Washington DC: Abstract Orange, 2021. Number 9 of 10 copies of this inventive work by Lauren Emeritz in honor of Emily Dickinson. The artist's statement: "This book was based on the poetry of Emily Dickinson and released on her birthday, December 10th. The book started as visual interpretation of the words 'Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul' with a thing of feathers perched in a box." The simple construction mimics that of a case-bound book, with a spine and fore-edge but it is actually a box. The box is made of basswood and the spine is white birch wood veneer. A gentle wire clasp holds the book shut, but not locked shut. "Inside the box is "the thing with feathers. "The 'thing' is not a bird with a beak and feet, but a grouping of brightly colored orange feathers. They do not represent a specific bird, but rather a fictional idea of a thing with feathers. The feathers are made from cut paper that is scored to looks like feathers and held together by a simple wire. The cover is a bright, glowing yellow with the title in orange letterpress printed type, and a wooden “inlay” with the author's name. This represents that the while the poem is by her and she was the inspiration for the piece, the piece is not just about her, but the idea of hope [artist's statement]." In fine condition. Measures 5.25 x 7.25 x 1 inches. ARTISTSB/041223. Fine.
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Washington DC: Abstract Orange, 2019. Number 8 of 36 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. The book was published on May 31, 2019 in celebration of Walt Whitman's 200th birthday. The book artist writes: "The book explores ideas central to Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass including transcendentalism, or the inherent goodness of nature, and realism, depicting familiar things as they are. It captures both the complexity and simplicity of nature by juxtaposing dimensional paper grass texture and a quote about nature and wonder. The book is not a reprinting of all of Whitman’s words, but an art object that encapsulates the feeling of Whitman." Her evocative work is done as a box that opens like a traditional book. The inside front cover and back cover are covered with cream paper that includes quotes from Whitman along with his image. Inside of the box/book are several spiky rows of grass leaves crafted from green paper. The box is covered with green paper with the title, author and press name in a lighter shade of green. In fine condition. Measures 5.25 x 7.25 inches. ARTISTB/091123. Fine.
Morelia, Mexico: Ioulia Akhmadeeva and Alternativa Ediciones, 2019. Hardcover. Number 8 of 17 copies, of which three are special copies with sand and shells from each visited place. Signed by the artist. Includes poetic moments and painterly landscapes from Crimea in the Ukraine, Baja in California, Oaxaca and Guerrero in Mexico. Pages of poetry about the sea are printed on translucent paper that has been cut in various shapes to mirror designs within facing paintings. Many pages have elaborate cut-outs of clouds and starfish to create windows. Stab bound in blue yotsume toji silk over white patterned paper covered boards with black title to the front cover. This book was printed using letterpress, silkscreen, and laser printing. Clean and bright. Unpaginated. [48 pages.] Created by Russian born book artist Ioulia Akhmadeeva, who has resided and worked in Mexico since 1994. She is a full professor of the book arts at the university in Morelia, Michoacá. Fine.
Ogdensburg, NY: Caliban Press and Floating World Press, 2010 and 2022. Softcover. One of 40 copies. This poem by Whitman was inspired by the landscape of Colorado, which he visited in 1879. He described his train journey: "I am on the great Plains of Colorado....We ride and ride all day & it is nothing but plains - but I enjoy it all very much indeed....I have seen mountains just before sunset...I shall never forget it." He stayed in Denver for about four days, making side trips to various sites including the Platt River Canyon, after which he composed "Spirit." He was awestruck by the red Colorado sandstone that let him to compare his own poetry to the poetry of the landscape around him. The poem first appeared in the 1881 (7th) edition of Leaves of Grass [From the prospectus]. Printed in 2010 from 18-point Bodoni bold foundry type on machine made sage gray papers folded accordion style. Landscape images are made with torn paper strips in cream, red, blue, and black to form images of the topography of mountain ranges, with the poem's text printed below. Papers from La Papeterie St-Armand, Montreal. Bound in 2022 in orange paper covers with marbled paper ornament affixed to the cover. Housed in a gray slipcase with multi-color dots and title label to cover. In fine condition. Measures 5.5 x 6.25 inches, unfolds to 48 inches. Unpaginated [About 6 pages] ARTB/022223. Fine.
