed. Each copy has a different piece of cloth appliqué extending out of the box. The box measures 10 x 7 x 4 inches and is titled in printed cloth on one side. ARTB/010218. Fine.
New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1989. 1 of 140 copies. Signed by the author and the book artist. This scarce and intriguing limited edition work was produced to benefit the Library of the Whitney Museum of Art. "Heat" is a classic short story by the renowned and prolific writer Joyce Carol Oates. "It tells the story of the murder of eleven-year-old identical twins, Rhea and Rhoda Kunkel, through the eyes of a childhood friend who is now an adult. Oates weaves the story together like bursts of heat on a sultry day. The story begins with a reference to the “rippling” heat of the summer day as the girls ride their bicycles toward Whipple’s Ice. In the next scene, the twins are in matching white caskets in a funeral parlor. Again, reference is made to the heat. In a narrative that borders on stream of consciousness, Oates introduces the girls, the narrator, and Roger Whipple. The child narrator describes the girls as inseparable, full of life, and drawing energy and power from each other. She describes their lives and their death with the innocence of a child’s perceptions."[Enotes.com] The book's production is inventive and fitting for the story. It was produced and edited by May Castleberry of the Whitney and Leslie Miller of the Greenfell Press. The work's two volumes resemble a young person''s diaries. They are bound in white leather with gilt title and ruling to the front covers and closed by a gold clasp. The text was handwritten by Robert Gober and printed on Saunders paper. It was handbound at Booklab in Austin. Gober's illustrations for the endpapers are lithographs printed at Derriere L'Etoile Studios in New York. The volumes are housed in a custom purple cloth clamshell box. The volumes are fine in a near fine box.
Paris: 1937. Paperback. Number 158 of 500 copies, the first 200 of which were reserved for the writers of the book. This remarkable deluxe collection of writings and art about Paris was commissioned by the city of Paris to celebrate their hosting the World’s Fair of 1937. The volume includes original prose, poetry, and illustrations by the leading writers and artists of France. There are thirty-one sections on various quarters, neighborhoods, gardens, avenues and boulevards, each with a short piece written by an eminent writer and engravings by two notable artists. For each section there is a full-page illustration by an artist associated with the area and a smaller one on the first page of the section by the other artist. Among the writers are Paul Valery, Raymond Escholier, Colette, Paul Claudel, Abel Bonnard, and Jules Romains. The participating artists are equally impressive, and include Matisse, Andre Derain, Raoul Dufy, Marie Laurencin, Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, Jean Laboureur, and Andre Lhote. Each section is a separate folder with the full-page illustration of the following section as its last page. The folders are encased in a paper wrapper with the title and a color illustration on its cover. The entire production is housed in a chemise of dark blue paper covered boards with a red leather spine label which fits into a blue paper and linen slipcase. The slipcase is in very good condition with a few chips and bumps. The contents are also in very good condition; however, pages 286-288 are missing. They included the full-page illustration by Gabriel Belot and Renefer for “Les Musees.” Page 277, the first page of “Les Eglises de Paris” has a repaired tear. Still, a splendid collection of French art and prose commemorating Paris on the eve of the Second World War. 294 pages plus table of illustrations. ART/012412. Very Good.
Washington DC: 2017. Hardcover. Number 5 of 10 copies. Initialed and numbered by the book artist. Jennaway Pearson is a printmaker and book artist residing in Washington, DC. She teaches at American University and George Washington University. Her work is held in institutional and private collections across the US including the Museum for Women in the Arts, the Library of Congress, and UCLA. In this provocative work, Jennaway explores the meaning of “champion” by connecting figure skater Tonya Harding with the goddess Juno, protector of women. Despite being a record-breaking skater, Harding was a victim of her family, a demanding sporting organization, a tragic marriage, and an insatiable tabloid culture. Pearson suggests that Harding, like many women, would have benefited from the protection of Juno, whom the Romans saw as presiding over all aspects of a woman’s life. The book begins with three pages of text printed as handwritten script on yellow tablet sheets. It offers a sympathetic telling of Harding's life, drawing from an early documentary and a later media reports. This is followed by striking images representing both her life and the themes of the book. The text and images are each in a gathering with a cover sheet with two white squares and black numbers representing skating competition scores. The book was supported by a grant from the College Book Arts Association. Bound in black cloth with title in blue script on front cover. In a coptic-style stitched binding. The book is entirely screen printed on Arches 88 and Rives BFK papers. Housed in a black cloth slipcase with title on front. In fine condition. Measures 11.5 x 13.25 inches. Fine.