San Diego: Bay Park Press, 2006. Hardcover. Number 10 of 10 copies. This is a charming and beautifully produced book by Carolyn LaFrance, a San Diego architect who is affiliated with the gallery at the Bay Park Press. Maxine is Carolyn’s beloved feline friend and companion, and the book describes a day in Maxine’s life through text and illustrations. Maxine begins her story: “Sun’s up, I get to go out. Yes, yes, I know, ‘Be careful,’ the howling creatures may still be about. What, you think I don’t know that? What I need to know is, who has been in my yard? Mr. Smushy-face? Walter? Or that grey and white bruiser? ...” Each page includes a hand-colored intaglio print of Maxine at various moments in her day (11 prints altogether). The text is Bernhard Modern type on lovely Fabriano Rosapina Bianco paper. Oblong folio bound in grey linen with black spine. Paw prints decorate the front cover and endpapers. Housed in a black portfolio with a grey cloth square label illustrated with paw prints affixed to front and cream ribbon closure. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/072012. Fine.
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Karen Hanmer, 2019. Paperback. Limited to 50 copies, of which about 8 were issued in miniature. This book binder's cat has amazing dexterity and a passion for teaching bookbinding best practices. Accordion book. Integral wrapper consolidates pages for reading, quickly unfolds to full length for exhibit. Created for Once Upon a Book, an exhibition of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers at the Free Library of Philadelphia in conjunction with the 2019 Standards of Excellence Seminar. Epson P5000 prints on Hahnemuhle Bugra aquamarine blue. Edited by Jill Krase. Fine.