Bogotá, Colombia: Canto Press, 2022. Number 8 of 10 copies. This inventive and stunning production is described by the book artist, Maria Carolina, as a box containing emotions, memories, and thoughts about her grandparents in their old age. Maria is a young Colombian book artist with an interdisciplinary focus. She has exhibited her work in various cities in Colombia, the United States and Japan. She received an MFA in Book Arts at the University of Iowa where she worked as a book conservation technician and digital book design instructor. In her recent artistic practice, she has been exploring traditional book related crafts and applying them to a body of work with creative multilingual writing. She writes that this book is about space and how it contracts with age, so the form and interactions play with space and formats as the poem is read (from press website). She states further (translated from Spanish): "This book is a container of text, heart, memories and a lot of time. It is a temple, a bed, a hug and a goodbye. My grandpa had so much space. The huge house that he designed with all the space he wanted." But as her grandparents aged they occupied smaller and smaller space until they were limited to their bed by the time of their deaths. Maria dedicates her book: "To my grandparents who rest in heaven and to my mother who accompanied them until the end." The book artist created a box structure comprising two stacked sections. The top section is divided into three compartments, each with words from a poem in Spanish that Maria wrote about her grandfather printed on white paper at the bottom of each compartment. There are also two small drawers with additional text. The bottom section has eight compartments each with continued text from her poem that poignantly describes how, at the end, her grandparents lay in their bed with their eyes closed although the television is on, with no desire to eat. The box sections are covered in brown and green paper that resembles wood. The top section has green paper accents and green covered drawers with gilt covered drawer pulls. The bottom box has a stiff white paper cover over the box's compartments. The box structure combining the top and bottom boxes has a green paper cover, with a blue leather section covering part of it with the title and a decorative design in gilt. The spine and bottom of the box structure are also covered in blue leather. The box structure closes like a clamshell case that is anchored closed by the gilt drawer pulls. A beautiful production in fine condition. Measures 7.25 x 9.5 x 4 inches. ARTISTSB/022624. Fine.
New York: Béatrice Coron, n.d. Number 2 of 3 copies. Coron and her collaborator the Canadian poet Charles Gill have created an inventive artist's book with Gill's evocative poem on gold seekers illustrated with Coron's intricate papercuts that show the gold hunters in their often desperate attempts to find gold. Coron describes her book work: "For the last 20 years, I have been exploring visual storytelling in artist books, paper cutting and public art. Collecting memories from individuals and communities, I stage narrative allegories in silhouette to create a dialogue with the viewer in playful fantasies. These visual chronicles record archetypal stories that transcend time and space. I have been fascinated by the relation of people to their space and the sense of belonging. Using papercutting where everything is cut from a single piece of Tyvek, the profusion of individual stories makes a coherent whole world." [From her website]. This work is done from hand-cut brown Cave paper with gold leaf appliqué. The text of the poem is printed on four white labels affixed to the bottom margins of the folded pages. Housed in a folder covered with brown textured paper with a paper title label. In fine condition. Measures 6 xx 22 inches when unfolded. ARTB/090821. Fine.
New York: Béatrice Coron, 2001. One of 12 copies. In this lovely book Béatrice Coron illustrates and decorates this poignant poem, “Sardines a l’Huile” (Sardines in Oil) by Georges Fourest. Fourest (1864-1945) was a well-known French writer and poet. His poem describes the sad fate of sardines in their oil filled tins and imagines them freed after death to ascend to a paradise for fish where they may swim and pray for us. Coron combines her papercutting artistry with handmade papers for this book. One sheet of paper includes dried bits of sardines! In a cloth covered binding with a cut-out to front cover to display the title. The rear pastedown has a holographic color diorama of fish swimming in the sea. A silver string with a tiny metal fish attaches the text pages to the binding. Ink jet printed. In fine condition. Measures 5 x 6 inches. Coron describes her book work: "For the last 20 years, I have been exploring visual storytelling in artist books, paper cutting and public art. Collecting memories from individuals and communities, I stage narrative allegories in silhouette to create a dialogue with the viewer in playful fantasies. These visual chronicles record archetypal stories that transcend time and space. I have been fascinated by the relation of people to their space and the sense of belonging. Using papercutting where everything is cut from a single piece of Tyvek, the profusion of individual stories makes a coherent whole world." [From her website]. ARTB/081921. Fine.
