Basel, Switzerland: Romano Hänni, 2005. Hard Cover. Number 34 of 40. Each book is unique. Second Edition. This book includes a selection of proof pages from various early handprinted books by Romano. The pages include handwritten notes and marks for corrections. Because each proof sheet is different, each illustration and also each book is unique. The poems, which are interspersed with the proof sheets, are written by Romano's father. The typographic pictures and cover are letterpress printed and the poems are inkjet printed. The text is in German with no English translation. (56 pages) ARTB/011713. Fine.
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Minneapolis: Indulgence Press, 2012. Portfolio. Number 7 of 10 copies. Signed and numbered by poet and illustrator. This is one of several books produced by Wilber "Chip" Schilling, owner of the Indulgence Press, in collaboration with author-artist Thomas Rose. In this book they created a beautiful and mysterious work that combines Rose's haunting photographs with the poetry of Lo Ch'ing, a noted modern poet from China. In his foreword, Rose states that "art deals with primary intention and those aspects of objects and space that are unavailable to logic. His images are constructed from various sources including shadows and reflections. They are illusions, reflections in glass. Lo Ch'ing's poems give these images...depth and richness." The pairings of the photographs and poems are open-ended and ambiguous, allowing for conjecture as to how the images and text meet. The eight photographic prints are originals by Rose, and Lo Ch’ing wrote the interpretive poems for this book, with his original brushwork and translations. They were printed letterpress from plates by Schilling. Each image is printed in color on a fine woven paper. Each poem is printed in Chinese and English along with the striking black brushwork on a light and semi-transparent paper that slightly reveals the image beneath. The elephant folio sized sheets are housed in a green and black cloth portfolio with diagonal boards that fasten with a black bone closure. A stunning production from the noted Indulgence Press in fine condition. PRI/121312. 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.
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.
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.
Baltimore: Sarah Robbins, 2012. Hardcover. Unnumbered edition of 8 copies. According to English folklore, red dragonflies (sometimes referred to as "devil's darning needles") sew shut the mouths and sometimes the ears and eyes of people who misbehave. This carousel book celebrates the myth with comically disturbing illustrations of people who have thread twined around their eyes and lips. Clear plastic printed with red dragonflies overlays the illustrations. The book is bound in light grey paper covered boards with red title to front cover and artist's name to rear cover. It is silkscreen printed in turquoise and red inks. A red twine closure wraps around the book when not in use and can also be tied to hold it open in carousel format. "Sarah Robbins is an illustrator, printmaker, and book artist living in Baltimore, Maryland. Her work focuses on feminist themes, visual journalism, and a love for folklore and the natural world. She co-runs PaperBase, a community letterpress shop and studio space, often combining her talents with other artists to create collaborative work which bridges the commercial illustration and fine art printmaking worlds" (book artist). Her illustrations have been featured in several periodicals including the New York Times and Baltimore Magazine. [6 pages.] ARTB/051016. Fine.