Israel: Even Hoshen, 2009. Someck, Ronny. Hardcover. Number 35 of 88 copies. Signed by the author and printer. A collection of five poems by Ronny Someck about ballet with two hand-colored illustrations. Someck is an Israeli poet, musician, and artist who has won multiple awards for his poetry including the Prime Minister's Award, the Hans Berghhuis prize for poetry, and the Yehuda Amichai Award for Hebrew poetry. He is internationally renowned with poems published in over thirty-five languages and ten books of poetry published in English. The Even Hoshen press was founded in 1994 by Uzi Agassi, who was later joined by his son Ido. Their work is letterpress printed on high quality paper with hand made bindings and illustrations. Pointe Shoes is a dos-a-dos structure printed in both English and Hebrew. It is bound in black cloth boards with inset cloth ballet slippers to both boards and decorative pink and black ribbons to spine. The center of both signatures features four black and pink flourishes. Printed on Grandee paper and handset in Alt-Mediaval and Margalit type. Housed in a black cloth slipcase. A fine production. Unpaginated. [18 pages.] PRI/032713. Fine.
St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1997. Number 125 of 171 copies. This inventive and compelling book pays homage to the writer of this melancholy poem. Bill Holm (1943-2009) was an American poet, essayist, memoirist, and musician. He was a frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion. The book has a distinctive structure, with a booklet containing the text of the poem, a piano-shaped folder that opens to reveal the title, a pop-up angel of death, and a list of all of the artists who contributed visual interpretations. Their interpretations comprise 15 loose prints each signed be the artist with text from the poem. The prints, the booklet, and folder are all housed in a green cloth clamshell box with an image of the angel's chair on the top. The participating artists were Barbara Tetenbaum, Gaylord Schanilec, Tracy Honn, Bonnie O'Connell, Pati Scobey, Bonnie Stahlecker, C. Chris Stern & Jules Remedios Faye, William Myers, Inge Bruggeman, Alastair Johnston, Walter Tisdale, Bridget O'Malley, Wilber Schilling, Peter Kruty, and Marta Gomez & Ivan Soll. In fine condition. Measures 6.5 x 10.25 inches. ARTB/122823. Fine.
Minneapolis: Indulgence Press, 2007. Hardcover. 1 of 26 deluxe lettered copies. This is Letter W. Signed by author and book artist. This book contains 31 previously unpublished poems by the highly regarded poet Michael Dennis Browne. The poems are short and intended to elicit larger thoughts by the reader. Inspired by his love of music, Schilling designed the book to create a meditative environment through the placement of poems and photographs on the page. The book structure acts as a composition around the lines of text to float the poems along the way. The deluxe edition of 26 copies is printed by letterpress in Reykjavik and Philosophia type on MacGregor & Vinzani handmade paper. The pages are French folded and include cyanotype photographic prints; they are sewn with exposed cords laced into red oak boards. The book is housed in a clamshell box bound with blue goatskin and indigo dyed handmade paper. In fine condition. 60 pages. PRI/111512. Fine.
Massachusetts: Viewpoint Editions, 2011. Hardcover. Number 13 of 15 copies. This mystical book by the award winning book artist Dorothy Simpson Krause draws upon her work as a painter, collage-maker, and printmaker. The text is from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem "Kubla Kahn or A Vision in a Dream, A Fragment,” composed in 1797 after an opium-induced dream. Krause’s imagery creates a vision of a savage place, with holy and enchanted caverns, walls, towers and a sacred river where "the shadow of the dome of pleasure floated midway on the waves.” These haunting images of submerged architectural passageways, lit from within, reflect the branches of trees and illuminate floating leaves and flowers. Bound in gold and brown Asahi fabric over boards with gold cloth spine. The title and author are stamped in gold on a gold paper label on the front board. Laserprinted with endsheets of mustard gold Lokta paper. Housed in a gold organza bag with gold drawstring ties. In fine condition. About 5 x 7 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/100312. Fine.
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.
Moscow: Emile Goozairow, 2020. Hardcover. Emile Goozairow is a Russian artist who paints and draws, produces movies, and creates exceptional miniature handmade books that are printed on rare types of paper and published in limited editions. His techniques create unique designs that often are made with natural materials alone or in combination with relief decorations made from metal or polymeric clay. He creates books that he describes as "pop up," “kinetic carousel," “liporello” or “3D origami.” He also writes fairy tales, stories and mystical scenes. This small open edition miniature book offers the poem "The Prophet" by the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, printed in both Russian and English. The poems are digitally printed on each side of a "two-way" book and accompanied by 17 striking illustrations. This three dimensional binding in the shape of a chevron is embellished with faces and patterns on both sides. It is painted in gilt, black, and red. Something inside mysteriously rattles. Size: 3 x 1.5 x 1.5 inches. A stunning book in fine condition. ARTB/052323. Fine.
Moscow: Emile Goozairow, 2020. Hardcover. Emile Goozairow is a Russian artist who paints and draws, produces movies, and creates exceptional miniature handmade books that are printed on rare types of paper and published in limited editions. His techniques create unique designs that often are made with natural materials alone or in combination with relief decorations made from metal or polymeric clay. He creates books that he describes as "pop up," “kinetic carousel," “liporello” or “3D origami.” He also writes fairy tales, stories and mystical scenes. This small open edition miniature book offers the poem "The Prophet" by the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, printed in both Russian and English. The poems are digitally printed on each side of a "two-way" book and accompanied by 17 striking illustrations. The diamond shaped three dimensional binding in gilt, black, and red has a beautiful design of the prophet. Something inside mysteriously rattles. Size: 70 x 35 x 40 mm. A stunning book in fine condition. ARTB/052323. Fine.
Freeville, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 2021. Hardcover. Number 20 of 25 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. A collection of seven love poems originally from the book "India's Love Lyrics" compiled and translated by Laurence Hope. It includes the original illustrations that have been reworked from Carol's earlier book, "King Zada's Song" (1995). The interior of the book "follows a simple flutter style / accordian format, with each of the six hand-cut arched windows folding out to create tiny theaters displaying illustrations reminiscent of classic Indian miniatures" (artist statement). Bound in paper covered boards with title label to front cover. Digitally printed on Mohawk Superfine Vellum with additions of hand coloring. Housed in a handmade box covered in a variety of papers with title label to spine panel. In fine condition. Measures 3 x 2 inches in a box that is 4.25 x 2.5 inches. Unpaginated. [46 pages.] ARTISTSB/051723. Fine.
Bennington, VT: The Bird Press, 2019. Number 2 of 30 copies, signed and numbered by Thorsten Dennerline. Founded in 1997 by Thorsten Dennerline, The Bird Press is an artist-run publishing project that has focused on hand printed artists’ books. All projects utilize some inherent aspect of the book and often take the form of open-ended collaborations with writers. Each project is a response to the last, both in form and content, in order for the work to continually to evolve. Poetry, broadly defined, is a major inspiration for most of the work. They produce editions of between 15-40 copies, utilizing various print media including: flatbed offset lithography, stone lithography, etching, letterpress, wood blocks, and digital pigment printing. The Bird Press books are represented in many library collections, including The New York Public Library, Stanford University, Smith College, Yale University, The Library of Congress, The Getty Research Foundation, and The National Gallery. This book contains visual collaboration by Thorsten Dennerline working with six poets, each on a 4 page section. Each section has a stunning visual inventiveness that complements the poet's words and meaning. Most of the poems include its English translation. Susanne Jorn, who selected the poets included, writes in her introduction: " I have chosen six distinctive Danish poetic voices for an art project in which words and images encounter one another in widely different dialogues. The six poets' diverging views of the world represent new contemporary Danish poetry as a whole." In the afterword, Anne-Marie Mai says: "What Dennerline and the poets have created here is a new artwork, an object in the world, an artist book, where texts and visual elements interact, challenging the book medium." This folio book was created using stone, late, and offset lithography, metal and polymer letterpress, woodcuts, handmade and machine made papers and is hand bound. The colophon cites the several printers, artists, and others who contributed to this beautiful achievement. Bound in white paper covers with an open spine and the letters NDP on the cover. The book is housed in a blue cloth covered slipcase. In fine condition. Measures 13 x 18 inches. ARTISTSB/111720.
(London): Sadie Coles HQ, (1997). Paperback. Number 29 of 50 copies. Signed by both authors on title page in pencil. A collection of fifty love poems by English artists Thomson (1966) and Lowe (1967), who are known best for their humorous and sometimes offensive installations pieces. Their work often involves recreating elements from historical artworks by using everyday objects such as cigarettes or whiskey bottles to make statements about popular English culture. Fitting with their visual art, these poems are terse, crude, and very funny. They poke fun at the seriousness of the love poetry genre with verses like: "I can count the fingers on one hand of women I've loved, but after that incident with the bandsaw at work, I'm afraid, you're no longer one of them" and "In the dark, afraid that you've disappeared and gone away I punch the bed clothes, but for some unknown reason this time you stayed" and "I avoided you like the plague, but like the black death Quarantine came too late. You were back on the train to Bristol, with that bloke you all the 'dark issue.' I was left with your bolemic brother adn my own biological crisp factory. I put the horse I called your arse before my cart and rode to Jerusalem with the duvet of death." The poems are printed in black ink on fine laid paper and are housed in a black paper covered box titled in silver on the front panel. Unpaginated. [51 pages.] ARTB/081914. Fine.
San Francisco: Terry Turrentine, 2020. One of ten copies, signed by the photographer and book artist Terry Turrentine Two copies are artist's proofs and one is a handling copy. Although she grew up in a family whose traditions included guns and hunting, as an adult Terry became an esteemed artist and wildlife photographer, specializing in capturing spectacular photographic images of birds. Her previous artist's books were of snowy owls, egrets, and gannets. This latest work offers magnificent images of falcons and a message of hope at this challenging time in our history. She writes in her colophon: " Widening Circles celebrates the ferocious beauty of the falcon, and the interdependent relationship of all beings to each other. Some may see the portraits of falcons in their protective hoods as disturbing. But those familiar with the ancient art of falconry know the hoods are a means to protect the bird from the assault of outside stimuli, as they are extremely sensitive to light, sounds, color, and motion. This is why falcons are such fearsome predators. All predators and their prey maintain the balance of nature and are essential for the world as we know it to exist. It is the natural order of things that there is destruction and rebirth in every second of every day. The ultimate predator, mankind, however, often abuses the privilege of living off the resources of this planet, and upsets the natural balance, causing extreme destruction. As a result, we are witnessing a death spiral of the climate, of the social order, and of the basic balance we need to survive as a species." Terry says of the Rilke poem, "Widening Circles," printed in the book in both English and German: "Over 100 years ago, this was also the observation of Rilke, as he saw the degradation of some of the cities he visited. He could only find solace in God and the wonder of nature - and he dedicated his timeless love poems to both." She concludes: "Life, death, and renewal - each stage is fluid. I believe the sublime gift of living is its constant change, its eternal cycles, and our capacity for transcending destruction through creativity." The credits for this beautiful production: Photographs and creative direction by Terry Turrentine; Book and text design by Dana F. Smith; Editorial consulting by Susan Gangel; Typography and letterpress printing by Dina Pollack; Bound by John DeMerritt Bookbinding; Images printed at Electric Works by Noah and Kris Lang. The stunning images are printed in brilliant colors against a black background, with a line from the poem appearing on each page out of the dark background. The work is housed in a custom black cloth box with a red leather cover. Measures 10.5 x 14.5 x 1.5 inches. In fine condition. ARTISTB/052621.
East Hampton, NY: Barry McCallion, 2020. Hardcover. Signed and dated by the book artist on the colophon. This is a striking unique work by noted book artist Barry McCallion. Mr. McCallion has had a lengthy career in the book arts following his graduation from Columbia and move to the west coast for a period of time. His work can be found in many institutional and private collections. His career has been documented in a fine article by Mark Segal in the East Hampton Star in 2013: “A Springs Artist’s Creative Odyssey." In the article, Segal also writes extensively about Mr. McCallion’s "astonishingly beautiful and utterly unique books," saying "they use an impressive range of materials and techniques. … It’s difficult to do justice to the variety and complexity of the books in words or in photographs. They are ideally experienced by hefting and opening the boxes and exploring the contents in what becomes a very personal exploration of an artwork.” In this complex artist's book, Mr. McCallion explores and illustrates this famous poem by William Butler Yeats. "Byzantium" is Irish poet Yeats's meditation on the relationship between mortality and immortality, the physical world and the spiritual world, and humanity and art. The artist writes in his colophon: "Opposites fascinated Yeats - all things antithetical: material, immaterial, changing and changeless, profane and sacred. Byzantium offers the reader Yeats's vision of the complex workings of the flesh and the spirit. In the poem, the great cathedral gong presides, tolling midnight over two worlds: the disdained world of everyday, messy with 'complexities of mire or blood,' and the gold-glittering city of Byzantium, where souls come to be purged." Each page of the book has a line of the poem. Mr. McCallion says that in an attempt to better integrate words and pictures, he cut the words apart and arranged them irregularly on the page. The book is made on Richard de Bas cream wove paper. Brushed India ink colors provide a platform for the work's various drawings, collages, and acrylic paintings. Page edges are untrimmed. The book was bound by Joelle Webber of Mermaid Bindery in dark red cloth with a black image of a dolphin affixed to the cover. Housed in a beige cloth covered clamshell box with a large title label to spine. In fine condition. Book measures 6.75 x 10.25 inches; box measures 7.5- x 11 inches. 40 pages. ARTB/012523. Fine.